Business Update – 26 May 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. New Zealand Pauses Travel Bubble With Victoria New Zealand has halted quarantine-free travel with Victoria as a new cluster emerged on Tuesday. This marks the fourth time the travel bubble has been disrupted since it started last month. The suspension took effect at 8:00 pm on Tuesday and is…  Read more

Business Update – 12 May 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. 500 Extra Managed Isolation Spaces Every Fortnight For Skilled and Critical Workers The government has announced 500 spaces a fortnight in managed isolation will be allocated over the next 10 months – the majority for skilled and critical workers. The current policy is for at least 10% of MIQ…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 14 April 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Ardern to Border Workers: Get Vaccinated or Be Redeployed Border staff have until the end of April to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Otherwise, they will be redeployed to lower risk roles, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. This comes after a third worker from Auckland’s Grand Millenium isolation facility…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 17 March 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Auckland Rejoins the Rest of NZ at Alert Level 1 All remaining restrictions in Auckland have been lifted after no locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 were reported for two weeks. The city now joins the rest of the country in Alert Level 1, which means there are no restrictions…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 10 March 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Auckland Back to Alert Level 2, Rest of NZ to Alert Level 1 Early this week, Auckland returned to Alert Level 2 status that involves eased restrictions, allowing diners and shoppers back into stores and meeting with those they don’t live with. Meanwhile, the rest of the nation can…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 24 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Experts say Auckland Still Has ‘Low Risk’ of Outbreak Experts are confident Auckland still faces a low risk of community outbreak, despite the latest COVID-19 case being a “casual plus” contact of the community cases linked to the February outbreak. However, one epidemiologist warns it’s possible the current cluster…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 17 February 2021

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. NZ Imposes 3-Day Lockdown in Auckland On Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a three-day lockdown in Auckland after reports of 3 new local COVID-19 cases. This requires everyone to stay at home except for essential work and shopping. NZ ranked the best performing in terms of containment of…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 16 December 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas that will help us all move forward. NZ Economy Shows Faster Recovery from COVID-19 Impact New Zealand is expected to bounce back sooner from the impact of COVID-19 than previously thought, but large deficits and rising debt levels will have a lasting effect on the economy. The country’s Treasury…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 9 December 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas that will help us all move forward. Bluetooth Tracking Launched as QR Scanning Rates Decline The government has launched a Bluetooth close contact tracking technology to boost the response in case of a COVID-19 outbreak. This means Kiwis will be able to use the Covid Tracer app on their…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 2 December 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas that will help us all move forward. Small Business Employment Rebounds Past Pre-COVID Levels The number of people employed by small businesses increased 1.4% in October compared with pre-COVID-19 levels, according to the latest data by Xero. This showed that the economy was performing consistently, with week-on-week growth in…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 25 November 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas that will help us all move forward. Government Working Through Ramifications of Vaccine The Government is working out how many people would need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the borders could be opened. According to COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins, it could still be 12 to 18 months…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 18 November 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas that will help us all move forward. Government Fast Tracks $2.9 Million for NZ Biotech Firm to Build Vaccine Lab The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has approved a $2.9 million payment for Biocell to upgrade its research facility in Papatoetoe, Auckland to manufacture a potential COVID-19 vaccine.…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 4 November 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas that will help us all move forward. Investment in NZ Startups Remains Stable Despite Lockdowns Investment in New Zealand startups has remained resilient despite the business disruption brought by COVID-19 restrictions, according to the latest Startup Investment report from PwC and the Angel Association. Deep tech and SaaS (software…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 28 October 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for the latest updates and some ideas that will help us all move forward. NZ Exports Holding Up Despite COVID-19 Crisis Latest figures by Stats NZ show a decline of $5.9 billion in imports and a $1.2 billion increase in exports for September 2020 compared to the same period last year. This resulted in an annual…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 21 October 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Lately, economists have been talking about a “K-shaped” recovery from the current recession. As this article in The Conversation explains, this kind of recovery happens when different parts of the economy recover at different rates. White-collar workers who can more easily work remotely may have an easier and faster path to recovery than blue-collar and service workers who…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 15 October 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. Survey: NZ Businesses Prepared to Innovate In an Asia Pacific survey by Microsoft, about a quarter of 420 New Zealand businesses were leaders in promoting innovation, significantly more than the Asia Pacific average of 8%. It was also found that nearly two-thirds of New Zealand organisations were speeding up the adoption of…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 7 October 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. Auckland to Move to Alert Level 1 Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm on Wednesday night. Under level 1, Aucklanders will now be able to go about life as usual, which is great news as it will likely mean business activity will pick up. However, it is important to…  Read more

Why You Need a Financial Plan

Countries in recession, unemployment rates rising, multiple economic indicators at their all-time lows, increased market volatility– these are just some of the economic impacts we’re seeing as a result of the pandemic. As we continue to battle the COVID-19 crisis, it is important for everyone, especially those who have had their income stream affected, to keep their finances in check and proactively find ways to navigate to recovery. By creating…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 16 September 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. Restrictions to be Lifted in Most of Country on Sep 21 COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted across the country on September 21, except in Auckland, which has been the centre of the second wave of infections. However, cabinet will review the current rules for Auckland at its September 21 meeting, potentially increasing…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 9 September 2020

Hello again – welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. Keeping Auckland at Alert Level 2.5 Mayor Phil Goff says keeping Auckland at Alert Level 2.5 is the right decision and is asking residents to continue playing their part. Moving too early can cause further resurgence of the virus, so everyone is urged to stay the course. At Alert Level 2.5, social…  Read more

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