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Our tools and resources

This is where you’ll find all business.govt.nz tools, videos, quizzes and visual guides to help you:

  • start a business and plan for growth

  • pay and manage staff

  • know what taxes and levies to pay

  • keep people healthy and safe

  • protect your IP and assets

  • comply with the law.

Other government agencies provide workshops and free online tools to support you and your small business — check out our guide.

Is your business name available?

Use ONECheck to make sure your company name, domain name and trade mark are available — it only takes one search to see if these are already in use. 

Quick-focus business plan

Download this 10-step template and set aside no more than an hour to reset and refocus. It’ll help you work on the right things for your business — every day. 

Grants and other government help

Our visual guide sets out the range of support available, from mentoring to skill building, workshops and funding — plus additional help for Māori businesses, exporters, technology companies and those in primary industries.

Test if you are ready to grow

Growth and innovation takes the right plans, resources and attitude to succeed. Are you and your business ripe to expand? Find out with our self-assessment test. 

Video: Know your data

Understanding the right numbers is key to making good business decisions. Watch this video for tips on what statistics to look for, and how to use these numbers to find customers and grow your business.

Common business milestones

High, lows and speed bumps — see 20 common milestones small businesses often face at different stages, plus tips and tools that can help.

Time to SWOT

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Use this interactive tool to develop an action plan for improving your business.

Business calendar

Use this tool to quickly find opportunities, training, compliance dates and related tasks from across government.

Employment Agreement Builder

Our DIY tool helps you create contracts tailored to your business and to each person you employ. It’s packed with tips to help you decide what to put in — and what NOT to put in. It covers what you must do by law, and also sets out common mistakes made by employers and how to avoid them.

How much will that new employee cost you?

Job ad + wages + ? = cost of a new worker. Use the Employee Cost Calculator to make sure you include hidden costs — whether it's extra equipment or training, KiwiSaver contributions or fringe benefit tax — tailored to your industry and workplace. 

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Checklists for hiring and managing staff

Here's a range of checklists and task lists to help you through every stage of employment, from setting up new employees, keeping employment records, managing poor performance, or preparing for an employee leaving your business.

A number of these are available in two forms — as Word documents or PDFs — so download whichever suits you best.

Employee personnel file checklist

Employers must keep specific information on file about each of their employees. Download this list to make sure you're capturing all the required information in your personnel files.

New employee records checklist [PDF, 239 KB]

New employee records checklist [DOCX, 65 KB]

New employee equipment checklist

Download this list of common things to get ready before your new employee's first day on the job — you can customise it to suit your business.

Employee equipment checklist [PDF, 219 KB]

Employee equipment checklist [DOCX, 51 KB]

Digital system access template

Fill this out to make sure your new employee has the user names and passwords required to access your digital systems from day one.

Digital system access template [PDF, 208 KB]

Digital system access template [DOCX, 57 KB]

Performance management checklist

If you're concerned about how an employee does their job, use this checklist to make sure your follow the necessary steps for formally managing performance. 

Performance management checklist [PDF, 110 KB]

Performance management checklist [DOCX, 54 KB]

Performance management task list

If you're concerned about how an employee does their job, use this task list to plan your process — including timeframes — for formally managing performance. 

Performance management task list and timeframes [PDF, 93 KB]

Performance management task list and timeframes [DOCX, 175 KB]

Managing misconduct task list

If an employee behaves inappropriately, use this list to plan your process for managing misconduct. It includes actions you must take, and suggested timeframes for each step, to help you handle it correctly.

Managing misconduct task list and timeframes [PDF, 108 KB]

Managing misconduct task list and timeframes [DOCX, 56 KB]

Restructuring task list

If you're thinking about changing who does what in your business, you must follow a correct process. This list set out the steps involved — including timeframes — and also provides a record of what's happened.

Restructuring task list and timeframes [PDF, 131 KB]

Restructuring task list and timeframes [DOCX, 52 KB]

Redundancy checklist

If an employee's job is no longer required after a restructuring, you must follow a fair process. Download this checklist to make sure you do all the necessary steps.

Redundancy checklist [PDF, 95 KB]

Redundancy checklist [DOCX, 53 KB]

Redundancy task list

If an employee's job is no longer required after a restructuring, this list sets out the steps involved and suggested timeframes in a fair redundancy process.

Redundancy task list and timeframes [PDF, 101 KB]

Redundancy task list and timeframes [DOCX, 51 KB]

Employee exit checklist

If someone leaves your business, use this checklist to help you follow a good process before, during and after their last day.

Employee exit checklist [PDF, 99 KB]

Employee exit checklist [DOCX, 52 KB]

Employee exit task list

Use this list to plan your process when someone leaves your business. It sets out the steps involved, plus suggested timeframes.

Employee exit task list and timeframes [PDF, 153 KB] 

Employee exit task list and timeframes [DOCX, 83 KB]

Which laws apply to your business?

Use our Compliance Matters tool to find out the legal requirements you and your business must follow. 

You can tailor your search by topic — eg taxes, exporting or health and safety — or to suit your industry or business structure.