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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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22 September 2020

The Government has announced changes to the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme.

17 August 2020

The Government has announced a new payment, the Resurgence Wage Subsidy.

10 August 2020

MSD is coordinating a new service to help New Zealanders connect to the wide range of supports and advice available through government agencies to help workers and businesses deal with the impact of COVID-19.

7 August 2020

Each year $750,000 is made available for policy-relevant research using Growing Up in New Zealand data