Career Development Association of New Zealand



Maintaining Professional Records and The Privacy Act 2020

Depending on the nature of your work first consider if you need to keep information under the Health Act, if not then the Privacy Act applies. We look forward to exploring this in more detail with members in 2021. 
Note the New Privacy Act 2020 comes into effect on 1 December 2020
Compare the acts here
Privacy Act Note Principal 5 and 9 
When the Privacy Act doesn’t apply:
  • If another law is inconsistent with the Privacy Act, that other law will override the general provisions of the Privacy Act.
  • People who collect or hold personal information for their own personal or household affairs are exempt. This exemption does not apply if the information is highly offensive.
  • In special circumstances, the Commissioner can authorise agencies to collect, use or disclose information even when that would usually breach the privacy principles.

TEC Direct Career Guidance Services contracts awarded

Congratulations to the 75 individual CDANZ members who have contracts for providing the Tertiary Education Commission's new Direct Career Guidance Services. We are incredibly proud as an association to be partnering with TEC, supporting our members to work in the field they love, providing a much-needed service to New Zealanders whose careers have been impacted by COVID-19. 

Whilst we know there have been challenges and teething problems in setting up the service so quickly, the National Executive Committee are delighted our members have upheld the spirit of the CDANZ Code of Ethics and continue to display their professionalism when dealing with all stakeholders, particularly TEC staff - our partners in this valuable initiative. 

As some of you may be aware, the cabinet paper approving the TEC/CDANZ partnership for this 6 month contract includes the possibility of further direct service provision if this project goes well and there is still a need in the community. Further contracts and services may differ from the current model, however this is an incredible opportunity for our industry and our membership. It is therefore imperative we uphold the highest standards in our both our service delivery and stakeholder engagement. In other words, to a large degree it is up to us. As we continue to iron out the wrinkles and make the service stronger, smoother and better, please remember the success of our partnership depends on every one of the individuals contracted to TEC.

We hope you are all enjoying the new work. We have heard some amazing good-news stories already of the wonderful work you are providing, and we are sure we will hear many more. 

If you have any questions please get in contact with either Heather Lowery-Kappes (CDANZ President) or Jennie Miller (CDANZ Immediate Past President). Heather and Jennie continue to work closely with TEC representing the National Executive Committee and you, our members, as subject matter experts for the development and delivery of the contract. 

Heather: or 021 077 6306
Jennie: or 0272 959 770 

Ngā Mihi

Heather and Jennie 

CRM service chosen

After a thorough research process we are pleased to announce that CDANZ has entered into a contract with Auckland based company Cyberglue for use of their MemberConnex member management software. Over the coming months we will be working closely with the Cyberglue team to design the system to meet our needs, transfer over our existing data and build a new website interface. We are excited about the many benefits of a consolidated system and look forward to launching this by mid 2021. Prior to launch we will be rolling out training for members so you can navigate and use the system with ease. 

CDANZ Otago /Southland End of Year Catch Up

26 November, 5.30 pm

 With 43 days till Christmas we have organised our end of year catch up for November 26th. What an unusual and unpredictable year 2020 has been with Covid and all the complexities and consequences that have resulted. Due to this we haven’t managed to catch up face to face yet so it would be great if you would come along, have a drink and nibbles (provided) and socialise with other members of our Otago and Southland group before the craziness of Christmas truly begins! This will be held at Ombrellos Kitchen and Bar, 10 Clarendon Street, Dunedin at 5.30. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday 24th November. We look forward to seeing you and hearing how the year has been for you! 

Next year

Some PD suggestions for next year’s meetings have been emailed to local members; please review and send back what preferences you have. However if you have some further ideas please send them to Dave for collation.

Online link for recording of the 8th October event

This session which was 1.5 hours with Q and A has been recorded. Link is here

Whilst it has a regional focus, a good many of the points are probably relevant to other areas/nationally.

Information on the meeting held 8 October 2020, with the theme : “The job market post Covid, and advice for job seekers in this tight market”.

PLEASE NOTE this will be via zoom, should any other members across the country wish to listen in, they are welcome to contact us for the zoom link (and it will be in the 8 Oct newsletter). or

Covid-19 has certainly thrown us a few curve balls and there are lots of predictions and assumptions on how all of this is affecting and will continue to affect the job market.

We have gathered together a panel of experts from our own region to talk to members about how they see the current state of the employment market across Otago and Southland, how they see this changing in the future, what new opportunities may come from this, and share with us their thoughts on what we might be telling our clients.

We hope you will find this useful whether you are involved in vocational rehabilitation, education and training or in private practice. Please join us on the 8 October.

The format will be our panellists speaking each for 5 minutes answering a specific set of questions and we will then open up the floor to questions, so please come along, ask questions, join the conversation and support our panellists who are giving up their time. 

Dean Delaney - Client Relationship Manager
Platinum Recruitment 

Dean has been in the recruitment industry for a number of years, covering temporary, permanent and executive recruitment solutions across a wide cross section of industries. He is currently the Client Relationship Manager and shareholder at Platinum Recruitment; having held previous positions with multinational companies within FMCG, all in relationship management roles.

He has several professional memberships including Institute of Directors, Business Networking International and he holds several governance roles within NFP sectors. He is on several external selection panels for larger organisations and is a regular contributor at industry events. Dean is a member of CDANZ Otago and Southland

Chanel O’Brien- Business Development Adviser
Enterprise Dunedin City Council 

Chanel O’Brien is a Business Development Advisor in the Economic Development Unit at Enterprise Dunedin, Dunedin City Council.

Chanel has had national and international experience in business development and marketing in the tourism and education sectors and has worked in North and South East Asia, US and South America, Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, her focus has been in a collaboration role fostering the economic development of the Ōtepoti Dunedin Information & Communications Technology and Tech sectors. As such, Chanel is responsible for oversight of the Dunedin startup ecosystem; management of the city's business internship programme, JobDUN; and she is within the team establishing the Dunedin-based New Zealand Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE). 

Nick Lanham – Economic Development Manager
Central Otago District Council

 As Economic Development Manager of CODC, Nick is responsible for assisting to facilitate economic and business development in the district, and making sure that the infrastructure and operating environment are such that businesses can thrive.

A graduate of Otago university, Nick has worked for Wild Habitat, Department of Corrections, Marlan Trading on north island prior to moving down to South Island to take up his role at CODC, initially managing the 4 central Otago visitor centres before moving into his current role. One of Nick’s claims to fame in the acting world is as an extra on the Hobbit movie!

 Kate Cooper - Business Services Manager
Otago and Southland Employers Association 

A relatively new member of the OSEA team, Kate is responsible for growing the membership base and business connections for Otago and Southland Employers Association. A graduate of the University of Otago, Kate has worked previously as a Business Consultant for 3D Cooper, as head of Retail for Continental Event Catering and has managed the Staff Club at the University of Otago. 

Please contact one of us if you have any issues accessing the meeting. 

Jackie Dean 03 479 8243

Dave McKissock 03 218 3525

Claudine Usher


We are asking the panel to address the following questions with Q and A afterwards: 

  • How have you seen the job market in Southland and Otago change as a result of Covid-19?
  • What are the areas within the regions that are looking to open doors, create new opportunities for people who have maybe lost jobs in other areas?
  • What advice would you give to people who are currently seeking employment?
  • How do you anticipate all of this progressing into 2021?



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