Government funded business support available in Queenstown-Lakes district

Wage and cash flow support

Type: General business cash flow and wage support

Business New Zealand offers a comprehensive gateway to the different support initiatives for business across New Zealand. Details on how to apply for wage subsidies and IRD tax support packages.

Visit https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19


South Island Covid-19 Business Support Free Phone Line: 0800 50 50 96

Type: Referral and advisory services

This service is administered by the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers Association with central government funding.


Regional Business Partner Business Advisory Funding

Type: Business advisory and consulting services

The Government has allocated additional funding to the Regional Business Partner Network to support New Zealand businesses and service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. A voucher for up to $5000 may be available to purchase business advisory assistance.

Visit https://covid19.nzte.govt.nz/page/regional-business-partner-network


Business Mentors

Type: Business advisory and consulting services

With a business mentor you can step outside the day to day running of your business to take a look at your business as a whole and see the opportunities and issues you face, or potentially will face. There is a small set up fee and a volunteer mentor will work with you to design and implement a business plan. 

Visit  https://www.businessmentors.org.nz


Go with Tourism

Type: Workforce development and redeployment

Go with Tourism is a free support service with a range of resources to assist the New Zealand hospitality and tourism workforce. They offer an employee/employer matching service.

Visit www.gowithtourism.co.nz


Keeping New Zealand Working (WINZ)

Type: Recruitment

Free government service delivered through WINZ to support recruitment and redeployment.

Visit https://www.jobs-during-covid.workandincome.govt.nz/hello


Tourism Recovery Fund

Type: Business advisory and consultancy

The business advisory programme has been established by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and will be managed through Qualmark and Tourism New Zealand. The programme is structured to help tourism operators navigate a sustainable way forward through the COVID-19 crisis with a focus on business continuity.

Visit: https://www.qualmark.co.nz/en/member-area/tourism-advisory-support-services/


Guidance for commercial leases and mortgages during COVID-19

Type: Business advisory and consultancy

On 4 June 2020, the Government announced further temporary measures to be enacted to specifically support small New Zealand businesses through the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic. Parties to many smaller-scale commercial leases will be required to negotiate the payment obligations to ensure a fair rent is agreed. Negotiations can be conducted in any way agreed by the parties, such as through mediation. Remaining disputes must be resolved through arbitration. The Government will subsidize streamlined arbitrations with up to $6,000 including GST per proceeding and up to $40 million in total.

Visit: https://www.justice.govt.nz/about/news-and-media/covid-19-news/guidance-for-commercial-property-settlements/


NZ COVID Tracer app 

NZ COVID Tracer is a Ministry of Health app that allows you to create a digital diary of places you visit by scanning the official QR codes. This will help contact tracers to quickly identify and isolate anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 if there is a further outbreak in New Zealand. 

Visit: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app