The Authority usually holds investigation meetings in the town or city where the employment took (or is taking) place.
Investigation meetings are not as formal as a Court hearing. The Authority Member running the meeting will make sure everyone has the chance to present their evidence.
The applicant is responsible for paying the meeting fee.
The applicant, the respondent and all of the witnesses need to attend the investigation meeting.
Please raise any issues with attending the meeting as early as possible so the Authority Officer can help you find a solution.
If the applicant does not attend the meeting, the Authority Member can decide to:
If the respondent does not attend the meeting, the Authority Member can decide to proceed anyway, and the respondent will not get the opportunity to present their evidence.
Everyone who provided a witness statement must go to the investigation meeting. If they cannot be there in person, they will need to contact the Authority Officer before the meeting to apply for permission to be excused from appearing in person.
You can bring friends, whānau, observers or supporters to the investigation meeting.
Investigation meetings are open to the public and the media. The Authority Member will ask anyone being disruptive or aggressive to leave.
The determinations we issue are publicly available unless there is a non-publication order in place. The determination may include the names of parties and witnesses.
In some special circumstances, we can issue a non-publication order to protect sensitive commercial or personal information from being made publicly available. Requests for a non-publication order need to be in writing – discuss this with the Authority officer as early as possible.
You can present your own case or have a representative do it for you.
The Authority Member will make sure that you are not disadvantaged if you do not have a representative.
At the start of the meeting, the Authority Member will:
The Authority Member will ask each party questions about the facts they provided in the statement of problem and statement in reply.
You or your representative:
Witnesses will usually be asked to swear or affirm that the evidence they are going to give is the truth.
The Authority Member will usually ask witnesses questions about their witness statements to make sure all the facts are clear.
If the parties:
If the Authority Member is giving an oral determination, you or your representative may be given the opportunity to sum up your case by explaining what findings you believe the Authority should make about the claims and why.
When summing up:
In some cases, you may be invited to make submissions in writing after the meeting.
If the Authority Member has requested written submissions or other information, they will let you know when those are due at the end of the meeting.
Once the Authority Member has all the information they have requested, they will make their determination.