COVID-19

In this page you will find links to all of NZEA's COVID-19 updates and media coverage plus other useful information relevant to this critical time for our sector.

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COVID-19 Updates

A complete catalogue of NZEA's Industry Updates

4 April 2022 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: NZ to remain at Red

24 March 2022 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Further information on Traffic Light changes

23 March 2022 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Changes to the Traffic Lights

14 February 2022 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Events Transition Support Payment scheme (ETSP) extended with business events over 200 attendees now included

9 February 2022 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Letter to Hon Stuart Nash

4 February 2022 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: ETSP Payment Triggers Removed

2 February 2022 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Boost to the 'Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme' (ACESS)

24 January 2022 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: 'Defined spaces' at Red setting & financial support

02 December 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Amendment to the Events Transition Support Payment (ETSP) scheme + Q&A on CPF

30 November 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Arts and Culture Events Support Scheme announced

26 November 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Further detail on the Covid-19 Protection Framework

17 November 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Auckland border update + webinars x 2

11 November 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Events Transition Support Payment (ETSP) - any questions or feedback?

09 November 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Events Transition Support Scheme Announced

02 November 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: COVID-19 Protection Framework, vaccines & AL2 events

22 October 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: The COVID-19 Protection Framework

18 October 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Alert level decision, vaccine certificates, AL2 guidance, letter to Minister Nash

11 October 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Important clarification on alert level 2 guidelines

04 October 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Alert level decision, vaccine certificates, tools & resources

27 September 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Media Release, Letter to Minister Nash, Guidelines for Events

20 September 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Alert level changes & Snapshot Survey closes tomorrow!

14 September 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Alert level changes, letter to Minister Nash & Industry Impact Snapshot Survey

06 September 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Alert level changes & mandatory record keeping update

01 September 2021 - COVID-19 Industry Update: Update on mandatory record keeping + 2021 Eventing the Future Conference & Awards Gala Evening postponed

27 August 2021 - COVID-19 Industry Update: Alert levels, mandatory record keeping, snapshot survey results

20 August 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Financial Support | Industry Snapshot | Webinars

12 March 2021 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Industry Impact Survey & Important Updates

29 January 2021 - Key messages for events from the DPMC

29 January 2021 - Make Summer Unstoppable resources for your events

10 December 2020 - UPDATE: Make Summer Unstoppable

23 November 2020 - Letter to Minister Nash - COVID-19 Impact on the events sector

13 November 2020 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Weekend events, play your part

23 October 2020 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Play it safe this long weekend

12 October 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: Event Sector Voluntary Code update + logo + key messages

14 September 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: Regional Events Fund + Alert Level decision

7 September 2020 - MEDIA RELEASE & COVERAGE: Continued Alert Level Uncertainty Takes Toll On NZ’s Events Sector

24 August 2020 - COVID-19 industry impact survey #4

13 August 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: Alert Levels 3 & 2, the COVID Code & events funds update

7 August 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: Survey Results & COVID Media Release

4 August 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: $50M Regional Events Fund announced

3 July 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: Domestic Events Fund now open!

2 July 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: $10M Domestic Events Fund announced

19 June 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: Survey Results + Awards & Conference Update

11 June 2020 - Voluntary Code for Events (the COVID Code) + Webinar

28 May 2020 - Alert Level 2 now allows greater scope for events

14 May 2020 - Industry Update: recovery budget, industry workshop and alert level 2 clarified

11 May 2020 - NZ Events Sector Proposed Survival Strategy submitted to government

07 May 2020 - NZEA presenting to the Epidemic Response Committee at NZ Parliament - @2h31’13”

04 May 2020 - COVID-19: 48 hour consultation for government submission

01 May 2020 - COVID-19: Meeting with Minister & Industry Update

29 Apr 2020 - COVID-19: Letter to Government & Industry Update

15 Apr 2020 - Commerce Commission guidance on cancelled events

17 Mar 2020 - COVID-19 Industry update & impact survey

16 Mar 2020 - COVID-19 Industry update & impact survey

13 Mar 2020 - COVID-19 industry impact survey & latest update

05 Mar 2020 - COVID-19: Staying informed & useful resources

28 Feb 2020 - COVID-19: Staying informed & useful resources

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COVID-19 Protection Framework

(CPF or 'Traffic Lights')

The CPF or Traffic Light System came into effect in early December 2021 for all of New Zealand. The various settings each have different implications for the Events sector. Below are links to find out more about the CPF:

https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/covid-19-protection-framework/

Events at the Red Setting: https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/life-at-red/events-and-public-facilities-at-red/events-at-red/

Events at the Orange Setting: https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/life-at-orange/events-and-public-facilities-at-orange/

Events at the Green Setting: https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/life-at-green/

https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19/covid-19-protection-framework/events/

Please also refer to our CPF Q&A spreadsheet. If you have questions not covered by the online information and the Q&A, please email advocacy@nzea.co

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Centralised Register

Please log your cancelled or postponed event

Please log your cancelled, postponed or scaled back events with our centralised register here. This information will assist us with our advocacy work on behalf of our sector.

