Weekly Digest – 4 June 2021
New Zealand’s Travel Bubble Pause With Victoria Extended
New Zealand has extended its travel bubble pause with Victoria until 7:59 pm on 4 June (Friday), as the new community COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne’s northern suburbs continues to grow.
The New Zealand government has implemented new pre-departure testing measures on 31 May from 11:59 pm. Under new restrictions, travelers flying to New Zealand must now return a negative COVID-19 test within three days of departure if they have been in Victoria on or after 20 May. Those who have been to Victoria since 7.59 pm on 25 May will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand.
Australians must keep evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result at all times. Failure to produce evidence could result in being denied boarding or being subjected to penalties upon arrival in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, everyone in New Zealand who has visited the Greater Melbourne area since 20 May will be tested and required to isolate at their residence until they receive a negative COVID-19 result.
Victoria entered into a lockdown last Thursday to curb the spread of the virus.
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout 9% Ahead of Targets
Associate Minister of Health Ayesha Verrall said New Zealand’s vaccination plan is on track and around 668,115 doses had already been administered. Overall, the vaccination programme is 9% ahead of its targets. The Northland, which had struggled to hit its targets early in the rollout, managed to break even.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said it was encouraging to see the vaccine rollout go ahead of schedule and that it will further ramp up in July and August. Vaccine stocks are at 216,000, with an additional 49,000 due to arrive in the coming week.
Central Bank Says Stimulus Needed Due to Pandemic Uncertainties
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said that it would prefer to have monetary stimulus in place for a longer period as the implications of COVID-19 are not yet over. The central bank held interest rates last week, but hinted that an increase may occur as early as September next year.
$500,000 Support For Flood-Affected Farmers
The government has unlocked $500,000 in funding for farmers and growers affected by flooding in the Canterbury region which has declared a state of emergency. The money will be used to speed up the recovery of farming businesses through recovery grants and will also fund wellbeing support and specialist technical advice.
Pandemic Fatigue Sets In: Consumers Want Good Service Without COVID Excuse
Data from Customer Radar, which records customer feedback from some of New Zealand’s largest retailers, show consumers have gone from being empathetic to demanding good service from businesses as pandemic fatigue sets in.
This finding points to the fact that a sense of normality has returned for most Kiwis, and this places pressure on retailers and service providers. Business owners should be aware that many consumers right now are nervous about price increases, frustrated by products not available due to shipment delays, and are less empathetic towards poor customer experience compared to last year.
The key to addressing these issues is communication. Ensure that you’re listening to customers and responding to them.
Training Incentive Allowance to Support 16,000 Kiwis
The government is bringing back the Training Incentive Allowance to support 16,000 New Zealanders to retrain and gain higher skills. An investment of $127 million will be given over four years from the COVID-19 Recovery and Response Fund to reinstate this program.
Debt Management Tips for Entrepreneurs
When building a business from the ground up, you may get to a point where you need to take on some debt in order for your business to take off or grow. This Forbes article differentiates good debt from bad debt, shares some ways to avoid bad debt, and provides some tips to manage debt.
Below is an overview of the effective debt management tips for entrepreneurs shared in this article:
- Analyse your budget regularly– Know where your money is going and find ways so debt won’t get accumulated.
- Identify the most appropriate sources of financing– Typically, there are two primary sources of funding for small business owners: debt from banks and financial institutions and debt from family and friends.
- Consolidate debt payments– Combine short-term loan payments into a more significant debt payment to preserve the business’ credit score. If your debts are piling up, try to negotiate with creditors to set a more reasonable credit limit.
- Create a contingency plan– Establish a contingency plan in place and have enough liquid assets to repay huge liabilities.
Financial assessments, proper debt management, and growth plans are important to run a successful business. Need help getting a grip on your business finances? Book a one-on-one consultation with us today!
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