Under NZ employment law both employers and employees have certain rights and obligations.  It is important that Parishes understand and have the necessary policies, procedures and contracts in place. The Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment website has comprehensive information about basic rights and obligations at work.

Police Checks

Anyone who is paid to work with children, youth and families must undergo a police check prior to their appointment.  The Presbyterian Church also strongly encourages police checks for volunteers working with vulnerable people. You can find out more and download the relevant forms here.


Information on Calling & Working with Ministers can be found here.

Every employee must have a written employment agreement. It can be either an individual agreement or a collective agreement. All employers must keep a copy of each employee’s employment agreement. The Employment Agreement Builder will help you construct an agreement.

Information on the Recruiting & Interview Process with examples can be found here