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Webinar: Whakaari - Expert Witness Insights and Lessons Learned

29/05/2024 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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Whakaari: Expert witness insights and lessons learned

A number of senior NZISM members/supporters were closely involved in the legal proceedings that resulted from the tragic Whakaari eruption that killed 22 people and injured a further 25, in December 2019. Our first "Whakaari Insight" webinar draws on the experiences of two senior health and safety defence lawyers.

In this, our second "Whakaari Insight" webinar, we are delighted to be joined by Dr Chris Peace, lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. Chris was called by WorkSafe asn expert witness in the Whakaari prosecutions. In this webinar, Chris will give considered insights into the failings that caused the death of 22 souls and the physical and mental health harm suffered by survivors and their whānau. They will be lessons for us all to take away.


Chris Peace started his OSH career in the UK where he worked in a regulatory role, enforcing health and safety legislation. After immigrating to New Zealand he moved into risk management and worked in various roles before joining the Natural Gas Corporation as Corporate Risk Manager and ultimately moving on to establish Risk Management Ltd, an evidence-based risk management consultancy. More recently, Chris has been sharing his wealth of information through teaching. He has lectured at Massey University (Auckland) and is currently at Victoria University (Wellington), teaching papers on management and assessment of risk in the Master's programme.

Chris has an MSc in Risk Management and Safety Technology. For his PhD he wrote a research paper on "The effectiveness of risk assessments". He is a Certified Fellow of NZISM, a Chartered Fellow of IOSH, and firm believer that effective risk management drives organisational improvement and is an integral responsibility for all managers.