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2021 wage subsidies supported 183k jobs in accom, food
10 May 2022   /

2021 wage subsidies supported 183k jobs in accom, food

Accommodation and food services had the highest proportion of jobs supported by wage subsidies in 2021, says a new report.


…now get rid of pre-departure tests – industry
2 May 2022   /

…now get rid of pre-departure tests – industry

Industry groups are calling on the government to scrap the requirement for travellers to take a pre-departure test before flying to New Zealand.


Air NZ to trial new Covid tests
2 May 2022   /

Air NZ to trial new Covid tests

Air New Zealand and the government will trial a new Covid-19 testing solution, coinciding the the arrival of more visitors back into New Zealand.


Perspectives: How flyers can avoid catching Covid on the plane
28 Apr 2022   /

Perspectives: How flyers can avoid catching Covid on the plane

Why are business travellers more at risk?


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers drop 23%
28 Apr 2022   /

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers drop 23%

A lack of travel confidence among domestic travellers contributed to a 23% drop to 72,895 in passengers flowing through Queenstown Airport in March 2022, compared to the same time last year.


New mask exemption card will help businesses – govt
27 Apr 2022  

New mask exemption card will help businesses – govt

The government will provide people who have a genuine reason for not being able to wear a face mask with a new personalised exemption card from the end of May.


Air NZ ditches domestic passenger vax mandates
14 Apr 2022   /

Air NZ ditches domestic passenger vax mandates

And from 1 May, it will also remove its ‘no jab, no fly’ vaccination policy for international customers.


NZ moves to Covid orange at midnight
13 Apr 2022   /

NZ moves to Covid orange at midnight

Bars, cafes, and restaurants will be able to fill up again with capacity and seating rules lifted, says Chris Hipkins.


Covid lockdowns push emissions down – report
13 Apr 2022   /

Covid lockdowns push emissions down – report

New Zealanders unable to travel throughout the country during 2020’s Covid-19 lockdowns saw a reduction in emissions, according to Greenhouse Gas Inventory report from the Ministry for the Environment.


Vertical integration could reduce tourism shock in crises – study
12 Apr 2022   /

Vertical integration could reduce tourism shock in crises – study

Vertically integrating tourism with other industries can help reduce its vulnerability in future crises, according to new research.


Auckland Airport urges travellers to plan for Covid testing
11 Apr 2022   /

Auckland Airport urges travellers to plan for Covid testing

Auckland Airport is urging travellers to plan ahead for Easter and school holidays by making sure they understand any entry requirements for their international destination well ahead of their departure date, and prioritise certified pre-departure testing through community pharmacies and healthcare providers.


Business chamber calls for switch to orange on Monday
8 Apr 2022   /

Business chamber calls for switch to orange on Monday

Auckland Business Chamber is calling out the government on its announcement regarding the change to the orange traffic light setting this week.


Hospitality sees red over continued Covid restrictions
5 Apr 2022   /

Hospitality sees red over continued Covid restrictions

Hospitality businesses continue to struggle at the hands of the government’s decision to keep the country in the red setting, say industry players.


PM: No change to Covid red setting, next review before Easter
5 Apr 2022  

PM: No change to Covid red setting, next review before Easter

It means capacity limits for indoor gatherings, events and hospitality venues remain capped at 200 people.


DOC lifts vax requirements for accommodation
5 Apr 2022   /

DOC lifts vax requirements for accommodation

The Department of Conservation is suspending its requirement for people to be fully vaccinated to use its accommodation, in line with updated public health guidance.


Vaccine passes out, red setting review decision today
4 Apr 2022  

Vaccine passes out, red setting review decision today

Today marks the last day for vaccination pass requirements, with Cabinet set to review the country’s traffic light settings.


Govt launches targeted rural service for RAT tests
31 Mar 2022   /

Govt launches targeted rural service for RAT tests

The Government has launched a new targeted rural service for rapid antigen tests for those who live in remote rural areas as it looks to make testing more widely available.


Waitomo council to remove vaccine pass mandate
30 Mar 2022   /

Waitomo council to remove vaccine pass mandate

Covid-19 vaccine passes will no longer be a requirement of entry at any Waitomo District Council owned and managed facility come 4 April.


Northland urges govt to extend $49m Kick-start Fund
29 Mar 2022   /

Northland urges govt to extend $49m Kick-start Fund

Taitokerau Northland leaders are calling on Tourism Minister Stuart Nash to extend the $49m Tourism Kick-start Fund to support hard-hit tourism and hospitality in the region.


Businesses keen to remove vax passes, QR scanning – survey
29 Mar 2022  

Businesses keen to remove vax passes, QR scanning – survey

Wellington and central New Zealand businesses plan to remove QR code tracer and vaccine pass requirements from 5 April, but changes to the Covid Protection Framework will have little impact, shows a survey.


Govt winds down MIQ booking system
25 Mar 2022   /

Govt winds down MIQ booking system

The government is scaling back its managed isolation and quarantine voucher booking system as decommissions its MIQ operations.


Is tourism ready to drop Covid mandates? It depends, say operators
24 Mar 2022  

Is tourism ready to drop Covid mandates? It depends, say operators

Some operators are ready to relax rules, while others are still deciding, with Air NZ saying it is not announcing any change yet.


Local councils move to lift Covid restrictions
24 Mar 2022  

Local councils move to lift Covid restrictions

Councils across the country are making changes to their Covid-19 rules following the government’s easing of restrictions.


PM: Vaccine passes, QR scanning, outdoor capacity limits to go
23 Mar 2022  

PM: Vaccine passes, QR scanning, outdoor capacity limits to go

Vaccine mandates will also be scrapped for most workplaces, says Jacinda Ardern.


