An Air New Zealand flight to Tauranga had to turn back to Auckland because of a hydraulics issue. Flight NZ8439 had to return to Auckland Airport on Tuesday afternoon, an Air New Zealand spokesperson confirmed. There were 19 people on board the 50-seat Q300 and passengers have since departed on another aircraft to Tauranga. In the aftermath of the coronavirus alert level 4 lockdown Air New Zealand slashed its domestic routes.
Building products company Steel & Tube is making as many as 200 of its staff redundant. It says the weaker economic outlook because of Covid-19 has brought forward a planned restructuring. Chief executive Mark Malpass said the company would sack between 150 and 200 staff as it gets itself into a shape to cope with the near-term impact. The company has received $5.5 million from the government wage subsidy scheme.
Uber Eats has backed down in the face of consumer and political pressure, by cutting the costs it imposes on restaurants to deliver food. The company has been feeling the heat over its usual 30-35 percent commission on all orders - a big chunk of the revenue that struggling hospitality businesses will receive as they strive to get back on their feet in the new alert level-3 world. To support local businesses, Uber Eats announced it was: Giving independent restaurants in New Zealand and Australia up to $5 million to spend on in-app promotions for their customers, Axing service fees for restaurants on pickup orders until June 30, Waiving sign-up fees for new restaurants and caterers until May 4, Offering customers the chance to add a tip to their order - with the restaurant receiving 100 percent of the money, Giving restaurants the option to receive their payments daily