In response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, a Southern Lakes Business Response & Recovery team has been formed by Southern Lakes business agencies - QLDC Economic Development, Ignite Wanaka Chamber, Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, Destination Queenstown and Lake Wanaka Tourism. 
SLBRRG is providing a co-ordinated local response and support network for the Southern Lakes business community following the impact of COVID-19 which has been identified as a health emergency locally, nationally and internationally. 
Up to date information can be found here:

Useful RECOURSE to help business to cope with COVID-19 

Covid-19 Business Support Free Phone Line: 0800 50 50 96 or visit


Regional Business Partner Network: 

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.


Business Mentors: 

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.


webinar recordings of Mayor boults business Updates: 

Business Update from Mayor Boult and Ski Season Executives

24 April 2020 - click here for video


Business Update from Mayor Boult

7 April 2020 - click here for video


Note: Queenstown Lakes District Council is not providing a $244 civil defence weekly grant, as indicated by Mayor Jim Boult in the above session. What was being referred to was the provision of food vouchers in conjunction with local supermarkets to those in need who register and qualify for welfare assistance. Anyone needing assistance with essential supplies can register for help online at or phone 0800 322 4000 between 7.00am-7.00pm daily.