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Events Transition Support Payment

(ETSP)

As the country moves to the COVID-19 protection framework (CPF), the Events Transition Support Payment (ETSP) scheme is designed to provide assurance to organisers of large-scale events, so they can continue organising our much anticipated summer events. The ETSP is administrated by MBIE. Read more about the ETSP

Please also refer to our ETSP FAQ document. If you have questions not covered by the online information and the FAQ, please email advocacy@nzea.co

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Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme

(ACESS)

The Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme will be boosted by $70.7 million – giving arts and cultural sector event organisers support to deliver planned events right through to the end of January 2023. Key eligibility criteria have also been extended and consideration is being given to how new events can be supported in the latter half of 2022. View the criteria for the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme here.

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COVID-19 Support Payment

(CSP)

The CSP is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations which have experienced a 40% or more drop in revenue as a result of specific COVID-19 circumstances during specific time periods from February to April 2022.

For more information, click here.

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Regional Events Fund

(REF)

The $50M REF Fund has been split across International Marketing Alliances (IMA) groupings based on their share of international visitor spending prior to COVID-19. All nine Regional Investment Plans have been received, reviewed against the criteria and approved.

The key criteria for applying for funding is that events should drive domestic and intra-regional visitation.

The Regional Events Fund can be used for some or all of the following activities:

  • Event funding for new and existing events that drive inter and intra-regional visitation.
  • Capability or capacity building for event management (e.g. manage event programme) for a Lead Entity or Panel Member.
  • Fund management/secretariat.
  • Event strategy development.
  • Event feasibility studies and event development.

Each IMA grouping has the autonomy to determine the mix of events that best meets the regions’ needs over the next two to four years. Further information about each regional investment plan is available on the MBIE website.

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Media Engagement

Coverage of the events sector

4 April 2022 - MEDIA INTERVIEW - Traffic light decision is disappointing, especially for Auckland

1 April 2022 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Only 'niche' arts and entertainment venues will check vaccine passes

24 March 2022 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: New Rules But Creatives "Still In Crisis"

14 February - MEDIA INTERVIEW: The Impact of New Zealand Putting a Halt on Large Events

12 February 2022 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Covid-19: Government extends Events Transition Support Scheme

29 January 2022 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: New Zealand event industry calls on Government to revise support scheme as it struggles under red traffic light restrictions

23 January 2022 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Covid-19: Government's red-light move sends event industry into a spin

20 January 2022 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: The events sector is worried tougher Government restrictions relating to a potential Omicron outbreak would devastate the already struggling industry.

15 January 2022 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Traffic light loophole? Napier music venue Paisley Stage hosting concerts without vaccine passes

02 December 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Red Light Roadblock?

13 November 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Events insurance scheme too little, too late for those outside guidelines

11 November 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Longer, slower queues for events with vaccine certificates

16 October 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: 'Insure us against losses' - events sector pleads

27 September 2021 - MEDIA RELEASE & COVERAGE: The continued impact of COVID-19 on the Events Sector

23 September 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Staging events under alert level 2 tough, but not impossible

19 September 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Event industry desperate for future strategy to survive COVID-19

12 September 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: COVID-19: Delta outbreak deals $6m blow to events sector, alert level 2 'not workable

08 September 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: COVID-19: Progress stalls on pandemic insurance scheme for live events

23 July 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: What the trans-Tasman bubble closing all together could mean for the events industry?

30 March 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Let us hold exhibitor shows safely, events sector tells Government

1 March 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Alert level change has widespread impact for events industry

18 February 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: The impact of lockdowns on events around New Zealand (TV3 AM Show)

17 February 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW - It's still inhospitable terrain at level 2

22 January 2021 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Events industry on The Wiggles' predicament

7 September 2020 - MEDIA RELEASE & COVERAGE: Continued Alert Level Uncertainty Takes Toll On NZ’s Events Sector

14 August 2020 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: No gatherings at Alert Level 3 (TV1 Breakfast)

11 May 2020 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Events Association pleads for Government support with mass gatherings limited to 100 under alert level 2

06 May 2020 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: COVID-19 lockdown wipes billions from New Zealand's economy

06 May 2020 - MEDIA INTERVIEW: Coronavirus: Events industry asks Govt for $80m Covid-19 rescue package

07 Apr 2020 - MEDIA RELEASE & COVERAGE: Future of NZ events industry in question with $100m COVID-related losses already sustained

23 Mar 2020 - MEDIA RELEASE & COVERAGE: Downward spiral for NZ events sector with more than 3,000 events cancelled to date

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