• Covid 19

In these unprecedented circumstances, we know that each and every one of you are facing new realities and new challenges. A lot of you have already been in touch for assistance in varying employment scenarios.

As we all navigate through these challenging times, we would like to reassure you that it is very much business as usual for Intepeople.  Whilst our offices in Nelson and Blenheim are closed throughout this Alert Level 4 period, our team are connected, working remotely from our home offices and we are still able to meet with you virtually whether it be through phone or through the various platforms that we have available.

Our team can be contacted by ringing our office numbers – Nelson: (03) 546 8649 or Blenheim: (03) 579 4794, or directly by email or mobile – you can find each team member’s individual details on our ‘people’ webpage.

Here are some resources that may help you

Frequently asked questions

We have created this FAQs page to cover some of the common questions we are being asked for a variety of employment scenarios. Not every situation is the same and some may depend on the content in your agreements.

Managing remote teams

With this new norm that we find ourselves in, leaders are now managing teams remotely and for some it will be for the first time. This brings new challenges as well as new opportunities.

If there is one piece of advice it would be to over communicate with your team in this scenario. Here’s some tips to create a successful remote team.

Team wellness

Our Best of Today partner, Anna Gibbons, has put together a really useful resource to help you be the best that can you be through this scenario, with tips on managing anxiety, controlling what you can control, and tips for families. Read and download it here.

Health and Safety

Our Intesafety team are also all set up to work from home and are ready to help you.

If you are an essential business and need assistance with developing an infectious disease prevention plan to aid in keeping your workers safe during this period, they can help with this straight away.

Intesafety can also help with remote risk assessments for unique work during this period, business continuity, crisis management planning or if you are working remotely and want to take this opportunity for a review of your Health and Safety management systems, they can conduct this, no problem.

You can reach the Intesafety team through their regular contact details which you can find here.

Business Sustainability

We’re all in this together, and we all need to get our businesses and our people through to post COVID-19 times.

Some of the following may also be helpful:


The government website covid19.govt.nz provides a lot of information and links for assistance.

Talk to your trusted advisors

Intepeople are here for any people concerns you might have, but also check in with your accountant, your lawyer and your bank as a number of initiatives are now in place to ease cash flow, loan and mortgage repayments.

Wage subsidy

If you can quantify a 30% or more reduction in your revenue for any month between March and June compared to the previous year you will qualify for a 12 week wage subsidy for all your employees.

You must be a business registered in NZ and your employees must be legally working in NZ. You have to have taken steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and have the intention of retaining your employees and make best endeavours to pay them 80% of their normal income (but refer to our FAQs for more information on this). For more information see this link.

IRD tax relief

The IRD have put in place a number of options to again ease cash flow for businesses and individuals. View the IRD’s information page here or speak to your accountant.


Kindness, patience and partnership will get us through this, and we are all here for you.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any human resources, recruitment or people support during this time.