Support your business
11 Mar 2022

Support your business


In this newsletter: 

  • Watch Now – Covid Support Payment Q&A

  • You’re invited! Online talanoa on Pacific Pay Gap

  • Book your spot for our Digital Marketing online workshop

  • Upcoming Workshops 

Watch Now – Covid Support Payment Q&A 

A huge thank you to everyone who joined our drop-in clinic talanoa, this week. Many thanks to our partners from MSD, Molisoni Otukolo and Clarence Correia, and IRD, Elizabeth Tagaloa and Naeem Faamatuainu, for providing a very informative session. Great to see a lot of businesses join the session, to gain an understanding of the different support payments available. In case you missed it, you can watch it here

With the new COVID-19 Support Payments (CSP), three fortnightly will be available.  

  • Applications for the first payment are currently open for the period beginning 16 February 2022 and ending 4 April 2022

  • Applications for the second payment will open at 8am on 14 March 2022 for the period beginning 7 March 2022 and ending 4 April 2022

  • Applications for the third payment will open at 8am on 28 March for the period beginning 21 March and ending 4 April 2022

Please note that applications for all 3 CSPs will close on 5 May 2022. For more information visit here. 

To apply for the Covid Support Payment you will need to log into MyIR at Inland Revenue’s website. 

Do you or your workers need to isolate? 

Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme is available to employers, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who have been advised to self-isolate because of Covid-19 and can’t work at home.  

To be eligible for a one-week payment of Leave Support Scheme your employee will have been advised to self-isolate for at least four consecutive calendar days.  

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is paid at the rate of: 

  • $600.00 a week for full-time workers who were working 20 hours or more a week. 

  • $359 a week for part-time workers who were working less than 20 hours a week. 

If your employee needs to keep self-isolating for at least 11 calendar days or more and can’t work from home, you can apply for a second week payment of the Leave Support Scheme. 

For information on the Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme check out the fact sheets available in different languages which gives a summary and are linked below or visit Work and Income’s website, click here






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You’re invited! Online talanoa on Pacific Pay Gap 

The Human Rights Commission is conducting the Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry to better understand why the Pacific Pay Gap exists and how it can be closed.  

In 2020, the gap in average hourly wages experienced by Pacific men was 24%, and Pacific women were 27% compared to New Zealand European men. Pacific Pay Gaps are substantial and persistent and have not changed significantly for ten years.  

The inquiry wants to hear from Pacific businesses and self-employed contractors about what will help improve Pacific workers' working conditions and pay in the construction industry. To find out more, click here

Join the talanoa online next Wednesday, 23 March, at 4:00 pm.   

Don't forget to share this with someone interested in joining.   

What the workshop will discuss:  

  • What factors contribute to the low earnings of Pacific workers in construction?   

  • What are the solutions?   

  • What role can Pacific businesses play in improving Pacific workers' pay and working conditions? 

Register Here

Book Your Spot Now for our Digital Marketing Workshop 

Want to learn more about digital marketing and how to utilise it to grow your business? Our Digital Marketing workshop is designed to help Pacific business owners, sole traders, and entrepreneurs learn how to operate their business effectively in the digital world.  

Make sure to book your spot for next Wednesday and invite your business partner or friend(s) to join if you know they might be interested.   

When: 15 March 2022

Where: Zoom Online

This workshop will cover areas such as: 

  • Digital marketing and why it is important 

  • How to effectively use social media of your business 

  • Why a website is important for your business  

  • How to setup plus tips and tricks AND  

  • What SEO and SEM are and their importance 

Register Here

Upcoming workshops 

We have our upcoming workshops for those who might be interested. Make sure to mark your calendar, so you don’t miss out. Click here to view more. 

AUCKLAND | Subcontracting Legal Rights - Registration ( Thursday, 17 March 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM This workshop introduces you to key legal concepts involved in any contracting arrangement, with a strong emphasis on construction subcontracts. It has a practical, pragmatic focus to help contractors of all sizes.

ONLINE | Accounting and Tax Part 2 - Registration ( Tuesday, 22 March 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM This workshop is for new and existing business owners, entrepreneurs, and sole traders to strengthen their understanding of accounting and tax. 

ONLINE | Risk Management - Registration ( Thursday, 24 March 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Understand the key concepts of risk management for a small to medium-sized business. 

ONLINE | Health and Safety for General businesses workshop - Registration ( Tuesday, 29 March 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM This workshop helps you understand the Health & Safety Law functions that protect workers and learners in the workplace. 

WELLINGTON | Health and Safety workshop - Registration ( Thursday, 31 March 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM This workshop introduces you to crucial health and safety concepts and obligations you should know and understand as a small to medium business owner. 


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