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HR Fundamentals is a 2, 3 or 4 day programme that takes you through all the key areas of HR, so that you can learn how to deliver this effectively in your business.

This is HR training that you’ll never forget.

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Venue and Dates


COVID-19 UPDATE: Our HR Fundamentals workshops have been postponed until November this year. You will be able to attend in either Wellington or Auckland.


Book to attend 2 days, 3 days or 4 days. Residential option is also available which includes meals and accommodation.

Early Bird (4 weeks before): 2 days $995 | 3 days $1495 | 4 days $1995.  Full price: 2 days $1295 | 3 days $1795 | 4 days $2195. Residential package add $295 per night.   

Our Facilitators


All of the Elephant team are HR & employment law experts as well as being engaging facilitators. We promise we won’t lecture you!

Liz Tibbutt started her HR career after chucking in the towel (literally) on her 12 year career as a chef. After several years in Corporate HR at Air New Zealand, Liz moved to London where she focused on recruitment and HR project management. She also completed an MBA from Henley Management College. But the new millennium called Liz home and she spent the next 12 years as a contractor and consultant in a wide variety of industries and sectors in NZ and Australia.  She is passionate about digital technology, HR data, change management & research. Liz also runs insideHR – a website that brings together the latest HR news relevant to HR professionals in New Zealand. Liz joined Elephant in 2019.

Nikki Peck has over 20 years of generalist HR experience working in diverse sectors such as health, engineering, utilities, retail and not-for-profit.  Nikki has a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from The University of Auckland and joined Elephant in 2012 as an HR Consultant and facilitator. She always receives fantastic feedback from managers and HR people for making any workshop she runs interesting, entertaining and extremely useful - sharing practical real life examples and answering curly questions.



Ainsley Benefield spent much of her career working as an employment lawyer in Wellington, Dublin, and London including in-house at a global company going through a significant period of HR issues and transformation.  When returning to NZ, Ainsley worked as an HR consultant and founded HR consultancy Hive. This experience has meant Ainsley has worked with a variety of employers across most industries around the world. Her legal background paired with her HR experience means she has a pragmatic, people-focused approach to getting HR and people management issues right.  She is also a qualified mediator and specialist in independent reviews and investigations. Ainsley joined Elephant in 2019 as a facilitator.


Wendy Li is an experienced workplace practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in employment law and employment relations.  She has held leadership roles in both private practice and public sector organisations in the area of employment and industrial relations. Wendy has practiced employment law in New Zealand and Australia as well as undertaking work in the United States and France. She has led bargaining teams in a large employer organisation, in negotiations with multiple unions.


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Day 1: Fundamental processes


9am - 10.45am: The challenges of working in HR

In this session you’ll uncover what the different roles in HR are responsible for, the skills you will need as your start your HR career and grow into a more senior role, and different ways to build your skills. We will also discuss the different challenges you will face in an HR Administration - Coordinator - Advisor or Officer role, and how you can overcome these.

11.15 - 12.45pm: Recruitment and Resourcing

Next we will work through understanding how you can add value to your organisation in recruitment and resourcing. You’ll learn effective ways to job scope, source candidates, manage applicants, test for skills and coordinate multiple vacancies.

1.30pm - 2pm: Onboarding and Induction

The processes you can use to help onboard and induct new employees.

2pm - 3pm: HR Reporting and Metrics

Different HR reporting that you can run for your business and why it’s important to measure each metric. Where to start if your company doesn’t do metrics, through to how predictive analytics work.

3.20 - 5pm: Understanding and advising on HR Policies

Lastly we cover the issues that can occur with different HR policies, and what you need to look out for and understand. We also discuss how to advise managers on different policies.

Workshop Contents

Day 2: Driving Performance


9am - 10.45am: Performance Reviews, Remuneration and Learning and Development

In this session you’ll cover how several key HR areas fit together and what type of responsibilities you may have early in your HR career around performance reviews, salary review and bonus processes and development plans and training.

11.15 - 12.30pm: Diversity, Culture and PX

Next we will work through different ways you can be involved in growing diversity and inclusion in your business, building your culture and understanding the different factors that make your People Experience.

1.30pm - 3.15pm: Communications & HR Advice

In this session you’ll find learn the different communication styles in the workplace, how you can communicate effectively with others in your HR team and with your managers, and how to deal with difficult managers.

3.45pm - 4.45pm: Health, safety and wellbeing

Last but not least, we cover the key points of understanding the Health and Safety at Work Legislation, and what responsibilities you may have. We also discuss the HR challenges and some case studies of wellness and wellbeing programmes.

4.45 - 5pm: Your Action Plan

We now discuss actions you can take from Day 1 and 2 of the workshop.


Day 3: Essential Employment Law


The optional day covers not just 13 pieces of legislation but also the key points around restructuring and disciplinary procedures. You’ll cover:


During the workshop we’ll work through a number of case studies and real situations so that you can see what employers did correctly and where they went wrong. We also discuss how the legislation applies for HR people and how to deal with all the grey areas.

Day 4: PIPs, Disciplinary and Dismissals


If dealing with poor performance and disciplinary processes are part of your role, then this day focused on that. You will cover the following:

During the workshop we’ll work through a number of case studies, so that you will get experience investigating an issue, reviewing and rewriting disciplinary letters so they are legally correct, seeing different disciplinary meetings happen and analyse what the outcome should be, considering the factors for dismissal and watch a dismissal discussion happen.

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Venue and Dates


COVID-19 UPDATE: Our HR Fundamentals workshops have been postponed until November this year. You will be able to attend in either Wellington or Auckland.


Book to attend 2 days, 3 days or 4 days. Residential option is also available which includes meals and accommodation.


Early Bird (4 weeks before): 2 days $995 | 3 days $1495 | 4 days $1995.  Full price: 2 days $1295 | 3 days $1795 | 4 days $2195. Residential package add $295 per night.   

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What people have said about our training:


“For me the whole day was useful to embed my knowledge – it was an excellent course.”


“Learning about justifications re some of the case law – good to know why a decision was made, course was awesome thank you”


“A fantastic course overall. The fact that I came away with some essential knowledge relating to fixed terms contracts and trial periods (amongst everything else!) meant I could come into work and confidently make a few changes to our IEA's the next day.”


“The seminar was interactive and although professional, was still quite a relaxed environment. The Elephant team really know their stuff and are happy to answer every little niggling question I had during the breaks.”


“I enjoyed the real life examples of what could happen, the different ways people can react and strategies to work with that”.


“Great case studies. The presenters were willing to answer questions and give examples. They involved the group and kept everyone on course.”