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New Zealand could suffer one of the worst contractions in economic activity due to the Covid-19 lockdown, according to a new report.
The $3bn Provincial Growth Fund is being repurposed to combat the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The finance minister has made a number of changes to the scheme, which has so far paid out $2.7bn.
Airways New Zealand’s air traffic controllers will defer a planned pay increase in response to the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on the aviation sector.
People with an urge to snitch on neighbours and others they think are flouting lockdown rules can go online to let off steam.
Hikers are urged to stay off the Hakarimata Summit Trail managed by the Department of Conservation and Waikato District Council.
Airbnb hosts may provide homes that follow new cleanliness protocols based on recommendations from medical experts.
Nelson City Council is closing its reserves with mountain bike trails during the Covid-19 shutdown.
Marlborough residents are being encouraged to enjoy the region’s open spaces but reminded to stay in their “bubble” when using them and not to take any risks.
The Govt has outlined the measures taken following the collapse of tourism and mayor Jim Boult’s call for more help.
Experience Co and EVENT have closed most of their Australasian operations.
Harbourmasters from across the country are urging boaties to stay off the water during the four-week long Covid-19 lockdown.
The International Air Transport Association has written to the heads of government of 18 states in Asia Pacific region to appeal for emergency support to airlines as they fight for survival due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Hawke’s Bay has three new cases of Covid-19, one of which is linked to the Ruby Princess cruise ship.
Port of Tauranga has withdrew its earnings guidance for the year to 30 June 2020 due to the impact of Government measures against Covid-19.
Air New Zealand Cargo has introduced a range of charter service to keep cargo moving to and from New Zealand during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Bed & Breakfast Association has compiled relevant official information to help small bed and breakfast operators suffering through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Go with Tourism has pivoted from building New Zealand’s tourism workforce to supporting the industry’s employees in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The money had been allocated to 244,887 workers across 72,913 applications to the programme.
BusinessNZ and the Council of Trade Unions have jointly urged all New Zealand businesses to combat the spread of Covid-19 and also maintain as many jobs as possible.
The Employers and Manufacturers Association has rallied members on the first day of New Zealand’s four-week lockdown.
The Government is working to help foreign nationals in Queenstown laid off because of the Covid-19 pandemic, says the resort’s mayor, Jim Boult.
Auckland Airport has suspended $2bn of capital expenditure projects, moved to cut executive and employee pay, and reduced its headcount as part of a range of measures to combat Covid-19’s sudden impact on tourism and aviation markets.
The guidelines provide advice to accommodation suppliers taking self-isolation guests or essential workers.
Around a quarter-of-a-million are visiting – many of them overseas-based Kiwis – as a state of emergency is declared.
Tourism businesses need to check their leases for “no access” clauses due to the Covid-19 lockdown, says a commercial property specialist.
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels says it is now almost certain that its hotel operations for the first and second half of 2020 will trade at a loss.
The Government has passed new legislation under urgency to provide tax relief to businesses and individuals.
Air New Zealand will operate a limited international network from March 30 to May 31 to enable essential travel and to keep air freight moving to North America and Asia.
Fullers has introduced an alternative timetable to support those who need essential.
The UN World Tourism Organization and the World Health Organization are calling on entrepreneurs to help the tourism sector recover from Covid-19.
Sealord is offering seasonal work to people whose jobs have been impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Jobs will be lost across all of the group, says the company.
Arrivals required to stand down are providing “a reasonable amount of business” for some companies.
Holiday parks are the best option for campervan visitors as districts close or limit freedom camping sites.
As we adjust to life with the new coronavirus around us, our behaviours and habits are quickly changing. What will be the impact of these changes on the organisations and industries around us?
The deadline for domestic travel for those trying to get home has also been extended.
Bank loans of up to $500k – 80% underwritten by the Govt – will be available for SMEs.
Airports are on “credit watch with negative implications” by S&P Global Ratings but the ratings service remains optimistic about recovery post-Covid-19.
Police in Picton say they are providing traffic management support at the ferry terminals in the town due to heavy congestion.
Queenstown Airport terminal is open only to passengers with confirmed travel who are arriving to board their flight.
The Department of Conservation is closing all huts and campsites.
Fish & Game New Zealand says anglers and hunters should stay home while New Zealand is at Covid19 Alert level 4.
“Stick to simple outdoor exercise,” is the message from the chairman of the Search and Rescue council Peter Mersi.
There may be worse to come as investors take the hit and run to cash, says a broker.
The country’s tourism associations have welcomed the Government’s expansion of support for businesses with hopes it will mean more jobs can be saved as the industry grinds to a halt.
GO Rentals has made more than half of its workers redundant as the downturn and impending lockdown brings tourism to a standstill.
Ongoing costs during the four-week closure means some businesses will shut for good.
The Government has unveiled a number initiatives to help businesses and workers get through the following month as the country goes into lockdown.
Grant Robertson announces an expansion of the support plan after the PM declares the country is going into lockdown.