Morrison Kent’s culture report kept behind closed doors

The NZ Herald reports that the Morrison Kent culture report, triggered by the newspaper’s own reporting, is not to be made public.

The report concerned complaints that arose following an incident in 2019, the details of which have been reported here.

The report is an independent review conducted by lawyer Rachel Burt, (left) who specializes in workplace issues, at the end of last year and the beginning of this one. This had to do with the culture issues that were reported here and was another now all-too-common Christmas party joke gone awry.

Evidently, staff complained about ‘cultural competency training’, including what the Herald described as ‘sporadic te reo-only lessons’.

There have also been reports that the company has used the pandemic to cut underperforming staff despite accepting a half-million dollar wage subsidy. The company confirmed that it provided MBIE with information that satisfied the Ministry of the merits of the grant application.

There are, the Herald report, two more of the three complaints to the Bar.

Partner Richard Caughley said the firm has “revamped its policies on bullying, harassment and discrimination, diversity and inclusion and flexible working to ensure consistency and fairness across the our enterprise”.

The company intends to “evolve” the business to maintain a great culture and “engaged, happy, healthy people.”

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