COVID-19 has changed the way that we live, work and play.  As of 11:59PM on 25 March 2020, the NZ Government imposed a national lockdown in response to the virus outbreak. While essential services remain available, other businesses have been asked to close for at least four weeks.  This will have a significant impact on every person in New Zealand.

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 will have to work together (albeit physically isolated) to support each other through this.

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, Toi EDA has pulled together links that will help you find up to date information about COVID-19 and support services you can access.

While some businesses are closed, we have many primary sector, industrial manufacturers and service providers along with essential health social service providers still working hard. Some of them will need additional staff over the next few months and below you’ll see that Toi EDA and the Eastern Bay of Plenty Chamber of Commerce are working on a strategy to assist with this.


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.
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.

Toi EDA is focussing on workforce supply and demand for essential businesses and services. We are getting systems in place to connect willing workers with the Essential Services that require workforce to ensure delivery of their products and services. Essential Services managers can reach out to the combined team through . There’s also a Facebook page for posting available roles via the Eastern Bay Business Support. Hub

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 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.

Tax Obligations

Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

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
NZ Civil Defence and Emergency Management


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


Te Puna Ora ō Mataatua – drive through testing centre
Phone: 0800 3585453
Lifeline support
Social Services

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