Current as of 24th September 2020 – The Greater Auckland Area is now at Alert Level 2. The additional restrictions have been removed from Auckland. The rest of NZ is at Alert Level 1.

COVID-19 Resources

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New Government COVID-19 Website

The new Government website dedicated entirely to COVID-19 can be found here:

Unite against COVID-19

For details on the additional restrictions on Level 2 gatherings in Auckland, visit this link. Most importantly for venues:

“Visits to public and event venues are not social gatherings. This means public and event venues can have up to 100 customers within any defined space.

Public and event venues include:

  • restaurants and cafes
  • swimming pools and gyms
  • libraries, and museums
  • cinemas, theatres, stadiums, concert venues
  • conference venues
  • casinos.

You should keep 1 metre physical distance from people you don’t know.

Contact tracing

You should sign in to a venue with either:

  • the NZ COVID Tracer app and QR codes, or
  • an alternative contact tracing system.

All businesses must display an NZ COVID Tracer QR code for each business location. This came into effect at 11:59am Wednesday 19 August 2020.”

This website literally unites all the others. Here you will find information and links to:

  • the Ministry of Health,
  • Financial Assistance,
  • Advice on Alert Levels and Self-Isolation,
  • Staying mentally healthy,
  • and Latest Updates.

Read more on the latest definitions of Alert Levels here: COVID-19 Alert System

PLEASE download and use the NZ COVID Tracer App to assist in the fight to stop COVID. It is possible to log manual entries and backdate them to include your recent movements. Businesses, it is simple and quick to get your own QR code to display.

All businesses must display the government QR code poster for use with the NZ COVID Tracer App, by 19 August.

Wearing Masks is now a form of PPE recommended to reduce the spread of COVID in certain situations depending on Alert Level. Read the details on when and how to wear a mask here. In the event you do not have a mask, other face coverings – such as a bandana – are acceptable and preferable to using no mask at all.

On 15th July, in response to increasing cases overseas, the Government shared the “Stamp it Out” plan for responding in the event new cases of COVID-19 present themselves past our borders. The PDF Plan shows 3 possible scenarios and how the Government will react in each case:

  1. A contained cluster within a community.
  2. A large cluster within a region.
  3. Multiple clusters, spread nationally (i.e. from a major event attended by a person with COVID).
IRD COVID-19 Tax Relief

The IRD page on COVID-19 can be found here:


There are many topic to choose from, including:

  • Latest Policy Initiatives; this includes the Small Business Cashflow Scheme. Small to medium business owners, including sole traders and the self-employed, may be eligible for a one-off loan if they have been adversely affected by COVID-19. The Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme has been extended until the end of 2020. Applications opened on 12 May 2020 and can now be submitted up to and including 31 December 2020.
  • Information for Individuals and Families
  • How to Manage your Tax; including changes to your responsibilities around filing and paying.
  • Information for Businesses and Organisations; you will find many topics here, including the Small Business Cashflow Scheme (SBCS) again, other tax schemes available, the wage and leave subsidies, GST issues and Income Tax issues, and information for the self-employed.

**We highly recommending exploring and reading all the options available to you under the Information for Businesses and Organisations. There are far too many to outline them all here. It may seem a daunting amount of information to read through, but a thorough search could help your business or family.**

The wage subsidies page will bring you to pages of “issues” for both employers and the self-employed. They give examples for a variety of self-employed and employer situations which are very helpful for clarifying eligibility and taxation in various situations.

Please read these implications thoroughly, and consult your accountant or call IRD directly if you have any questions on the taxation or implications. For example: receiving the payment as a lump-sum prior to 1st April 2020 will have an impact on your taxes for the year ending 31st March 2020.

In addition, IRD have released the following Advice :

“If your business is unable to pay its taxes on time due to the impact of COVID-19, we understand, you don’t need to contact us right now.

Get in touch with us when you can, and we’ll write-off any penalties and interest.

It would help if you continue to file however, as the information is used to make correct payments to people, and to help the Government continue to respond to what is happening in the economy.”

ACC – Invoicing Delayed Until October

Invoices for the 2020/21 financial year would usually have been sent from 1 July but will now be issued in October.

Payment options will be available once invoices are sent in October, to further assist businesses in managing payment of their invoice.

If you aren’t significantly impacted by COVID-19 and would like to pay your invoice, you can request to receive your invoice as usual. Please consider this carefully, and only request this option if you’re able to pay any resulting invoices in full, or through an installment plan. Read all the details from ACC here. 

