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COVID-19 Industry Impact Survey & Important Updates

11 March 2021

COVID Alert Levels

Auckland will join the rest of NZ at Alert Level 1 at midday today.

At Alert Level 1 there are no restrictions on travel, gatherings or events. However please ensure you continue to play your part, by implementing the Voluntary Code for the Events Sector (the COVID Code) and utilising the resources available via the Make Summer Unstoppable Campaign.

Taking the pulse of the events sector

COVID-19 industry impact survey #5

How have the recent Alert Level changes impacted you and your organisation?

Please spare a few minutes to once again provide an update on where your organisation, events, staff and supply chain are at following the Alert Level changes since 14 February. NZEA & EVANZ are working together to gather a snapshot of our sector in this latest 'Taking the pulse' survey.

Data is key to our advocacy work on behalf of the sector as we continue to advocate for targeted support for the events sector and its supply chain.

Please take the time to complete our latest industry survey before Thursday 18 March. One response per organisation, please.

Click here to complete the survey

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy March 2021

The Wage Subsidy March 2021 is a payment to support employers and self-employed people, so they can continue to pay employees and protect jobs for businesses affected by the rise in alert levels on 28 February 2021.

New Zealand businesses who have had or expect to have a 40% decline in revenue over a consecutive 14-day period between 28 February and 21 March, compared to a typical 14-day period between 4 January and 14 February 2021 (6 weeks before the change in alert levels), may be able to get it.

Businesses with highly seasonal revenue will be able to compare their decline in revenue to the same period of 14 consecutive days in 2020 or 2019.

Read more and find out how can you apply for it.

Resurgence Support Payment

The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is for businesses or organisations with reduced revenue due to a COVID alert level increase to level 2 or higher. Learn more about eligibility and which businesses can apply for this support.

Ticket refunds for cancelled events

If your event has been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 Alert Level changes, what are your responsibilities to your ticket holders? Consumer NZ outline the key points here.

QR code use survey from DPMC

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) have created a digital survey to gain insights on how they can better encourage the scanning of QR codes. Please follow the link below to a short survey that will be vital to the ongoing work they are doing to improve their engagement with the community:

Regional Events Fund (REF)

The $50M Regional Events Fund has now 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, including details of regional contacts, is available on the MBIE website.