Useful Information Regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak

2020 Challenges

We welcome you to share any of the information below that you feel may be useful for your colleagues, friends, or whānau. Please check in with yourselves and others at this time – We are all in this together.

2020 has brought several unprecedented challenges. The most recent being the spread of COVID-19. Maintaining stability, and minimising disruption to the well-being of ourselves and our community, financially, physically, and emotionally is vital.

Below we have compiled some useful information from:

Message from the World Health Organisation:

“This is a new virus and a new situation. We’re all learning, and we must all find new ways to prevent infections, save lives, and minimize impact. All countries have lessons to share.

There are simple, effective things we can all do to reduce the risk of infection for ourselves and those around us.

  • Clean your hands regularly with an alcohol-based rub or soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow if you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel and large social gatherings.
  • Comply with the advice of your local or national health authority.
  • Find and share reliable information.
  • And finally, you can give (click here to donate).

Together with the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, WHO is today launching the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, to enable individuals and organisations to contribute.

Until now, we have been relying mainly on governments to support the response.”
New Zealand Government – Business Support Package

Recently, the Government announced a $12.1 billion dollar business support package – one of the largest packages in the world (on a per-capita basis).

The package includes:

  • Initial $500 million boost for health
  • $5.1 billion in wage subsidies for affected businesses in all sectors and regions, available from today. Click here for more information.
  • $126 million in COVID-19 leave and self-isolation support
  • $2.8 billion income support package for our most vulnerable
  • $100 million redeployment package
  • $2.8 billion in business tax changes to free up cash flow
  • $600 million initial aviation support package

For more details/fact-sheets, click here.

Where can you keep informed?

The Ministry of Health has up-to-date information for New Zealand on:

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has great resources for businesses here.

Personal Well-Being

The Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) as well as Auckland DHB have information on self-care tips.

The Mental Health Foundation has information on the top ‘5 Ways to Well-Being’.

Xero also have tips on how to access the XAP services (Xero Assitance Programme) and they also have webinar recordings focused on wellbeing.

We encourage you to prioritise caring for yourself and others at this time, and to reach out if you need help in any way. We are all in this together.