Misinformation and Disinformation Policies and Procedures

Misinformation dynamics shown by image of sheep suggests following with erroneous equation.

Misinformation and disinformation are significant hazards for a workplace. They can cause serious reputational damage and loss for a business/organisation. Good news – as a member of the Policy Place online policy service, you have policies to help minimise these risks. In this post, we’ll identify some of these policies for you to use in…

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What should be in your Workplace Dress Code Policy?

A workplace dress code should support diversity and inclusion in your workplace.

At the Policy Place we often get asked about whether organisations should have a Workplace Dress Code policy.  Codes typically involve a list of what not to wear. But how about a more fun Code. One that supports a commitment to equity and diversity, and individual styles and differences while setting some bottom lines.  Here…

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Improving policies and procedures for bullying and harassment

A picture of a figure in distress highlights the need for bullying policies and procedures.

Recent changes took effect for lawyers in July this year in Aotearoa. The changes address important gaps in the rules of conduct for lawyers relating to bullying, sexual harassment, racial harassment, violence and discrimination. They are worth considering if your policies and procedures on bullying and harassment are in need of an update. The case…

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5 takeaways from the Coroner’s and Ombudsman’s children’s reports

The Ombudsman and Coroner reports, released this month, identified inadequate treatment and care of children/tamariki by Crown agencies. The Coroner was reviewing the tragic death of a young two-year-old. The Ombudsman was reviewing policies and practices relating to the removal of newborn babies from their parents and whānau by Oranga Tamariki- the Ministry for Children.…

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Treaty-based change for NZ’s health & disability system

We’re in for a new Treaty-based health and disability system. That’s one of the recommendations of the final report on the Health and Disability System Review. The Review recommends that the Treaty/ te Tiriti principles are embedded through New Zealand’s health and disability system. It also recommends amending the New Zealand Public Health and Disability…

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Your guide to child and family-friendly policies and procedures

Heart, mind and skills are essential, but policies and procedures are also important. They set base-lines for child and family-friendly practice in an agency. Here’s a checklist of some key policies and procedures to support child, whānau and family-friendly practice in your agency.   Contact The Policy Place for help with these and other policies…

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Kia mauriora te reo Māori

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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Learning from the Waitangi Tribunal Māori health report

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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Some exciting changes and lots to do

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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