New Zealand COVID-19 Info & Resources
NZ COVID Tracer APP
Now that New Zealand is at level 2 of the Covid-19 response, effective contact tracing is very important. The NZ COVID tracer app has been released and can be downloaded for Apple and Android phones. As you visit retailers and businesses you will check-in by scanning the bar code they have on display to register you have been at that location.
You can learn more about the tracer app from the Ministry of Health website.
How to Download the COVID Tracer App
If you are using an iPhone, visit the App Store. For Android phones, visit Google Play.
Concerned about privacy?
According to the NZ Privacy Commissioner, the app has been developed using Privacy by Design principles, which put privacy at the foundation of the design process. Read more online at https://privacy.org.nz/news-and-publications/statements-media-releases/privacy-commissioner-backs-nz-covid-tracer-app/
Businesses - How to get a Tracer App QR Code & Poster
As a business, if you wish to display a QR code for customers and clients to scan, you can follow the instructions online at https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/contact-tracing
You will need:
- A RealMe Login
- A New Zealand business number
- Authority of your business
- To register with Business Connect
General information on contact tracing for businesses (including non-retail), can be found online at https://covid19.govt.nz/businesses-and-employees/businesses-and-services/contact-tracing-at-your-place-of-business/ - including how to do a paper register and templates for registers.
Donate to help Kiwi Families
Web Matters has donated to the Unicef appeal - you can too from the link below.
Help Kiwi Families via the Unicef Covid-19 Appeal
Cashflow Loans & Support
One off government loans are available for sole traders and the self-employed. Learn more at https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/cash-flow-loans-and-support/
Business Debt Hibernation
If you are a company, society, trust, or other type of organisation, and you are experiencing financial stress due to Covid-19, you may be eligible for the government debt hibernation initiative. It gives you some protection from your debtors while you set up a payment arrangement. Debts still need to be paid off in full. Sole traders are not eligible and will need to look at the cash flow loans and support option.
- Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand - Instagram Account
- Workandincome.govt.nz Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme
- Police.govt.nz - Report a Covid-19 Breach
- Covid19.govt.nz/whatsapp - NZ Government Updates via Whatsapp
- Covid19.govt.nz - https://covid19.govt.nz/
- Covid19.govt.nz/resources-and-translation - Covid 19 NZ Government Resources & Guides
- Health.govt.nz - https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
- Ird.govt.nz - https://www.ird.govt.nz/covid-19
- Safetravel.govt.nz - https://safetravel.govt.nz/covid-19-coronavirus
- Employment.govt.nz - https://www.employment.govt.nz/leave-and-holidays/other-types-of-leave/coronavirus-workplace/
- Business.govt.nz - Covid-19 Information for businesses
- rnz.co.nz - Radio New Zealand Covid 19 Updates
- tvnz.co.nz - Covid-19 Advice and Info
- newshub.co.nz - Coronavirus news items
- odt.co.nz - Coronavirus news and stories
- stuff.co.nz - full coronavirus coverage
- Australian Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) current situation and case numbers
- Australian Taxation Office - https://www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/
- The Guardian - Live News Updates for Australia
Government Relief Packages by Country
World Health Organisation
Mental Health Advice
Security - Keeping Safe Online
- Mozilla - reviews the privacy and security of popular video calling apps.
- WordFence - Zoom - Safety and Security Advice While Video Conferencing with Zoom
- MalwareBytes - Malware Bytes - a highly recommend internet security suite
- MalwareBytes Privacy (VPN) - protect your online privacy, secure your WiFi connection. Faster than older VPNs. https://www.malwarebytes.com/vpn/
Remote Working Tips and Guides
- SiteGround.com - https://www.siteground.com/blog/guide-for-full-remote-working
- Theitteam.co.nz - https://www.theitteam.co.nz/remoteworking/
- Vimeo - How Vimeo can help you stay connected while working from home
- Facebook.com - building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak
- Chrislema.com - How to sell in hard times
- BlueHost.com - Ways to Build an Online Community as a Small Business
- MailChimp.com - Marketing Help for Small Businesses Navigating COVID‑19
Email Marketing Advice
Grants, Offers and Special Deals
Free Online Shop from Swiftly
This free online shop is a response to the level 3 Covid-19 alert level, and it has been set up to help New Zealand business do contact-less orders with a simple click and collect platform.
Check it out at https://www.swiftly.nz/
- Facebook.com - Small Business Grants programme
- Deposit Photos - free Coronavirus photos
- Constant Contact / Blue Host - first two months free of email marketing
- Calendly.com - free virtual meeting integration with Zoom and GoToMeeting
- Shopify.com -https://www.shopify.com/covid19
- Extended 90-day free trial
- Gift cards for all plans and customers
- Shopify Capital - cash advances and loans to eligible businesses (UK and US for now) https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/your-account/shopify-capital
- Community support via online forum - https://community.shopify.com/c/COVID-19-Discussions/bd-p/covid-19