Latest News

Read our latest news and updates below

Annual report 2020

We invite you to take the time to explore the digital version of our 2020 Annual Report 2019-20. You can navigate your way around the document using the encircled buttons on the right hand side of the pages and also from the subheadings on the Contents page. ...

Read More

CEO Update 16/9/20

Kia ora koutou katoa members and supporters, Thank you to all those that attended our virtual AGM last Thursday. When I think about the very first AGM I attended, I had been in the role just under a month. We headed to New Plymouth for the National Executive Committee meeting and had the AGM combined that afternoon. I believe we had a handful of members attempting to watch online but the video and sound quality were nothing like what we now experience using Zoom virtual meeting software. I'm keen to hear from you about your experience with this year's online AGM because delivering these online means more members get to participate in the formal procedures and I believe it makes sense to continue this approach moving forward. ...

Read More

President's Update 2/9/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. All good things come to an end. As I write this I am in the last few days of my term as President of NZISM with Robyn Bennett stepping into the role at this year’s AGM on the 9th September. I wish her every success and I am looking forward to following the development of the organisation with Robyn as President. With NZISM still in the early stages of its new management structure, there are many opportunities for growth and I am keen to follow how we, through you our members, contribute to the improvement of New Zealand’s performance in health and safety at work. ...

Read More

CEO's Update 19/8/20

Kia ora koutou katoa members and supporters. ...

Read More

President's Update 5/8/20

Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM. What an absolutely enlightening five weeks it has been listening to Nippin Anand and his commentary on becoming a Learning Organisation. I have spoken to a number of attendees who were mesmerised by Nippin’s storytelling ability and there has been a huge number of comments across social media about the benefits people got from attending this event. Here are my own personal 'takeaways'... ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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”. ...

Read More

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! ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More

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: ...

Read More

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. ...

Read More