• Covid 19

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. We are able to meet with you virtually by phone, through the various platforms that we have available or we can arrange a meeting.

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

Alert Levels

More employees are now returning to work. Here are some details and FAQs about Alert Level 2  and this link takes you to a detailed table of all of the alert levels.

Business.govt.nz have just provided new guidance about workplace activities at different alert levels. This covers FAQ’s as well as examples of what each alert level might look like for different kinds of businesses. Here is the link with guidelines and questions and answers

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 some and some may depend on what is in your Employment Agreements.

Government Funding for Business Advisory Services

If your business has been affected by COVID-19, you may need advice to navigate through the people issues. The Government have approved funding for business advisory services and Intepeople are now an approved provider.

To access this funding please be in touch with Marianne or Nicky from our HR team and we will let you know the steps to access this funding.

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.

Also as restrictions on our ‘normal’ continue they could be impacting adversely on your team in terms of mental health or other issues. There’s lots of help out there for people which you can recommend to your team and also use yourself in need. These include:

  • A new app launched 14 April from Sir John Kirwan – MENTEMIA. Free for smart phones https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/120988969/all-blacks-great-sir-john-kirwan-launches-app-to-support-kiwis-during-covid19-pandemic
  • For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can also call or text the ‘Need to talk?’ service on 1737. This service is free, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and gives you the chance to talk it through with a trained counsellor.
  • Many resources are listed on the Mental Health Foundation’s website and the Allright.org website


Health and Safety

Our Intesafety team are ready to help you prepare to get back to work at Level 2..

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

Intesafety can also help with remote or in house risk assessments for the changed workplace environment, business continuity, crisis management planning or if you 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.

Wage Subsidy Extension

If you are still significantly impacted by COVID-19 once the 12 week wage subsidy has expired you might be eligible for the Wage Extension Subsidy which will be available from 10 June 2020. To qualify you must have experienced a revenue loss of at least 50% for the 30 days before you apply for the extension, compared to the closest period last year. For more information see this link.

Leave Support Scheme

You may also be eligible for a Leave Support payment. This is the same amounts as the Wage subsidy and intends to support people who have COVID-19, have a dependent with COVID-19, need to self-isolate , have a serious health condition or someone in their ‘bubble’ is high risk . More details here

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.