'Support local' campaign to keep local businesses afloat through Covid-19

Our ‘support local’ campaign is all about helping keep Coromandel businesses going as our economy feels the weight of the COVID-19 virus.

Business has been turned upside-down by COVID-19, with non-essential businesses closed or working from home. With a large proportion of Coromandel businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector, this is a particularly uncertain time.

Our Council's economic development team is her to support and connect you with help available.

On this page we have complied important avenues for business help, including where to go for financial support, business operations, employment matters and more. Links to more information are provided below. 

We'll also keep you updated on longer-term recovery plans beyond the lockdown period.

Call our business emergency helpdesk

We are here to assist businesses who need direction, support and connections for accessing the right help for their business needs. 

Call our Customer Services line on 07 868 0200 and be put through to our economic development team. 

Support local initiatives

Initiatives are emerging in communities across our district to encourage us to support local businesses, where possible, during the Covid-19 stage four restrictions.. 

Let us know if you have an initiative and we’ll promote it here.

We also suggest you contact your local neighbourhood support group to find out about offers of help by people and businesses, matching offers of help with those in need of it.


Home-grown hand sanitiser

Coromandel Distilling Co has turned its attention to public health, launching an 80% alcohol antiseptic hand sanitiser, in collaboration with Thames artist Fatu Feu'u.

This has been approved as an MPI-approved essential business and the product is PPE-registered with Manufacturing NZ.

Bulk orders can be placed at info@corodc.com or it can also be bought at the Re Store Eco Market on Pollen St, Thames.

Pharmacies are an essential service and will remain open even under the Covid-19 alert level four restrictions. Here is the contact details for the five pharmacies in Thames. Please phone your pharmacy to order medicine or supplies and arrange to collect them at the front door or to arrange delivery.

  • Thames Centre Pharmacy – Ph/Fax 07 8685100 pharmacist@thamescentrepharmacy.co.nz
  • Unichem Thames Pharmacy - Ph 07 8686363, Fax 07 8686379 unichemthames@gmail.com
  • Pollen Street Pharmacy Ph 07 8679232 Fax 07 8679237 rx@pollenpharmacy.co.nz
  • Total Health Pharmacy Ph 07 8686018 Fax 07 8686015 dispensarytotalhealthpharmacythames@gmail.com
  • Goldfields Pharmacy and Photocentre Ph 07 8690205 Fax 07 8690207 - chris@goldfieldspharmacy.co.nz

Supermarkets: Many of our local supermarkets are offering pensioner shopping hours and alternative ways of shopping such as home deliveries or click-and-collect services. Some examples are below. Check with your local store for details. The Government continues to reiterate supermarkets will remain open and there is plenty of food for everyone. Therefore, please be mindful to 'shop normal' and not  stockpile, so everyone has a fair opportunity to get the groceries they need.

  • Kuaotunu Store is open and now preferring to serve customers at the door with staff doing the shopping for customers. Keeping staff and the store safe. You can phone ahead for shopping on 07 866 5543. We are in discussions about a home delivery system from the Kuaotunu Store.
  • Four Square Matarangi - is well set up for home deliveries and will deliver to the Kuaotunu and Rings Beach areas - phone 07 866 5391
  • Pauanui Supervalue is offering pensioner hour between 8am and 9am on Tuesdays.
  • New World Whitianga offers click-and-collect and also van and boat deliveries, which need to be booked in advance - phone 07 867 1900. 

Ways for artists to keep in touch and find support: The arts are a great place to find comfort and solace and even just a small project or trying out a new skill can really help our wellbeing over the challenging weeks ahead. Creative Coromandel is looking at innovative ways to support Thames, Coromandel-Hauraki rohe artists and arts organisations. In the first instance, it has made He Mana Toi Moehau Trust’s online meeting platform Zoom available free of charge. Contact Creative Coromandel info.creativecoromandel@gmail.com or via its Facebook page.

Health and wellbeing

The team at PhysioFirst Whitianga and Synergy Tairua are still operating online with video-conferencing.  Book online via www.tairuawhitiphysio.co.nz or phone 021 587 262

All About Whitianga

The team at All About Whitianga is helping support local Mercury Bay businesses during the lockdown, promoting which businesses are 'essential services' or those where deliveries are available, as well as which businesses are available for enquiry, even if their doors are not open. Visit www.allaboutwhitianga.co.nz/mercury-bay-news  

Finding support

Help is available through the Government’s Business Continuity Package, which includes a wage subsidy scheme, leave and self-isolation support, business cash flow and tax measures.

There’s another $4 million government support package for small to medium-sized businesses challenged by COVID-19 in the Waikato, which our regional economic development agency Te Waka is leading the delivery of.

Te Waka wants to hear from businesses across the Waikato about the types of tools and support they need, and where. Share your views through this short survey that should take no more than five minutes to complete.

“We’ve also reached out to media to help raise awareness and share initiatives underway to get people shopping locally,” Mrs White says.

A useful website that brings together key information on COVID-19, including details about the government's financial support package, is here  

Important information for businesses