The Policy Place Blog

Matariki policy and procedures

By Kendra Beri | June 20, 2023

Matariki policy and procedures can support your workplace to celebrate Matariki and progress its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Matariki is a significant event in Aotearoa. Widely known as the start of the Māori New Year, it marks the rising of the cluster of stars known as the Pleiades. In Matariki opportunities and significance…

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Policy and Procedure Templates – generic & customised

By Kendra Beri | June 13, 2023

Policy and procedure templates can take you from the bottom of the hill straight to the top. Most organisations need policies and procedures. But getting your policies sorted can feel like an uphill battle that doesn’t ever end.  Templates though can, depending on the type you choose, give you the basic structure to get you…

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Organisations should review use and status of contractors

Induction Policy

By Kendra Beri | June 7, 2023

Do you need an induction policy or not? In this post, we look at the pros and cons of having a policy and some induction essentials. What is induction and should everyone do it? Induction is a process used to welcome and onboard a new person to your worksite.  Your worksite may be a physical…

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Treaty-based policies – the Waitangi Day Challenge

By Kendra Beri | January 16, 2023

With Waitangi Day coming up, improving on our Treaty-based policies is the challenge. The historical travesty of  Treaty breaches by the Crown, racism and the intergenerational impacts are widely acknowledged in Aotearoa. Remediation requires strong policies to support Kaupapa Māori initiatives and if you’re a mainstream agency, policies to guide your agency’s commitment to equitable…

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Legislative compliance – we have you covered

By Kendra Beri | January 12, 2023

Have you been asked about a legislative compliance policy? If you’re an online policy member with the Policy Place, you can relax. We’ve got you covered. All our policies are based on the law and we review them by reference to the law and regulations. If and when legislation changes, we review and update any…

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Fraud and corruption – not my problem (or 🤔)?

By Kendra Beri | November 13, 2022

At the Policy Place, we’ve just finished reviewing and updating the Fraud and Corruption policy as part of our cyclical review of our online Financial and Property Management policy pages.   Sometimes, people think they don’t need a Fraud and Corruption policy. But they are mistaken. Yes, we want to think the best of the people…

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The recent Uber court decision may revolutionise the use of contractors in the workforce

Contractor or Employee – what’s the difference?

By Kendra Beri | October 28, 2022

The NZ Employment Court’s decision (Uber case) issued 25 October 2022 is likely to have some big ramifications for the workforce.  Social service, health and community agencies and iwi, Māori services, subject to Social Sector Accreditation and Health and Disability Standards, may be affected. Contractor versus Employee – why does it matter? The case concerned…

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Alcohol and drug use at work – Top Tips

By Kendra Beri | October 26, 2022

Alcohol and drug use at work can be hazardous.  At the Policy Place we address alcohol and drug use with policy and procedure aimed at preventing and mitigating the risks. Our alcohol and drug policy is part of our health and safety policy suite. As part of our online policy service it links easily to…

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Matariki is a Māori tradition. Māori is on a sign held up proudly by a group of children.

The Tikanga Revolution – get in the waka now!

By Kendra Beri | October 11, 2022

Tikanga Māori is applicable in NZ courts and equally, applicable to kaupapa Māori and generalist social, health and education services. In our last post, we outlined the treatment of tikanga in Ngāti Whātua Orākei Trust v Attorney General – a Treaty-settlement case. In this post, we look at the Supreme Court’s treatment of tikanga in…

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A good governance/management relationship is important to an organisation.

3 policy tips for your Governance/management relationship

By Kendra Beri | September 8, 2022

Policies and procedures are vital to good governance in organisations and to a strong Governance/management relationship that is grounded in good faith.  Like any relationship in the workplace, expectations on both sides – Governance and management – need to be clearly articulated in policies. Processes are also needed to support the relationship and to guide…

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