New Zealand Law Society - Purea Nei report focuses on changing the culture of the legal profession

Purea Nei report focuses on changing the culture of the legal profession

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A report looking at culture change in the legal profession has been released.

Purea Nei - Changing the Culture of the Legal Profession, comes almost two years after harassment and bullying in the legal profession made the national news.

The report’s authors, Allanah Colley, Ana Lenard and Bridget McLay, say they seek to continue the conversation about culture change in the legal profession by asking the next question: how?

"What needs to occur in order to make a meaningful difference to workplace culture? How can we translate the concerns about what has happened before into meaningful improvements to the everyday experiences of the people in our profession in the future?"

Titled ‘Purea Nei' - which means to cleanse and renew - the authors say the report brings together a collection of ideas from people within and associated with the profession, to provide a path towards making the profession happier and healthier.

The authors say Purea Nei is a culmination of workshops held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin; open-ended discussions online and via email; and an online survey which attracted almost 650 responses.  Over 700 people engaged in the project, which was funded by the Law Foundation, the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation and the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal – Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine.

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