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Cyclone and flood recovery support and initiatives

Cyclone Gabrielle continues to impact the Hawke’s Bay and the effects will be long-lasting.

Critical infrastructure repairs are a top priority, but the damage wrought by the cyclone is not just physical – the mental health and wellbeing of business owners, employees and the broader community cannot be understated.

The latest

  • Employer Bulletin | 24 April 2023

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    Due to strong demand and further need for support from cyclone-affected businesses, the Government has approved another $25 million boost in business support grants, to be distributed via local agencies on the ground, to help get businesses back up and running as quickly as possible. 

  • Employer Bulletin | 17 April 2023

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    32 roles from the health sector have recently been added to the Straight-to-Residence pathway of the Green List to help prepare our health system for the coming winter.

  • Employer Bulletin | 11 April 2023

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    From 13 April, employers can expect to gain access to thousands more working holiday-makers as the Government has announced an increase in the Spain Working Holiday Scheme annual quota (from 200 to 2,000 places).

  • Employer Bulletin | 3 April 2023

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    Over 600 migrant workers have been successful in their applications for the new Recovery Visa, and are set to provide expertise in construction, engineering and heavy machine operation to aid domestic skilled workers in our cyclone and flooding recovery effort.

  • Employer Bulletin | 27 March 2023

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    Moananui - Blue Economy Cluster is a new government project, in partnership with local businesses and regional leaders, that aims to accelerate growth and boost jobs in the Nelson Tasman region.

  • Employer Bulletin | 20 March 2023

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    Businesses in cyclone-affected regions are receiving a further $25 million in grants from the Government to assist with their recovery. Additionally, the Rangitata vessel has been chartered for an emergency coastal route between Gisborne and Napier, with the potential for expansion.

  • Employer Bulletin | 13 March 2023

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    Across New Zealand, around 50,000 school and kindergarten teachers are preparing for a strike this Thursday as part of their campaign to secure pay and working condition improvements.

  • Employer Bulletin | 6 March 2023

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    As the cost of doing business increases across the board, including Healthcare, the Government announced that it will top up payments to non-contracted ACC providers to ensure treatment cost stays low for injured New Zealanders.

    Also in today's Bulletin:

  • Employer Bulletin | 27 February 2023

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    Immigration Minister, Hon Michael Wood, has just announced the new Recovery Visa created to attract specialist workers into the country to support our rebuild efforts in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle and the flooding event in Auckland.

  • Employer Bulletin | 20 February 2023

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    As some of our regions recover from the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle, the Government has announced support packages to aid the response to this disaster.

  • Employer Bulletin | 13 February 2023

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    $5 million support package for flood affected Auckland businesses, New initiatives to unlock Māori science and research resources, Your privacy rights and why they matter in a digital world, Five Employment Relations Authority cases, Three Bills open for public submissions.
  • Employer Bulletin | 7 February 2023

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    Also in today's Bulletin:

    Information and assistance for business after unprecedented weather conditions,

    Government and horticulture sector target $12b in exports by 2035,

    Cost of living support extended for families and businesses,

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