Summary document current December 2021
At the heart of our approach is the health, safety and well-being of our staff, members, customers, and wider local government sector, and ensuring we can continue to operate our core business and deliver courses and events safely and effectively when the Government implements its COVID-19 traffic light system.
The COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (the Policy) will allow us greater certainty for our members, and for our branches, and enable us to deliver events and courses at all levels of the traffic light system.
The Policy has been developed following engagement with our team, positive support for vaccine requirements from our members and advice from external health and safety experts.
As a leader in the local government community, Taituarā seeks be an exemplar in health, safety and well-being best practice. This has informed our decision-making and will be demonstrated in our practices and policies.
The Policy applies to all Taituarā employees, members (including the Taituarā Executive Committee) contractors, facilitators, and volunteers. The Policy also sets out expectations of visitors to our workplace and at events and courses run by Taituarā. This includes members, customers attending face-to-face events and meetings, clients, guests, tradespeople and service providers/visitors.
From 6 December 2021 all staff and visitors to Taituarā offices must be vaccinated. Some exemptions to this do apply (e.g. for couriers) but strict safety measures are in place. The Taituarā office will be locked, and vaccine certificates will be scanned to enable entry. When you arrive at our office, please:
From 1 January 2022, vaccine passes will be scanned at all Taituarā face-to-face activities and events for all attendee
Showing proof or evidence of your vaccination status requires you to show Taituarā either your vaccine passport, (click here to get proof of your vaccination status) or a letter or other official documentation from the Ministry of Health or your GP.
We are waiting for further guidance from the Government on how medical exemptions will be considered under the traffic light system. Until then, we have made the decision to not open in-person courses/events to people with medical exemptions (from 6 December 2021) until the guidance is received and we can consider and update that part of this Policy.
Our Policy will be reviewed to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our members, keeps our people safe, and adapts and responds to changes in the environment and as new government mandates or technologies come in to play.
We will not be holding medical information about members or customers. It is likely everyone will need to show a valid vaccination passport for each event or course attended.
We will assess the roles of our people and the potential risk they pose to others in performing their role on a case-by-case basis. Control measures will be established for each category of role.
Please email us for general enquiries regarding the Policy or with any course or event enquiries.
This Policy comes into effect on Monday 6 December 2021 and will be reviewed and either;