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Business April 17, 2020

Ways to support local business during COVID-19

Local businesses need us more than ever right now! Whether you’re just looking to skip the supermarket queues, try some local produce or support the little guys, here’s a bunch of ways to do it. 

Buy your coffee, lunch, haircut in advance

SOS Business is an initiative set up to support NZ business during COVID-19, allowing you to buy vouchers now to redeem later. The website features services (including hairdressers, doggy day cares and cinemas) as well as your favourite bars, cafes and restaurants.

Buy local online (and be happy to wait)

Just because shops aren’t delivering through lockdown, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be buying now. We’ll help keep local business afloat, and we’ll have longer to look forward to it arriving on the doorstep!

Think outside the box for food purchases

There are a bunch of Kiwi food businesses outside big chain supermarkets who are delivering during COVID-19. Think about the small independent stores when buying cheese, wine, coffee beans, chocolate and produce – it’s the perfect time to treat yo’self and try something new. Check if your local bakery, fruit and vege shop or butcher are offering delivery, and check out these websites: 
Delivereat – a directory of independent businesses Kiwi businesses delivering during lockdown 
Hawkes Bay Farmers Market – if you’re in Hawkes Bay, check out the list of stallholders offering delivery 
Spring Collective – Delivery boxes of seasonal produce delivering in Canterbury 
NZ Cheese Co. – a supplier of independent local cheeses to restaurants and chefs, NZ Cheese co. Is delivering directly to Kiwis during lockdown. 
Devonport Chocolates – Handmade in Auckland’s North Shore and delivering nationwide. Because we all deserve good chocolate in lockdown. 
Everyday Wines – delivering not-so-everyday wines from around New Zealand  
Service Foods Home – previously supplying restaurants and hotels with quality food, this family owned  business is now delivering good kai to Kiwi homes. 

Remember the little guys

Many businesses have recently been approved to deliver essential non-food items – winter clothing, heating, key household appliances, blankets, computer equipment and mobile phones. Before you buy, consider finding the same (or similar) from a small, or at least locally owned online store.


Keep up your exercise classes (or start a new one)

While Kiwis seem to be getting plenty of exercise during isolation, gyms and dance studios are struggling. Many have taken to online classes – they’re perfect for cooler weather and a great way to support businesses that may not have their doors open for some time.

Give your fave businesses a shout out on social media

Fancied your fancy cheese delivery? Impressed with your gourmet meal? Loved your online pilates class? Let your friends know about it – small businesses love a good shout out and it might inspire your friends to support local too.