Access these resources to ensure your business remains healthy

Apply for a wage subsidy

Applications for the wage subsidy are open. Businesses impacted by the move to Alert Level 4 (from 17 August, 2021) can apply for the Government’s wage subsidy. Wage subsidy applications are now open and will close at 11.59pm on Thursday, 2 September, 2021. All New Zealand businesses and self-employed people that meet eligibility criteria can apply for this subsidy.


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Access a resurgence payment

The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations due to a COVID-19 Alert Level increase to Level 2 or higher. If your business or organisation is facing a reduction in revenue, you may be eligible for the RSP.

A business or organisation must have experienced at least a 30% drop in revenue or a 30% decline in capital-raising ability over a 7-day period, due to the increased COVID-19 alert level.

When the RSP is activated, eligible businesses and organisations can apply to receive the lesser of:

  • $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs
  • Four times (4x) the actual revenue decline experienced by the applicant


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Get your business online

Making sure your business has online presence is also important during alert level changes. Digital Boost is a resource which can help get your business online. Digital Boost provides free online tools to help do business online, create digital strategies, streamline business practices and use digital tools for growth. The Digital Boost programme uses self-paced training and tools and teaches skills to launch businesses into the digital world.


Use Digital Boost


Contact us directly for support

Our local economy has dealt well with the effects of Covid before. It has been resilient, it will be again. Please get in touch with us directly if you are needing urgent business support clarification, our Whanganui & Partners section can connect you with our team.

Advice available for the rural sector

Government-developed guidance is available for those working in the primary industries. This includes advice for farms and agricultural businesses during Alert Level 4, and Alert Level 3.


Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme

If you employ 50 or fewer staff, you may be able to apply for the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme. This is a one-off 5 year loan. You can borrow a maximum of $10,000 plus $1,800 per full-time-equivalent employee within your business.

Loans will be interest free if they are paid back within 2 years. The interest rate is 3% for a maximum term of 5 years.


Apply for a Cashflow Loan


Help with your tax

Inland Revenue may be able to help if your business is finding it hard to meet your tax obligations due to COVID-19.


Find out more here

About Whanganui & Partners

We work to promote Whanganui as a destination to live, visit, work, study and invest. Our activities also include supporting new and existing businesses, bringing events to Whanganui and providing the latest economic data, analysis and commentary on the Whanganui district.

Our Partners

Our relationships form an intrinsic part of our culture and how we work as an organisation. Along with our partners, we help with the facilitation of guidance or expertise. We lead in consultation with a range of partners and stakeholders and work with them to realise the full potential of Whanganui.

Our partnerships lead to better outcomes for our businesses and community.

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