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Moving to Level 3 and FREE Webinars: 
Finance & Cashflow Management, ASB Economist COVID impact on Economy & South Canterbury


Good afternoon Mackenzie Businesses,

We’ll soon be moving to alert level 3.

Now is the time to plan and prepare.

Unfortunately not all businesses are able to operate and no one will be operating BAU.

More information will become available over the next few days with industry specific information to assist you to get to a safe level of working.

You can find more information about what a return to alert level 3 will look like on the Covid19 website.

Under alert level 3 more, but not all, businesses can start to operate. However, they must take health and safety measures to keep their workers safe. You can find high-level details on what workplace activities are permitted at different alert levels on

You can find information below about what WorkSafe’s approach will be as the work health and safety regulator.

So, develop a Covid-19 Plan now to ensure you have safe operations.

Covid-19 Plan (WorkSafe)

To ensure you are minimising the risk of COVID-19 appropriately, and that your business can continue to operate safely, you need to consider the following questions. Your plan is a record of how you will achieve this.
  1. Are there any risks arising from restarting your business or a business activity that has been shut down during alert level 4, and how will you manage these?
  2. How will you ensure all workers know how and are able to keep themselves safe from exposure to COVID-19?
  3. How will you gather information on the wellness of your workers to ensure that they are safe and well to work?
  4. How will you operate your business in a way that keeps workers and others safe from exposure to COVID-19?
  5. How will you manage an exposure or suspected exposure to COVID-19?
  6. How will you evaluate, and continuously review, whether your work processes or risk controls are effective?
  7. How do any changes impact on the risks of the work you do?
You need to work together with workers and their worker representatives to develop answers to the seven questions and then share the plan with all your workers. This will ensure your workers and others understand how you intend to manage the risks of COVID-19 and a safe return to work at alert level 3.

Your industry may have also prepared guidance to assist you with organising your work so that you can operate safely under COVID-19 restrictions. This guidance should be incorporated into your plans.

Below are risk points and actions to consider by businesses: 

Risk Points
Actions to consider 
Travelling to work
Maintaining a safe mode of transport.
Limiting other workers e.g. car-pooling.
Hygiene considerations, hands sneezing/cough while on route to work.
Entering work
Health checks of all workers/contractors/visitors or health declarations from workers.
Entry registrations and exit.
Inductions re COVID:19, consider remote systems.
At work
Creating and maintaining safe systems of work to maintain 2m distancing, or if between 1-2m PPE, other physical barriers, gloves, glasses, masks, tissues.
If less than 1m, consider stopping that work.
If another worker is known and/or is symptom-free then 1m is acceptable.
Training and re induction re: PPE, hygiene, hand washing.
Workplace wipe downs, disinfectants high touch areas, tools, equipment, vehicles.
Waste disposal of tissues, masks etc.
Split shifts, flexible shifts.
Work group bubbles.
Contractor bubbles.
Limiting movement between departments.
Is “working from home” still a viable option.
IT meetings.
Limit smokos, food and other gatherings.
Mobile workers and their transport, social distancing.
Staff working off-site at another worksite.
Employee tracing of movements.
Meeting registers of attendees.
Toolbox or similar meetings how to maintain 2m gap.
Those entering home e.g. trades to maintain safe distancing and no contact.
What to do in a COVID:19 case or suspected case.
HR policies re staff not coming to work.
Leaving work
Hygiene wash down.
Clean clothes/shoes.
Transport home, hygiene.
Management oversight
Identifying vulnerable workers and management of wellbeing and mental health.
Systems to follow re: unwell workers.
Prepare an emergency/advice call list.
Information being made available to staff, posters, signs.
Contractor management checking their systems.
Deliveries/couriers contactless if possible.
Supply chains in and out of the business.
Privacy issues around personal information.
Managing staff apathy.
Develop a Risk Register of all jobs/tasks where 2m gap is or could be compromised - normal work and maintenance work.
Information to staff re: out of work considerations. MoH
Staff (H&S) representatives and union involvement where present.

View an example of Alert Level 3 Plan here

View a Level Checklist - Returning to Work here.

FREE one hour online workshop for all businesses.
April 22, 2020 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

With the impact of COVID-19, finance & cashflow management is more important than ever. Cashflow Management is fundamental as every business owner needs an understanding of cash and liquidity for better decision making. 

Recognising the difference between profit and cash, and the impact improving your Cash Conversion Cycle will have on your business is essential to managing and growing any business.

Presenter: Ric Thorpe, Sidekick Timaru

This webinar is open to all businesses and limited to the first 500 registrations. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your unique link and information about joining the webinar. For the best user friendly experience, we recommend that you sign up for a free basic Zoom account prior to the start of the webinar. 

Register Now

FREE one hour online workshop for all businesses.
April 24, 2020 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen to Nick Tuffley from ASB talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, from both a national and South Canterbury perspective.

Presenter: Nick Tuffley, ASB

This webinar is open to all businesses and limited to the first 500 registrations. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your unique link and information about joining the webinar. For the best user friendly experience, we recommend that you sign up for a free basic Zoom account prior to the start of the webinar. 

Register Now

Webinar: “The new normal – New Zealand immigration law during and after COVID-19”.

When: Friday 24 April 2020 11.00am – 12.15pm

There is currently considerable uncertainty in relation to a wide range of matters that impact migrant workers and their employers.  In this session, Lane Neave will aim to bring employers up to speed with the current state of play and the most up to date information in relation to:

  • Who can and who can’t come in to New Zealand from offshore at the moment
  • What employers can do to vary the terms and conditions of employment of migrant workers
  • How to handle interim visa holders
  • What the automatic visa extension means for employers of migrant workers
  • INZ’s current visa processing capacity and short term expectations for lodging and processing visas
  • Immigration compliance issues
Register Now
Register to watch live

Wed. April 22, 9:30-10:30am
Finance and Cashflow Management

Fri. April 24, 9:30-10:30am
Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy - Nationally and in South Canterbury

Thu. April 30, 9:30-10:30am
Getting Online - Business continuity under and post lockdown

Fri. May 1, 9:30-10:30am
Well-being Session 1

Fri. May 8, 9:30-10:30am
Well-being Session 2

Fri. May 15, 9:30-10:30am
Well-being Session 3

Fri. May 22, 9:30-10:30am
Well-being Session 4

Business Assistance contact numbers 

Wendy Smith  |  027 229 2949  |

Fiona Stevens  |  027 434 9322  |

Raewyn Bell  |  027 500 4222  |

Finance and Training: Janet Hogan  |  027 634 6780  |

Certificates of Origins processing: 027 434 9322  |

Membership and Events: Timea Mester  |  028 409 6389  |

South Canterbury website: Raewyn Bell  |  027 500 4222  |

YES: Stacey Darrell  |  027 223 7170  |

Raewyn Bell
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