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VHNZ COVID-19 Response

23 March 2020

VHNZ COVID-19 Response







We are sure by now you’ve heard PM Jacinda Ardern deliver the news of the raising of the Covid-19 Alert Level nationally from Level Two to Level Three effective immediately, followed by an increase to Level Four within the next 48 hours.

In line with these changes to alert levels, VHNZ has implemented the following:

  • All VHNZ offices will be closed from 5pm 24th March until further notice. Our staff will continue to work from home offices throughout New Zealand.
  • VHNZ face to face training will be postponed until the further notice. Some training may continue where it is required to support essential services.
  • We will continue to offer alternative delivery options including webinars, online and distance learning.  Details for these options can be discussed with a VHNZ team member.

We need to take a moment to acknowledge the importance of this change in status and also its impact on us individually and as an community.

It’s an unsettling development and it will effect each of us in different ways, personally and professionally. It’s critical that we understand the role we have in supporting each other.

Now is the time for kindness to ensure we are all safe and to prepare for the day when we can resume a level of normality.

We will keep you informed through our website, email notifications and online channels for further updates.

Again, via our Prime Minister: “be strong, be kind, and unite against COVID-19.”

Kia Kaha,

Ben Johnstone


Vertical Horizonz New Zealand Ltd




COVID-19 update.

In light of the recent events we want to reassure you that Vertical Horizonz is closely following the COVID-19 situation and the Alert Level 2 recommendations.

Training will be continuing this week and there will be increased safety measures implemented to ensure the safety of all trainees and trainers.

We will keep you updated as the situation changes. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

In the meantime, stay well, stay safe and follow the great guidance that is being provided by our Ministry of Health.



With the rapidly evolving global COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation, VHNZ wish to reassure our students and clients of the actions we are taking to ensure our training remains safe and accessible. 
We are currently implementing all measures instructed by the Ministry of Health to protect the health, safety and well-being of all students and staff.
It is to be noted that the majority of our courses have no more than 12 trainees in any one group and our training centre maximum capacity is 48 nationwide.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will update students, clients and staff regularly on the precautions we are taking.

Current measures include:

  • Increased sanitation practices in all training centres. Classroom and contact surfaces are disinfected at the end of each day and periodically throughout the day.
  • If a student presents any kind of illness in the classroom they will be asked to leave and reschedule their training for when they are feeling well.
  • Hand sanitisers, surface wipes and tissues are available and accessible to all students and staff while on VHNZ premises.
  • Social distancing is being undertaken by all staff, and students where possible will be spread out into the classroom.
  • Personal contact protocols to reduce unnecessary physical contact, such as not shaking hands etc, have been adopted.
  • As the virus can live on material items, issued PPE for training courses will not be shared for the duration of the training and will be sanitised after use.
  • A COVID-19 Toolbox discussion is conducted at the beginning of every course to ensure trainees are well informed and aware of necessary controls.

We understand that some learners and employers may be concerned about attending face-to-face training courses. In light of this, we are committed to looking at innovation and other flexible ways of working together with our clients to maintain staff compliance and health and safety requirements.
For these employers with a genuine concern about the spread of COVID-19, VHNZ will consider requests to use video conferencing, webinars, online training platforms and internal delivery options.
If you wish to run an alternative training session, please contact the VHNZ head office and these can be discussed. 
We thank you for your support and want to give confidence that VHNZ is doing the best we can to protect individuals, our families and our community.

General information about coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you have any questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and would like more information on preventative measures and self-isolation, please visit the Ministry of Health website. This website is updated regularly, and will provide you with the most up-to-date information.

Further information and resources