Employers, ensure the impact of COVID-19 is reflected in your ACC levy! Read more here.
Work and Income

Work and Income New Zealand have a page dedicated to COVID-19 here:


Wage subsidy support for businesses to cover those affected by the latest Level 3 and Level 2 restrictions has been extended. The COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy applies nationally to any business with a 40% decline in revenue for any consecutive period of at least 14 days within 12 August and 14 September. It opens for applications on 21 August.

This means WINZ will have 4 payments available to support employers affected by COVID-19; this includes the Wage Subsidy Extension and Leave Support.

The 4th is an Income Relief Payment for those who have lost jobs (including self-employed persons) from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 due to COVID-19. The Income Relief Payment is paid for up to 12 weeks while you don’t have a job. You can’t get the Income Relief Payment at the same time as a main benefit. You don’t need to pay tax on this payment. If you’re eligible for the payment, you can get:

  • $490 per week if you were previously working 30 hours or more a week
  • $250 per week if you were previously working 15 hours to 29 hours a week.

The Wage Subsidy Extension is now available, but you cannot apply for an employee until their original 12 week Wage Subsidy has finished. Applications are open from 10 June 2020 to 1 September 2020.

  • You must have had a revenue loss of at least 40% for a continuous 30 day period. This period needs to be in the 40 days before you apply (but no earlier than 10 May 2020) and must be compared to the closest period last year.
  • It will cover 8 weeks per employee from the date you submit your application.
  • It will be paid to you as a lump sum at the same weekly rate as the Wage Subsidy.
  • As with the Wage Subsidy there are certain obligations to meet. Read the WINZ website for details.

The payments are:

  • $585.80 for people working 20+ hrs per week
  • $350.00 for people working less than 20 hrs per week

The original wage subsidy covered 12 weeks, but the maximum paid to any one business was lifted at 23rd March. This was a subsidy for wages only and all applying had to meet certain criteria and adhere to certain obligations.

  • If your situation has changed, or you applied for a larger subsidy than you should have, or you’re just unsure, you can learn more on their Obligations and repayments pages.

Please read all parts of the WINZ pages before applying for your chosen support to ensure you fully understand your responsibilities under each payment type.

**[Casual employees can receive the wage subsidy through their employer. Casual employees can also apply for the Wage Subsidy on their own (see the video from Jacinda Ardern posted to our Facebook page on 5th April for this content).]** New information on the WINZ website states:

  • If you’re working multiple jobs, each of your employers may be able to get the Wage Subsidy Extension to help pay you.
  • If you’re a casual employee, your employer can apply for you if:
    • you’re employed by them at the time they apply, and
    • you would have expected to work during the time they will receive the subsidy.
  • If you get ACC earnings related compensation, your employer can’t apply for you. But they can apply for you if you’ve returned to work and no longer get ACC.
  • If you’re self-employed and an employee, and your employer has already applied for a Wage Subsidy Extension for you, you can still apply as a self-employed person.

There is also a questionnaire you can complete to check what assistance or payments you could get from WINZ.

WINZ is also administering an Apprenticeship Support Program that will be implemented from August 2020. This is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Read more below under Professional Development Opportunities.

More clarity on taxation can be found on the IRD website; see the section on Taxes above.

MBIE & NZ Major Events – Information for Businesses

Visit the NZ Major Events page on Advice for Event Organisers here. It covers restrictions on events at different alert levels, the Voluntary COVID Code, and more.

A New Zealand Events Sector Voluntary COVID Code has been published and signed off by the Director General of Public Health. This is specifically for our industry and was worked on by ETNZ along with other NZ events associations. We urge you to adopt this short (only 5 pages) Voluntary Code. Read more & download a copy here.

In brief (this is just an overview, and in no way is a substitute for reading the official code) the Code states event professionals will:

  • Stay up to date and adhere to Ministry of Health guidance.
  • Enable and promote Contact Tracing
  • Maintain records for minimum 4 weeks to aid Contact Tracing
  • Ensure individuals have resources/facilities to maintain good hygiene, and stay home if unwell
  • Create a culture of COVID risk management incl. following Ministry of Health recommendations (i.e. hygiene, contact tracing)

PLEASE download and use the NZ COVID Tracer App to assist in the fight to stop COVID. It is possible to log manual entries and backdate them to include your recent movements. Businesses, it is simple and quick to get your own QR code to display.

