COVID-19 Updates


We all need to do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, and protect New Zealand.

This page contains an information directory and points of contact to provide relevant and useful support during this period. We will also share regular updates via our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

For the latest official updates, please check the COVID-19 website.

In response to COVID-19, the Government is acting to support people and the economy with a $12.1 billion support package.

For more information on the Financial, Regional Development and Support packages, please click here.


New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) have put out a call to all those affected industries in our region to join up with those who are looking for work.

Work is available for people with valid work visas both picking fruit and packing in kiwifruit packhouses, starting soon and going through to around June.

If people are interested in packhouse work which involves grading and sorting fruit as it’s packed, we ask them to contact the packhouses directly.

The Packhouse Employers List is available through NZ Kiwifruit Growers Inc’s (NZKGI) website along with the Accommodation Providers List.

If your staff are interested in working on orchards picking fruit, we can connect you directly with people in your region looking for workers. We’ll need to know:
• How many people are available?
• What’s their employment situation? Do they have valid work visas?
• When are they available from?
• Where are they based?
• Transport required?
• Accommodation required?

For more information, NZKGI has a guide to working in the kiwifruit industry called the Little Green and Gold Book.

Please contact us on 07 574 7139 or You can also check out the NZKGI social media page.


Packhouse and coolstore operators wanted.
Trevelyan's Pack & Cool Ltd in Te Puke, are classed as an Essential Business and currently have employment opportunities available.

Their priority is filling the nightshift but they also have opportunities available during daytime hours.

If you, or anyone you may know, are interested in a position, please get in touch with Trevelyan's via email or


The Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce and Toi EDA have created a Facebook page - Eastern Bay COVID Business Support Hub to provide Essential Businesses in the EBOP region a place to advertise and identify employment opportunities.

For more information and regular updates give the page a like and follow or contact:


The Unite against COVID-19 website is the fastest way to find help and advice about the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand. If you are unable to find what you need, and are not sure who to contact for help, call the free government helpline on:

0800 779 997 or on 0800 22 66 57 (8am–1am, 7 days a week).

Manaaki is a support network of business experts, uplifting the mana of small businesses by helping them navigate Covid-19. And empowering us all to come out stronger.

To seek advice, or offer support, please head to their website to register.

Biz Hub helpline is a free resource that puts businesses in touch with local business professionals. You can gain access to free webinars, expert business advice and strategy, one-on-one support or business mentoring.

Whether you’re looking for short-term support or require long-term planning to see you through after the lockdown has lifted, the team can cover a range of topics including:

• Staffing and HR
• Health and wellness
• Business continuity planning
• Finance and cashflow management.

This resource is open to any business or organisation in the Bay of Plenty (you don’t need to be a member of any association to access this).

Contact the Biz Hub helpline today on 0800 BIZ HUB or


If you would like to reach out to your Regional Chambers of Commerce;

Rotorua Chamber of Commerce
Phone: +64 7 346 3657

Tauranga Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (64) 7 577 9823

Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce
Phone: +64 7 219 3827

Taupo Business Chamber
Phone: +64 7 217 2177

If you would like to reach out to your Regional Economic Development Agency;

• Rotorua – Destination Rotorua
Phone: 07 351 7100

• Tauranga – Priority One
Phone: 07 571 1401

• Eastern Bay of Plenty – Toi EDA
Phone: +64 7 922 3316

• Taupo – Enterprise Great Lake Taupo
Phone: 021132 1475