Supporting our Upper Clutha business community

A key part if our role, which has grown since covid-19 entered our lives, is to provide support, advice and connection for our business community. We have worked hard to ensure businesses receive the financial, wellbeing and other support they need to thrive. We will keep this page updated with key support available for businesses both long term and short term response to covid-19.

Orange Traffic Light System - Useful resources for more information

COVID-19: Information for businesses

COVID-19 New Zealand Government updates

Ministry of Health website for the latest updates on COVID-19 

Work & Income NZ - COVID-19 Support


Southern Lakes Mental Health Support 

There is an array of support available for business owners, their teams and our wider community to help us navigate these uncertain times.

Click here to download a new 'Traffic Light' brochure which can be displayed around your workplace to help people understand how they can help their peers and team if they think they need help. Hard copies will be available once covid levels allow. 

Mental Health Resources - Take Stock

We have come to the end of our 6 month Take Stock webinar series looking at different aspects of dealing with change, stress and improving our wellbeing. We know that our wellbeing can be impacted at any time, so below are the links to all the webinars which will be available for the another 6 weeks. So bookmark them now, you never know when you nay need them. The below are all clickable links to watch the webinars.

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Dealing with change and uncertainty
Dealing with High Stress Customer Behaviour
Managing your optimism, resilience and wellbeing
Protecting my wellbeing and preventing burnout 

Regional Business Partnership Support

The Otago Chamber of Commerce manages the RBP contract for our region. Details on the support available for businesses can be found here. This may include a mentor, R+D funding through Callaghan Innovation or capability voucher support for training.

Tourism Businesses Specific Support

Minister Stuart Nash announced a fund to help support tourism businesses (and those impacted by tourism). Details of the first two phases of this support has been unveiled. Click here to find out details.

Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Payments - Covid-19 

For details on the wage subsidy click here  - this fund closed on 9 Dec 2021
For details on the resurgence payment click here