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Bar owner borrowed $30k to cover wage subsidy delays

Michael Andrew
Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Owner of Republic Bar and Kitchen Shaneel Sudhakar (Photo: Supplied)
Michael Andrew
Fri, 17 Sep 2021
A south Auckland bar owner has had to borrow $30,000 to continue paying his staff because of a 22-day delay in wage subsidy payments from the Ministry of Social Development.Shaneel Sudhakar, who owns Republic Bar and Kitchen in Manukau, told BusinessDesk he applied for the first round of the wage subsidy on Aug 25, and the second round on Sept 10, but hadn’t received any money until Sept 15.“Between my accountant and myself, we called MSD over 20 times and we haven’t been able to get a straight answer out of them. All they sai...

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