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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Last updated: 14 May 2020

If you've been affected by COVID-19, we may be able to help.

While our website is being regularly updated, the Ministry of Health is the Government agency leading the response to COVID-19 and should be your first port of call for health and status information.


Employer support

We have a Wage Subsidy and the Essential Workers Leave Support to support employers affected by COVID-19.

The Government has announced in the Budget 2020 that there will be a Wage Subsidy Extension payment available to support employers, including sole traders, who are still significantly impacted by COVID-19 after the 12-week Wage Subsidy ends. It’s also available to those who haven’t received the Wage Subsidy previously.This is so they can keep paying their employees.

Applications can’t be made until 10 June 2020

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension payment will be for an 8-week period, available from Wednesday 10 June 2020 until 1 September 2020.

Businesses will have had, or expect to have, a revenue loss of at least 50% for the 30 days before applying or compared to the closest period last year.

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Employer Search

You can search here for companies that have received payments under the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme.

Wage Subsidy Employer search

Supporting providers through COVID-19

We know the COVID-19 situation is having widespread implications and we’re working together with providers so services can continue wherever possible.


Where to go for services and support

Find out what types of help are available, who you can get it from and how you can contact them.


What to do if you're concerned

To find out what help may be available, who to contact for help, or for more information, call the Government Helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am–10pm, 7 days a week).

For health-specific questions please call Healthline directly on 0800 358 5453.

You can also download the All of Government factsheet for Welfare Support.


MSD support

Financial support

We may be able to provide financial support if you are struggling to meet your costs. We have a range of help available for individuals and employers. Every situation is different so please contact us to talk about your situation.

COVID-19 reporting

For the period of the COVID-19 pandemic response, additional reports will be produced to provide more information.

Other agency support

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19 on their website.

Business support

Business.govt.nz has advice for businesses on how COVID-19 may affect your business and how you can stay up to date as new information becomes available.

Uniting against COVID-19 website

This website has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in one place including health, travel, education, business and community issues.

Beehive press releases

The latest press releases about COVID-19 from the Beehive website.