The significant number of temporary migrant workers leaving the country could be devastating to the economy and some industries, a Massey University sociologist says.
Workers at Dunedin’s biggest Warehouse have told the company it has belittled and demoralised them with hours to be slashed by more than half in some cases.
A Dunedin pizza restaurant is being bombarded with "fake reviews" and negative comments after turning away an Auckland couple over Covid fears.
The economy may have just taken a turn for the worst but some small businesses are cautiously optimistic about the future.
First Union says The Warehouse has made a wrong decision to go ahead with a proposed restructure under which hundreds of jobs and thousands of weekly work-hours could be cut.
"I have survived a lot - I have come through a couple of divorces, I have come through a stroke, I have come through all the earthquakes, but there is no way I could survive the city council."
After a rise in sales about the time of the lockdown, Dunedin oats manufacturer Harraways has found a way to give back to the community.
Qantas says a seven-hour scenic flight over Australia's Outback and Great Barrier Reef is probably the fastest-selling flight in the airline's history.
The Dunedin programme Co. Starters, which involves participants creating a business in nine weeks, has been given backing from two experienced operators in the city.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she is backing New Zealand's economy to "rebound" amid the country's first recession in 11 years.
National leader Judith Collins says new GDP figures showing a drop of 12% - the biggest in living memory - is proof New Zealand needs a National-led government.
New Zealand is officially in its first recession for 11 years, a casualty of the Covid fallout hammering economies around the world.
New cars could be hard to get hold of in the last few months of this year as local dealers struggle with delays from overseas factories.
Industries reliant on migrant skilled workers say training New Zealanders to do the work instead is good, but it will not help them this season.