COVID-19 has changed the way that we live, work and play.  As of 11:59PM on Tuesday 17 August 2021, the NZ Government imposed a national lockdown in response to the Delta virus outbreak.  While essential services remain available, other businesses have been asked to remain closed.

Across the Eastern Bay of Plenty we have very strong communities with a proven history of working together to overcome whatever challenges we are given.  COVID-19 means that we once again, have to work together (albeit physically isolated) to support each other through this. When NZ goes into Lockdown, Toi EDA and the Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce Teams join forces to operate the Eastern Bay of Plenty Business Support Hub, to help our businesses in the recovery effort.
There is a lot of information being produced, and it can be difficult to know where to get the best advice.  To assist residents and businesses across the Eastern Bay of Plenty, the Eastern Bay COVID Business Support hub have pulled together links that will help you find up to date information about COVID-19 and support services you can access.

- COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights): COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) detailed table
- Eastern Bay COVID Business Support Hub Facebook: Eastern Bay COVID Business Support Hub | Facebook
- Key Contacts and Information: EBOP-COVID-HUB-KEY-INFO-LINKS.pdf 
- Moving into Level 2: EBOP-COVID-HUB-moving-into-L2.pdf
- Moving into Level 3: EBOP-COVID-HUB-moving-into-L3.pdf
- Wellbeing: EBOP-COVID-HUB-Wellbeing.pdf
- Financial: EBOP-COVID-HUB-Financial.pdf
- Flexiwage factsheet: Flexi-wage_general-factsheet_1-June.pdf

The importance of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

In the video below, you will hear from Ian Morton, General Manager: Operations for Toi EDA talking about the importance of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP), keeping it live and how we can prepare for COVID in our community.  Following the video, here are some useful links that will assist you in your BCP planning.

A Short Guide to Preparing for the Unexpected (For small business) :
COVID-19 Checklist, to support with Business Continuity planning :
If you have any questions, please contact one of our team on: / /



The most reliable, up to date information and advice can be found on the government COVID-19 website. This includes health advice, financial direction, travel restrictions, wage subsidies and leave payments, the definitions of essential services and businesses, as well as latest news.


Eastern Bay of Plenty Chamber of Commerce /Toi EDA – Eastern Bay Business Support Hub
The Eastern Bay of Plenty Chamber of Commerce has a lot of information, advice and access to support channels to help your business through this crisis.
Covid-19 Support :: Eastern Bay Chamber (  
You can reach out to the combined team through
Contact the chamber on if you need help or can offer assistance to another business in the region.
The Chamber is surveying 1000 businesses to ensure they have the information and support they need.

Government Business Support Site
This NZ government site has up-to-date information about the coronavirus and how it may impact your business. It provides comprehensive updates as they become available on a range of issues, including employee best practice, health and safety, tax and the impact on exports and imports.

Financial Support

NZ Work and Income are facilitating applications for wage subsidy, resurgent support payments, and leave payments, as part of the COVID-19 Financial Package. To find out more about the support available, go to their website 

Employment & People Management 

Employment New Zealand provides detailed information about what to do during and after the lockdown.

Workplace Wellness 

WorkSafe NZ have put together information regarding work-related health. This includes how to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases through good health and safety practices in the workplace.

As well as your physical wellbeing, your mental health may be adversely affected by the impact of the COVID-19.


If you are struggling to manage debts, you can find information on insolvency at the Insolvency website.

Working remotely? 

Pomodoro Technique:
Structure your day:

Domestic tertiary students

Tertiary Education Commission COVID-19 update: 


Official New Zealand Government COVID-19 site

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Ministry for Primary Industries

Safe Travel NZ

Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health website also provides information on pandemic planning  and response


Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Whakatane District Council
Kawerau District Council
Opotiki District Council


Lifeline support
Social Services

NZ Police
Call 111 for emergencies or 105 for non-emergencies.