Wednesday, 25th August, 2021

Dear Member, 

Am sure you are feeling, as we are, that this week has been one of the longest we have had for a while (and we have had some pretty long weeks).  Earlier this week, approximately a month ago now, I was reminded that we aren't actually "working from home".  Instead we are sheltering at home, on Government orders, from a pandemic that threatens lives and livelihoods, and doing our best to get some work done in the chaos that has ensued.  So if you aren't getting through everything you "feel" you should be, perhaps reconsider your situation in that light.

This week the team has been busy reaching out to members to check in and understand where the pinch points are now, and will be, on the other side of this lockdown (and therefore the support opportunities we can advocate for) as well as rescheduling our seminar and Business Awards workshops.

None of us need reminding of the demands for workers going into this, but now more than ever we need to be able to protect what we have.  This morning we had the opportunity to talk to the PM and Minister of Finance about our key challenges, recognising that this is industry wide for New Zealand and not just about us (even though we are of course a little bit special...).  We were able to present some ideas on support for business costs as well as stimulating demand in future.   It was pleasing to hear that the Government is interested in hearing more about how they can work with us, and we are now working on what that could look like.

We believe anything we seek needs to be easy to implement, demonstrate how business is doing its bit, and realises benefit for all New Zealanders.  The key priorities we are hearing from members are the need for greater certainty for wage support, other business cost support as well as support for future revenue streams like travel vouchers, reduced GST rates etc.  If you have any additional ideas, or input you would like to provide us, please let me know.

But back to the here and now, tomorrow morning you are welcome to attend a webinar providing greater clarity on the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support Payment.  More details can be found here.

And also tomorrow, but later in day and possibly with drink in hand, please join Southern PR as they host a free "how to enter" the Business Awards workshop over Zoom.  More details here

Following the big announcement on Friday, Mayor Boult and myself will be hosting a webinar on Monday to update the business community on the where to from here and emerging plans for recovery. More details here.

As always, the team is here to help, so if you have any questions or would just like to talk through what's happening for you, we would love to hear from you.

Take care



Employment New Zealand – Latest COVID-19 information

Employment New Zealand has a large range of resources for both employees and employers. Below are some useful links to employment-related COVID-19 information from Employment New Zealand.

Real Journeys Queenstown Business Awards

Thinking of entering the awards but not sure if you should, what it takes, or where to start?  Perhaps you are thinking while you are at home it would be a great opportunity to work on your application.

Check out our awards website to enter and for category information. Our events and marketing manager Catherine Fallon would love to hear from you if there are any questions regarding the awards. You can reach her at or 0226458260.

There is plenty of time to get your entry in, with entries closing 23 September. The entry process has been simplified this year with only three questions per category, which can be done entirely online. 

Nine categories will be celebrated: Remarkables Park Covid Resilience & Diversification, Mountain Scene People’s Choice, MyHR Employer of the Year, SIT Excellence in Innovation, Smart Environmental Excellence in Sustainability, Shotover Media Excellence in Marketing, ANZ Excellence in Strategy & Planning, Destination Queenstown Excellence in Service Delivery, and Todd & Walker Law Small Business of the Year.

Our next 'how to enter' awards workshops, kindly facilitated by Southern PR, will be delivered via Zoom this Thursday 26 August at 4pm - details below.

Virtual Events

Join us for a FREE hour-long 'how to enter' awards workshop to talk you through the do’s and don’ts, new categories, entry criteria and much more.

Southern PR has been there, done that – and is working with the Queenstown Chamber to help simplify the process for you.

Executing a concise and enticing award entry is what we do, and we’d love to help you shine. We know business, and what judges want to see and hear.

Date: Thursday 26 August             
Time: 4-5pm

REGISTER HERE - Zoom link will be sent to attendees prior to the sessions.

Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support Payment Q & A - Webinar

Join us live online to gain greater clarity on financial support available to businesses through the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support Payment (RSP). Representatives from MSD, IR and EMA will provide a brief update, addressing the common queries received from businesses on eligibility, requirements and obligations of the schemes, plus legal obligations as well as responding to live Q&A.

When you register for webinar you will get access to watch the webinar live online or at your leisure via on-demand recording. You will also get access to any relevant presentation or resource materials.

Date: Thursday 26 August             
Time: 11am - 12pm



Mayor Jim Boult and Chamber CEO Ruth Stokes will update the business community on the Covid-19 response and emerging plans for recovery. This will be followed by a Q & A session.

Join us for this webinar to keep up to date and connected outside your bubble. Register below - zoom link will be circulated to attendees.

Date: Monday 30 August             
Time: 12pm - 1pm