Wednesday, 7th April, 2021

Dear Member

I am sure you, like me, heard the collective sigh of relief across our local businesses yesterday afternoon with the announcement that the Aussies will be shortly to descend.  Mixed with a little bit of FINALLY, I am also sure.

While a cause for celebration, the realities of staffing to meet demand, and demand that will remain uncertain for some time to come as highlighted by the Government's green, orange and red approach to the bubble, will come to the fore.  Not to mention the impact being exposed to a positive case will have on our work force.  

The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their workers who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result.

The Short-Term Absence Payment was made available from 9 February 2021. It’s to help businesses keep paying eligible workers who:

  • cannot work from home, and
  • need to miss work to stay home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result (in line with public health guidance).

There’s a one-off payment of $350 for each eligible worker. You can only apply for it once, for each eligible worker, in any 30-day period (unless a health official or doctor tells the worker to get another test).

It’s also available to self-employed workers.

If between now and 11:59pm on the 18th of April you are thinking about opportunities to gain additional business intelligence and have some fun, our inaugural AWS Legal Fit for Business event at the Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa is on in a week's time.  Last chance to get your tickets!

We are also working on some new ideas for opportunities to engage with members, if there is anything you would particularly like to see us do or be involved in, we would love to hear from you.  You can even reply to this email!

Take care


Mates In Construction - Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Awareness

Mike Healy, Chair of the Central Lakes Safety Charter and organiser of the Mates in Construction Presentations for the Region extends an invitation to our chamber members, employees and families to an evening presentation at the Rydges Hotel on Monday evening 19th April.

The Connector training the following day, provides 4 hours of more in-depth tuition on how to be a ‘first responder’ when the need arises at work, at home or in the community.

Please RSVP direct to Mike at the link below, by Thursday 15th April.


Kia Ora Promotion from Air New Zealand
A current promotion of 50% off ratecard at Kia Ora is being extended to small - medium businesses. 
Kia Ora Magazine has an expansive readership of 453,000 with 42,500 copies placed within the front seat pockets of all Air New Zealand domestic aircrafts and also distributed within the Air New Zealand lounges and select hotels and businesses. Alongside the print version we are very pleased to announce the launch of the digital edition that is hosted on the Air New Zealand website and sent out monthly to the Airpoints database.

Download the Media Kit HERE.

Give Your Business A Digital Boost
The Digital Boost skills training is the first initiative to be launched from the Digital Boost programme, a partnership between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the private sector to support thousands of small businesses in realising the benefits of using digital tools and technologies in their business.
Digital Boost is free for any registered business or sole trader to sign up. It is a self-paced learning journey, with no assessments, daily Q&A sessions, regular fireside chats and access to support people.

#WeAreQueenstown Ambassador Training

We are proud to be partnering with Destination Queenstown and Queenstown Resort College, who are rolling out a new training programme for frontline staff and those welcoming visitors across all sectors in Queenstown. There are two sessions coming up:

Fri 9th April: 9-11am & 2-4pm
Mon 12th April: 9-11am & 2-4pm

The #WeAreQueenstown Ambassador training will be a free two-hour course delivered by the Queenstown Resort College and fully subsidised by Destination Queenstown via the Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme funding. 

The course has been designed for people that work in frontline hospitality, retail and tourism but anyone that has interaction with visitors, from any industry, is welcome. The course is designed to build pride of place in Queenstown, hone customer service skills and prepare and polish our welcome, at a time when Queenstown is quiet. The course will cover:
  • Understanding visitor expectations and how we can meet them
  • The art of Kia Ora/hello
  • Learning about domestic visitors and dealing with New Zealand customers
  • Understanding Australian visitor expectations
  • Knowing and understanding the stories of Queenstown and being able to share them
  • Being proud of why we choose to live here and what we love about Queenstown
  • Understanding that our people are our product and what draws people here
  • Celebrating our pioneering spirit and resilience and sharing our adventurous spirit with our visitors
Book directly via QRC website HERE.