All businesses must display the government QR code poster for use with the NZ COVID Tracer App, by 19 August.

The Domestic Events Fund is a $10 million fund established to support the events sector which has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a contestable fund that will provide funding to events that can deliver the greatest flow-on benefits to regional economies. This fund is designed to inject immediate cash-flow to the sector and the broader supply chain. The Domestic Events Fund was open from 3-17 July for one round. If the fund is not fully allocated during this round, New Zealand Major Events will announce another round.

The Creative and Cultural Events Incubator aims to provide seed funding for new and creative cultural events. The next round will open in November 2020. Application documents will be distributed from Friday 30 October 2020, and the deadline for completed applications will be 4.30pm on Monday 30 November.

The Major Events Fund is an investment fund to support major events to achieve specific outcomes that align with government priorities. It is open year round. Applications for the Major Events Fund need to be submitted at least two years in advance of the event commencement date to allow sufficient time to assess the event and develop leverage and legacy programmes to secure benefits off the event/event platform. The Major Events Fund will no longer be accepting applications for events in 2020 and 2021, but are prioritising events that take place from 1 January 2023.

This $50 million Regional Events Fund will aim to stimulate the domestic tourism market by supporting existing events to continue to operate, or supporting new events to form. More information is available here.

News from 11:59am Friday, 29th May, 2020: Changes to Event Restrictions at Alert Level 2.

News from 14th May, 2020: Events at Alert Level 2.

Visit the business.govt page on COVID-19 for guidance for businesses.

Here you will find guidance on workplace operations at different Alert Levels.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage – Arts & Music Support

Thus far, support is being developed in the following areas:

  • Arts:
    • Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund
    • Cultural Innovation Fund
    • Cultural Capability Fund
    • Careers Support for Creative Jobseekers
    • Support for arts infrastructure & community projects (additional funding to CNZ for their Emergency Response Package)
  • Further support for Heritage organisations/buildings, including a Museum Hardship Fund administered by Te Papa
  • Music:
  • Mātauranga Māori (including support for regional Kapa Haka competitions & 2021 festival)
  • Pasifika (including support for Pasifika festivals throughout NZ)
  • Screen (including a Screen Production Fund)
  • Media

To read the full designation of funds and detail on each part of the above, visit the website. Keep checking their page for further initiatives.

10th September 2020: The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is asking for feedback on the approach for:

  • the Cultural Sector Capability Fund,
  • the Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund (CARE),
  • & the Cultural Sector Innovation Fund

Help us by sharing ways to help this funding reach our industry. The more of us who add our voice, the more likely we are to be heard! Deadline is the 22nd September, and the information can be found here.

Regional Business Partner Network – NZTE

The RBP Network is part of NZ Trade & Enterprise and can help support small and medium businesses in recovery and growth. There are resources and support available including:

That and much more can be found on their website.

Looking for Work – Keep New Zealand Working and More

Government announced new employment service initiatives, including a Keep New Zealand Working online recruitment tool that connects job seekers directly to the employer, and 35 new employment centres around the country. You can register online here.

You can also explore the WINZ Work pages; this includes Job Search options. brings together information from across government to support Employment, Education, and Training.

Creative New Zealand

CNZ’s response to COVID-19

3rd August 2020: CNZ opened the 1st opportunities of its 12-month plan for funding.

10th July 2020: Details on the 12-month investment plan were released for the August application openings. This includes:

  • Arts Grants
  • Annual Arts Grants
  • Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund 2020
  • Adaptation Fund
  • Capability Fund

9th June 2020: A further $13 million in funding will be applied to phase 1 of the package, enabling more applications to be accepted. Read more in the media releases in the link above.

The first phase of Creative New Zealand’s Emergency Response Package had two components: Resilience Grants & Short-term Relief of Investment Clients. All the key information can be found here: Creative New Zealand opens first phase funding for COVID-19-impacted arts sector, along with further information and FAQs.

Applications for Resilience Grants closed early: 29th May 2020.

There were two opportunities under Resilience Grants: an Arts Continuity Grant, and an Emergency Relief Grant.

The Arts Continuity Grant supports short-term arts projects by artists and arts organisations (including groups and collectives) that can be delivered within a changed and evolving environment as a result of COVID-19.

The Emergency Relief Grant provides temporary relief for independent artists and arts practitioners, who may be part of arts organisations (including groups and collectives), have received Government support (COVID-19 WINZ) and who meet eligibility criteria.

