COVID-19 information

The Government’s relief measures for companies and other entities, and what the Companies Office is doing to help those affected by COVID-19.

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Last updated 15 September 2022

Temporary relief from certain compliance requirements

Latest news 14 April 2022

On 3 November 2021 the Government reinstated temporary compliance relief measures contained in the COVID-19 Response (Requirements For Entities—Modifications and Exemptions) Act 2020 (the COVID-19 Act). These measures were due to expire at the end of this month but have been extended to 30 October 2022.

The temporary legislation allows registered entities affected by COVID-19 restrictions to make certain changes to their constitutions or rules, and to carry out certain tasks electronically. If you’re one of the eligible entity types, you can make use of these temporary provisions up until 30 October 2022.

Eligible registered entities include:

  • building societies
  • charitable trusts
  • companies
  • credit unions
  • friendly societies
  • incorporated societies
  • industrial and provident societies
  • limited partnerships (NZ and overseas).

The COVID-19 Act also enables the Registrar to grant exemptions from compliance obligations, where appropriate.

If you do decide to make use of one of the relief measures, there are a few things you’ll need to do. Read our help guides for full details.

Business Debt Hibernation (BDH)

Latest update 1 June 2022

BDH was introduced by the Government in 2020 to support businesses affected by COVID-19.

Entering into BDH provided a month’s protection while businesses talked with their creditors. During that period, most creditors could not take legal action to enforce their debts, for example, by applying to have the business liquidated. If your creditors agreed with your proposal, you could get a further 6 months’ protection.

Business Debt Hibernation has now ended for all businesses.

Learn more about Business Debt Hibernation

Operating under COVID restrictions

Last updated 15 September 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Zealand Government had implemented measures around maintaining safe physical distances in certain settings and restrictions on gatherings. For many people and organisations this meant we had to change the way we operated. These measures included the COVID-19 Protection Framework (the traffic light system). This framework ended at 11:59pm on Monday 12 September.

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

Please refer to the Ministry of Health for health-related information and for all other information from government.