Session 2: Privacy, Safety and Employment Risks in Schools

Session ID: 183NZW02B
Date: Friday, 02 March 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: The InterContinental Wellington, Level 1, 2 Grey St, Wellington

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Standard $405.00


Session Content

Date: Friday 02 March 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Venue: InterContinental Wellington, 2 Grey Street

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The school executive must be prepared to deftly handle any number of potential crises. On any given day you may be put to the test and asked to protect vulnerable students, work with police enforcement, navigate precarious privacy and online issues that seem to evolve every day, keep bullying in check and maintain the safety of students and staff alike. The legal risks arising from each of those situations are real and serious. Prepare yourself to be able to handle any and all of them by gaining the sage guidance of legal experts.

Chair: Adam Lewis, Barrister, Harbour Chambers

The Privacy Act: What Employers and Educators Need to Know

  • The rise of privacy: recent trends
  • A practical outline of your key legal obligations
  • Understanding your risk and tools for managing that risk
  • Likely reforms: guidance for the future

Presented by Hamish Kynaston, Partner and Jennifer Howes, Senior Solicitor, Buddle Findlay

Citizenship Online: Blurred Boundaries or Clear as Mud?

  • The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015
  • Current digital challenges and risks affecting schools
  • Managing and preventing incidents
  • Developing a proactive approach to online safety and digital citizenship

Presented by Anjie Webster, Education Advisor and Ben Thomas, Legal Advisor, NetSafe

Bullying in an Education Law Setting

  • What is bullying? Useful definitions
  • Guidance from WorkSafe
  • Guidance from legislation
  • Overlap with:
    • Health and safety obligations
    • Employment obligations
    • Student care obligations
  • Options for addressing the issues effectively
  • Potential liabilities for Schools and Boards

Presented by Geoff Davenport, Partner, McBride Davenport James

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

  • Obligations and liability for principals, teachers, boards of trustees and students
  • Mental health and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • Health and safety outside the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015: regulations, guidelines, contract and the common law
  • Putting in place a policy framework for health and safety

Presented by Peter Cullen, Partner and Chris Scarrott, Lawyer, Cullen - The Employment Law Firm


Chair: Adam Lewis

Adam Lewis has been a Barrister in Harbour Chambers for 13 years. He has previously worked in New South Wales, England and for a large Auckland firm. He specialises in health and education law, acting for a range of professional regulatory bodies and on behalf of professionals interacting with their professional regulators or disciplinary bodies. In the education law context, he is an external legal advisor to the Education Council and has acted for CACs in numerous cases before the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Hamish Kynaston

Hamish has over twenty years' legal experience and specialises in employment relations, dispute resolution, health law, health and safety, privacy, human rights and education. Much of Hamish's work is in the central government, health, education, sport, financial services and energy sectors. He is recognised for his practical approach, and has a particular interest in assisting employers to resolve complex issues quickly, effectively and in a way that does not result in litigation or reputational damage.

Jennifer Howes

Jennifer advises on a full range of employment and health law issues with particular expertise in privacy, official information law and ensuring compliance with minimum entitlements legislation (such as the Holidays Act 2003). She enjoys assisting public and private sector organisations navigate complex privacy issues, including those relating to the use of information technology and social media in the workplace. Jennifer regularly attends mediation on behalf of clients and has appeared in the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court and District Court.

Anjela Webster

Anjela Webster is an Education Advisor at Netsafe and has worked in schools and leadership roles for over 25 years. In this time Anjela has taught across all school sectors from ECE to Secondary. Most recently she completed her M.Ed with a focus on young people, privacy, and the supports available to help them navigate challenges and opportunities online.

Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas is the legal adviser at Netsafe. Previously a policy advisor at the Ministry of Justice, he contributed to the development and implementation of the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Ben also worked as a banking and finance lawyer and secondary school teacher.

Geoff Davenport

Geoff Davenport is a partner with McBride Davenport James. Geoff joined the firm in June 2000 and became a partner in September 2001. He acts for a wide range of employers (both public and private sector), unions and employees. He acts for several Tertiary Education providers and secondary school boards, on the full range of employment law issues, including addressing bullying within these environments, which is the topic of today's presentation. Geoff has more than 24 year's specialist employment law experience. He has also published the leading text on good faith collective bargaining under the Employment Relations Act, and is on the Editorial Board of Mazengarb's Employment Law Bulletin

Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen studied at Victoria University in Wellington where he was President of the Students' Association in the 1970s. He worked at what was then Bell Gully & Co., as a Law Clerk and Office Solicitor, and then worked for the Law Reform Division of the Justice Department. Following that Peter worked at the employment coalface as an industrial advocate. He returned to the practice of law in 1990 and established Cullen - The Employment Law Firm in 1994 and continues to direct it as a partner. The firm is a specialist employment law firm with a wide range of employer and employee clients.He convened the Wellington District Law Society Employment Law Committee from its inception until 2004. He has represented clients before the various employment institutions including the Court of Appeal. Peter is currently the President of the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce. He is additionally a member of various national committees including the Council of Business Central, Business New Zealand, and The New Zealand Law Society Employment Law Committee. Peter is currently the Honorary Consul for Colombia as well the Vice President of Latin American New Zealand Business Council. Peter hosts the Cullen Breakfast Club which is attended by many prominent members of Wellington's diplomatic and business community. Peter speaks at seminars throughout the year sharing his insightful knowledge of employment law. Media frequently seek his advice on employment and industrial law issues, and he has been a columnist for The Dominion and later The Dominion Post for many years

Chris Scarrott

Born and raised in Hawke's Bay, Chris Scarrott graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014 with an LLB and a BA and joined Cullen in April 2016. Prior to joining Cullen Chris worked for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as a Client Service Advisor. In that role Chris gave advice to members of the public on residential tenancy issues and information on employment matters. Chris' work for MBIE in the employment area reignited an existing passion for employment law and provided a thorough grounding in the employment legislation. Chris is focused on providing thorough advice and practical options for both employers and employees.

Venue Details

The InterContinental Wellington

Level 1, 2 Grey St
Wellington 6011

Ph: 64 4 47227722


Limited valet parking available at NZ$20 per day. Additional parking

available at Wilson Parking with NZ$5 per half hour and NZ$22 for


The Intercontinental is a 2 min walk from Lambton Quay which

has a number of buses going to airport and suburbs. It's a 10 min walk to

the nearest train station.

Taxis are also available downstairs at the hotel entry.

Parking is not included in the registrartion fee and price is subject to


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