Creative New Zealand define Practitioners in their Glossary as:

“The term encompasses a wider group than the term ‘artists’. It includes people involved in organising the project and can include producers, stage managers, technicians, publishers, editors, translators, curators, agents and dealers, as well as community-based practitioners. The term includes those people who may not necessarily classify themselves as artists, but who may be necessary to creating, presenting or distributing an artwork.”

Please read through the pages linked in above for all the details on eligibility for each type of funding, as well as the FAQs which speak more to eligibility.

For funding enquiries re: COVID-19 and CNZ’s Emergency Response Package, email

Live Nation – Crew Nation Fund

The Crew Nation fund is there to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. You can read about eligibility, find FAQs, and apply for financial assistance from the Crew Nation fund here.

A new application window will open the week of July 20th for anyone who was financially impacted by shows scheduled to take place in June 2020. 

Applications are now closed for those who were impacted by shows originally scheduled to take place in March, April, or May 2020.

The Beehive

On 15th April 2020 the Beehive released details on the Wage Subsidy, Tax Measures, and Leave Support that can be found here:

COVID-19 Economic Response Package

They initially released a number of PDF Factsheets outlining the original details of the following:

The Beehive also post their press releases for you to read here:


  • A release on 23rd March has announced a freeze in rent increases and no-cause terminations.
  • A release on 24th March has announced mortgage holidays and business finance support schemes. The Business Finance Scheme, for solvent small and medium-sized firms affected by the COVID-19 crisis, will include a limit of $500,000 per loan and will apply to firms with a turnover of between $250,000 and $80 million per annum. The loans will be for a maximum of three years and expected to be provided by the banks at competitive, transparent rates. Check with your bank on what they are providing.
  • A release on March 27th one on March 28th clarify various aspects of the wage subsidy, including business responsibilities to employees, and the folding in of the Leave Subsidy with the Wage Subsidy as it was no longer fit for purpose.
  • A release on 3rd April announced further measures to support businesses. This includes new legislation to address companies facing insolvency (read more here).
  • On 15th April, further relief for medium and small businesses was announced, including measures to support commercial tenants and landlords.
  • On 14th May, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said making targeted vocational training courses free – for all ages, not just school leavers – over the next two years will help people who have lost their jobs retrain and also allow new employees in some essential services to train on the job.
  • Also on 14th May, Minister Grant Robertson said “From June 10, businesses that have suffered, or expect to suffer, revenue loss of at least 50 per cent for the 30-day period prior to the application date versus the nearest comparable period last year will be eligible for the extension of the scheme.”
  • On 25th May, an Income Relief Payment was announced for those who have lost jobs due to COVID-19.
  • Specific additional COVID support for the arts was announced by NZ Government on 28th May.
  • On 29th May, further detail has been disclosed on Arts & Music support, and this will be followed by more in the coming days.
  • On 2nd June, the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) was announced to pay costs for all NZ Apprenticeships from 1 July 2020 until 31 Dec 2022 – Including our Entertainment and Event Qualifications! Read more in the section of this page on TEC under Professional Development.
  • On 4th June, Government released the results of their Wage Subsidy Survey. See the PDFs of the questions and results here.
  • Also on 4th June, legislation was introduced to parliament proposing changes to tax deductions for “feasibility expenditure”, aiming to give businesses confidence to invest in growth exploration.
  • On 5th June, Government loosened the eligibility requirements for the Wage Subsidy Extension (50% loss changed to 40% loss), and extended the Application period for SBCS Loans to 24th July.
  • On 12th June, Government announced changing rules for taxpayers to ease financial stress. This includes: “For the 2019/20 income tax year, tax payable up to $200 will be written off. The usual threshold for writing off tax is $50.”
  • On 17th June, further support for Apprenticeships was announced. The Government is providing businesses with up to $16,000 to help pay the cost of each apprentice for the first two years. There’s also support for Mana in Mahiwhich you will remember Prime Minister Ardern discussing during her address at our last ETNZ Conference.
  • On 18th June, rent arrears support was announced to help support those who risk being evicted due to COVID-19.
  • On 1st July, Hon Phil Twyford announced the Domestic Events fund which opened 3rd July.
  • Also on 1st July, Screen Sector and broadcasting funding was announced. Read more under the section on the Ministry of Culture and Heritage above.
  • On 5th July the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme was extended to December 31st, 2020.
  • On 14th July more support for small and medium businesses was announced via the Regional Business Partners Network.

