Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #4

We refer to an article dated 10 July 2021 titled "How to avoid a whistleblower crisis" written by Daniel Laufer, PhD, MBA, who is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Victoria University of Wellington, and an expert in Crisis Management. This article is a timely reminder about the importance of having an external Whistleblowing platform …

Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #2

We begin this article with a summary of some recent important changes to New Zealand’s Whistleblowing regime. Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill On 29 March 2021, the Final report of the Education and Workforce Committee into the Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill was published. The Education and Workforce Committee has examined the Protected …

Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #1

We begin this article with a summary of some recent important changes to New Zealand's Whistleblowing regime. Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill On 24 June 2020, The Minister of State Services, Chris Hipkins, introduced a Bill that will strengthen protections for whistleblowers. The Bill replaces the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. This Bill clarifies the …

Whistleblowers’ protection bill introduced to replace 20-year-old Act

The Minister of State Services, Chris Hipkins, has just introduced a bill that will strengthen protections for whistleblowers. The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill will replace the Protected Disclosures Act, which is now 20 years old. Chris Hipkins said the current laws were not working as well as they should. "Anyone who raises these …

World Whistleblowing Day: In 2020, There Can Be No Excuse For Leaving Whistleblowers Unprotected

Extract: Already this year, there have been no shortage of reminders that the greatest challenges of our time cannot be solved unless wrongdoing is called out and the truth exposed. The world is facing the combined threats of a global pandemic, global heating, and deep structural inequalities made worse by entrenched corruption. Often, the illegal …

Whistleblowers and Protected Disclosures in New Zealand Workplaces – A Three Minute Video Guide

In this video, we explain “Whistleblowers and Protected Disclosures” within New Zealand Workplaces. We use a four step process that can be applied to any sized public or private organisation. We trust this video will be helpful. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you set up or improve your …

2020 Report to the Nations – the ACFE’s 11th study on the costs and effects of occupational fraud

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) has recently published the ‘2020 Report to the Nations - the ACFE’s 11th study on the costs and effects of occupational fraud’. While the focus of this study is on ‘fraud’, there are a number of useful insights in relation to the value of whistleblowing platforms. Key Findings …

Government to strengthen protections for whistleblowers

The Government is strengthening the Protected Disclosures Act to provide better protection for whistle blowers, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. “The Protected Disclosures Act is meant to encourage people to speak up about serious wrongdoing in the workplace and protect them from losing their jobs or being mistreated. “We know however that …