Otago Daily Times

Be­havioural train­ing call for coun­cil­lors

- Grant.miller@odt.co.nz Society · Bullying · New Zealand · Dunedin

Dr Asquith said health and safety rules re­lat­ing to coun­cil­lors might well need to be clar­i­fied.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment New Zealand (LGNZ) is look­ing into whether health and safety leg­is­la­tion ap­plies to elected mem­bers.

LGNZ was also de­vel­op­ing fur­ther guid­ance for coun­cils re­gard­ing work­place safety and be­hav­iour at gov­er­nance level, a spokesman said.

Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment pol­icy man­ager Tracy Mears said ev­ery work­place, in­clud­ing in lo­cal gov­ern­ment, should have poli­cies and prac­tices to pre­vent bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment, and to deal with it when it hap­pened.

The min­istry re­leased an is­sues pa­per on the sub­ject in Au­gust and is seek­ing feed­back.

A Dunedin City Coun­cil spokesman said it had de­vel­oped poli­cies, pro­cesses and sys­tems de­signed to keep staff and elected mem­bers safe.

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