Keep watching the releases page for additional changes to support people during this time.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health are tracking all current cases, as well as updating advice and recommendations here:

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

You can read more about the advice for gatherings here. You can also read previous advice for our industry from MBIE at other Alert Levels in our news articles:

The NZ Events Sector Voluntary COVID Code has been published and signed off by the Director General of Public Health. This is specifically for our industry and was worked on by ETNZ along with other NZ events associations. We urge you to adopt this voluntary code. Read our news article here. Visit the NZ Major Events page on it here.

PLEASE download and use the NZ COVID Tracer App to assist in the fight to stop COVID. It is possible to log manual entries and backdate them to include your recent movements. Businesses, it is simple and quick to get your own QR code to display.

All businesses must display the government QR code poster for use with the NZ COVID Tracer App, by 19 August.

You might be surprised to find you are in a high priority group for the Flu vaccine. It is important to get the shot if you are eligible as this will take pressure off the health care system by avoiding you falling ill. The Ministry of Health is prioritising vaccinations of high-priority groups, and asking all others to wait until mid-April for their vaccines. For more information on the 2020 flu campaign, and to see if you’re eligible for a free vaccination, visit

A further health concern has arisen regarding the use of hand sanitizer. Alarmingly, there has been an incident where hand sanitizer ignited on someone’s hands here in NZ due to static electricity. Please be careful as we move down alert levels that you are being safe while being safe. Please read this Advisory from the Road Transport Forum.

Visas and Travel

If you’re concerned about a visa status or travel to get home, visit:

Ministry of Transport

Read about the restrictions on travel under the different Alert Levels here.

The Treasury & The Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Treasury has released its new weekly COVID-19 economic dashboard. It includes real-time data on the economy. It is designed to aid independent analysis and give businesses a sense of the activity across different parts of the economy.

The Reserve Bank is announcing an extension of the regulatory guidance for the mortgage deferrals programme to help customers in need. The extension takes effect from when the existing guidance expires on 27 September and will apply until 31 March 2021, at which point the usual treatment will resume. Banks will still be able to offer deferrals to borrowers after this date, but they will not have the same concessionary regulatory treatment.

Support and Mental Wellbeing

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Workplace Support Wellbeing Services for ETNZ Members

Our assistance support program is now active, providing support in ensuring our mental wellbeing as we face these challenging times in the industry. ETNZ members now have access to professional counselling services that will help deal with any emotional, financial, family-related, or work-related challenges. Think of it as roadside assistance for your wellbeing. This service is currently free to all members* for up to three sessions per year, and like roadside assistance is available 24/7.

Access is simple: just call 0800 443 445, let them know that you are an ETNZ Member, and tell them your membership tier. We recommend you program this number into your phone, so it’s immediately ready should you need it, or if you need to pass it on to one of your colleagues who is also a member.

Reaching out and using the service is a strictly confidential and independent process. To help us monitor the effectiveness of the program, ETNZ will merely receive a number of the times the service is used.

As a society, we are notoriously poor at asking for help, and we have the dubious distinction of being the worst of all in this regard – highlighted by our historically higher rates of self-harm compared to other professions. We believe this initiative can provide some positive change.

The counselling support is very broad and comprehensive and provides the following 5 services :

1. Therapeutic Counselling

  • Work Issues – i.e. pressure or stress, resilience, workplace change/challenges, communication, & career development
  • Personal issues – i.e. family, relationship, health, goals, self-care, grief or loss

2. Financial mentoring

  • i.e. tackling debt, understanding Kiwisaver, setting financial goals, making a budget, saving and investing, plans for retirement

3. Career direction

  • i.e. work/life balance, career coaching and advice, options on moving upwards/sideways/externally or reducing hours, career training and advancement

4. Leadership coaching

  • i.e. considering options arising from workplace matters, work on individual and organisation goals, learning self-assessing/self-coaching methods, providing stretch and growth mindset development

5. Professional Supervision

  • an opportunity to improve work relationships, explore challenges and options, sharpen professional skills, plan self-care and wellness, etc.

All you need to do is call 0800 443 445, let them know that you are an ETNZ Member, and tell them your membership tier. You can then discuss what your needs are and what type of service is best for you.

*In the future this will only be available to ETNZ financial members: tiers Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

This information can also be found on our Supplier Discounts page.

