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    Prolonged Covid-19 restrictions affecting Auckland businesses financially, mentally

    Navigation for News Categories Auckland's economic agency says its team is hearing stories of business closures and although more people are out and about they are not spending more. A deserted central Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Robert Smith Auckland Unlimited is concerned the slight easing in alert level 3 restrictions appears to have provided little…

    Easing of Covid-19 restrictions sees manufacturing sector bounce back

    Navigation for News Categories Manufacturing activity is starting to rebound as the sector recovers from the partial easing of restrictions. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin The BNZ-Business New Zealand Performance Manufacturing Index (PMI) for September is up 11.7 points after August's slump, to sit at 51.4. A reading above 50 indicates the sector is expanding,…

    Covid-19: Government to meet with companies wanting to import rapid antigen tests

    The government is bowing to pressure from business leaders who want fast acting Covid-19 tests available in workplaces. Photo: 123RF A coalition of 25 firms contacted the government on Tuesday, pleading for clearance to import 370,000 rapid antigen devices within the next week. Ministers and officials are to meet representatives from the group today with…

    Covid-19: Government subsidies more targeted in 2021

    Photo: AFP When New Zealand went into its first level 4 lockdown in March 2020, its government made the expensive decision to initiate a wage subsidy programme. The intent of the programme was to keep as many people in employment as possible as the country navigated the uncharted waters of a global pandemic without a…

    ACA monthly SME COVID tracker report: Small businesses find hope

    ACA Research’s monthly SME COVID tracker report shows that despite revenue and employment data remaining weak, SME decision-makers are feeling hopeful for the prospect of opening up by Christmas SME sentiment has shifted As the majority of Australians remain under lockdown, small businesses continue to struggle. Sentiments amongst decision-makers remain on a knife-edge, with more…

    Covid-19: Mt Ruapehu businesses missing Auckland visitors

    Navigation for News Categories Businesses around Mt Ruapehu are missing their Auckland visitors with the supercity still at Covid-19 alert level 4. In nearby town Ohakune, the effects of alert level restrictions were expected to hit like an avalanche but most seem to be weathering the storm. There was a flurry of excitement among those…
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