COVID-19 Industry Updates
In this page you will find links to all of NZEA's COVID-19 comms and media releases plus other useful information relevant to this critical time for our sector.
Voluntary Code for Events (the COVID Code)
The Event Sector Voluntary Code, developed by New Zealand Major Events at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) with inputs from the events sector Associations has recently been updated.
The Event Sector Voluntary Code provides guidance to all aspects of the event sector – whether organisers, promoters, suppliers, venues, or Governing bodies – to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at events, and to support the Ministry of Health to contact trace if an outbreak of COVID-19 were to occur. The Event Sector Voluntary Code does not alter existing legal obligations, is not legally binding, and is intended to support existing systems and processes that the event sector already has in place.
You can view the latest version on this page, which includes a section specific to the Event Sector Voluntary Code. There is also some collateral which you can use to:
- Show that your organisation is committed to the Event Sector Voluntary Code; and
- Educate attendees on what behaviours they are encouraged to follow.
We recommend the continual use of these resources, and consideration of the Event Sector Voluntary Code, until New Zealand is no longer in the Alert Level system.
News and updates
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
14 September 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: Regional Events Fund + Alert Level decision
7 August 2020 - INDUSTRY UPDATE: Survey Results & COVID Media Release
24 August 2020 - COVID-19 industry impact survey #4
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
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
Be your own advocate - because we can't do this alone
The impact of COVID-19 on the New Zealand events industry will extend beyond the end of the lock-down period. NZEA's priority has been, and will continue to be, to advocate on behalf of the sector asking for targeted sector support.
However we can’t do it on our own and therefore need you to write to your local MP.
As part of the sector, you can amplify our request through your local Member of Parliament (MP) ensuring our joint message is heard.
We thought we’d share with you some inspirational stories (in case you missed them on our social channels) amid these trying times.