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CEO's Update 22/7/20

Kia ora koutou katoa members and supporters, For those of us who have been fortunate enough to spend time with Nippin Anand, he has given us much to consider. In this increasingly fast-paced world of work, it often feels like a luxury to take time out of our busy schedules to learn or reflect on our work practices. These past few weeks have enabled me to reflect on several areas of my professional practice, and I would like to share some of these thoughts with you. ...

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Introducing the Community of Safety Innovation

Re-thinking traditional work problems using innovation processes is the idea behind a new group set up to share ideas and build the country’s innovative capability. ...

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Phil Parkes, Honorary Member

NZISM is delighted that Phil Parkes, CEO of WorkSafe, has joined our community as an honorary member. NZISM is committed to leading the way for the health and safety profession and, through the development and support of our members, ensuring safer and healthier work outcomes. It's great to be sharing ideas and working in even closer alignment with our industry regulator. ...

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Introducing Robyn Bennett

We are delighted to introduce you to our presidential nominee, Robyn Bennett, who will become our new NZISM President after September's AGM. ...

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President's Update 7/7/2020

Kia ora koutou members and supporters of NZISM. Over the last 6 weeks or so the NZISM branch network has held its AGMs where we have had some long-standing branch managers step down from their role and new faces take the opportunity to be involved in a leadership role within our great organisation. As many of you will know, in September this year I too will be stepping down from the role of President, a role I have held for 4 years, and passing the role onto someone else. For those unable to attend these recent AGMs the following are some of my reflections about key developments of NZISM since 2016. I want to comment on three broad areas of our structure and systems, membership and stakeholders, and education. ...

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CEO's Update 24/6/20

Kia ora koutou members and supporters...The end of this month will complete the grace period for NZISM membership renewals. This means only those who have renewed for 2020 will be able to access the bank of resources we have accumulated and the upcoming online Masterclass Workshop Series with Nippin Anand. ...

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President's Update 10/6/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM.... Members will be aware that this week was supposed to have been Safeguard Conference week and aligned to that NZISM had been scheduled to host the annual INSHPO Workshop and Board meeting over the weekend just gone. Obviously, this face-to-face event didn’t occur, however COVID didn’t stop the INSHPO Board meeting over the weekend with four separate events spread over 3 days. I had the unenviable task of coordinating the agenda for these events and trying to ensure that attendees were not too badly affected by the multiple time zones that had to be considered. ...

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CEO's Update 27/5/20

Kia ora koutou katoa members and supporters... Last week marked the move to level 2 for New Zealand and with that a move back into workplaces for some, and for those of us with children, back to school, while we continue to work from home. I have read that to support our wellbeing we should practice gratitude regularly. While this can sometimes be a struggle, especially now for those who may have found themselves out of work, or those having difficulty adjusting to the changes we are experiencing, something I have been doing more recently is looking for silver linings wherever I can. ...

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President's Update 13/5/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. Over the last few weeks, I have had a few conversations with members that have been about how they can better create influence within their workplaces. Of course, you don’t have to look hard to find references to key skills that the Health and Safety Practitioner or Professional must hold to find the word influence, influencer or influential. From the INSHPO Framework which describes the WHS role as having the ability to “build a web of relationships and influence others to bring about change…” and being “influential with senior management” to Dekker, Provan and Rae’s definition of Social Safety Work including a reference to “influencing others to create understanding and enable participation”. ...

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Celebrating 2,000 members-strong

We would like to thank ALL our members for their confidence, engagement and ongoing support. This week NZISM saw its community of WHS professionals grow to beyond 2,000 members. Our 2,000th member was Angela Bell who, in recognition of this milestone, has been refunded her 2020-21 membership. Congratulations Angela - it's great to have you aboard! ...

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CEO's Update 29/4/20

Kia ora koutou members and supporters, As a result of the Government announcement last week, we have now moved into Level 3 restrictions. For many of you this will mean a return to your workplace, or supporting those who have returned to work this week. While your focus will quite rightly be on supporting your colleagues in this transition, our focus right now is on supporting you. ...

