Things have changed radically over the past few weeks and we are taking Neighbours Day Aotearoa online for 2020.
We will be holding 10 Days, 10 Ways: A Neighbours Day Zoom Festival.
We want to inspire you to take what you enjoy about our festival and create your own local version. >
A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. More >>
Auckland Council’s 21 local boards have shifted their work online, making essential business and community support a priority over the coming weeks.
Some of March’s formal monthly meetings were cancelled for public health and safety reasons, but the Government’s COVID-19 Response Bill – passed on Wednesday evening – means that boards will be able to resume their business meetings online and still meet legislative requirements.>>
In this, a moment of crisis, we must use narratives to provide hope, articulate the urgency and bring people together reminding them of that which matters most to us, our capacity to care for each other.
The Workshop have produced a guide to help people and organisations develop COVID-19 specific narratives during this challenging time, specifically to encourage people to:
Work and Income have a Wage subsidy and Leave Payment available to support employers affected by COVID-19.
The Government has removed the cap on wage subsidies that can be paid to employers affected by COVID-19. The cap of $150,000 per business is gone.
This applies to all New Zealand employers, contractors, sole traders, self-employed people, registered charities and incorporated societies. You are now able to apply for a wage subsidy for all your staff.
If your organisation has received DIA (including Lotteries or COGs) funding and your initiative has been affected due to COVID-19, Community Operations have committed to actively work with you to find the best solution whether that is a time extension, change of purpose, etc. Contact them at 0800 824 824 or >>
There are many sources of information about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. All charities should read the guidelines and follow updates from the Government’s COVID website. These include health advice for the public, guidance for different sectors and providers, and resources. There is a specific page on the government's site for community groups, faith based groups, clubs and societies that offers further support.
The Government also announced support for people affected by the downturn in business due to COVID-19. More information on help available is on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Inland Revenue websites.