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.

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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

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).

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