Traffic Light Transition Payment & Covid-19 Financial Support for Businesses – December 2021

Covid-19 Business Support Update

Now that New Zealand has transitioned to the Covid-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) a number of changes have been applied to the financial support packages for businesses and self-employed people.

As at 15 Dec 2021 – There are no new rounds of the Wage Subsidy Scheme or Resurgence Support Payments planned.


Transition Payment

A one-off transition payment will be available for eligible businesses as New Zealand moves into the new framework.


The maximum payment your business may be eligible for is based on the total number of full time employees you have.

  • $4,000 lump sum payment + $400 per full time employee (up to a maximum 50 employees)

The one-off Transition Payment opens for applications through MyIR on December 10.

The transition payment will be available through the RSP (Resurgence Support Payment) system in MyIR


Resurgence Support Payment

The three final Resurgence Support Payments remain open for applications until 13 January 2022. In each case a business or organisation must show reduction in income in a consecutive seven-day period within the ‘affected revenue period’. The income during this seven-days must be at least 30% lower than a normal seven-days of income during the six weeks prior to 17 August. People apply through myIR at


From December 10, the final three RSP payments and the Transition Payment will become available to businesses that have changed ownership on or after July 18. The business must be carrying on the same or similar activity as before the change in ownership.


Leave Support Scheme

The Leave Support Schemes remains available to help pay employees or self employed people who are required to self-isolate and are unable to work from home.

Applications can be made at


The Leave Support Scheme is now a weekly payment, instead of fortnightly


Short Term Absence Payment

The Short Term Absence Payment remains available to help pay employees or self employed person who cannot work from home while awaiting their COVID-19 test results. The payment is $350 and is available once in a 30 day period for each eligible person.


Small Business Cashflow (Loan) Scheme

Applications for the Small-Business Cashflow loan scheme remain open until 31 December 2023 through IRD.

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