Otago is currently at COVID-19 Alert Level 1.
At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.
For more information visit www.covid19.govt.nz
Face coverings are not compulsory in Alert Level 1, but you should consider wearing a face covering in public if you are unable to stay at least 1m away from people you are not normally with - for example on public transport and in shops or queues.
Download and use the COVID-tracer app on your smartphone, or use old-school pen and paper to note where you go and who you see. If there is another outbreak of COVID in Otago, swift contact tracing will help contain the spread of the virus.
From 1 July support for foreign nationals is provided by the New Zealand Red Cross who are working with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).
The Visitor Care Manaaki Manuhiri project provides temporary, in-kind assistance to eligible people to help meet basic needs such as food and accommodation.
The Government's criteria for eligibility are:
For more information or to apply visit https://foreignnationals.services.govt.nz/ or freephone 0800 RED CROSS (733 276)
COVID-19 has changed how many of us live and work in Otago. It’s been an uncertain time and it’s OK to ask for help.
There are people and agencies able to support you. Whether its help paying for the essentials or just someone to talk things over with, a range of advice, help, or support is available.
If there is a health emergency call 111 immediately.
If you can’t speak to your doctor, or you do not currently have a doctor, call Healthline for free advice and information – 0800 611 116.
The Healthline team are specialists in assessing and advising over the phone. They can arrange to talk with you in your language. When your call is answered, say you'd like an interpreter and the language you’d like to speak in.
For mental health advice free call or text 1737 at any time.
1737 is available 24/7 with trained mental health counsellors. They can arrange to talk with you in your language.
When your call is answered, say you'd like an interpreter and the language you’d like to speak in. Free call or text 1737.
If you’re looking for work or have a vacancy that needs to be filled contact Work and Income New Zealand https://www.jobs-during-covid.workandincome.govt.nz/hello or call: 0800 779 009 (Job Seeker’s line)
You can also try the Work for Seasons website https://worktheseasons.co.nz/hello for information about seasonal job opportunities that may be available.
Go with Tourism also assists 1:1 and with redeployment of tourism workers to opportunities across all sectors / NZ regions www.gowithtourism.co.nz
If you’d like advice on your rights as an employee contact Employment NZ www.employment.govt.nz or call: 0800 20 90 20
If you think your employer received the wage subsidy on your behalf but did not pass it on to you, you should talk to your employer in the first instance. Ask your employer if they listed your name on the application, as they can apply for the subsidy for some or all of their employees.
If you can’t find out from your employer whether you were included in their application, you can check with the Ministry for Social Development. https://msd.govt.nz/form/msd/govt/nz/form.req2?requestType=wage-subsidy-payment-employee-information-request
If you have talked to your employer and: