Guidance released for businesses ahead of July plastic bag ban
19 June 2019
To assist with preparing for the upcoming plastic bag ban, the Ministry for the Environment has released guidance for businesses.
The Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018, announced last December, ban single-use plastic shopping bags under 70 microns in thickness from 1 July 2019.
Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019
19 June 2019
The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019 have been confirmed by Cabinet and will soon be notified in the New Zealand Gazette.
The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019 will take effect on 1 July 2019 and introduce the following levy rates (GST exclusive):
Required Overtime...Is it allowed?
18 June 2019
In a recent case, Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa Inc v New Zealand Post Limited  NZEmpC 47, a full Court of the Employment Court tackled the issue of availability provisions in employment agreements and concluded that while the amendments to the Employment Relations Act 2000 ("ERA") that occurred in 2016 effectively outlawed "zero-hour" contracts, the impact of those changes have a broader application.
Secure your spot on the next Back to Basics Managers Course - July 2019
12 June 2019
The dates for the next Back to Basics Managers course have been set for Tuesday 30th and Wendnesday 31st July 2019. This is likely to be the only Basic Managers Course of 2019 so if you are getting started or looking to refresh we highly recommend you book your spot now.
If you are new to club management or want to refresh the basics please contact Michelle Mazey to secure your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheap or Quality - Who is your club appealing to?
12 June 2019
My Grandfather used to say, "if you sell to the classes, you eat with the masses. If you sell to the masses, you eat with the classes." Clubs are a mass market model. If my Grandfather's cliche is to be believed, all clubs should be successful. Clearly, there's a lot more to success than trying to sell to the masses. You need a business model that generates sales and a sufficient margin to ensure the club is profitable. With most clubs' gaming revenue flat or in decline, many are trying to win customers through promotions and discounts such as 2-for-1 meal nights and $10 roasts. Their appeal to the hip pocket makes sense, but in many ways it is a race to the bottom. The customers who only come for the discount meal are not likely to spend money on drinks and gaming, so the club's promotion may become a loss, not a loss leader.
Great opportunity to refresh your gaming room with bargain Ainsworth machines
7 June 2019
We have amazing news for clubs looking to change up their gaming offering without spending a fortune. Action Gaming have approximately 50 secondhand Ainsworth A560's that they are offering to clubs at fantastic prices.
These machines typically sell for between $9,500 and $13,000 + GST each, however, Action Gaming is offering these to clubs for only $3,250 + GST
Get your club logo loaded into the Clubs New Zealand App
6 June 2019
For those of you using the Clubs New Zealand mobile app, you may have noticed that club logos are starting to appear on the in app club locator map.
Having your club logo in app is a great way to highlight your club and will make it much easier for members traveling the country to identify the clubs nearby quickly and easily.
It is time for clubs to become data driven and that all starts with your club database
5 June 2019
When the world is racing to become data driven, clubs have an immediate advantage and its one that most other businesses would give their right arm to have.
The importance of meeting your obligations as an Incorporated Society
30 May 2019
A recent article published on www.stuff.co.nz has highlighted the importance of ensuring that your club is meeting its filing requirements under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.
The club it turns out had been struck off the register of incorporated societies for failing to file and has been placed on notice and may face civil proceedings after continuing to operate as normal.
Reciprocal Rights - Legal Opinion
30 May 2019
Following the recent confusion regarding reciprocal visiting rights Clubs New Zealand sought a legal opinion from our lawyers Quigg Partners. In seeking the opinion we asked three questions of the lawyers, below we have provided excerpts of the lawyers opinion in relation to the three questions.
National MVE Roll Out: Palmerston North and Hawkes Bay
30 May 2019
The National MVE (Multi Venue Exclusion) Administrator has asked Clubs New Zealand to communicate to members in the Palmerston North and Hawkes Bay areas to advise you that the National MVE Administration service is being expanded into your areas.
Strengthening the Clubs New Zealand Network
23 May 2019
Right from the get go, the major driver for Clubs New Zealand's data strategy has been to unite and strengthen the Clubs New Zealand network by utilising technology.
The Clubs New Zealand National Database Project and Mobile App are continuing to grow as more and more clubs and members are getting on board. We now have a number of clubs who are part the National Database and are actively promoting the app to their members, in addition to this we are receiving multiple requests every day from members wanting to sign into the app in order to access their digital membership card and find the clubs nearest them wherever their travels take them.