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

Business resilience workshop series – Every Friday from 17th July at 3Mile, and via Zoom

This ongoing series of Business Resilience Workshops is for ALL business owners and operators to continually review the strength and depth of your business’ foundations. We will keep the momentum up on business resilience, so if (heaven help us) we go back to Level 3 – or an earthquake hits – we can all be ready and use the lessons learnt to flourish not flounder.

  • 17th July: Managing Employees through Uncertainty
  • 24th July: Building your ‘Storm Fund’ (2-3 months of working capital)
  • 31st July: E-Commerce essentials
  • 7th August: How to know when it’s time to stop
  • 14th August: Wage Subsidy and Employment Law Essentials
  • 21st August: Where to get good data (and how to use it)
  • 28th August: Working with a Mentor
  • 4th September: The Emergency Management Office: working with councils in an emergency
  • 11th September: Capital Planning – where to get the right money for your business


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.

Looking after your people post COVID-19

WellingtonNZ is running a series of workshops focussed on providing practical tools and strategies to support the mental health and wellness of SME’s impacted by Covid-19.

Find out more about the Wairarapa workshop.


Webinars and Online Tools

WellingtonNZ hosted a range of online information sessions from digital marketing to business resilience. Each online forum runs through advice from experts on how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on your business.

See recordings »

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.


Manaaki is an online forum where over 150 of NZ’s best business minds are answering questions from small and medium sized business owners. It’s completely free to sign up and is full of valuable resources.

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:

Mental Wellbeing:

Financial support:

Ministry of Health:

Ministry of Education:

Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office WREMO:

Wairarapa COVID-19 Updates page:

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