Team members at New Zealand King Salmon have been rewarded for their work during the Covid-19 lockdown with vouchers that will also boost the hard-hit hospitality industry.

New Zealand King Salmon is giving 474 staff, largely in Nelson and Marlborough, $100 vouchers for their work during the lockdown which they can choose to spend at local restaurants or supermarkets.

“In wanting to reward our hard-working team members we also wanted to support our loyal customers who have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown,” chief executive Grant Rosewarne said.

He said the vouchers would pump about $46,000 into the economies of Nelson and Blenheim.

The company previously gave two $50 supermarket vouchers to 400 staff who were working in the factory, farms and hatcheries during Alert Level 4.

Rosewarne said a number of restaurants working with Ora King and Regal salmon were approached in Blenheim, Nelson and Picton to see whether they wanted to participate and many had joined up.

The move follows the company donating salmon to more than 600 frontline health workers during lockdown in March and April.