To help understand the early impact of COVID‑19, we surveyed Auckland businesses to find out what support they needed. The overwhelming response included the resources in the areas listed below.

We have collated online resources and connections. We continue to monitor business needs and will update the resources every week to keep the support relevant to the changing economic environment our Auckland businesses are facing.



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Free websites


Kiwi small business advisory platform is helping provide businesses with a free website. The initiative is the first step in a broader vision to get every small New Zealand business selling online.

Free brand health check


Branding agency Re:Brand have developed a quick and easy questionnaire covering five key areas of business which provides a performance report on a company’s brand’s health. 

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Digital Assessment


Digital technologies are advancing at a rapid pace and allowing businesses to work better. ATEED is offering a FREE digital assessment that covers three key areas to help businesses identify their current needs, and understand the path to digital success.


Finance and cashflow management

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Cashflow management for small businesses in crisis

Business Mentors New Zealand 

Hear from industry experts Shelley Magic from MYOB and Richard Abel, Chair of the Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of NZ as they share practical cashflow management advice for small businesses. 

Cash flow forecaster

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Cash flow is critical to every business, showing what's coming in and going out. Forecasting your cash flow helps you understand your business health. Check out NZTE's latest cash flow forecasting tool to discover your business health now. 

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Useful financial tools and resources


This page includes tools and resources to help New Zealand businesses prepare for and mitigate any business effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. From managing cashflow to practical solvency guidance keep checking this page regularly for more useful tools and resources.

Government Financial Support

New Zealand Government

In response to COVID-19 the Government is acting to support the economy. The package includes a wage subsidy scheme, business cash flow and tax measures, and Māori community and business support 


Business Strategy and Continuity Planning 

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The Transformation of New Zealand


There’s not a business in New Zealand that has not been impacted by the current lockdown and the process of containment – although necessary – is causing major disruptions. Read this report to understand the three horizons that we should have our eyes on now: re-emergence, reimagination and reset. 

Step-by-step guide to BCP

New Zealand Government

Guide to developing a business continuity plan (BCP) so that you have plan B when your original plan no longer works. 

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Insolvency relief for businesses

New Zealand Companies Office

The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help businesses facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable, with the aim of keeping New Zealanders in jobs. 

Business continuity plan

Auckland Emergency Management  

This business continuity planning guide is designed to help small to medium businesses or organisations without a plan in place yet. Planning will give a better chance of recovering quickly. See below Auckland Emergency Management guides and plans.


Supply Chain and Logistics

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B2B marketplace


Connect with other New Zealand businesses that may need or have extra resources right now. This is for urgent or timely requests or offers that have come about due to disruption in the supply chain.

Air Freight Options

New Zealand Government

COVID-19 has created uncertainty for our exporters, particularly around air freight capacity and scheduling. Find out how the Government is ensuring New Zealand has the supplies it needs and enabling exporters to access air channels to key international markets.

Legal advice

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Advice for Businesses on COVID-19

Hesketh Henry 

New Zealand law firm Hesketh Henry has a dedicated webpage for COVID-19 and provides a variety of free legal advice and insight for businesses from employment issues to buying and selling property.

Legal FAQs

Simpson Grierson

New Zealand law firm Simpson Grierson has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage and FAQ section that answers many of the big questions their clients have been asking over the past few weeks, from what defines an essential business, what will insurance cover and tax implications.


HR and People Management

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Looking for work?


We’re here to help our region’s workers, businesses and economy be as resilient as possible in the face of COVID-19. We’ve collated a list of ‘job-matching’ websites to make it easier to match your skills to current job vacancies.

Securely working from home


With working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic the new normal, CertNZ recommends measures for businesses to ensure work is conducted in a secure way.


1-1 Business Support

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Business & Innovation Advisors


Our Advisors are working remotely on connecting businesses with the expert advice and support available via the Regional Business Partnership (RBPN) programme. 

Ask a question


Support network of business experts, lifting the mana of small businesses by helping them navigate COVID-19. Seek advice or offer support.

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Support and advocacy

Auckland Chamber

Advice on which Government agencies to contact for assistance and access the Chamber's influential networks.

Register for a mentor

Business Mentors New Zealand

Assistance building business capability, capacity and sustainability.


Māori and Pacific Business Support

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Māori Business Helpline

Poutama Trust

This is the COVID-19 support line for Māori businesses, for direct access to specialist advisors who can provide support for business owners and employers during these difficult times. Call 0800 4POUTAMA (0800 476 882) 

Māori Business Clinic

ATEED Māori Business Advisor

We have a dedicated Māori Business Advisor to help you grow your business. We can work with you to point you in the right direction and help you to connect with the right people, resources and programmes to support you on your business journey. Book a free 1-on-1 Business Discovery Session today.

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Pacific Business Assessment

Pacific Business Trust  

The Pacific Trust are helping Pacific organisations every day during COVID-19 with practical business assistance. Their service is free and their knowledgeable business advisors are helping in practical ways with personalised support. Get in touch for guidance.

News articles

He Waka Eke Noa 

He Waka Eke Noa connect Maori and Pasifika-owned business with public sector, private sector, Iwi and non-government clients and buyers wanting to purchase goods, service and works. See their collection of current and COVID-19 relevant news stories for Maori and Pasifika businesses. 


Health and safety

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Mental health for employers webinar


Employment Relations and Safety Manager, Paul Jarvie, talks businesses through the challenges of managing employee mental health for their staff during crisis and provides some guidance and practical tips for you to ensure everybody is receiving the right amount of support.

Endorsed Industry Guidance


Worksafe has outlined health and safety guidelines for multiple industries operating under Alert Level 3 including: construction, forestry, manufacturing, science services, real estate, financial services, transport, screen and retail. See their website for more information on how to operate safely.

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Free Tracing Option

Auckland Business Chamber 

The Auckland Business Chamber is providing a simple system based on you displaying a QR code poster for your customers to scan for contact tracing as they enter your business.


Watch and learn

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Kiwi Business Boost webinars

Get business information and support including COVID-19 guidance, suited to your needs.

  • find upcoming webinars
  • watch completed webinars
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Business Mentors webinar series

Business Mentors New Zealand have developed a series of free webinars created to assist businesses through COVID-19 business challenges. Check their resources page for past webinars, and events for upcoming ones.

Robett Hollis webinar series

Prominent entrepreneur, Robett Hollis, interviews business leaders and high-profile New Zealanders asking them the hard questions and getting their expert advice for New Zealand businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Icehouse webinar series

The Icehouse has developed a series of free webinars to help clarify and make sense of some of the most pressing topics affecting businesses and business owners during this unprecedented time.