Friendly Societies and Club Licences
20 April 2017
Those of you in attendance at the Clubs New Zealand 2017 AGM would have heard the update from Charlie Clayton, President of the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club regarding changes made with the introduction of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 meaning that Friendly Society Clubs are no longer able to hold a Club Licence.
Employment during and after diasters
13 April 2017
It seems that Mother Nature has flicked a switch and in the space of two weeks has given New Zealand the remnants of Cyclone Debbie and now Cyclone Cook is beginning to make the journey from North to South.
During and after natural disasters and adverse weather such as the deluge of rain we are currently seeing, employers and employees need to consider issues such as health and safety, emotional wellbeing and payment options.
Consultation opens on Best Practice (three year) licences and updated licensing application forms
12 April 2017
Consultation opens on Best Practice (Three Year) Licence
The Department of Internal Affairs is seeking views on the proposed approach to a three year licence for best practice societies and clubs. Consultation opens Tuesday 11 April and closes on Friday 19 May.
Sequel to the final straw
11 April 2017
The December issue of The Advocate reported on the case Spotless Facility Services NZ Ltd v. Anne Mackay  NZEmpC 153, in which Ms Mackay claimed that her employer's actions surrounding investigation of her complaints about other staff (and their complaints about her) left her with no choice but to resign. In subsequent discussions she claimed she knew of a 'petition' about her (which her employer denied knowing about) and that this amounted to the 'final straw' leading to her alleged constructive dismissal claim. The Court rejected her constructive dismissal claim, holding that the employer's actions did not amount to a final straw. However, the Court did raise the possibility that a disadvantage grievance may exist:
The Membership Sub: More than a token fee
6 April 2017
With the continual battle to get bums on seats, many clubs are looking to their membership fees to attract renewals and new members. The question that must now be asked "is it having the desired effect".
In the Club - The History of the Chartered Club Movement by Jack Rolfe OBE JP opens with establishment of the first clubs to appear in New Zealand. On October 12, 1840, the Wakefield Club was formed in Wellington, and was quite exclusive in nature with an admission fee of £25 , and an annual subscription of £5, these formidable fees undoubtedly were set to make the club exclusive. Shortly after the establishment of the Wakefield Club, a group of settlers met on December 16th 1841 and suggested that "great advantages to this colony would result from the establishment of a club which might promote a spirit of social intercourse among the colonists, and afford a means of showing hospitality to strangers..." It was with this meeting that the Wellington Club was formed, with a membership fee of £5. AW Beasley, author of The Club on The Terrace; states, "It seems unlikely, then, that the Wellington Club was a club set up in opposition to the Wakefield; rather, it was probably designed as a less ambitious and less costly complement to its older brother, achieving whatever exclusivity was required by the device of the blackball rather than by a financial barrier."
Club Management Conference 2017 - Secure your Accommodation
6 April 2017
This year the Club Management Conference will be heading to Club Mount Maunganui from Tuesday 21st November through to Thursday 23rd November.
The team at Club Mount Maunganui have advised that November commences the busy period for accommodation in Mount Maunganui and recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible.
Easter Sunday Trading - Shop Trading Amendment Act 2016
6 April 2017
Easter Sunday always causes a little confusion because while it is not a public holiday under the Holidays Act 2003 it is subject to Trading Restrictions under the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016.
Clubs New Zealand 2017 Conference & AGM Wrap Up
30 March 2017
The Clubs New Zealand 2017 Conference & AGM was held from 23rd through to 25th March at the Clubs of Marlborough in Blenheim. It takes a lot of work to put together a conference & AGM of this size and we would like to thank the team at Clubs of Marlborough for their tireless effort, dedication and support in making this year’s conference & AGM a success.
Below is a wrap up of the 2017 Conference & AGM and where possible we have included PDF versions of the speaker’s presentations for you to view. Photos from the over the three days will be made available shortly on our Facebook page and we encourage you to share any snaps you have.
Minimum Wage rises by 50c
28 March 2017
The minimum wage is going up from $15.25 to $15.75 per hour. Here's what you'll need to know for you club.
Gambling Compliance: Updates to licensing application forms and payments
28 March 2017
Those who attended The Department of Internal Affairs Regional Forums towards the end of 2016 will know that the DIA are working on some updates to their licensing forms as well as a change to their payments approach.
What food safety tools does your business need?
21 March 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries have just released a new template food control plan – to make it easier for businesses like yours to comply with the Food Act.
Now they want to know what other tools you need. What else would help you follow your plan? This might include training materials, record keeping, videos – or anything that could make food safety easier.
Contracting out the club's catering - things to consider before you negotiate a deal with a caterer
21 March 2017
It goes without saying that there is an increasing focus on the type and quality of food offered by clubs. The decision on how to best provide the right food at the right price is clearly a very important one. What it comes down to is whether it wishes to engage an external caterer.