Policy review

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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Impact of youth-related reforms

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

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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Challenging hate through workplace change

No Hate

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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Balancing privacy with family, whānau involvement

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

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

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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