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.