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COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Amendment to the Events Transition Support Payment (ETSP) scheme + Q&A on CPF

02 December 2021

MBIE have today advised of an immediate amendment to the Events Transition Support Payment scheme.

Today, Ministers agreed to add a new payment trigger to the ETSP scheme meaning that eligible event organisers can now postpone or cancel an event and be eligible to claim against the ETSP scheme under the following situation:

  • the event is located in an area that is operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) and is at CPF Red or a localised lockdown at any point within the four-week period prior to the start of the event; and
  • there has been no explicit announcement yet regarding the CPF settings for the specific date/s of the event. 

This will provide event organisers with an additional level of certainty in the immediate four weeks prior to their event, and enable organisers to make decisions that are economically and socially reasonable despite ongoing uncertainty of public health settings for the date/s of the event.

This new payment trigger will be implemented immediately and relevant information on MBIE’s website will be updated tomorrow.

Q&A on the ETSP

In case you missed it in our e-newsletter earlier this week, we've received some clarification in response to your queries on the ETSP scheme as requested in mid-November. The responses from MBIE are listed in the attached.

Q&A on the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF)

The NZEA are working closely with DPMC and MBIE to address your questions about events under the CPF framework. We have created a shared document for you to view the questions already submitted, and the answers where we've received them. If you wish to submit a question, please email You can view the Q&A spreadsheet here.

Warm regards, 

Ségolène de Fontenay
General Manager, NZEA