Govt to unveil Covid setting changes on Wednesday
22 Mar 2022  

Govt to unveil Covid setting changes on Wednesday

to announce changes to New Zealand’s Covid settings, including vaccine passes, mandates, and the Covid Protection Framework, on Wednesday.


Vax pass requirement relaxed for some Taupō attractions
15 Mar 2022  

Vax pass requirement relaxed for some Taupō attractions

The vaccine pass will still be required at some facilities, including the Taupō Events Centre.


Queenstown Airport, SDHB set up drive-through vax clinic
10 Mar 2022   /

Queenstown Airport, SDHB set up drive-through vax clinic

Queenstown Airport and the Southern District Health Board are setting up a pop-up, drive-through vaccine clinic, primarily for the 1500 people affected by a botched vaccine storage error last December and January.


Covid isolation period to drop to seven days
9 Mar 2022  

Covid isolation period to drop to seven days

Chris Hipkins says there needs to be a balance between control and essential goods and services continuing.


DOC optimistic of uplift as Great Walks revenue falls 6%
8 Mar 2022   /

DOC optimistic of uplift as Great Walks revenue falls 6%

The department has missed out on almost $1m from its Great Walks, compared to the mostly pre-Covid 2019-20 season.


1500+ people receive faulty vaccine in Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago
8 Mar 2022   /

1500+ people receive faulty vaccine in Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago

More than 1500 people who received a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago may not be fully protected after the doses were stored incorrectly, the Southern District Health Board says.


Rhythm and Vines cans Easter event
7 Mar 2022   /

Rhythm and Vines cans Easter event

The Rhythm and Vines Easter event has been cancelled.


Tourism, hospo support urged
4 Mar 2022   /

Tourism, hospo support urged

Small New Zealand businesses are feeling the impact of widespread Covid in the community and reduced foot traffic in city centers, Buy NZ Made says.


Covid cases close Whanganui Journey Great Walk
3 Mar 2022   /

Covid cases close Whanganui Journey Great Walk

The Department of Conservation has closed the Whanganui Journey Great Walk due to confirmed cases of Covid-19 among a group of paddlers.


$118m in new Covid support payments paid
2 Mar 2022  

$118m in new Covid support payments paid

The first payments from the new COVID Support Payment have gone out, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has confirmed.


Watch: PM announces relaxed border rules
1 Mar 2022   /

Watch: PM announces relaxed border rules

“Movie-like reunion scenes” indeed for Kiwis arriving from Australia yesterday… greeted by the great news of self-isolation ending on Wednesday too, from TVNZ. 


PM: “Huge milestone for tourism” with end of self-isolation
1 Mar 2022   /

PM: “Huge milestone for tourism” with end of self-isolation

NZ’s self-isolation requirement for vaccinated arrivals will end at 11.59pm Wednesday 2 March.


Ngāi Tahu’s Rainbow Springs confirms closure
1 Mar 2022   /

Ngāi Tahu’s Rainbow Springs confirms closure

The iconic tourism attraction will close its doors for good in September.


Govt to decide today on  future of self-isolation requirement – PM
28 Feb 2022   /

Govt to decide today on future of self-isolation requirement – PM

PM Jacinda Ardern says she will announce a decision at her post-cabinet press conference.


Changes to Covid support ‘victory’ for hospo
28 Feb 2022   /

Changes to Covid support ‘victory’ for hospo

The government’s amended Covid Support Payment is a “victory” for the hospitality sector, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Large shipments of RATs arrive in NZ
28 Feb 2022  

Large shipments of RATs arrive in NZ

More than 5.2 million Rapid Antigen Tests arrived in New Zealand last week as the country moved to phase 3 of the government’s Omicron response.


Govt reviewing border self-isolation requirement
25 Feb 2022   /

Govt reviewing border self-isolation requirement

The government is expecting advice on the issue with decisions to be made within the next month.


Hospo welcomes phase 3 shift
25 Feb 2022   /

Hospo welcomes phase 3 shift

Hospitality New Zealand says the shift to phase 3 of the Omicron response is a relief and will help the sector recover and keep staff in jobs.


Whanganui urges support for local hospo
25 Feb 2022  

Whanganui urges support for local hospo

Whanganui & Partners is encouraging the public to show support for the local businesses that are facing extraordinary challenges as the Omicron outbreak grows.


NZ moves to Omicron phase 3, isolation requirements ease
24 Feb 2022  

NZ moves to Omicron phase 3, isolation requirements ease

Rapid antigen tests will also become more widely available.


Many businesses ineligible for Omicron support – Hospitality NZ
23 Feb 2022   /

Many businesses ineligible for Omicron support – Hospitality NZ

The government’s Covid Support Payment scheme unveiled on Monday will not cover businesses that experienced poor trade in January, says Hospitality New Zealand.


Relief at new Covid support, but it’s the border that matters – industry
22 Feb 2022   /

Relief at new Covid support, but it’s the border that matters – industry

The government is asked to “act with urgency” and remove the self-isolation arrivals requirement.


Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses 
22 Feb 2022  

Govt stumps up support for Omicron-impacted businesses 

Three payments capped at $24k each will be available for hard-hit businesses.


Kiwi operators plead for help as Omicron halts domestic travel…
21 Feb 2022   /

Kiwi operators plead for help as Omicron halts domestic travel…

Tourism businesses across the country say they are struggling to stay alive as the Omicron wave comes crashing down on New Zealand.


Govt expands quarantine-free travel for Pacific nations
21 Feb 2022   /

Govt expands quarantine-free travel for Pacific nations

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RATs needed to keep businesses open – ABC
21 Feb 2022  

RATs needed to keep businesses open – ABC

More rapid antigen tests (RATs) are needed so that businesses can operate without having to isolate more staff than necessary, says Auckland Business Chamber chief executive Michael Barnett.