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What is the most important thing in the world?

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It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Your Team at Polson Higgs are here to help in any way that we can. Please don’t hesitate to email us if you need any assistance.


08 Apr 2022  Minimum wage increases, Announcements, Supporting Charitable Organisations, and more
02 Mar 2022
  New Assistance Package, Government Leave Support, Minimum Wage, and more
17 Feb 2022
  Planning for the Wave, Government Support, Surfing for Farmers, and more
21 Dec 2021
  Stephen Higgs Appointment, Xero Tips & Tricks, Surfing for Farmers, and more
03 Nov 2021
  Xero Tips & Tricks, Life with COVID, and more
17 Sep 2021
  Wage Subsidy, Resurgence Support Payment, and more
09 Sep 2021  Wage Subsidy Eligibility a Level 2, We are in the office, Back at Work.
01 Sep 2021
  HR issues and working at Level 3, Back to Work, second round of the Wage Subsidy, and more
27 Aug 2021
  Stress, Maintaining your team, Wage subsidy, and more
23 Aug 2021
  Face Book Live - COVID-19 Government Support, upcoming Provisional and GST payments
20 Aug 2021
  COVID Support: wage subsidy scheme + others
18 Aug 2021  COVID, Gov. support, working form home, and more
28 Jul 2021  Analysis for Property Investors, Cyber Attacks, HR Update, and more
22 Jun 2021
  Innovation Competition results, Client Satisfaction Survey, and more
25 May 2021  Budget 2021, Innovation Competition, Startup Dunedin Mini Showcase, and more
13 May 2021
  When will the property bubble burst, Budget Announcement, HR Legislation, and more
26 Mar 2021
  One year ago today, 40 years an Accountant, the Government's new land package
08 Mar 2021
  Resurgence support payment, Other COVID-19 Relief, Countdown to 31 March
15 Feb 2021
 COVID Level 2
04 Feb 2021 Your 2021 opportunities, Budgets, Xero, and more
20 Dec 2020 Make Summer Unstoppable, 39% Tax Rate, Holiday Pay, Xero Insights, and more
19 Nov 2020
COVID, Trusts, Small Business Loans, and more
13 Oct 2020 Level One and new habits, Cashflow models, The new Trust Act, and more
17 Sep 2020
The "new" phwealth, Sam's Project, From Server to Cloud, A Project for You 
21 Aug 2020
QR codes, Wage Subsidy Extension, Mortgage Deferral Scheme, and more
12 Aug 2020 3 Long Days
07 Aug 2020 Lessons from the GFC, Changes for Landlords, Changes for Parental Level Your BCP - did it work?
26 Jun 2020  Wage Subsidy, ACC Notice, Young Enterprise Scheme
05 Jun 2020  Wage Subsidy Change, Should I Reduce My Price? It's More Thank One Lever, and more
22 May 2020 Wage Subsidy Extension, QR Codes, Talking to Creditors, and more
12 May 2020 Working at Level 2, Health & Safety, Re-engaging with Clients, IRD Small Business Loans, and more
08 May 2020   Level 2, The Budget, Working Capital, and more
01 May 2020   New Loan Scheme, Free Webinar, Tax Changes, and more
24 Apr 2020 Level 3, 2020 Year End, Strategic Thinking, and more
15 Apr 2020 Changes to Tax, Level 3?, Economic Scenarios
08 Apr 2020   Easter, relax and think strategically, Budgets and Cashflow
06 Apr 2020   Economic Updates, Talking to your Team, Business Finance Guarantee Scheme, Director Duties & Safe Harbour and Debt Hibernation
03 Apr 2020   Wellness in a Lockdown, Commercial Leases, BCP and M*A*S*H
01 Apr 2020   A webinar, business continuity, minimum wage subsidy, and April's Fool!
30 Mar 2020  More on Wage Subsidies, Annual Leave, Working from home
27 Mar 2020  Wage Subsidies, Payroll, Mortgage Holidays, and more
25 Mar 2020  Government Packages, Polson Higgs Helpline, and a Webinar
23 Mar 2020  We are working from home
17 Mar 2020  12.1 Billion Support Package for COVID-19

Specialist COVID-19 Team

COVID19 Team
It is never just one lever - COVID-19 has been a steep learning curve for businesses as they adjust not only to changing levels, but also a changing world. What hasn’t changed is the need to have an holistic approach to the challenge. The simple “pull one lever” solution does not exist. Because of this, at the start of lockdown Polson Higgs created a specialist COVID-19 team solely focused on ensuring our clients received the advice they needed to respond … READ MORE


A webinar on the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme and other ways your Bank can help:

PH Partners
- A Level 3 update from the Polson Higgs Partners:

COVID-19 Briefing in partnership with Anderson Lloyd from 24/03/2020 covering:
Economic - Tony Alexander on the economic impacts (both national and international).
Human Resources - John Farrow explains your obligations to staff.
Contractual - Sarah Simmers explains what your rights and obligations are.
Business - Henry van Dyk explains the steps you should consider with your business, in respect to cash-flow and stock. Also the recent Government Package.

Working from home on the computer – 1/04/2020 covering:
  - How can I communicate with everyone in my team?
  - How can I share documents and files with everyone in my team?
  - How to do you remote access or share computers?
  - And some others tricks and tips

OSEA Covid19 – Business Information 31/03/2020
Presented by Polson Higgs and Otago Southland Employers Association. Covers:
  - Employment Relations in Lockdown
  - Business Impact of COVID-19
  - Government Assistance
  - Business Strategies:

Contact Tracing

As we move down through the lockdown levels, contact tracing will become a very important part of the new normal.  You can find out more about the Ministry of Health’s guidelines on contact tracing here
Polson Higgs has looked at the contactless tracing apps available currently in NZ and have reviewed them in here.

Wellness in a Lockdown

You’ve read a lot already, it’s been recommended by many to Stay Connected, Exercise and Eat Well. You’ve seen the funny memes and perhaps thought it wise to download Contagion for family movie night - we all make mistakes! READ MORE
Helpful Links:
How to make stress your friend (Kelly McGonigal|TEDGlobal 2013)
Act Mindfully
Just A Thought
Health Navigator
Need to Talk? – Call or text 1737
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
Youthline – 0800 376 633, text 234, email or online chat
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Your organisation’s Employee Assistance Provider
Problem Gambling Foundation of NZ 0800 664 262 

Business Continuity Planning

We are all now operating under some type of “Business Continuity Plan”, some will be very comprehensive, others a simple list of “tasks” on the back of an envelope. Now that the initial transition to lockdown, and its impact are better understood, is the time to review that plan to ensure that you have covered everything. To assist our clients with this we have prepared a free 45 minute webinar (see videos above) that will cover the key elements that your plan should cover. We also have available templates that you can use to create/update your business continuity plans, please email us for your free copies. 

Further Information

NZ Government Advice
NZ Government Support Packages
Xero Business Continuity
Reconciling Wage Subsidy Receipts in Xero

Contact us

Phone: 03 477 9923
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