Music Helps

Music Helps has a page on support options here:

COVID-19 support page 

It shares more links to Government information as well as their services:

and other links such as:

  • free budget and financial crisis advice through MoneyTalks
  • 1737 a number to call for anyone feeling stressed, anxious, worried, depressed, or needing advice on these.
Getting Through Together

A new Government campaign has been launched to share ways to help us cope with the stress of COVID-19 and isolation.

Visit the page to find out more.

The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation have a page on how to cope with the ways COVID-19 is changing your daily life:

Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

They have tips to get through, helplines to call, and don’t forget to look at the further reading for links to information from a variety of organisations.

Lastly, they released a document following the last recession called “Coping with financial stress” that provides practical advice on ways to cope with stress.

MBIE – Mental Health & Wellbeing Support for Businesses

There is a page of resources for businesses, including minimising stress, spotting burnout warning signs, building a policy for your business on Health & Wellbeing, and resources for free advice & support.

There is also a page dedicated to “Talking with your team about uncertain times”. Here you’ll find tips and support around how to have difficult conversations with your staff & colleagues.

Professional Development Opportunities

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ETNZ has Awarded 100x COVID-19 Scholarships for the NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Operations (Level 3)

Read more here about the Scholarship and associated ETNZ Workshops around NZ. 

Read the original Scholarship announcement here.

To learn more about the Skills Active Qualifications, visit our Training Page.

Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) – Targeted Training Apprenticeships Fund

The TEC has announced that the TTAF will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022 and will be paid directly to Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) by TEC. This will enable TEOs to provide education and training without fees to learners.

Read more on the initial release here.

Study in the following areas is covered by the Fund:

  • All apprenticeships (This includes the Entertainment & Event Technology Level 4 Qualification offered by Skills Active.)
  • Level 3-7 sub-degree programmes in targeted areas delivered by tertiary providers
  • Industry training, outside of apprenticeships, in targeted areas.

To learn more about the Skills Active Entertainment & Event Qualifications, visit our ETNZ Training Page.

Visit the TEC Website to learn more about the targeted areas & FAQs.

Apprenticeship Support Programme – Subsidies to Employers for Apprentices

The Apprenticeship Support Programme is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19.

Many of you will remember Prime Minister Ardern discussing Mana in Mahi in relation to our industry during her address at our last ETNZ Conference.

The Apprenticeship Support Programme includes various programmes/schemes offering subsidies to employers for their apprentices. One of these is called Apprenticeship Boost; not only can it be paid to employers, but the funds can support the self-employed/contractors.

Apprenticeship Boost can pay for an apprentice who is self-employed if they’re employed or contracted by you. You need to apply for your apprentice, and you need to have a training agreement between yourself, your apprentice and your TEC approved transitional ITO or provider.

You can’t get Apprenticeship Boost for your apprentice if you’re:

  • a State Sector employer
  • already getting another wage subsidy from us for this apprentice (eg, Flexi-wage, the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy or Mana in Mahi)
  • already getting a payment from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for this apprentice (eg, a wage subsidy from the Māori Trades and Training Fund or a Regional Apprenticeships Initiative).

Read the Tertiary Education Commission page on the Apprenticeship Support Programme here. It states:

“All employers who have an eligible apprentice will be able to receive a base subsidy rate up to $12,000 per annum ($1,000 per month) for first year apprentices and up to $6,000 per annum ($500 per month) for second year apprentices through the Apprentice Boost. Mana in Mahi and some Regional Apprenticeships participants will get a higher subsidy to reflect the different level of need of the individual apprentices (or pre-apprentice trainees) involved.”

The Apprenticeship Support Programme will be implemented from August 2020. More details on how to apply are now available on the WINZ website (link above). – Employment, Education, & Training brings together information from across government to support Employment, Education, and Training.

Skills Active Aotearoa Scholarships

To support our workplaces, many of whom are facing significant hardship amidst the pandemic, Skills Active offered some scholarships for apprentices and trainees.

Although this funding has ended, there are still funding opportunities to support qualifications. Read more here.

wysiwyg – Free for Students & Teachers

CAST Group has a free version of wysiwyg Design now available to all students and teachers enrolled on a full or part-time lighting design course at a university, college, post-secondary vocational, or poly-technical school.


Sapsis Rigging Inc. – Free Weekly Remote Training Sessions

Sapsis Rigging Inc. are now offering Free Weekly Remote Training Sessions. The topics vary, and you can sign up for yours here.


