The Policy Place Blog

Shows power of cultural identity and relevance of section 7AA

Kia mauriora te reo Māori

By Kendra Beri | September 6, 2019

Could you achieve 85 per cent of your staff and board valuing te reo Māori? Did you know we have a new Māori language strategy to achieve that as a nation? Already achieved that goal? Consider a language plan to support 85% of your staff and board to speak te reo Māori.  We all have a…

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Words for people not processes!

By Kendra Beri | August 27, 2019

Hōkai Rangi – the new Corrections Strategy 2019-2024 – sets out an awesome kaupapa/vision for Corrections in the future. It also reflects on problems in the current system. Language is one of the problems. Some terms commonly used in the corrections system are dehumanising eg “muster.” It reminded me that some language we use in…

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Get that makimaki/monkey off your back

By Kendra Beri | August 21, 2019

There’s been a lot of change in law, policy and practice recently affecting social, health and disability services. There is likely to be more. In this post, we overview some key changes to consider when reviewing and updating your organisation’s policies and procedures. If policy review and updating feels like a makimaki/monkey on your back,…

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It’s cool to kōrero te reo Māori Kūki Āirani!

By Kendra Beri | August 4, 2019

Kia orana, Turou, ’āere mai ki te ‘epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki’ Āirani. Welcome to Cook Island Language Week.  The theme of the week is “Taku rama, taau toi: ora te Reo” – “My Torch, Your Adze: The Language Lives.” In honour of the week, this post uses words of te reo Māori Kūki…

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Learning from the Waitangi Tribunal Māori health report

By Kendra Beri | July 22, 2019

The first report from the Waitangi Tribunal of its Kaupapa Inquiry into Māori health  – Hauora – was released this month. It concluded that our primary health care system has failed to achieve Māori health equity; that New Zealand’s legislative, policy and administrative framework is not, in fact, fit to achieve this outcome. News reports…

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Consent and mandated clients

By Kendra Beri | July 7, 2019

  Informed consent is a human right. But honouring it for clients who are mandated by a court or statutory agency can be a challenge. We look here at how your organisational policy on informed consent can be helpful.   Is this you? Your organisation has a policy on consent. It has never been an issue…

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Q and A Family violence information sharing

By Kendra Beri | June 9, 2019

Changes to support information sharing about family violence are due to commence on 1 July 2019.  Here’s some Q&As about what’s coming. Q-Why is information-sharing being changed? answer Death reviews have shown missed opportunities to respond to family violence. The new information-sharing provisions aim to address this. Q-Who’s affected? answer The new law applies to…

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We've got to talk about and challenging bullying.

Pink Shirt policy

By Kendra Beri | May 19, 2019

With pink shirt day on Friday, we’re reminded of the harms of bullying. We must be proactive and respond when bullying occurs in the workplace, at school or another area of life. Everyone needs a bullying policy… To help set some ground rules for safety and conduct, every organisation should have a harassment and bullying…

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Impact of youth-related reforms

By Kendra Beri | April 19, 2019

What will be the implications of the youth-related changes in the Oranga Tamariki reforms?  Now is the time to review your organisational policies if you want to get on board. Today, I’m going to overview the changes. I consider how they address a key area of positive youth development – belonging – and the implications…

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Some exciting changes and lots to do

By Kendra Beri | March 24, 2019

Cultural competency and the Oranga Tamariki reforms – are you ready? Earlier this year, we listed some changes coming your way with new legislation. In this post, we look at Oranga Tamariki reforms relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We’ll update you about other changes in subsequent posts. The context As we know, the youth…

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