Covid-19 Alert Level 1. United in Recovery

New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.

For everything you need to know and updates visit Unite for the recovery
District-wide information and support is available at United in Recovery.

Business Support

Information for our business community

COVID-19 Business Helpline 0800 500 362

This page has been created as a useful resource for our business community to find the latest business support from Government and innovative solutions from fellow kiwis as we work to pull through COVID-19 together.

Rangitīkei District Council is working closely with our regional economic development agencies and with Government. We periodically send out links to surveys so that the decision makers can hear directly from you. Your input helps to shape the Government’s response and ensures that the needs of Rangitīkei are captured.
If you would like your business to be on the email list please send a request to

Financial support that every business in Rangitīkei needs to be aware of:

  • The Government has removed the $150,000 cap on its wage subsidy scheme, so that all employers can now access the full payments to subsidise each of their workers’ salaries.
  • NZTE’s regional business partner network has made $5000 available in fully funded support for all businesses to cover costs relating to HR, health & wellness, business continuity planning, cashflow and finance. To access the funding, you will need to register on the Regional Business Partner portal and have a remote meeting with your local Regional Growth Adviser.
  • The Government has announced it will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shock to support their immediate cashflow needs. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme will provide assistance of up to $100,000 to firms employing 50 or fewer full time equivalent employees. Loans will be interest free if they are paid back within a year. After that, the interest rate will be 3% for a maximum term of five years. Repayments are not required for the first two years. Applications will open on 12 May and be managed by Inland Revenue.
    See the official Government announcement of 1 May for more detail.

Farm Specific Support

In many regions, drought and the effects of COVID-19 restrictions have combined to create feed pressure for farmers. Now is the time to seek help and plan for the next few months. There are a range of options available to support you practically, financially, and mentally, and help you maintain the welfare of your livestock. The following information is available:

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2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund Find out about the 2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund, the eligibility criteria, and how to apply.

Getting Support with your feed planning Find out what feed planning assistance is available to you.

Managing Stress and Uncertainty How we think about and deal with pressure has a huge impact on our ability to navigate uncertain times says Clinical Psychologist Sarah Donaldson. Brought to you by Farm Strong

Financial Information collated by BWR Chartered Accounts – Covid-19 Assistance for Farmers [PDF]

Five Ways to Wellbeing International research found that people who thrive have five things in common. They feel connected with others, take notice of the simple things, give regularly, keep learning and are physically active. These ‘five ways to wellbeing’ can make a huge difference to your life. The key is to lock them in each day in small ways so they become a habit.

Discretionary Relief/Income Equalisation IRD has assistance under the scheme for farmers and customers whose current or future income will be significantly affected by extreme events.

* Please check back often as we will update as more information comes in.

Great links to check out:

COVID-19 Business Support Full information on the Government’s allocation of additional funding to the Regional Business Partner Network to support New Zealand businesses and service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Information for businesses The government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses.

IRD Small organisations - visits/seminars/webinars/advice IRD’s Community compliance team are offering education and advice to new and small organisations. With travelling seminars and online webinars getting posted regularly.

IRD Tax relief Tax relief and income assistance

Workplace Guidance for employers and employees

Keep New Zealand Working a Talent Portal connecting people needing work with Employers needing to hire.

Manaaki Your support network of business experts. Simply ask a business related question and have a range of experts help you out.

SOS Business Businesses can register with this not-for-profit initiative supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic where customers can buy a voucher now, redeem and later, giving business a much needed cash injection.

Swiftly is an initiative to get business back up and running at Level 3 and beyond. It’s a free, lightweight store that companies can set up for online click and collect and delivery in minutes. Get your free store up and running today at

A great range of business webinars: CEDA is continually creating a brilliant range of business webinars that you can either watch live or any time that suits you. Form business continuity to communication, marketing to restocking life in hospitality

Business Mentors: If you feel like you and your business could really with an experienced business mentor please contact CEDA 0800 CEDA SUPPORT (233 278) to get in touch with the right support. And equally if you think you can offer some expertise and real life experience from your own business ventures and you would like to help others in through the current challenges, get in touch with Business Mentors to find out how you can serve the community.

Uniting for Recovery

It has been proven to us that when we band together as a country and as a community we can achieve miraculous things. The same is true when we look at our economy and our people. Council is committed to working together for the betterment of our district and the following are some of the ways that we are asking you to join us

YES – Youth Employment Success

Health and safety and decreasing opportunities is making harder and harder for youth to get into work experience or even tag along with their parents to work. In answer to that 100% Sweet have partnered with YES to provide opportunities to youth to connect to businesses in a real world way. It involves a professional short video clip of your business and staff, talking about what the job entails and how the business and industry is a great career path option. Further the business can choose from a selection of real world help they can offer an interested youth. Such options include a coffee catch up, business walk through, CV review, desk shadow, internship and lots more. As a business you decide what you can offer it may be just a coffee date it may be the full package. This page clearly outlines what all those potential Opportunity Types are.

100% Sweet further works with youth to help them successfully complete a work ready passport which covers a range of skills from the importance of turning up on time to begin drug free, first aid and basic health and safety.

If your business would like to participate in this amazing initiative please email 100%Sweet on

Mahi Tahi

Mahi Tahi is the Rangitikei Employment Programme that has Council is working in collaboration with the Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs, MSD and Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa Business and Education Centre on an employment programme for those looking for work, and businesses looking for staff. The collective community approach to this programme has a focus on individual training, holistic wellbeing and success for both jobseekers and business. We are committed to working with local employers and jobseekers to provide effective solutions for all. If you are unemployed OR, if you are a business needing staff and seeking assistance with training or incentivisation, you can register your interest on these forms Job Seeker / Employer or directly with James at james.towers@rangitikei.govt.nzor 020 4168 6902

We are holding events for both employers and jobseekers and continually advertising job opportunities all of which can be found on the Mahi Tahi Facebook page and Councils website and social media.