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MARCH 2022

ISSUE: #03

Kia orana ki to tatou au kōpu tangata o te Enterprising Families.  

Let us start off by asking, how are you all? How are you feeling today?  

It is without a doubt that this past month has been a whirlwind, not only for us in NZ but for the entire world. From the rampant Omicron outbreak to concerning world events, rises in gas prices and associated living costs and Government changes in vaccine mandates, it is fair to say that there has been a lot to get through. The team at Enterprising Families wanted to take the time to acknowledge your strength and endurance through this rough patch, as we know it hasn't been easy for many.  

With everything happening in the community at the moment, we wanted to adhere to the changes and use this month's edition to share with you the support services available for you and your business. From Government support schemes to business workshops, this edition will have you covered. We empathise with you and know these times are challenging, should you need support please reach out to us at CIDANZ so that we can see how we can help.  

We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of our amazing eFAMILIES and their businesses. COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on all businesses around the world including our eFAMILIES but their perseverance throughout these circumstances is inspirational. In this section we will share business updates from Varu by Richard Tekeu, Akari Body Treats by Joann Daniela and DallVero Designs by Veronica Poutama.  

Meitaki ma’ata e kia manuia. 

Family and Business Support Services available for you. 

Business Support
There are various COVID-19 financial support schemes available to businesses, depending on your situation. Below is a brief summary of the financial support available to help you, your business and employees through the response to COVID-19. For more information about each type of support you can visit the website here. 

COVID-19 Support Payment: The COVID-19 Support Payment (CSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing businesses or organizations which have experienced a 40% or more drop in revenue because of one or more of the following:  

  • the widespread presence of COVID-19 in the New Zealand community  

  • the legislative public health measures taken in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the New Zealand community  

  • any business circumstances that are, or are reasonably likely to be, a consequence of the circumstances described above. 

Three fortnightly COVID-19 Support Payments (CSP) will be available. Applications for the first payment are open for the period beginning 16 February 2022 and ending 4 April 2022. For more information about CSP and to apply you can visit the IRD website here.  

Short-Term Absence Payment: Short-Term Absence Payment is available to employers to pay workers who follow public health guidance and stay home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result.  It’s also available to eligible self-employed workers. To be eligible, workers need to be unable to work from home and need to miss work while waiting for their test results.  There’s a one-off payment of $359 for each eligible worker. Employers or the self-employed can apply for any worker once in any 30-day period, unless a health official or doctor tells the worker to get another test. You can apply for the Short-Term Absence Payment on the Work and Income website here.   

Got questions or need support? Call the free COVID-19 Business Helpline: All New Zealand businesses, including sole traders, can get support and advice on: 

  • Government financial support 

  • Support for Auckland businesses 

  • What different COVID-19 Protection Framework levels mean for your business 

  • Business continuity 

  • Finding free or subsidised expert help, such as, a business mentor or advisor.  

Employers can also get specific advice on people's challenges, including staffing changes, employee wellbeing, and meeting your health and safety obligations. 

  • Business Helpline: North Island 0800 500 362 | South Island 0800 505 096

Business Training/Workshops 

Pacific Business Trust Workshops: Pacific Business Trust (PBT) offers community and workshop events to bring together Pacific businesses and provide an opportunity to network, collaborate and engage with others. These workshops are open to the Pacific community where you can join other like-minded businesses for ideas, inspiration, celebration, culture, and connection. Visit the Pacific Business Trust website here to view more information about the workshops offered and to register. 

Activate Tamaki Makaurau Workshops: For instant access to free tools, resources, and events you can join the Activate Tamaki Makaurau Business Community today. They offer a variety of workshops from cash flow management, improving your online presence and advice on managing contracts and staff. If you are interested in knowing more about the Activate Tamaki Makaurau community and their workshops for Pacific Businesses, you can register here.  

10 Day FREE Business course by Rebel Business School: The Rebel Business School is a social impact organisation, focused on helping individuals start their business and get their ideas off the ground instantly. They have partnered with Auckland Unlimited and the Local Boards to provide a 10-day business course for FREE. Over the course you will be able to learn: 

  • How to start a business with no money; 

  • How to build a website for free; 

  • How to make money doing what you love and more.  

The course is set to take place at the Otara Music Arts Centre (OMAC), Otara from Monday 2nd May to Friday 13th May from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  

For more information and to register you can visit The Rebel Business School website here. Please note that there are limited spaces available for this course. 

Family support 

Hardship Assistance Expanded: The Government has extended the increased income limits for hardship assistance until 30 June 2022. This means more people will continue to be eligible for hardship assistance, including casual or part-time workers, and people who aren’t already getting financial support. Hardship assistance helps people with immediate or emergency costs, such as food and essential items. This is important as it means we can provide direct help to people as part of the COVID welfare response. There's a temporary increase to income limits until 30 June 2022 - excluding emergency housing grants. You don't have to be on a benefit to qualify.  

Please note that income limits for Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants, Transition to Work Grants and the Course Participation Allowance aren’t changing.  

Below are two grants that can help you pay an essential or emergency cost if you can't pay it another way.  

  • Special Needs Grant 

  • Recoverable Assistance Payment 

The amount received from each grant is dependent on your situation and requests. For information on eligibility for these grants you can visit the Work and Income website here. To apply for these grants, you will need to call Work and Income on 0800 559 009. They will talk with you to understand your situation and will let you know what information you need to provide and how to get this to us. 

Our Enterprising Families and their business updates.

Varu Clothing by Richard Tekeu  

Varu Clothing is a Pacific inspired ready-to-wear clothing line specialising in Womenswear, Menswear, and accessories. They thrive to produce a line of unique styles and a wide range of colors/color palettes to the point where there are no limits in Pacific fashion. The amazing Varu clothing line is made for everyone to wear comfortably and confidently.  

You can purchase these beautiful pieces on the Varu Clothing website here. They currently have a 40% discount sale which is valid until 31st March 2022. Discount Code: VO-March2022.   

You can also follow Varu clothing on Instagram and like their Facebook page.   

Akari Body Treats by Joann Daniela 

Akari Body Treats provides skincare and self-care products that are made to heal. Joann specialises in organic, home-made body products. From body oils to body scrubs to yoni products, Akari Body has you and your skin sorted. Joann has a variety of flavours and scents to choose from.  

You can purchase her products by directly messaging her on Akari Body Treats Instagram or Facebook Page.  

DallVero Designs by Veronica Poutama  

Located in the heart of South Auckland, NZ, DallVero Designs is a family home business that provides a variety of handmade goods all under one roof. They offer customers the opportunity to purchase unique personalised handmade items and more. They’re committed to delivering exceptional products that mostly appeal to families, Christians and the Autism community as this is a true reflection of who they are.  


You can purchase from DallVero via their website here. You can also follow their Instagram and Facebook Page.  


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