News and Updates

COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Update on mandatory record keeping + 2021 Eventing the Future Conference & Awards Gala Evening postponed

01 September 2021

Mandatory record keeping at events

Further to our last update, we have now met with DPMC (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) to further clarify the points around the Government's 22 August announcement that those responsible for events will need to ensure people keep a record when they visit, either by scanning QR codes with the COVID-19 Tracer App or making a manual record.

We are pleased to report that DPMC have confirmed that outdoor events will NOT be subject to mandatory record keeping requirements - a significant relief for unticketed outdoor events, no doubt. 

We are still seeking clarification on other details of mandatory scanning. We will keep you updated on responses as soon as we hear back from DPMC. In the meantime, please direct any queries to our email so that we can specifically address and seek additional clarification.

2021 Eventing the Future Conference
& NZEA NZ Event Awards Gala Evening postponed

Given the current COVID-19 outbreak, the NZEA – in a position familiar to many in our industry - have made the difficult decision to once again postpone the upcoming Eventing the Future National Events Conference and the NZEA NZ Event Awards Gala Evening.

The new dates for Eventing the Future 2021 are Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 December 2021, with the NZEA Event Awards Gala Evening (also the official dinner of the conference) taking place on the evening of Tuesday 14 December

We are indeed fortunate to have secured alternative dates only 2.5 months later than originally planned at the same fantastic venues for both the Conference (The Napier War Memorial Centre) and the NZEA NZ Event Awards Gala Evening (Toitoi Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre). We would like to thank the Hawke’s Bay Regional partners for their assistance with this shift.

All current registrations for both the conference and the Awards Gala Evening will be carried over to the new dates and registrants have been communicated with directly. 

If you haven't registered yet, please consider a December catch-up in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay to finish 2021 on a high!

ACC's Self-employed invoicing

Support: ACC is willing to offer what support it can to individuals and businesses where COVID-19 is having any significant impacts on cashflow and ability to pay ACC levies. If an individual or business needs to discuss their situation, you can find options for support on ACC’s website.

Levy Consultation: ACC will be consulting on proposed changes to levy rates and other levy matters during September.
The consultation process allows business owners, self-employed people and employees the opportunity to consider the levy proposals and submit feedback which ACC will consider before providing advice to the Minister. All the proposals and submission forms for feedback are available on

Financial support

The Wage Subsidy Scheme is available nationally when there's a regional or national move to Alert Levels 3 and 4 for a period of seven days and helps eligible businesses keep paying staff and protect jobs. The Wage Subsidy Scheme allows eligible employers anywhere in the country to apply for support if they expect a loss of 40 per cent of revenue. Businesses will be eligible for $600 per week per full-time equivalent employee, and $359 per week per part-time employee. Find out more on the link below:

The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organisations due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to level 2 or higher. If your business or organisation is facing a reduction in revenue due to an alert level increase, you may be eligible for the RSP. Find out more on the link below:

Regional Events Fund (REF) reminder
Have you applied? Don't put it in the too hard basket - get in touch with your local IMA to discuss your event's eligibility.

Wellness, wellbeing and resilience tips

The Mental Health Foundation have created a COVID-19 Workplace Wellbeing Resource that may assist managing stress among staff.Kia kaha, 

Ségolène de Fontenay
General Manager, NZEA