ABTT Online – Association of British Theatre Technicians

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABTT felt that it was necessary to provide both members and the public with a series on online discussions covering various topics. ABTT Trustee Mig Burgess and ABTT Administrator Elysia Moore initially curated a series of online seminars/webinars running over Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th June 2020. Due to the popularity of these conversations, a second series of online events was organised for July 2020. You can now watch all the recordings here. You can also check out their Online Activities, & FREE training and educational resources during lockdown.


LXBeams free License for May 2020

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Claude Heintz Design made a temporary LXSeries Pro license available here for free to anyone. The license could be installed in LXBeams or LXFree for Java (v2.3.5) and provides access to the full functions of LXSeries Pro during the current emergency. The emergency license was enabled through at least May of 2020. ETNZ financial members have access to a discount on the license. Visit the Discounts page of our website for more information.


TAIT – iQ Training Video Series for Automation

TAIT is now offering free online training courses for iQ Powered by NAVIGATOR to the live event community. Whether a first-time learner or highly experienced show operator, the iQ Training Video Series is tailored to all levels of entertainment automation.


The Mix Wizard – Audio Mixing Training

Visit this youtube channel for audio mixing training videos that are non-specific to a particular console.


Clear-Com – Cleaning Com Sets

Clear-Com have published an instructional video on how to safely clean your com sets without damaging them.


Safety ‘n Action – Online Training Opportunities

Safety ‘n Action have increased their online training opportunities. These are not free, and some will require you to complete a practical element. Still worth having a look!

Interested in some FREE courses on COVID safe work practices from Safety ‘n Action? Read more here.


USITT – News@Noon

USITT have announced their Free Webinar series. Visit their page to find out more.


The Chicago Flyhouse – Free Online Classes 

“Train with Rigging Specialists.” Keep checking back for classes here.


Rose Brand – Learning Series

Rose Brand have begun a 3-part series on how to light a scrim; here’s part 1. They have a whole lot more to read and learn on their blog as well; check it out!


Event Safety Alliance – Guide, Safety Training, & Annual Membership Dues

-The Event Safety Guide is now free to download. Though its audience is the United Stages, there is valuable information in there for all.

-Registration for online Event Safety Access core safety training is only $9.95(USD) through Dec 31st 2020; this is usually $69.95(USD). Apply here and use the promo code: SUPPORT20 at checkout.

-The annual dues for both new and renewing members is now $25(USD) through December 31st 2020.
You can read more here.


ETC – Free Online Courses

Until May 15th, check out ETC’s LearningStage page for a whole list of free classes. In addition, keep an eye on their Facebook page for videos and other resources.


MILKE – Free Online Classes on Producing, Marketing, and Pitching Shows

Some of us don’t only love getting our hands dirty; we wear all sorts of hats. MILKE wants to know what you want to learn, and they’ll teach it to you free! Register here.


Vectorworks – Spotlight Essentials Seminars

Free for a limited time, you can select a session date here.


Strand Lighting – Online Console Training Costs Waived

If you’re interested in getting to know a Neo console, visit their website and scroll to the bottom for the “Personalized Webinar Training”, then send a request for a booking. If you’re using a web browser based email, the link might not pop up, but you can email to request it. We are unsure how long this will continue to be offered.


Video Lectures – Professor John Huntington

Professor of Entertainment Technology, John Huntington has a page of free lectures that follow along chapter by chapter with his book, Show Networks and Control Systems.


The Virtual Theatre – 3D Set Design Program

Until May 15th, you can visit their website and select the “free online” version to purchase. You can make a donation to help with development, but it’s only optional. If anyone tries it out, let us know how it went!


USITT – Education and Training Links/Resources

In addition to the Industry Resources link above, the Lighting Commission has an extensive list of resources, videos, and tools. We have not checked each of these out, nor has USITT, but have a look. Not everything is to keep your mind working either! There are links to streaming events as well.


The ETNZ Selecon Scholarship – For ETNZ Financial Members who are NZ Citizens or Residents

The Selecon Scholarship can be used to help fund professional develop opportunities. You can find the criteria, time frames, and application on our website under the resources tab at the top of the page.


Show Makers Symposium – Free Webinars and Podcasts

Follow their Facebook page for upcoming online events to provide resources during this time.


High End Systems – Learn Hog 4

If you want to learn Hog 4, or brush up on features, you can find seasons of videos here with supplementary files below. As with others, follow their Facebook page for more resources weekly.