Monday, 30th August, 2021

Dear Member,

 Just a quick update today, following the announcement that we will be spending the week at Alert Level 3.  If you would like us to give your business a shout out as you "open" during this time, please send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, or even an old school email, for us to share with the local community.  

For more information on what operating at Level 3 means for your business, or even just to check that you have covered everything off, please join us tomorrow at 3pm along with representatives from MBIE and Business NZ.  

Finally, following the successful "Zoom" with Southern PR last week, you are welcome to join us tomorrow afternoon from 4pm to learn more about how to make your business award entry shine.

We will be back with more detailed messaging from the Business Response Group tomorrow.

Take care


Support Business with a weekly subsidy

With the suggestion that Auckland will be in lockdown for a further two weeks, the Auckand Chamber is promoting the idea that it is time that employers got offered a similar package that is being offered to employees.

Currently employees are receiving the wage subsidy from Government and if business claim the wage subsidy for employees it means they should pay the employees 80% of their wage. For Business this means the employers are topping up the Government subsidy at a time where they have no revenue coming in. 

On top of this cost business has its weekly overheads of rent, rates, subscriptions, hire purchases and a range of other costs. The one off resurgence payment, however, is just that, one off.  And unlike the wage subsidy, you can't compare back to 2019 in applying for it.  

If you would like to support the Auckland Chamber in its advocacy to Government, please consider signing the petition below. We have been asked to pause business to protect public health, extending the resurgence package is a reasonable request in return.

Click here to sign

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 tomorrow at 4pm - details below.

Alliance partner discounts

Receive your regular instore chamber discount online. Available online from Friday 27th AUG - 10th SEPT 2021. How to redeem, online: Enter "COCQTL3" as the promo code at checkout on the website. T's & C's apply.   

*This code is specific to Queenstown Chamber members only and should be treated the same as the in-store discount for members. If the product is already on promotion customer will receive the lower of offer or promo pricing.  Not all products are eligible for a discount. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Excludes Bikes and Frames, Electronics, Freight, Gift Cards and Workshop Services. Valid from 27/08/2021 - 10/09/202

Chamber members can also access discounts with OfficeMax to help with working at home.  To take advantage of a range of great discounts for Chamber members simply email and OfficeMax will help you get started.

Virtual Events

Operating in Alert Level 3 - Webinar

Join us live online to gain greater clarity on what it means for your business operating in Alert Level 3. We will be joined by representatives from MBIE and the Business NZ network to address the complexities that arise for businesses operating at Alert Level 3, from people to processes and practicalities, as well as responding to live Q & A.

When you register for the 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: Tuesday 31 August             
Time: 3pm - 4pm


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: Tuesday 31 August             
Time: 4-5pm

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