Māori Business Support in the COVID-19 space

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OFFICIAL INFORMATION is constantly being updated on the COVID-19 website. From the latest Media Releases and/or announcements to all the support available across all government agencies - Click tab on the left to access the website.

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PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ADVICE is available from a number of professionals who have specifically set up to support small businesses during COVID-19.

Click tab on the left to access the Manaaki website.

REGULAR & ROBUST COMMUNICATION, arguably the most regular and robust information can be delivered to any 'inbox' daily. Sign up to subscribe to the Poutama Trust e-newsletter by emailing poutama@poutama.co.nz 

Click tab on the left to access the Poutama Trust website.

0800 4 POUTAMA
0800 4 7688262

FUNDING FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE is available subject to a phone interview with a Poutama Trust Business Advisor. This is capped at $2000 but could prove hugely beneficial in coping with the COVID-19 situation. Call the number on the left.

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COVID-19 SUPPORT - AUCKLAND Paerangi, a place where whanau can find COVID-19 information and support services in Tāmaki Makaurau. Enter through the waharoa for the language of choice on what is available. Click tab on the left to access the Paerangi website.

TOURISM 

Rafting New Zealand

Pianika Boddington Owner/operator/employer 

"After coming out of a summer season that was already dramatically down in tourist numbers COVID-19 presented a "sharp, shock" to the reality our business was going to experience. Our staff are our whanau so the government wage subsidy gave us confidence that we would be firstly able to provide them with an income that would allow them to get through this period. We made our application within the first hour.  Applying for the wage subsidy was easy and the money was in our bank within 3 days. This was a huge relief and gave us some breathing room to plan." 

TRADE 

Marshall Electrical

James Marshall 
Owner/operator/employer 

"The day before lockdown (25 March) my accountant rang and said she would sort everything for me. I think my [wage subsidy] experience was 10 out of 10 as it took a 30-second phone call from my accountant and it was all done. The funds were deposited two days later on the 27 March.

I then told my two workers that their “alternative work” was to get their paperwork done for their apprenticeships so they’re effectively getting paid to study for four weeks.”

AGRICULTURE

MIRO Berries

Liz Te Amo
Chief Executive 

“As an essential service, we have greatly improved our communication and innovative ways of working during this Lockdown period. Each of our 11 orchards now have their own WhatsApp set up. This includes our technical training team and virtual orchard visits via ZOOM. Sharing data, discussions and resolving issues with technical advisors in Australia has also been possible. The manākitanga and resilience of our people has come to the fore as they stay in their bubbles and stay connected during Covid."

Pakihi iti, Pakihi nui – whakapuāwaitia, kia Pakihiroa

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