Businesses – Coming Through COVID-19

Are you a Wairarapa business wondering what support is on offer throughout the region? This page will be regularly updated with Central and Local Government information and support that you can access to help you and your business through the recovery phase of COVID-19. 

What Council is Doing

Council has a big part to play in the recovery phase of COVID-19. We need to push ahead with projects that will create local jobs and keep our town moving forward. We are currently working on lots of different measures that will help our local businesses and economy recover, some of which include:

  • Offering free parking, with P120 restricted time limits, until the end of August
  • 100% subsidy for Food Act registration fees for six months
  • 100% subsidy on annual business registrations fees for hairdressers, beauticians, nail technicians, tattooists and skin piercers
  • Paying suppliers more regularly, and advancing contract payments
  • Supporting local initiatives that increase economic wellbeing.

People are the heart of Masterton, and businesses help them thrive. We need to keep businesses pumping to help our community return to good health. Businesses keep people employed, and help our community and economy keep ticking over. Our commitment to keep an eye on progressing key projects is also central to our business support package. 

Business Advice and Support


WellingtonNZ have set up a Business Response Team to provide practical advice and support for businesses in our region. You can complete their online form or call 04 555 0084 to leave a voicemail. One of the team will get back to you within one to three working days.

You can also call the Wellington Chamber of Commerce Business Central AdviceLine on 0800 800 362 for support.

Webinars and Online Tools

WellingtonNZ is hosting a range of online information sessions from digital marketing to business relience. Each online forum will run through advice from experts on how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on your business. The aim is to cover a number of key industries/sectors, and connect you with practical advice and support during this uncertain time. 

See the full schedule »

Watch the Wairarapa workshop »

Business Wairarapa

Business Wairarapa have a page with lots of detailed information about the wage subsidy scheme and the various business support measure that have been put in place.


Destination Wairarapa have launched a ‘Love Local’ webpage to try and provide one central place where locals can find local businesses who are open and/or are able to deliver to locals. If you are a business which is able to operate under the requirements of the current alert level and would like to be added to the web page please you can email [email protected].

Shop it Forward is another way for businesses to take advance orders online that can be fulfilled once they can safely go back to work. 

SOSCafe is another initiative specifically for our hospitality industry which allows people to buy vouchers for their favourite establishments that can then be redeemed once they are open for business. Sign up as a vendor.


Official Sources of Information

If you can’t get essentials like food or medicine and don’t have a family member or friend that can help, you can call the Wairarapa COVID-19 Helpline on 0800 239 247.

Latest updates:

Frequently asked questions:

Staying at home:

Welfare help and support:

Looking after others:

Financial support:

Community groups and volunteers:

List of essential businesses:

Public transport:

Ministry of Health:

Ministry of Education:

Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office WREMO:

Government Unite Against COVID-19 Facebook page:

Wairarapa COVID-19 Updates page:

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