• the team at HDAS

MARCH 2022 Newsletter

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Our team updates:

Frieda’s daughter is four and in her last year of pre-school. My how fast they grow! Frieda’s extensive renovation is complete and she can now hang up her project manager hat, relax and enjoy the rest of summer in her beautifully finished home.

Geoff is still coming in once a week to help out with tax returns and financial reports, but it’s hard to keep him away from his gorgeous abode on the waterways. This might change to Wednesdays to fit in around golf…. :)

Liz has really enjoyed the summer break without studying for exams for once; swimming a lot and eating home-grown produce. In these times, a vege garden really comes in handy!

Melinda’s homestay student has graduated and moved to Auckland, so she decided to follow Frieda’s example and get busy renovating and is currently preparing her previous rental property for sale.

Inflation is looking to continue upward for a bit and with that we may all need to tighten our belts a bit as the cost-of-living increases. Now is a good time to find ways to make your income stretch a bit further and increase your income.

This can be the chance to exert some control over your financial future - look into your insurances, shop around for your power and telephone, reduce the cost of your debt – high interest debt from credit cards and personal loans can be a major drain if you’re only making the minimum repayments. If you have investments it’s advised to keep a diversified portfolio to spread the risk.

COVID-19 related news:

Our office is still open and operating as normally as we can, with plenty of ‘personal space’ and a little additional housework.

We ask that you please wear a mask and scan or sign in if you have to visit our office. We do not require to see your vaccine passes under the current traffic light settings.

A useful link for Businesses in these unique times:

The government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses. Here’s where you’ll find information about:

  • COVID-19 Protection Framework

  • Omicron: Testing and returning to work

  • dealing with Omicron

  • requiring My Vaccine Passes for entry

  • vaccination assessment tool

  • financial support for businesses

  • My Vaccine Passes

  • face covering requirements for staff and customers

  • record keeping and contact tracing

  • mental health and wellbeing support.

Financial support available:

Short-Term Absence Payment(also available for the self-employed) – for when an employee has to have a covid test and is at home awaiting the results. It is a one-off payment of $359 for each eligible worker, once per worker in any 30-day period. This is possibly no longer relevant with the advent of RATS testing

Leave Support Scheme(also available for the self-employed) – When workers are advised to self-isolate due to covid and cannot work from home. $600 per week for full-time workers and $359 per week for part-time workers.

Small Business Cashflow Scheme (also available for the self-employed)

A loan of between $10,000 - $100,000. The amount you can borrow depends on the number of employees you have.

This loan is interest free with no payments for 2 years, then the interest rate is 3% for a maximum term of five years

you must show at least a 30% drop in revenue due to Covid-19, measured over a 14-day period in the past six months compared with the same 14-day period a year ago. If your revenue from the same period a year ago was also affected by COVID-19, compare the same 14-day period two years ago.