Covid - 19 Support

Responses to the COVID-19 crisis mean that the way our economy has been operating will change markedly. 

At Priority One we’ll try to keep you up to date on government restrictions and support packages, local news, and initiatives that we and others are doing to help.

While some businesses are badly affected, we also have a horticulture sector that will need staff over the next few months.

The Western Bay business community is renowned for its ability to work collaboratively and innovatively, let’s make sure we keen this up over the next few months.



The Government has established a dedicated webpage with information and resources regarding COVID-19. This includes health advice, financial direction, travel restrictions, wage subsidies and leave payments, as well as latest news. 



If you need up-to-date information around the coronavirus and how it may impact on your business, is providing comprehensive updates as they become available on a number of issues, including employee best practice / health and safety, tax and the impact on exports and imports.  Click here to go to their covid-19 and businesses website 


The Ministry of Health website also provides information on pandemic planning and response and the New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan. 


Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Hub Helpline: 

If you’re a business owner or organisation that has been affected by COVID-19, you can contact the Biz Hub helpline to arrange a meeting (over the phone or digitally) with one of the Business Advisors to discuss how you are affected by COVID-19 and what support you need. 


The Business Advisors will then provide direction and advice on how to get this support, by connecting you with key providers and Government agencies, such as IRD and Work and Income, as well as helping you understand how to better utilise your current providers. 


This is free of charge and accessible to any business or organisation in the Bay of Plenty. 

If you are based in the Western Bay of Plenty, and you want to gain free business support, please contact 0800 BIZ HUB (0800 249 482)


Tourism Bay of Plenty dedicated webpage: 

Regionally, Tourism Bay of Plenty have established a dedicated webpage for the operators to gain the industry-specific support they need.  Click here for full details.  



Work and Income are facilitating applications for wage subsidy and leave payments, as part of the COVID-19 Financial Package.  Click here to visit their website for full details and application forms.  



Employment New Zealand provides detailed information about employment during and after disasters and workplace response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). 



WorkSafe NZ have put together information regarding work-related health. This includes how to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases through good health and safety practices in the workplace.  Click here to visit their website.  


As well as your physical wellbeing, your mental health may be adversely affected by the impact of the COVID-19.  Click here for advice on how to manage your mental wellbeing. 



If you are struggling to manage debts, you can find information on insolvency here. 


Other helpful Links:

Official New Zealand Government COVID-19 links:
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Ministry for Primary Industries
Safe Travel NZ
Ministry of Health

Emergency Contacts

Nigel Tutt

Nigel Tutt

Chief Executive


Mobile. +64 27 599 4688 

Greg Simmonds

Greg Simmonds

Chief Operating Officer


Mobile. +64 21 243 2420 

Mark Irving

Mark Irving

Business Partnership Manager


Mobile. +64 21 466 275