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Good governance policies and procedures

By Kendra Beri | August 9, 2022

So you’re on a Board of Trustees and want to achieve “good governance”. But you don’t know where your role as a Trustee starts and finishes nor how you should relate to the Manager/Kaiwhakahaere? Tricky governance issues but nothing that some good policies and procedures can’t fix. Governance policies At the Policy Place we are…

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Privacy policy – time for review and update

By Kendra Beri | July 29, 2022

At the Policy Place we’ve just finished reviewing and updating the core content of our online privacy policy pages.  The policy content is aimed at helping our members comply with the Privacy Act 2020 and if they are a health agency, the Health Information Privacy Code 2020. We review and update core policies regularly based…

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Court views on Tīkanga Māori for your policies and procedures

By Kendra Beri | June 20, 2022

It’s Matariki and on Friday, we in Aotearoa/NZ are looking forward to the first public holiday held to celebrate Matariki.  Matariki marks the beginning of the Māori New Year.  Matariki provides opportunity for organisations to put your policies and procedures to respect tikanga Māori into action. With Matariki upon us, I thought it was a…

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Governance and management policies and procedures

By Kendra Beri | May 21, 2022

Do you have governance and management policies? They are a must for good governance. They are essential for any organisation that is a Trust or corporate body wanting to survive and succeed. If you’re a member of a board or Trust that is too often lost in operational details, or a manager of a social…

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Matariki opportunities and significance in the workplace

By Kendra Beri | April 8, 2022

June 24, 2022 is going to be the first day on which we celebrate Matariki as a country. It’s our first official indigenous public holiday and the first time we recognise the Māori calendar – maramataka. The intention to legislate for Matariki was announced on 4 February 2021. It became law last night – Te…

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Policy review and updating – stepping out

By Kendra Beri | March 28, 2022

The days of 2-3 year cycles for policy review and updating for health, social services, education-related services seem long gone. Regulatory change is all too frequent. So how can you stay on top of the fast-paced regulatory changes in your sector or industry with your policies? It’s important if you want to comply with law…

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Open disclosure for good policy and practice

By Kendra Beri | March 26, 2022

What’s open disclosure and how should your policies and procedures provide for it? Ngā Paerewa Health and Disability Services Standard requires an  “open disclosure” policy and procedure. So does the Foundation Cornerstone Indicator 1.1. Here’s what it involves and a couple of options to address it. What is open disclosure? Open disclosure means what it…

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Online policies to get that monkey off your back

By Kendra Beri | March 17, 2022

Online policies will lighten your load – your workload, worry and stress. They can be the key to a much improved working life.  Policies and procedures rarely feature on people’s top picks for things to do in the working day.  They can often fall prey to procrastination. But not keeping your policies updated can cause…

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BIG news, Big Changes – online policies

By Kendra Beri | March 14, 2022

NEWS FLASH – Policy Place members now have options to customise and download their online policies. The Policy Place’s online policy system has been upgraded and members can now start to enjoy the benefits. In this post, we look at the new options and implications for members. Online policies Policy Place members have their own…

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Policy tips for cultural responsiveness

By Kendra Beri | February 8, 2022

It’s foundational  Cultural responsiveness is foundational for any social service, health or other agency in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It’s  a core requirement of the new Health and Disability Standards, which take effect on 28 February 2022. It’s also central to the Social Sector Accreditation Standards. The foundational nature of cultural responsiveness should reflect across an organisation’s…

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