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Business Groups unite in their call for financial support for Auckland in Alert Level 2

Press release
Monday 4 Oct 2021

Auckland business groups, representing tens of thousands of businesses, want Government to act on their calls to confirm financial support for Auckland during level 2 for qualifying businesses:

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The ‘pathway for Auckland’ announced today did not confirm this. Businesses need certainty and can’t keep waiting to hear what help might be made available at the next announcement.  The mechanism exists and is simple to execute – it just needs a government decision to do it.

Why is this critical?

Auckland has faced 29 weeks of restrictions so far:

10 weeks at L4

8.5 weeks at L3

3.5 weeks at L2.5

7 weeks at L2

These effects are cumulative and the long tail of COVID-19 is hurting many businesses across a range of sectors. Thousands of business owners, their staff and suppliers face an uncertain future as they head into the Christmas season.

Who is asking for this?                                                           

Auckland Business Chamber                                                                              

Employers and Manufacturers Association

Hospitality New Zealand

Restaurant Association

Retail NZ

Accommodation Association of New Zealand


Heart of the City

Newmarket Business Association

Parnell Business Association

Takapuna Business Association

The organisations listed are united with one voice – Auckland businesses need help urgently and they need certainty.