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AUCKLAND IO SIG: Thorny issues: The Privacy Act and Evaluative Material

Kia ora koutou, IO SIG and HRNZ are hosting a zoom presentation by Jonathan Black, Andrea Gardner, Sam Farmer and Frank O’Connor

The New Zealand Privacy Act was recently amended (Privacy Act 2020). Some of the lesser known changes have particular relevance to work routinely undertaken by HR professionals and IO Psychologists. This session will look at some practical implications of these changes through the use of realistic (but fictional) and thorny examples. Two scenarios will be presented looking at evaluative information; one about reference checking and another about coaching. We will be discussing the scenarios in session and exploring privacy considerations and potential complications. The aim of the session is to translate the Act’s terminology into meaningful examples, and stimulate useful discussion so that you come away with a greater understanding of the intricacies of a key aspect of the Act and a reminder of some of the core principles of the Act. Depending on interest, a future session may look at another change around protection being a reason for with-holding information.

Please note: This session will not be covering the basics of the Privacy Act, and the 2020 update. For participants who haven’t already, we suggest taking a look at the free e-learning modules provided by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. Overview modules take around 20-30 minutes and include the Privacy ABC, Privacy Act 2020, and Health ABC. More in-depth learning is provided in Privacy 101 and Health 101.

About our Presenters

Jonathan Black

Jonathan is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist based in Hastings/Napier, in the beautiful Hawkes Bay. He is currently the co-Chair of the Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group (CPSIG) and a committee member of the Institute of Organisational Psychology New Zealand.

Andrea Gardner

Andrea is a chartered organisational psychologist with almost 25 years consulting and in-house experience both in NZ and internationally. Andrea is one of three directors of Strategic People Group, a Christchurch based organisational psychology practice.

Sam Farmer

Support Crew: Sam Farmer, Director of Enhance Facilitation Limited. Sam is also a Coaching Psychologist, Accredited Supervisor & Assoc Fellow International Society Coaching Psychology, and co-Founder & first Chair of CPSIG

Frank O’Connor

Frank O’Connor has thirty-mumble years of working with ways people gain, store, share and use what they know to get their work done, especially with different beliefs and obligations. Bringing together the reasons and feelings needed to make something work in business: 'Making change and making it stick' were the words one CEO used.


  • HRNZ Members = $20.00
  • Non Members = $30.00
  • HRNZ Student Members = Free
  • Registered Psychologists/Chartered Organisational Psychologists = Free*

*Registered Psychologists/Chartered Organisational Psychologists please email your details to to register.

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Appropriate substitutions are welcome - please email with their details.