Clubs New Zealand 2018 Conference & AGM - Registrations close tomorrow

22 February 2018

Registrations for the Clubs New Zealand 2018 Conference & AGM hosted by the St John's Club close tomorrow Friday 23rd February 2018, if you have not submitted your registration now is the time to do so.

The conference programme is almost complete and you can view the latest copy of the programme below. This year's Conference, Expo & AGM promises to be educational, interactive and motivational as we look to explore future opportunities, the role of clubs in the community all while delivering exceptional customer experiences.

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Executive and Committee Liabilities

22 February 2018

Being elected to a clubs committee is to be considered something of an honour, it is an important and responsible position to hold. As a committee member your role does mean that you are liable for the legal operation of the club, basically, this means you must make sure you know of and respond appropriately to any issues affecting the successful and legal operation of the club.

Under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908, members of an incorporated society such as a club are not liable for any debt, contract or other obligation made or incurred by the club within the terms of its constitution. Such liability is limited to the assets of the club. However, individual committee members may be liable if they should be involved in a contract which was not authorised under the terms of the club’s constitution, or it is shown that they wilfully disregarded consistent professional advice which later leads to damages being awarded to the club.

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Good Reasons Y to Engage

15 February 2018

While most clubs are thinking about how to engage with Gen Y, it's the younger generation's perception of what clubs are about this is holding them up at the front door.

While research indicates Gen Y people will go to pubs with their friends, they have a tendency to go to clubs with their family and older relatives.

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Is your club earning passive income with Clubs New Zealand's Lifestages KiwiSaver Scheme?

15 February 2018

Having a KiwiSaver option to offer your staff is a must, and for that reason Clubs New Zealand have teamed up with Funds Administration New Zealand (FANZ) to provide top quality product for member clubs and their staff.

You and your staff will get the benefits as set out in the Product Disclosure Statement for the Scheme, as well as access to KiwiSaver specialists over the phone, online and in branches.

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Minimum Wages Rising on 1 April 2018

15 February 2018

You will all know that the minimum wage is set to increase, if you haven't already done so now is the time to start preparing to ensure your staff are paid correctly once the increase takes effect on 1 April. If you have employees on the minimum wage you will need to ensure that your budget is recalculated to account for the increase - you'll be paying out more in wages.

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Easter Trading

15 February 2018

Around this time of year we always get questions from clubs regarding Easter Trading Hours and how they apply to Club Licences. Below is a quick summary of any restrictions and things to consider now. For information on Employee Entitlements for Easter please visit the article Waitangi Day and Easter Public Holidays - Employee Entitlements

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Consistent Inconsistencies - The Dangers of DIY Club Constitutions

8 February 2018

In the age of Google and Wikipedia there is a growing view that information and answers should be able to do everything ourselves.

We are all guilty of it, the other day my dishwasher filled with water and, rather than find someone who fixed dishwashers for a living, I Googled to see if I could fix it myself. The short version is: my kitchen flooded.

We all know a club's constitution is one of the most important documents a club has. It is effectively the contract between a club, its committee and the members. A constitution should be an up-to-date working document and will often be the first port of call in working out how to resolve an issue with members.

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Promoting Entertainment for Profit

8 February 2018

Strategic thinking about entertainment will save both big and small clubs from taking a financial hit.

Most clubs run entertainment and promotions to provide a reason for members to come to a club, eat the food and drink the beer, wine and spirits - oh, and coffee of course. But what is the return on investment? When we review club operations, especially on small clubs, working hard to survive and grow, we often struggle with the issue of advertising, entertainment, marketing and promotions (AEMP) that doesn't return a profit to the till.

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Employment Relations Amendment Bill

8 February 2018

The anticipated changes to employment law have now been presented as a Bill to the House. The new Government claiming this will "restore fairness and balance into New Zealand workplaces". With the discussion that took place following the election it is no surprise to see the main thrust of the proposed change is to strengthen the position and bargaining power of unions, reduce flexibility in agreements with regard to rest breaks and pay scales, limit the operation of the 90-day trial period and require reinstatement as the primary remedy in personal grievance matters.

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Keep an eye out for the new Area Update Emails

1 February 2018

This year the Clubs New Zealand Board and National Office will be starting to send out Area Update emails via the Clubs New Zealand MailChimp system. These Area Update emails will look quite similar to the Club Industry e-Newsletter and will typically contain information on area meetings and will obviously be sent only to the applicable area.

By using our MailChimp system to send out Area Updates we will be able to monitor if emails are being received and consolidate the boards individual email address books down to one which will help to ensure the right information is getting to the right people.

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Gambling Compliance - Regional Workshop Invitation

1 February 2018

Regional workshops: An opportunity for venue managers, operators and other regionally based stakeholders to engage with the Department face-to-face.

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More Mystery Shoppers on the way to Class 4 Venues

31 January 2018

For those of you with Class 4 Gaming Machines you will be well aware that the Department has carried out Mystery Shopper Exercises first in 2014 (non-club venues only) and then again in 2016 (included club venues). The goal for the Department of Internal Affairs is now to introduce a rolling mystery shopper campaign, which much like a CPO would mean on any day at any time someone in your venue could be putting you to the test.

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Get your hands on the future

With the Clubs New Zealand App

Get your hands on the future with Clubs New Zealand's App which can be downloaded on both Apple and Android.  The Clubs New Zealand App is all about helping you get more out of your membership. As a member of a club you can access any of our network of 300 member clubs as a reciprocal visitor and visiting a club is a breeze with the new digital membership card.

 

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