The COVID-19 Protection Framework has been retired as of 11:59pm Monday 12 September 2022. If you need help understanding what this action means for your business, The Chamber is here to help. Please contact us for assistance.

The Chamber
As the home and voice of Canterbury business, we are here to help.  Being part of the BusinessNZ Network, we are here to offer advice and support for businesses concerned about the risk or impact of COVID-19.

For advice specific to your situation, please contact The Chamber on 0800 50 50 96 or 03 366 5096, or email [email protected] or contact one of The Chamber’s advisory team on:

Health and Safety
[email protected]

Human Resources
[email protected]

John Hamilton - [email protected]

Shirley van Waveren - [email protected]

General Business Support
Jason MacRae - [email protected]

New Zealand Government -
Keep up yourself informed with up to date information direct from the New Zealand Government at

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
MBIE has a dedicated COVID-19 business support line to provide guidance and support to the public as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Call them on 0800 424 946 or [email protected]

Ministry of Social Development (MSD)
For questions around the Leave Support Scheme or Short Term Absence payment call them on 0800 40 80 40

Mid-Canterbury Business Support
With support from the Ashburton District Council, the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce is providing COVID-19 response services via the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network, including additional business advisors, capability and advisory workshops (delivered remotely), and business mentors. Read more.

To access COVID-19 support via the RBP network please reach out to your local RBP Advisor Jason MacRae at [email protected] 

Media Query?
If you have a media query please contact Hamish Jensen-Fraser on [email protected] or 0800 50 50 96.