COVID-19 Update from the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce

  

27th March 2020

Across New Zealand, our communities have moved into Level 4 alert as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce is here to support businesses as they move into this four-week lockdown. We urge businesses to stay connected through technology and also stay informed to make sure they are reaching the support available and working within the restrictions laid out throughout this period.

The latest updates on the level 4 alert can be found on Business.govt.nz.

IRD has also released information on their operations over the coming weeks and how people can reach them. In these extraordinary circumstances, ensuring people get their entitlements, including their Covid-19 relief, is an essential service and Inland Revenue’s top priority.

Like most organisations, they are now required to operate very differently. Their phone services will be severely limited and the only effective way to contact them, will be online and through myIR.

Within Inland Revenue, all front office services in all localities are now closed and all staff, except a small number of special exceptions, will be working from home.

Further Resources:

•             Latest media release from IRD - here

•             Resilient Organisations: Business Continuity Planning document - here

•             Employer Guide: Implementing your business pandemic plans and guide: Working from home policy

•             Applications for subsidies and payments can be made via the Ministry of Social Development, at www.workandincome.govt.nz, with payment targeted within five days of application.

•             The BusinessNZ Network is supporting businesses and operating a nationwide Advice Line that is available to all businesses. Please call 0800 800 362

•             The Wellington Chamber helpline is available to Kāpiti members also, 0800 800 362, use code WGTNNZ.

•             The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce website with information and links to previous emails and the latest media releases.

•             WellingtonNZ website.

•             The list for “essential business” the full list can be found here.

 

Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce 

Previous offers of business support for local businesses from our members can be found here.

 

WellingtonNZ Webinars

All webinar sessions have been recorded and you can find them online here.

-Navigating our future of work 

-Cashflow, Accounting, Leadership, Remote Working and Mental Health

If you have a free of charge service that you would like to offer the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce members during this time, to support our community and local businesses please get in touch!

 

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COVID-19 Alert Level Increase: Advice for Kapiti Businesses

 Kāpiti, 24 March 2020 - The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce supports the Government’s decision to move to Level 3 and 4 response against COVID-19, and is urging the business community to remain connected as the country enters the four-week lockdown beginning tomorrow.

 Jacinda Thorn, Chair of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce says while the situation will get harder, it will also get better.

 “Our focus is on equipping our members with practical support to help them manage through the next few weeks.  We are offering a Member to Member support service, where you can either offer or ask for, free advice in areas like strategy and cashflow management.

 “We are also working closely with the Kāpiti Coast District Council, WellingtonNZ and our Chamber Network to access up-to-date information and business support.

  “We understand many of our businesses will be uncertain about the future - particularly those who will need to close.  The Government has widened its business support package, and I urge all local businesses to access support on offer during the next three months. It is my hope that by being proactive, and supporting each other, we can all adapt to the ‘new normal’,” says Jacinda Thorn.

  

  • Business seeking additional information about the COVID-19 response can access Government updates from www.business.govt.nz
  • Applications for subsidies and payments can be made via the Ministry of Social Development, at www.workandincome.govt.nz, with payment targeted within five days of application.
  • The BusinessNZ Network is supporting businesses and operating a nationwide Advice Line that is available to all businesses. Please call 0800 800 362
  • The Wellington Chamber helpline is available to Kāpiti members also, 0800 800 362, use code WGTNNZ.

 

 The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kāpiti. Over 300 members in Kāpiti belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership.

 

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Kāpiti’s businesses are already feeling the effects of COVID-19, as the response to the virus rapidly evolves.

 

 We want to assure our members the Chamber is focused on:

  • The care and well-being of our members and the wider business community
  • Ensuring our businesses can easily access practical advice and guidance if they need assistance

We are working closely with the Kāpiti Coast District Council, WellingtonNZ and our National Chamber Network to provide support and advice to our members. We are arranging a business community workshop with WellingtonNZ for next Tuesday, 24 March, to give advice and guidance on navigating impacts on business.

The Government announced a $12.1 billion dollar package to help business, employers and employees. We will continue to advocate for our local businesses in the medium and long-term as well.

I want to stress the importance of supporting our local businesses and shopping local. Now is the time for us to support each other as a business community.

You can find out more below on how to seek assistance.

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce also has a comprehensive range of advice here: https://hello.wecc.org.nz/covid-19/

There is a support line for businesses needing advice 0800 800 362 quote WGTNNZ.   

If you have any issues or further questions, please email us at admin@kapitichamber.org.nz.

 

We will continue to update as new information is made available.

 

Latest COVID-19 Kāpiti Chamber Newsletters

March 23rd 2020

March 20th 2020

March 25th 2020

March 27th 2020

 

Latest COVID-19 Kāpiti Chamber Media Releases

Media-Release-COVID-19-Alert-Level-Increase-Advice-for-Kapiti-Businesses-.pdf

 

 

COVID-19 Support Package Positive News for Kāpiti Business

Kāpiti, 18 March 2020 - The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Government’s COVID-19 Economic Support Package announced today and believes it will give businesses some breathing space as the broader impact of the virus is felt.

Including support for employers, employees, contractors and self-employed, Jacinda Thorn, Chair of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce says the package gives confidence to businesses.

“It offers wage subsidies for affected businesses, business tax changes to free up cash-flow, and additional COVID-19 leave and self-isolation support. Importantly, it also covers the self-employed which is critical for Kāpiti as we have a 27.9% strong self-employed business community,” says Jacinda Thorn.

The Kāpiti Chamber is focused on providing practical, accessible support to its members and is working closely with the Kāpiti Coast District Council and WellingtonNZ to provide this.

“We’ve acted swiftly to provide additional support to our businesses, many who are already feeling the effects of COVID-19. We don’t know how the situation will evolve over the coming weeks, so we want to provide practical tools to our members now, to help them get through as best they can.

“This is a rapidly changing situation, and our priority is the care and wellbeing of our members. We will continue to advocate for them in both the short and long-term, as the effects of the COVID-19 continue to affect our businesses,” says Jacinda Thorn.

Over the coming days, the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce will announce details of an initiative with Wellington NZ next week to assist local businesses.

Applications for subsidies and payments can be made from the 17 March 2020 to the Ministry of Social Development, at www.workandincome.govt.nz, with payment targeted within five days of application.
The Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce exists to advance the economy by creating wealth and employment and solve local business issues by providing a collective voice for business in Kāpiti. Over 300 members in Kāpiti belong to the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce to stay connected, network and gain knowledge and support from our local membership.