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COVID-19 – Workforce and opportunities

Opportunities and support for people of tourism throughout the COVID-19 crisis

If you've had to let staff go, there are still ways that you can show compassion and help them.

Mental health is a huge concern so connect your displaced employees with services that will provide support and opportunities to connect with others.

Encourage them to update their CV and qualifications so they are ready to apply for future roles, and don’t forget to capture their contact details so you can let them know about any future re-employment opportunities with your business. See our tips for employers here.

If you’re a displaced tourism employee, here are some tips to help ensure you can hit the ground running when the situation improves.

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Immigration and visa information
Go with Tourism 
Job opportunities 
Business support initiatives 

Immigration and visa information  

Iain Lees-Galloway, Minister of Immigration has confirmed there will be:

  • An automatic extension of expiring working visas with immediate effect;
  • Eligibility for working visa holders to apply for Hardship Grants from the Ministry of Social Development, also with immediate effect.

Go with Tourism 

COVID-19 has undoubtedly placed significant strain on New Zealand’s tourism industry. That’s why Go with Tourism will be using a range of resources to support the tourism workforce. 

Go with Tourism is an initiative developed by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, in conjunction with TIA and the Tourism Industry NZ Trust, to build New Zealand’s tourism workforce. It has launched a new service to offer free support to tourism industry workers and businesses affected by the spread of COVID-19.

Through one-on-one interactions, an online Knowledge Hub and curated innovation sessions, Go with Tourism aims to assist with redeploying displaced tourism workers and providing guidance to businesses in need of advice.

Assistance will be available via and a member of staff will be in touch within two working days to offer personalised support.

The new platform will also be a one-stop-shop for those wanting to upskill themselves, with free courses available online and options to explore educational pathways.

Job opportunities 

Sealord Offers Seasonal Work To People With Jobs Impacted By COVID-19
Sealord is inviting people looking for work as a result of COVID-19 to join them for the approaching hoki season.

Kiwifruit industry needs 20,000 seasonal workers
Recruiting New Zealanders into seasonal kiwifruit jobs is a top priority as the industry grapples to fill thousands of positions amid a labour shortage and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to COVID-19 there have been many sectors of the community that have been affected by either job losses or needing extra staff. This website is to assist anybody that has potential staff looking for jobs or companies that are needing staff over this trying time.

Work the Seasons
Seasonal work website Work the Seasons is linking employers with people looking for work.

Business support initiatives 

BlueOcean exists to increase the success rate of any New Zealand business by helping them make the shift from products to customers.

Manaaki is a support network of business experts, uplifting the mana of small businesses by helping them navigate Covid-19.

TogetherStronger is a not-for-profit initiative aiming to create a business community where those who need help, and those who can offer it, connect with and support each other through the COVID crisis.