Covid-19, Financial Support and Other Resources

A collection of resources to support and your business respond to Covid-19.

Updated: Wednesday 27th September 2021

Auckland is at Alert Level 3. These settings will be reviewed on Monday 4 October.

The rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. These settings will be reviewed on Monday 4 October.

The Covid-19 Wage Subsidy and Covid-19 Resurgence Support Payment are back.

Staying Updated

New Zealand's response to Covid-19 remains flexible and the situation has the potential to change quickly. Use the official United Against Covid-19 website to stay informed and understand how the current response measures impact your business.

Guidance for employees, employers and businesses can also be found on the Employment New Zealand website.

Financial Support

Information about financial support for businesses affected by Covid-19 is being updated regularly. We recommend referring to the Work and Income website for the most up to date information.

Covid-19 Wage Subsidy August/September 2021

The Government has announced that a wage subsidy will be available to businesses impacted by New Zealand moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 on 17 August 2021.

It will be available to all New Zealand businesses and self-employed people that meet eligibility criteria.

Applications for a third round of Wage Subsidy are open from Friday 17th September 2021.

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy will be paid at a flat rate of:

  • $600.00 for full-time employees
  • $359.00 for part-time employees.

The subsidy will be paid as a lump sum and cover a 2 week period.

Employers must endeavour to pay employees a minimum of 80% of their normal income for the subsidised period, if agreed by the employee/s.

Covid-19 and Thankyou Payroll

Thankyou Payroll's services will continue as normal during all Covid-19 alert levels. Our Customer Success Team will be online from 8:30am, Monday-Friday, to respond to your emails and calls.

If your business is the recipient of Covid-19 financial support to assist with wage payments, you continue to process your pays as normal in Thankyou Payroll. Use the Standard Pay type, which you regularly use.

Do not transfer the financial support lump sums to Thankyou Payroll. Only transfer the Total Deposit highlighted when processing a pay.

Lean more about how to process Covid-19 Financial Support in Thankyou Payroll.

Helpful Links

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