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Response package at a glance

The Government has announced an Economic Response Package designed for the unique nature of the disruption caused by COVID-19, to cushion New Zealanders against the impacts of the virus, position New Zealand for recovery, and help us to reset and rebuild our economy to support long-term recovery.

On 17 March, the Government announced an initial $12.1 billion COVID-19 Economic Response Package. As the situation has changed, the package has been expanded.

Hon Grant Robertson: $12.1 billion support for New Zealanders and business - 17 March 2020 (

You can view the COVID-19 Economic Package at a Glance as at 15 April 2020 via the link below.

COVID-19 Economic Package at a Glance: He Waka Eke Noa: We Are All Working Together - April 2020

Business Finance Guarantee scheme

This scheme enables banks to provide loans of up to $500,000 for up to three years, subject to banks’ lending criteria, to businesses with annual revenue of between $250,000 and $80 million. It is the banks’ decision whether to lend and loans must be repaid, with interest, in accordance with the loan agreement. 

Hon Grant Robertson: Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts - 24 March 2020 (

For more information about the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme: COVID-19: Business finance support and mortgage holidays (

More information about how banks are helping customers through Covid-19 is available at: Banking response to Covid-19 ( 

The latest data on how banks are supporting businesses through the pandemic is available here: Business lending data ( 

Where to find more information about:

Wage Subsidy and Essential Workers Leave Support information for employers: COVID-19 support for employers (

Business tax changes: COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) - Tax changes to support businesses (

Income support: COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) ( 

As announced in January 2020, the Government will also invest $12 billion in significant infrastructure projects under the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

Hon Grant Robertson: Growing and modernising the NZ economy - 29 January 2020 (



Last updated: 
Wednesday, 15 April 2020