Members of the NZDF (military and civilian) are actively encouraged by the NZDF to directly seek out an Anti-Harassment Adviser (AHA) if they have experienced any act of harassment or discrimination in the workplace.
How an AHA can help you
my role is to provide information to
support people in resolving issues
around harassment discrimination or
bullying so that involves listening
it involves working with the person
supporting them come up for decision
making sure they feel comfortable with
and then following up with them later on
to make sure that we've got a resolution
out of it
uh generally someone will come to see us
about an issue of harassment
discrimination or bullying
it might be like a single incident or it
might be a series of incidents that have
been happening over time
but generally it's going to be unwanted
or mental behaviour that that's really
causing them grief
so they generally want to come and see
us to discuss that
one of the things also is that they
often don't know is it harassment is it
discrimination is it bullying and i
think that's one of the great things for
ahas we can talk through that and
actually understand what's actually
going on in that situation
so our aha network is set up to help all
defence personnel so that can be from
very senior ranks it could be to new
recruits and it can be for both military
and civilian personnel so it's really
anyone within the defense farnow
okay so there are over 350 ahas spread
out across defence um and we're made up
of a huge range of people from senior
military officers to
civilians who've only been in for a few
years so there's a huge range of people
across all three services in joint
forces and headquarters
so there's people throughout the
at different levels that you can contact
yes so ahas will remain confidential and
keep confidentiality as much as possible
and support the person's wishes
if there is a significant safety issue
under our policy
we need to take that to command or to a
but we would make sure the person
involved would be aware of what we're
going to do at all times in that process
i've been in aha for over 20 years and
i've seen a lot of people try to manage
harassment discrimination or bullying
issues on their own
and i think it's a really difficult path
so i do think it's a really great option
to be able to contact an aha if you have
some real issues or concerns
and just have someone to talk to
and go through that process with them
What is an Anti-Harassment adviser?
What is an Anti-Harassment adviser?
Anti-Harassment advisers provide a support channel for all members of the NZDF to seek confidential guidance and support when needed, without having to go through the member’s commander/manager. They play an important role in providing support to member’s of the NZDF to feel confident about seeking help and advise on options available to them.
AHA's are current NZDF members who volunteer to be an AHA. They receive training and attend regular refresher courses to ensure that they are well informed on how to deal with harassment problems.
Who do AHA’s help?
Any staff member of the NZDF – Regular Force, Reserve Force and civilian staff.
How do AHA’s help?
AHA's provide an independent and non-threatening avenue to seek help and support. An AHA will not judge you or your situation and will ensure that matters are handled with total confidentiality.
How do I contact an AHA?
If you are being harassed in the workplace you can contact an AHA directly for confidential support. You can find a list of AHA’s on the Defence ILP site, the HR Toolkit or at your local Defence Community Facilitator.
Is it confidential?
Your AHA will complete an NZDF Harassment and Discrimination Report form for each person seen in relation to each harassment or discrimination issue. This is then submitted directly to a confidential email address accessed by a limited number of HR staff.