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Managing Human Resources in Asia-Pacific, 2nd Edition by Pawan S. Budhwar, Arup Varma

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Human Resource Management in New Zealand

Ann Hutchison and Noelle Donnelly

Introduction

On the surface, the development of human resource management in New Zealand follows a similar path to that of other Anglo-American countries, especially those with shared colonial pasts. However, deeper examination reveals several distinguishing aspects. This chapter begins with an overview of HRM’s historical development within New Zealand. It then outlines the political, economic and cultural context within which HRM practices have emerged. Finally the chapter examines the current and future challenges facing HRM in New Zealand.

New Zealand is a small country situated far south in the Pacific Ocean. It comprises two islands, the ‘North Island’ (population ...

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