Finding information on the Covid traffic light system

At 4pm today today, (Monday 29 November) the government will announce what freedoms will be allowed for each region under different levels of the Covid traffic light system.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework will replace the Alert Level system. It will provide more flexibility for businesses as New Zealand manages COVID-19 in the community.   Source :  COVID-19 Protection Framework

Over the weekend Wellington reached the critical 90 percent fully vaccinated target.

However health and safety precautions and changes to business practices remain in place.

This article from Stuff Senior Business Report, Esther Taunton, summarises what businesses need to know about the Vaccine passport and Traffic light system coming into operation from December 3.

More detailed information is provided by Government agencies such as and the Ministry of Health’s Unite against covid pages.

Covid 19 – Resources for employers

A number of government, research and business organisations have coronavirus information available for employers and employees.  

The resources below will assist you to find out about COVID-19, how it may affect  business and how to stay updated.

The government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses. Here’s where you’ll find information about:

Ministry of Health provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.

MBIE’s is the government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses. 

Employsure offers a FAQs and resources hub for employers

The Workshop offers a number of resources on how to talk about vaccination within whanau, community and workplaces.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence. is a NZ government site offering “Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help Kiwi businesses save time and succeed.”

There is a Covid-19 section.

COVID-19: Information for businesses  

The government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses. Here’s where you’ll find information about:

  • operating at Alert Levels
  • business travel across regional boundaries
  • contact tracing
  • financial support for businesses
  • employment and work visas
  • leases and tenancies
  • exporters and importers
  • working from home.


QR codes

Yesterday the government announced that it would become mandatory to scan QR codes when entering businesses or any indoor spaces where people gather.   

As every community case of Covid shows, it is really important to use the codes to keep track of your movements and who has entered your premises in the course of the day.  This ‘online diary’ of your movements helps keep us all a little safer.

But how do you get customers to scan?  And what is a QR code?

This Stuff article offers up Seven tips for getting your customers to scan your QR code

But long before Covid, QR codes were being used as a form of marketing.

The article  What is a QR code? provides readers with a bit of background to the basics and how it is employed.

The article  8 uses of QR codes for a measurable marketing campaign

considers how to utilise QR codes for a better marketing strategy that reaches, engages and converts your audience, while Neil Patel’s blog
5 Genius Examples of QR Codes in Marketing
lists ways QR codes can be used and provides further eye-catching examples where QR codes have been used to market a campaign or a product.

If you require more information on this topic please contact our team via email 



Mental health and wellbeing resources

In times of uncertainty it’s normal to feel anxious and stressed.  Whether you are a business owner whose business has had  to shut down abruptly or an essential worker trying to juggle home demands with work requirements,   these are some of the online support services available.

New research out today has found   “… a significant increase in the number of New Zealanders turning to digital health services for support during covid”.

Just a Thought   offers free online course Staying on Trackto help you tackle worry and stress, so you can take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing”. 

 The Mental Health Foundation  has a range of resources to support individuals or help others close to those who may be struggling.

Their Open Minds e-learning is designed to  “… help people managers to support employees experiencing mental distress or illness at work”.

Site Safe  offers up some Tools for Mental Health particularly for those in the construction and allied industries

There is government financial support available for businesses and more about business entitlements can be found here

Take care of yourself and take care of each other.   Stay safe.

Sound advice for companies who are contemplating the post Covid-19 workplace

Firstly, from a New Zealand perspective there is quite a bit of information out there. Hopefully, I have retrieved some posts which will inspire and support you.

Running a business in challenging times -MYOB Business preparation Guide. The second edition of the MYOB Business Preparedness Guide, looks at some of the key areas business can focus on, adapt and invest in as they seek to navigate the ‘new normal’ created by coronavirus

New Zealand Business after Covid-19 In a special Business series four well known founders/business commentators give their thoughts on how they think NZ businesses will respond.

What comes next: 4 perspectives on post-pandemic preparation
NZ technology and digital chiefs’ responses to COVID-19 guide their business continuity plans for the emerging work environment

What lies on the other side of lockdown and elimination? Part 1 of a special Spinoff series in which Duncan Grieve looks at a number of sectors which will be worst hit by the aftermath of Covid-19. Part two looks at the winners and losers.

Inspirational stories from around the world showing how different companies are ‘keeping on’ during the COVID-19 virus

Kia ora koutou katoa. I hope that the following articles will inspire you and give you some food for thought as to how your own small business can adapt and keep on during these very challenging times, both now and in the future.

Launched nearly ten years ago Maddyness is seen as a go-to magazine for entrepreneurs, startups and< innovators. , This article is a great summary of how 19 different businesses from the UK and beyond are doing during the COVID-19 virus. It also seems to be a very good site to sign up to.

How businesses are adapting to a coronavirus pandemic economy
Small acts of resilience as businesses navigate new pressures during a pandemic.

New kiwi company offers wof solution for essential workers

Responding To Coronavirus: A Playbook For Marketing And Communications
Forrester Research is a highly regarded research company. The article was written by one of their senior analysts on March 11 before most companies entered the shutdown period. You can sign up to updates for no charge.

Use these 4 Strategies to Build a Smart Coronavirus Preparation Checklist