Session 2: Hot Topics in Education Law (Live Stream)

Session ID: WEB183NZA03B
Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Time: 02:00pm - 05:15pm
Venue: This live web seminar is being streamed from AUCKLAND

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Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Time: 2.00pm to 5.15pm
Live Stream

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Employment issues are the perennial thorn in the side of many a school. If left unmanaged they can be severely detrimental to your school's morale, culture and the quality of education. This program assembles 11 legal experts who will galvanise you with updates, information and tips that can be practically implemented in your school.

Chair: Jacque Allen, Consultant, Cognition Education Group

Intellectual Property Considerations for Your School

  • Important IP concerns in the employment context (ideas, projects and work): Who owns the IP?
  • Preventing ex-employees from leaving with your school's IP
  • What to include in employment contracts to protect IP
  • Trade marks for schools: owning a school's name and logo

Presented by Richard Watts, Partner, Simpson Grierson; Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Doyle's Guide 2017

Cyber Bullying, Online Grooming and Harassment Issues

  • What is the school's role and responsibility?
  • Schools obligations to prevent it happening in and outside the school
  • How to prevent and respond to issues when the occur
  • Proposed guidelines: putting the guidelines into practice
  • Legislative changes
  • Internet risks and trends: case study
  • Family harm prevention

Presented by Sergeant George Grove and Detective-Sergeant Kate Smith, Counties-Manukau Police District HQ

GUIDANCE FROM THE MINISTRY FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES: Education Providers and the New Food Safety Law
The new food safety law, the Food Act 2014 sets new guidelines for providing safe food. Discover how the requirements impact your school.

  • An overview of the new Food Act to explain how it applies to education providers
  • Information to help you understand what you need to do to comply with the law and when
  • Provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the Food Act and food safety

Presented by Janet Lymburn, Specialist Adviser (Foodservice), Food & Beverage Group - Regulation & Assurance Branch, Ministry for Primary Industries

Breaches of Privacy and Human Rights in the Education Context

  • Dealing with Privacy Act / LGOIMA Act requests
    • What documents are required to be released?
    • Timeframes/costs and methods of releasing documents
    • Can you withhold documents?
  • Challenges to decisions made to withhold documents
    • Dealing with the Privacy Commissioner/the office of the Ombudsman
    • Mediation and other tactics
  • The Human Rights Review Tribunal
    • The process
    • Recent decisions

Presented by Paul Robertson, Partner, Heaney & Partners and Patrick Ikuia, New Zealand School Trustees Association


Chair: Jacque Allen

Jacque Allen is currently working as a Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator as Part of the Te Toi Tupu National Project. Her experience in teaching at both primary and secondary levels enables her to work across all curriculum areas and at all year levels. Jacque brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role, presenting both nationally and internationally for many years to education sector. Jacque is passionate about modern learning practice and provides a co-constructivist approach; enabling teachers to develop strategies for personalised learning and establishing innovative learning spaces. Jacque is currently a member of the national committee for cefpiNZ and has recently completed research in relation to sustaining value within online communities; this research was part of her completing her Masters of Management with the University of Auckland Business School.

Richard Watts

Richard Watts co-heads the firm's intellectual property group, advising a number of the world's leading companies in the FMCG, pharmaceutical, IT, and sports industries. His practice covers both non-contentious and contentious IP. Richard works with a number of leading pharmaceutical companies and research institutions, particularly in international licensing and enforcement. This work includes development and implementation of patent and IP commercialisation strategies for leading local and international businesses. He has been involved in a number of New Zealand's most significant patent disputes, in the pharmaceutical and construction industries. Acting for a number of leading brands in the FMCG area, Richard has co-ordinated trade mark protection, enforcement and border protection measures for numerous household names, both in New Zealand and abroad. Richard is also highly regarded in copyright law, particularly in relation to IT and new technologies, having advised a number of the world's favorite brands in relation to the launch of their new electronic and web products in New Zealand. Richard appears frequently in IP disputes, having appeared in leading Supreme Court and Court of Appeal IP cases, as well as in the High Court, Copyright Tribunal and Intellectual Property Office.

George Grove

George is a Detective on the Child Exploitation Team based in Manukau. He joined the Police in 2000 and worked as a front line officer for five years before joining the Criminal Investigation Branch; where he has been involved in investigations and prosecutions dealing with a range of serious incidents from Homicide and aggravated robbery through to the Misuse of a telephone. Over the past five years he has specialised in Victim and Witness interviewing and sexual offending, more recently developing a response to online grooming offending and the management of identified Child Sex Offenders in our community.

Kate Smith

Janet Lymburn

Janet Lymburn is one of the team working on the implementation of the Food Act 2014. Her role includes developing tools to help food business comply with the new Act and to liaise with food businesses and those in the education sector on the new Food Act. Prior to this role Janet worked in MPI's Policy team on the development of the Food Act 2014. She has an extensive background as a chef and more recently worked in regional food development in South Australia.

Paul Robertson

Paul is a partner of Heaney & Partners, a boutique law practice in Auckland. Paul was admitted to the bar in 1985 and graduated from the University of Otago in 1986. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1991. Paul heads the firm's employment liability team. He advises employers and employees in relation to disputes and general employment relations issues. Paul acts on behalf of the insurers of most schools in New Zealand as well as for societies and clubs, health professionals, solicitors and other employers. He writes a monthly column in the leading employment publication, Employment Today. In addition to his employment law practice, Paul has considerable experience in the litigation and insurance arenas and regularly appears in the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Employment Relations Authority and the Employment Court. Paul is married with one adult daughter who is currently studying at the University of Auckland. When not focussed on work or family, he can be found at gigs indulging his passion for music.

Patrick Ikiua

Patrick Ikiua is the Tamaki Makaurau & Te Tai Tokerau Regional Manager for Te Whakaroputanga Kaitiaki Kura o Aotearoa (New Zealand School Trustees Association). In this role, he oversees the delivery of governance and employment support and guidance to school boards of trustees. Patrick holds degrees in commerce and law from Auckland University. Commencing professional practice as a commercial lawyer Patrick joined the corporate sector as Legal Counsel specializing in telecommunications before accepting an invitation to work overseas in the international trust & financial sector. Since returning to NZ Patrick had a change in professional focus, and has been the principal of consultancies that specialize in community development, community law, health and education services. He has held directorships in private training companies, served on the trust boards for Youthline NZ, Pacific Rim Community Trust and St. Josephs Primary (Chairman), Young Leaders NZ (Former Chairman/Trustee). Patrick has also cofounded start-up organizations that have delivered case management, employment and community development programmes targeted at the advancement of Maori & Pasifika peoples. With an enjoyment for teaching Patrick has lectured in commercial law at a tertiary level.

Venue Details

Stamford Plaza Auckland

Ground Floor, 22 - 26 Albert St
Auckland 1010

Ph: 64 9 309 888


The Stamford Plaza Auckland is a short 5 minute walk from the main

train/bus station Britomart. There is onsite valet parking, charged at a rate

of NZ$45 per car. Alternatively there are numerous public car parks in the

area including Challenge House, 1/3 Wolfe Street.

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