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Resurgence Support Payment RSP

Published 23 Feb 2021

COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is available now through the IRD.

Any business, if you can demonstrate at least a 30% drop in revenue over a 7-day period during the raised alert level compared with a typical 7-day revenue period in the 6 weeks prior to the increase from alert level 1 (Prior to Mon 15th Feb 2021), you may be eligible for this subsidy to assist in paying your staff.

This is only available in areas which had an elevated COVID-19 art level (more than 1) for a period of at least 7 days. ie in this instance Auckland.

You have 1 month to apply (until 23rd March 2021)
If you are eligible you may qualify for the lesser of either:
  • $1,500 plus $400 per fulltime-equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs, or
  • Four times (4x) the actual revenue drop experienced by the applicant.
For more information on eligibility and a subsidy calculator please see the following website:

To apply for the RSP you need to login into MyIR on the inland revenue website:

As usual, you need to pay staff their normal wages for this lockdown period regardless of this subsidy, unless you have their agreement to do something else, or clauses exempting you from this in your Employment Agreements.