COVID-19 update for the Community Sector in Aotearoa New Zealand

It can be daunting to keep up-to-date with new information being released about the COVID-19 virus impacting our day-to-day work. So at Hui E!, we have taken this opportunity to collate trustworthy sources and examples of good practice to assist you in your response planning. Please get in touch if you have any resources or updates you can share with the wider sector at You can read all our updates on
Ngā mihi Rochelle Rochelle Stewart-Allen Pou Kaiārahi (General Manager) Hui E! Community Aotearoa

COVID-19 advice for organisations

CommunityNet Aotearoa has produced a resource for organisations with relevant links to up-to-date advice provided by the New Zealand Ministry of Health, advice on public events and mass gatherings, MBIE’s information for Businesses and the Government’s Economic Response Package announcement, and general advice provided by the World Health Organisation. Click here to access the webpageNew Zealand’s priority is slowing the spread of COVID-19. On 16 March 2020, the Government advised public events or mass gatherings where 500 or more people are together in one place, at one time should be cancelled. Examples include concerts, festivals and sports matches. Click here to learn more

Free webinar

Join Michelle Berriman, Executive Director at the Fundraising Institute New Zealand, and special guest Sean Triner, this Thursday for a discussion on how nonprofits can weather the storm during this uncertain time. Thursday 19 March, 2-3pm. There will be an extended Q&A period. You can send your questions to Michelle in advance at All attendees will be given a COVID-19 cheat sheet to download. Click here to register for the webinar

Economic rescue package announced

The New Zealand Government has introduced a new package designed to assist people and organisations impacted by the crisis, with affected businesses receiving the majority of support through wage subsidies.

The package includes support packages for those people unable to work because they’re either in quarantine, sick from Covid-19, or caring for family members in either of those situations. It includes an increase of $25 a week for all main benefits, a doubling of the annual Winter Energy Payments, and a dedicated $500 million fund for health services.

Learn more about the rescue package here

Advice for Travellers

People coming to or from NZ should check the MoH information for travellers which is regularly updated.

Airlines are providing flight flexibility. Check the airline’s site for more details: Air NZ  Jetstar

Click for advice for travellers

Organisational Pandemic Policy

Transparency International New Zealand has shared their pandemic policy which can be adapted and used by other organisations. The policy is available on their website.

Click here to access policy

Check out our second update on COVID-19 information, tools and resources relevant to the community sector.