Session 2: Modern Risks: Privacy, Social Media and Crisis Management

Session ID: 182NZC02B
Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: Novotel Christchurch, 52 Cathedral Square, Christchurch

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State: NZ CPD:3
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Session Content

Date: Tuesday 27 February 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Venue: Novotel Christchurch, 50 Cathedral Square Christchurch

Attend and earn 3 CPD hours

The legal risks facing schools today are real and numerous, and so too are the consequences. If you ignore them, if you fail to manage them effectively, if you let them blindside you, if you allow your school to be overwhelmed by them, then the outcome will be dire for you and your school. Your duty to your school, its pupils and its staff is absolute. Master how to protect all of them from the many legal risks that can, and will, arise at any time.

Chair: Nic Hill, Headmaster, Christchurch Boys' High School

Understanding, Reviewing and Working with Privacy Policies, Processes and Guidelines

  • Reviewing New Zealand's privacy laws
  • Reviewing a privacy policy example to ensure compliance with privacy law
  • Identifying practical steps to tighten up gaps in your privacy policies
  • Integration with other policies such as recruitment and IT
  • Examining recent cases and lessons to learn to prevent a potential breach

Presented by Kathryn Dalziel, Partner, Taylor Shaw Barristers

Students and Social Media: What is the Extent of Your School's Responsibility?
Although you want to protect your students on social media it can be difficult to know where to draw the line and the extent of your responsibility and duty of care.

  • What are the legal consequences of technology misuse in schools?
  • Avoiding misuse of technology by students
  • Hidden risks for teachers and schools
  • Appropriately dealing with online incidents
  • Sensitive content and cyber-bullying
  • Online sexual predators and students who initiate these behaviours
  • Social media use outside of school hours: Is there a duty of care?

Presented by Gareth Abdinor, Partner, Malley & Co

Managing Your School's Reputational Risk During a Crisis
Managing reputation by valuing transparency and keeping your school community informed is more effective than mopping up reputation damage after a crisis. Yet, in today's fast paced, complex social media environment, a crisis of one kind or another is virtually inevitable - not an 'if' but 'when' scenario. When it happens, there is an immediate tension between keeping the community informed, protecting reputation and managing legal risk.

  • Navigating defamation risk
  • Privacy and young persons
  • Communication restrictions in the context of Coronial and Court proceedings
  • Name suppression
  • The challenge of social media in managing reputation
  • Planning for the crisis: practical steps

Presented by Jonathan Forsey, Special Counsel, Duncan Cotterill


Chair: Nic Hill

Nic Hill is the Headmaster of Christchurch Boys' High School. Nic started his career as a History Teacher and conducted his Master's research on how principals resolve the dilemma of maintaining relationships with staff while at the same time managing their performance. Nic is an executive member of the Canterbury West Coast Principals Association and the Association of Boys Schools of New Zealand. While Headmaster of Christchurch Boys' High School Nic has led the school's rebuild and has introduced eLearning. Nic has ensured that caring and inclusivity are central to the definition of a modern boys school and he has also paid attention to institutional processes with the intention that schools can be world class organisations.

Kathryn Dalziel

Kathryn Dalziel is a partner at Taylor Shaw in Christchurch specialising in employment and privacy law as well as civil litigation and professional ethics. Kathryn also provides advice to school boards across a range of legal issues. In her 25 year career, she has worked as a senior Crown prosecutor as well as a lecturer in employment law, privacy and legal ethics at the University of Canterbury. Kathryn regularly presents seminars on behalf of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, is the author of "Privacy in Schools" and co-authored the chapter on Health Information in "Health Care and the Law (4th ed).

Gareth Abdinor

Gareth Abdinor is driven to build long-term relationships with his clients and to provide them with trusted guidance and practical solutions to their legal challenges. Gareth is an employment law specialist and advises employers and employees on all aspects of the employment process, including documenting the employment elationship, disciplinary processes, terminating employment, employee restraints, health & safety and restructuring. Gareth sits on the Employment Law Committee of the Canterbury/Westland branch of the New Zealand Law Society and regularly delivers presentations to clients and the legal profession on employment law issues. Gareth is also one of New Zealand's experts in privacy, information and technology law. Gareth provides specialist advice and education in relation to compliance, data privacy, data and privacy breaches, social media & technology, and cyber-bullying. Gareth has delivered privacy training for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and is the co-founder of the South Island Privacy Network. He has also delivered training on cyber-law issues for the New Zealand Law Society's Continuing Legal Education and at the annual Education Law conference.

Jonathan Forsey

Jonathan Forsey is a Special Counsel in the Christchurch litigation and dispute resolution team. Jonathan has considerable experience across a broad range of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution forums, including the Courts at all levels, specialist tribunals, arbitration and mediation. Jonathan specialises in defamation and media law issues, as well as privacy, official information, cyber liability, and technology related aspects of the law. His work encompasses advice on advertising and broadcasting standards, fair trading and consumer legislation, and other aspects of statutory compliance. Jonathan also deals with contractual disputes, administrative law and insolvency. In recent years, he has developed a practice dealing with many of the legal issues thrown up by the Canterbury rebuild. Jonathan has advised clients on construction contracts issues, contracting, retentions and compliance issues, insurance and regulatory matters, as well as contract and negligence issues. Jonathan is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and spent several years as a commercial litigator with one of the top five City firms in London. He has also worked in Auckland as a Judge's Clerk and as a media law and general commercial litigator for a large Wellington firm.

Venue Details

Novotel Christchurch

52 Cathedral Square
Christchurch 8011



The closest train station to the Novotel Christchurch is Tower Junction.

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