Employment Relations

FREE Employment Relations Advice Service for Members

This service is part of our on-going commitment to deliver benefits to our members. To make use of the confidential service simply contact one of the members below and let them know you are part of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce. You will receive an initial 30 minutes free employment relations advice.

Pitt and Moore

Pitt & Moore is a full service, commercially-focused law firm with a dedicated employment law team which includes two Partners (Rob Lane and Marty Logan) and a Senior Solicitor (Nick Mason). As one of Nelson’s largest and oldest law firms they have a long-established reputation for practical legal advice delivered promptly and with integrity. Their employment team has the expertise to help with all aspects of employment law including preparation and review of employment agreements, workplace restructuring, employment dispute resolution and disciplinary issues. They represent their clients at employee meetings, in mediation, at the Employment Relations Authority and in the Employment Court. Their commercial experience means they understand business needs and their specialised team is able to offer you the right person to deal with any employment law issue.

Nick Mason – Senior Solicitor P: 03 545 7897 nick.mason@pittandmoore.co.nz - Web: www.pittandmoore.co.nz

Chapman Employment Relations

Chapman Employment Relations specialises in practical solutions & effective management of employment relations, industrial relations and human resource issues.  They provide expert services exclusively to employers – whether you need assistance with writing employment agreements, managing a poor performing employee, negotiating with unions, or dealing with a personal grievance. Their team possess a unique combination of expertise drawing on combined experience of more than 60 years in ER, HR and leadership roles in fields including telecommunications, engineering, education, information technology, transport, aviation, finance, tourism, health, retail, oil and small business. Their advice is pragmatic and focuses on achieving the best outcome for their clients. They will discuss with you your rights and obligations, alongside your options and risks. They will then provide you with the assistance you need to achieve a successful outcome.

Contact: Katrina Carson katrina@chapmaner.co.nz  03 545 0877 www.chapmaner.co.nz


Intepeople is an established provider of integrated HR solutions with a strategic approach to Employee Relations. Their focus is on the profitability of your business and maximising the performance and structure of your people resources. Their specialist consultants can provide customised solutions and services to your workplace – they operate across a range of industries, small to medium businesses, large corporates and institutions. Their strategic assessment and audit capability can help identify areas for intervention (solutions) and improvement across your employee relations issues. They also provide specific advice, advocacy and solutions for one-off issues – they can act as your ‘outsourced Human Resource and ER solutions’ team.

Their areas of involvement include, but are not limited to;

  • Employee Relations and Industrial Relations strategy
  • Collective Employment Agreement planning and advocacy
  • Developing Individual Employment Agreements
  • Drafting House Rules, Codes of Conduct and Employee Handbooks
  • Conflict and dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration, personal grievance resolution
  • Restructuring advice and design of change of managerial processes

P: 03 546 8649 Contact: Julie Baxendine julie.baxendine@intepeople.co.nz - Web: www.intepeople.co.nz

Shine People Consulting

Shine People Consulting is a Nelson based HR consultancy with big experience. Their focus is simple – partnering with businesses to achieve their strategic goals through their people. They specialise in people management and development, helping employers to address those tricky people issues and maximize people performance. They have a proven record and established reputation for professional expertise, their ability to quickly get to the root of a problem, to identify and implement solutions and deliver great results. With over 23 years experience there aren’t many people issues that they haven’t tackled.

Their areas of expertise include:

  • Managing performance issues
  • How to create high performing, engaged, teams
  • Behavioural coaching
  • Workplace conflict resolution
  • Undertaking disciplinary and bullying investigations
  • Team building – improving relationships and performance
  • Preventing and managing workplace bullying problems

P: 03 545 0055 Contact: Denise Hartley-Wilkens Mobile: 021 1371 589  denise@shinepeople.co.nz. Website: www.shinepeople.co.nz

Adams HR

Based in Richmond, Adams HR provides a service based on considerable experience in several sectors which enables you as an employer to make strong and effective business decisions, particularly in relation to your people. Their business can provide the following employment relations and general people related support:

  • Disciplinaries, managing poor performance, personal grievances and mediation
  • Employment agreements and focused job descriptions
  • Employment related policies and procedures
  • Business restructuring that aids transparency while mitigating risk to your business
  • Development of in-house employment related competency – upskilling business owners, managers and supervisors through coaching and support
  • Employee performance and development
  • Any other general employment related activity including Recruitment and Selection, Remuneration Framework, Strategy and Planning and Learning and Development Framework

AdamsHR is focused on providing practical and commercially astute solutions, in such a way that your business will benefit from fit for purpose employment related strategies that strengthen your business and mitigate risk.

Contact Dylan Adams P: 021 543 510  dylan@adamshr.co.nz.  Linkedin Profile

Duncan Cotterill Lawyers

Duncan Cotterill partner Brian Nathan has extensive arbitration experience. He is an associate of the Arbitrators and Mediators Association of New Zealand. Brian’s employment law practice has principally been for employers, providing advice relating to restructures and redundancies, disciplinary issues, employment agreements, personal grievances, restraints of trade, confidential information, health and safety, Holidays Act issues and privacy issues. Kim is a senior solicitor in their Nelson office who has been with Duncan Cotterill since 2007. Kim advises clients on disciplinary matters, personal grievances, restructuring and redundancies, staff recruitment, trial periods and employment /independent contract agreements, as well as assisting with defences for Health and Safety in Employment Act prosecutions.

Contact: Brian Nathan, Partner DDI: 03 989 1062 Mobile: 029 201 1746 Email: b.nathan@duncancotterill.co.nz