NZ Government COVID-19 Website

For COVID-19 Government Information, click here.

Multilingual Factsheets

For COVID-19 Factsheets in multiple languages, click here.

Multilingual videos

The Office of Ethnic Communities have started releasing multi-lingual COVID-19 videos to help people understand what is happening. Videos have been released in Arabic, Cantonese, Hindi, Persian/Farsi, Spanish and Urdu with more to come. Please share with your community members. You can view the videos here.

Essential Services

Oranga Tamariki and MSD have developed a list of social sector organisations who continue to provide essential services in our communities. The list is expected to be updated over time. Access the list here

Charities Services

Charities Services have provided a FAQ page on their website to help registered charities access informationYou can view it here


Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā is a website where uou will find information and resources specifically for Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic. This information has been developed by leading Māori medical experts for whānau Māori.

If you have whānau who are looking for up-to-date reliable information about COVID-19, click on Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā. 


MSD Grants

The Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant fund, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities during Alert Level 4. Community-based organisations can apply for $5000+ grants.

The package supports services that:

  • Ensure people have access to the food and other goods they need to survive
  • Provide a place for people to live
  • Support disabled people to maintain critical wellbeing
  • Keep families safe from harm and offer crisis support

Read more about which organisations qualify and how to apply here

DIA Funding

If your organisation has received DIA (including Lotteries or COGs) funding and your initiative has been affected due to COVID-19, Community Operations have committed to actively work with you to find the best solution whether that is a time extension, change of purpose, etc. Contact them at 0800 824 824 or community.matters@dia.govt.nzMore information is here.

Funding impact

Give yourself peace of mind and contact your funders early to discuss any concerns you have about not being able to meet your funding obligations. Be upfront about your organisational challenges – changing community needs, cancelled events, reduced project delivery, loss of income, staff changes etc. Most funders are quickly adapting their funding models to cover this period and the following months ahead. Examples include Wellington Community Trust and Nikau Foundation.

Philanthropic Sector Response

Philanthropy New Zealand have shared some ideas and resources on what philanthropic funders can do to respond to COVID-19 –
PNZ have also published an open letter to funders to guide how they can support their grant recipients during this time –


Wage Subsidy Scheme

We were very pleased to hear the Minister of Finance confirm on Monday that the Wage Subsidy Scheme DOES cover registered charities, non-governmental organisations, incorporated societies and post-settlement governance entities.

As a sector, we had been working over the past week on this clarity and hope this will bring some financial relief to organisations and staff during this time. Read more about government support for employers here. We pulled together details required and the necessary form to be completed on our page Applying for the wage subsidy.

Managing your employer obligations

MBIE has released information for organsations to help you manage your employer obligations:

Wage subsidy

Leave payment

Changing an employee’s working arrangements

Worker is sick with COVID-19

Worker has been advised to self-isolate

Other workplace issues

A reminder that the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requires businesses and organisations to mitigate health and safety risks and protect their workers from them, so far as is reasonably practicable.

Pandemic Response Policy Template

A reminder that Transparency International New Zealand have shared their Pandemic Response Policy which you can use and adapt for your organisation. Thanks for sharing TINZ! View the policy here.


Tools & resources for working remotely

CommunityNet Aotearoa share working remotely tools and resources here

Stories of success for working remotely

Inspiring Stories share their stories of working remotely

Remote Working Resources

TechSoup New Zealand have listed a number of free or heavily discounted remote work resources available to charities and not for profits. Some of these are available to qualified TechSoup New Zealand members via their web store, and others are available directly from the supplier:


A series of free Facebook LIVE conversations and Q&A with panels of experts focused on helping do-good organisations (charities + social enterprises) get through COVID-19. The aim is to help you and your organisation in these uncertain times so we can survive and thrive – we are stronger together! Recordings of the discussions can be accessed here.

They cover Mental Health and Self-Care, Remote Work Success, Messaging and Comms, and Finances and Money.

Check out the recordings and Facebook Live discussions here.

Please get in touch if you have any resources or updates you can share with the wider sector at

This page was last updated on 7 April 2020.

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