Published: Monday 31 January 2022

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Omicron was always going to arrive in Aotearoa and was expected to sweep across the nation. We have had plenty of time to get prepared – and we have done well with our vaccination rates. However, we do not seem to have a clear plan as to how we can tackle the current situation. The feelings amongst businesses are those of uncertainty, confusion, apprehension and the lowest business confidence experienced in decades.

As a largely obedient and law-abiding country, we diligently follow legislation, for the general good of our country, but what good is legislation, that is impractical, ill-considered and unclear? This refers to the current self-isolation regulations for close and household contacts. There needs to be a good balance between health and business. If the plan is easy to understand and works for business, while keeping communities safe, people will stick to the rules. If not, they will bypass the rules. 

Rather than be critical of the government and call the plan or lack of it disappointing, we need to be part of the solution. So what can businesses do? Most are already doing this anyway, but this is a good reminder:

  • Reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections at your business
  • A healthy team is the starting point for a healthy business
  • Be vaccinated, boostered, wear the right masks, follow hygiene measures, scan QR codes, stay at home if sick, etc
  • This is not a lockdown, practice red traffic light requirements under the COVID Protection Framework

Be prepared for some staff and household members to be sick. Self-manage in the first instance. We cannot afford to be overwhelmed. Only those who are in strict need of medical care should seek medical help. 

Please refer to which has comprehensive information available for businesses in this regard.

We must support each other as much as we can and always remember to support local businesses. The events industry has been dealt the worst blow and the Chamber is advocating on their behalf as well as on behalf of their business.

We will get through this together.


Upcoming Events

Please note that Vaccine Passes are required for all of our events and RSVPs are essential. Attendee numbers are subject to traffic light settings.

  • Our first Business Connections event for the year is tomorrow. It will be hosted by Implement at the Vogeltown Bowling Club from 5.15pm-7.00pm
  • Network of Trades will be hosted by Tui Landscape Services in Bell Block on Tuesday 15 February from 5.15pm-7.00pm
  • Business Seminar – Panic, Pivot or Plan will look at concepts to develop a business strategy in an uncertain world. This complimentary session will be run by Implement in partnership with the Chamber on Tuesday 15 February from 12.00pm-1.30pm at Chamber House

Please note that Vaccine Passes are required for all of our training sessions and attendee numbers are limited. Please check our website for details.

  • Speaking and Presenting with Confidence Workshop Series – Monday 14, 21 and 28 February 11.00am-1.00pm
  • Blanchard Leading People Through Change – Wednesday 23 February 9.00am-4.30pm
  • Treaty of Waitangi 101 – Thursday 3 March 9.00am-3.30pm

To RSVP for any of our events, register for training, or for more information click here

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Let’s do better business, together!

Ngā mihi

Arun Chaudhari