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Newsroom - Rod Oram / Greg Dearsly

Newsroom's Rod Oram talks to NZISM President, Greg Dearsly, about the likely challenges of getting New Zealand back to work.Read the full article ...

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President's Update 15/4/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. Like me, most of you no doubt have experienced over the last few weeks the immense availability of webinars, information and social media content on any number of subjects related to COVID-19. Information on the effects on mental health, stress, how to be more resilient, working from home, leadership, essential services and PPE supply has filled our inboxes and social accounts. We have become familiar with different terms and ways of being, such as pivot, social distancing, physical distancing, staying in your bubble, the 2-metre rule, lockdown, work from home and queuing at the supermarket. ...

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CEO's Update 31/3/20

Kia ora koutou katoa members and supporters. As I sit to write this newsletter I am in the same seat, in the same office I usually work from. We are all remote workers at NZISM, so not much has changed from that perspective for the team. However, in the background, the normal silence of my home is broken by the scream of children as they argue with their Dad about whether or not potato stix are a healthy lunch option. Doors slam and the dog continues to snore at my feet. ...

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President's Update 17/3/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. The last couple of weeks has seen a flurry of political and media activity around health and safety and it’s hard to know whether this attention is beneficial or not. Prior to the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act there was commentary about the lack of focus in mainstream media about health and safety. The only time we got to hear about it was when there was a disaster, I am not sure what’s changed. ...

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Notice to Accredited Members

As a professional member of NZISM you are required to undertake and record continuing professional development as part of your professional practice. You will notice that instead of the standard $60 fee to access the Skillsure MyCPD platform, you will be charged $30. ...

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CEO's Update 3/3/20

Kia ora koutou katoa members and supporters, I was lucky enough to attend the first summit in Wellington for Association and Not For Profit Leaders last week. It was 2 days focused on delivering value, enriching benefits and driving profile for our members. It was time well spent listening to CEOs/Directors/ Presidents of some of New Zealand’s leading associations. ...

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Could edenfx pay for your membership?

We have some terrific news from principal partners, edenfx. Starting 1st March, for every successful candidate placement* secured as a result of having seen their advert on the NZISM website, edenfx will offer client companies one of two opportunities to work in tighter collaboration with NZISM: ...

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President's Update 18/2/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM.Some of you might know I recently travelled to Thailand and participated in a charity cycle ride with the HANDS Group. The 28 people that were involved raised $180,000 as part of the event that contributed to orphaned children in Thailand. It turns out this wasn’t about a bike ride in a foreign land with a beautiful backdrop. It was much more - it was personal development on wheels. We are all continually learning and growing and this trip was a timely reminder of the power of leadership, commitment, curiosity and compassion. ...

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Message from the Chair of the Board

The headlines over the last month have been dominated by two local stories of tragedy - at Whakaari White Island and the devastating Australian bush fires. What these have in common is the issue of heroism. The helicopter pilots and skippers whose first thought was to turn around and head back to the island to rescue casualties and the firefighters - mostly volunteers who expose themselves daily to massive and volatile risks in order to try and hold the line and save life and property. ...

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INSHPO - GREG DEARSLY ELECTED VP

Members will be aware of NZISM's involvement in INSHPO, an organisation we have been members of since 2010. INSHPO is governed by a Board made up of representatives of all 13 member associations and within that Board is an Executive Committee comprising Vice President, President Elect, President and Immediate Past President. Every year the member associations vote on a new Vice President, as representatives of this committee go through a 4 year cycle of roles; each year the Immediate Past President drops off with the other representatives stepping into the next role. ...

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

I can’t believe it is that time of year already, I recall many years ago when December was a relatively slow month filled with Christmas lunches and client catch-ups before the summer holidays; working life has changed substantially and we now sprint through to the very end. This is the last of my updates for 2019 as the National office closes for 2 weeks between 23rd December and 6th January. ...

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UPDATE FROM THE NZISM PRESIDENT

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. It was a real pleasure this week to attend the first formal meeting of the new NZISM Senior Leadership Team. While we met recently via an online forum, this was our first face-to-face gathering and it was important for us to do this before the end of the year so the team can head into 2020 with a clear plan on how to develop the new roles into the future. ...

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