The Policy Place Blog

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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No Hate

Challenging hate through workplace change

By Kendra Beri | March 21, 2019

What’s the difference between stereotyping, prejudice and hate speech and does it matter? Yes, it does matter. In the words of our Chief Human Rights Commissioner: “It is a matter of life, death and human rights. Disrespectful words and actions give permission for discrimination, harassment and violence.” We have plenty of examples in our history that…

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Policy, New Zealand, Law, Employment, Rights, Contract

Balancing privacy with family, whānau involvement

By Kendra Beri | March 9, 2019

It can seem hard to balance a strong rights orientation, especially the right to privacy, with a family, whānau inclusive approach. This post looks at how your organisational policy and procedures can help. Balancing privacy with family, whānau involvement How can we respect a client’s right to privacy but engage meaningfully with their whānau? A conundrum…

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Renovation and policy review

By Kendra Beri | February 28, 2019

If you like DIY renovating then policy review can be fun! The two jobs have a lot in common. They can be more fun and effective when people are involved. Just like the room being renovated, the review process is improved by getting a diversity of views, feedback and data on what’s working, not working…

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Domestic violence, Policy, New Zealand, Law, Employment, Rights, Contract

Domestic Violence

By Kendra Beri | February 22, 2019

Domestic violence has wide ranging impacts on the lives and opportunities of those it affects. From April this year, workplaces will be required to play their part in supporting domestic violence survivors.  Are your policies and procedures going to be ready? The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Act 2018 commences on 1 April 2019. We are…

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Policy, New Zealand, Law, Employment, Rights, Contract

Ngā mihi o te tau hōu

By Kendra Beri | January 16, 2019

With the new year, there’s lots of legislative change coming your way. What do you need to get your policies and procedures up to scratch? Yes, 2019 looks set to be a year of significant change for human services.Big legislative change is due to commence and organisational policies, practices and procedures will need to be…

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