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.

Make Events Unstoppable Resources for your events


The COVID-19 advertising and public engagement campaign released on 13 December 2020, Make Summer Unstoppable is all about encouraging New Zealanders to continue doing those easy, everyday actions that help keep everyone safe and events running over summer and beyond:

  • Continue good health practices
  • Keep COVID-19 in check by washing hands
  • Scanning QR codes
  • Staying home if sick and getting a test  

The idea is to support events to keep their QR codes visible, get attendees to sign in and to keep staff, volunteers and attendees away from events if they are unwell this summer. All the key messages in this campaign are based on advice provided by the Ministry of Health.

Online toolkit
To help, an online toolkit has been created with a range of customisable posters, images and resources specifically for the events sector to engage with attendees, venues, suppliers and the public.  

Check out our update of 10th December for more information about the key aspects of this campaign in the toolkit.

Click here for the online toolkit

The Events Sector Voluntary Code

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The Event Sector Voluntary Code provides guidance to all aspects of the event sector 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.

You can view the latest version on this page

News and updates

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

10 December 2020 - COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Make Summer Unstoppable

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

7 August 2020 - COVID-19 MEDIA RELEASE: 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

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

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

07 Apr 2020 - COVID-19 MEDIA RELEASE: Future of NZ events industry in question with $100m COVID-related losses already sustained

23 Mar 2020 - COVID-19 MEDIA RELEASE: Downward spiral for NZ events sector with more than 3,000 events cancelled to date

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.

It takes just a few minutes to search for your local MP and email them directly. To assist, we have created a template letter ‘ready to go’ (feel free to alter, of course).