News and Updates

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

20 September 2021

Auckland to move to Alert Level 3, the rest of NZ remains at alert level 2 with 100 person gathering limit

Further to this afternoon's announcement, Auckland will move to alert level 3 from 11.59pm Tuesday for a period of 2 weeks. Cabinet will then review these settings. The rest of the country will remain at alert level 2, with an increase on the gathering limit from 50 to 100 people.

Industry Impact Snapshot Survey - closes tomorrow!

Together, let's take further action for our Events Sector! 

We would appreciate a few minutes of your time to provide us with an update on where your organisation is at in this latest Industry Impact Snapshot survey.

We are mindful that you may be survey-fatigued! But data is king and key to our advocacy efforts. We will present the results of this latest survey to Minister Nash (following up on our letter of last week - see below).

Take the survey

As usual, please complete one survey per organisation (and thanks to the 125 organisations who have completed it so far). Please feel free to share it with the wider events sector. The survey closes tomorrow, Tuesday 21 September. 

Letter to Minister Nash

For any who missed our eDM last week, the NZEA have written to Minister Stuart Nash last week outlining the critical situation in the Events Sector and our immediate needs: targeted and extended financial support, a risk-based approach to events at alert level 2, a government-backed insurance facility and improved MIQ systems. You can read our letter here.

COVID guidelines for events

Travelling with your alert level: We are still unclear as of today whether there will be a need to 'travel with your alert level' in a split alert level 2/alert level 1 situation.  The current advice reads "If you are travelling to an Alert Level 1 region to attend an event, make sure you do it in a safe way."  We are seeking clarity from DPMC on what 'a safe way' means. We will update you as soon as we receive a response. 

In the meantime, please refer to our previous updates for all our information on events at alert level 2 and mandatory record keeping.

Financial support

The third Wage Subsidy Scheme payment for eligible businesses is now open for applications. Please note businesses in alert level 2 areas can apply for this payment if you meet the criteria. If your business is eligible, you can apply until 30 September 2021. Find out more on the link below:

You can also apply for the second round of the Resurgence Support Payment which opened last Friday 17 September 2021 - please note businesses in an alert level 2 areas can apply for this payment if you meet the criteria. You can apply if you have already received a payment. The payment and eligibility criteria are the same as the current scheme. Find out more on the link below:

As always, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at with any queries you may haveKia kaha, 

Ségolène de Fontenay
General Manager, NZEA