Information from the Ministry of Social Development:
We are in unprecedented times as we go into lockdown to combat COVID-19. The Ministry of Social Development is here to help employers work through these difficult times. Already we have had well over 100,000 businesses across New Zealand apply for the Wage Subsidy which is helping, and the Taranaki Whanganui King Country regional Work Services team has also heard that a number of businesses have not yet seen the information about the available resources.
Below are the links and contact numbers of resources available. Our advice is to explore the options to help you save as many jobs as possible. If you have already applied for a Wage Subsidy, it will also pay to check in from time to time to see if there is any further assistance available. If there are any other businesses you know of who need help, please send this email on to them as we want the information about all of the help that is available to get as wide a coverage as possible and keep New Zealanders in work.
This website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.
and the number to call is 0800 779 997
COVID-19 General Support:
If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, we may be able to provide financial support. You may be self-isolating at home, or your work may be affected.
COVID-19 Employer Support:
We have a Wage subsidy and Leave Payment available to support employers affected by COVID-19.
0800 40 80 40
Latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.
Health Line if you believe you are infected or need medical advice 0800 358 5453
How to look after your mental health and wellbeing when you have to stay at home.
Stress and Counselling:
You can get more help and information from:
What are essential businesses?
If you need one to one assistance, our Work Broker team are still operational and are available by phone.