Current as of 29th May 2020 – NZ is at Alert Level 2
- NZ Government COVID-19 Website
- IRD COVID-19 Tax Relief
- Work and Income
- MBIE/NZ Major Events – Information for Businesses/Gatherings
- Ministry of Culture and Heritage – Arts & Music Support
- Keep New Zealand Working
- Creative New Zealand
- Live Nation – Crew Nation Fund
- The Beehive
- Ministry of Health
- Visas & Travel
- Ministry of Transport
- The Treasury
- Workplace Support Services for ETNZ Members
- Music Helps
- Getting Through Together
- The Mental Health Foundation
New Government COVID-19 Website
The new Government website dedicated entirely to COVID-19 can be found here:
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:
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 new 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. You will be able to apply through IRD, and applications are now open.
- Information for Individuals and Families
- How to Manage your Tax this year; 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.”
Work and Income
Work and Income New Zealand have a page dedicated to COVID-19 here:
An Income Relief Payment for those who have lost jobs will be available from 8 June 2020. The Income Relief Payment is paid for up to 12 weeks while you don’t have a job. 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.
A Wage Subsidy Extension will be available from 10 June 2020, but you cannot apply for an employee until their original 12 week Wage subsidy has finished.
- You must have had, or expect to have, a revenue loss of at least 50% for the 30 days before you apply, 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.
The original Wage Subsidy: There are Wage Subsidy forms for employers as well as those who are self-employed. The payments are the same:
- $585.80 for people working 20+ hrs per week
- $350.00 for people working less than 20 hrs per week
The wage subsidy covers 12 weeks, but the maximum paid to any one business has been lifted as of 23rd March. This is a subsidy for wages only and all applying must meet certain criteria and adhere to certain obligations.
- Criteria can be found under “Definitions for Wage Subsidy qualifications” on their Who can get it page.
- The applications for both businesses and individuals can be found on their How to apply page.
- If your situation has changed, or you have 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 these pages before applying 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). However, if you are already receiving the subsidy from an employer, you cannot receive it a 2nd time as an individual.]** 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 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 a sole-trader and an employee, and your employer has already applied for a Wage Subsidy for you, you can still apply as a sole trader.
More clarity on taxation can be found on the IRD website; see the section on Taxes above.
MBIE/NZ Major Events – Information for Businesses
From 11:59am Friday, 29th May, 2020: Changes to Event Restrictions at Alert Level 2.
From 14th May, 2020: Events at Alert Level 2.
Visit their page on COVID-19 for guidance for businesses.
Here you will find guidance on workplace operations at different Alert Levels.
Ministry of Culture and Heritage – Arts & Music Support
**Specific support for the Events Sector based on the documents submitted to government by ETNZ and other organisations has yet to be announced, but we will keep you informed as we learn more.**
Thus far, support includes:
- Cultural Regeneration Initiatives (for which structure and eligibility criteria are still being developed; more information should be available in July at the latest):
- Creative Arts Recovery and Employment 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)
- Support for RNZB
- Museum Hardship Fund, administered by Te Papa
- Further support for Heritage organisations/buildings
- NZ Music Recovery Fund
- Mātauranga Māori (including support for regional Kapa Haka competitions & 2021 festival)
- Pasifika (including support for Pasifika festivals throughout NZ)
Read the full designation of funds and detail on each part of the above, visit the MCH.govt.nz website. Keep checking their page for further initiatives in the coming days.
Keep New Zealand Working
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.
Creative New Zealand
The first phase of Creative New Zealand’s Emergency Response Package has 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.
There are 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 Wage Subsidy) 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 email@example.com.
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.
Applications are now closed for those who were impacted by shows originally scheduled to take place in March or April 2020.
A new application window will open the week of May 18th for anyone who will be financially impacted by shows scheduled to take place in May 2020.
The Beehive has a page with further details on the Wage Subsidy, Tax Measures, and Leave Support that can be found here:
They have also released a number of PDF Factsheets outlining the original details of the following:
- Health package factsheet
- Business cashflow and tax measures factsheet
- Wage subsidy scheme factsheet
- Income support factsheet
- COVID leave support factsheet
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.
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:
You can read more about the current advice for gatherings here. This includes detail on the 100-person limit for public events at Level 2. You can also read more advice for our industry from MBIE in our news articles:
- From 11:59am Friday, 29th May, 2020: Changes to Event Restrictions at Alert Level 2.
- From 14th May, 2020: Events at Alert Level 2.
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 flightflu.co.nz.
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.
Ministry of Transport
Read about the restrictions on travel under the different Alert Levels here.
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.
Workplace Support Wellbeing Services for ETNZ Members
ETNZ have signed up for an assistance support program for all members. This means that all members are eligible for 3 Free Visits per year.
This is currently free to ALL members, but in future will be reduced to cover only Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Platinum members.
Read more on how to access support on our Supplier Discounts page.
Music Helps has a page on support options here:
It shares more links to Government information as well as their services:
- The MusicHelps COVID-19 Emergency Grant
- 24hr Wellbeing Service for free professional counselling services,
- Benevolent Fund for emergency financial assistance to kiwi music people experiencing crisis,
and other links such as:
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:
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.
Skills Active Aotearoa Scholarships
To support our workplaces, many of whom are facing significant hardship amidst the pandemic, Skills Active is offering some scholarships for apprentices and trainees.
Although not all qualifications will be suitable for enrollment at this time, many have significant online and theory components that can be completed from home. Read more here.
LXBeams free License for May 2020
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Claude Heintz Design is making a temporary LXSeries Pro license available here for free to anyone. The license can 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 will remain enabled through at least May of 2020.
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
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 the practical element at a later time. Still worth having a look!
Interested in some FREE courses on COVID safe work practices from Safety ‘n Action? Read more here.
USITT – New@Noon & Forum@Four
USITT have announced their Free Webinar series. Visit their page to find out more.
Wysiwyg – Free Online Training Seminar
Book here for a live 1hr seminar to introduce you to Wysiwyg, provide a product overview, and explore some of the most common workflows, tools, and commands.
The Chicago Flyhouse – Free Online Classes
“Train with Rigging Specialists.” Keep checking back for classes here.
Rose Brand – Learning Series
Figure 53 – QLab 4 Pro Bundle License
If you’re a student or teacher, anyone with an educational email address can have a free temporary QLab 4 Pro Bundle license expiring on June 1st. To get it, create an account at qlab.app/account and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 July 1st; 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.
You can read more here.
ETC – Free Online Courses
MILKE – Free Online Classes on Producing, Marketing, and Pitching Shows
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 email@example.com to request it. We are unsure how long this will continue to be offered.
Video Lectures – Professor John Huntington
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!
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