How we can help you

We were founded with a single mission to help employees who have experienced work place bullying take back control of their lives and get some form of justice.

Though we’ve grown since our founding, we’re still the same agency at heart. Rather than being the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff we are pro actively trying to change work place culture and legislation through our advocacy work and through work place training.

We are however actively involved in representing people who need help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It’s important to us that our clients feel fully informed and confident when working with us. That’s why we’ve made an extensive list of past clients’ questions along with answers from our experienced team. Browse through the information below and if you have a question that isn’t included here, feel free to reach out to us today.

Fees and Charges

Please take note of our client fees. The client fees will automatically take effect as of 1 November 2019, for clients new to the service.


  • Initial 30 minute consultation Free

  • Employer consultation $180 +GST/hour

  • Employee consultation $120 +GST/hour

  • Community Service Card holder $60 +GST/hour. (Please provide us with a copy of your card.) 

  • ERA Teleconference $180 +GST/hour

  • Authority investigation meetings $180 +GST/hour

  • Mediation $180 +GST/hour

  • We understand that some of our clients are under  financial stress as a result of bullying and are not able to commit to regular payments of fees. We can offer payment on settlement.

  • Counselling Fees. Vicki Turner will meet for a Free introduction/contracting session and discuss a treatment guide. Minimum recommended sessions are currently six, priced from $120 per hour session. Either ask us to engage Vicki on your behalf or phone Vicki on 03 3048442; email; private message lestequineretreat Facebook page.

Terms and Conditions


While we use our hourly charge out rates as a guide, our fees for client representation will be based on reasonable fee factors that will be agreed at each stage of the process. Disbursements will be charged in an additional administration fee.

Travel will be charged at the current rate prescribed by the IRD per kilometre in addition to our usual hourly rates.

The administration fee will be an amount that we consider proportionate to the extent of administration services provided in respect of that invoice to cover administration costs such as telephone calls, general photocopying, and file administration.

Responsibility for Service

Maryline Suchley will have overall responsibility for the services provided to you. However, our other staff will work in support and may be in contact with you from time to time in order to progress your matter.

When you engage CultureSafe Christchurch a letter of engagement, client registration and authorisation to represent you will be emailed to you. These are also provided on the website

How do I know if CultureSafe Christchurch is right for me?

We are unique in its ability to address workplace bullying due to its thorough appreciation of these basic principles that:

  • Employers have an obligation to provide a safe working environment as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

  • Workplace bullying is characterised as a serious hazard under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

  • In order to determine that the bullying threshold has been reached, the accumulative impact of repeated bullying behaviours over a period of time must be considered

  • All evidence relating to the bullying experienced by a victim must be reviewed

  • Semantic legal arguments should not be accepted in defense of an Employer who has not complied with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and these employers should be held to account

  • It is immoral to avoid Health and Safety obligations and illegitimate to evade them

How can CultureSafe Christchurch help me?

Our main goal is to help you through the situation you are in, at what ever stage you are at. We help the whole person because bullying is not just about being compensated, it is about making the perpetrators of bullying accountable, seeking some justice and being able to heal and move on to a better place.

What can I expect from from my advocate

A free consultation in Christchurch for your first meeting. If you live outside of the Christchurch area we can still help and can make arrangements to meet or talk by telephone. 

A commitment to helping you to access help and support.

What is Mediation

Mediation is where an independent person called a mediator helps an employee and an employer resolve an employment relationship problem in a semi-formal and confidential environment.

Mediation is voluntary. However, participation in mediation can be seen as part of the good-faith duties of an employment relationship. If you choose not to take part, the other party might be able to take their complaint to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) which can require you to attend mediation.

What is the Employment Relations Authority?

If you have a problem at work that you haven’t been able to resolve by talking to the other person or by using mediation, you can ask ERA to resolve the issue by making a binding decision.

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) is an independent organisation that sits below the Employment Court.

The ERA helps to resolve employment relationship problems by looking into the facts and making a decision based on the merits of the case, not on technicalities.

What is Bullying?

Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or group of workers. It can lead to physical or psychological harm. There are different types of bullying and types of bullying behaviours. Bullying can be physical, verbal or relational/social (eg excluding someone from a peer group, spreading rumours). Common bullying behaviours fit into two main categories,
attacks that are direct and personal or indirect and task-related.

Need more information?

Contact us either by email or phone

Still have questions? Reach out and a member of our team will get back to you ASAP.


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