By NZISM Secretary


Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM.

As most of you will know we are only a few short months away from hosting Todd Conklin in New Zealand for a Roadshow, where he will present at six locations around the country. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Todd on his Podcast “Pre-Accident Investigation”. We discussed NZISM and its objectives around building capability in the sector, we talked about what’s happening around health and safety in New Zealand both from a performance perspective and what we are thinking of or should be thinking of into the future and finally Todd gave an overview of the roadshow content.

If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket (s) or you want to hear more from Todd about his trip, go to the Pre-Accident Investigation Podcast and keep an eye out for our discussion. There are still a few weeks to go before the early bird prices are no longer available so get in quick to secure the lower price.

We are now at the start of the 2019 Branch AGM season, members of the OpCo including Selena, Mike Cosman, Ravi Kolluru, Sarita McLean and myself are travelling the country to attend as many of these AGMs as possible, our key message will be to communicate what we are proposing as the updated rules for the organisation to enable us to move forward with the development of the Leadership and Management structures which were presented to the membership during 2018 round of AGM’s. There are some exciting developments in these rules which really gives members the opportunity to have more of a say on how the organisation is run. There has been a huge amount of work going on in the background to get this project further developed and the team is keen to share with you the outcomes of this work. I therefore encourage you to support your local branch by attending the AGMs.

Of course, in late May the annual Safeguard Conference “Dare to Disrupt”, and the New Zealand Health and Safety Awards rolls around again for 2019. NZISM again will be hosting our members networking event prior to the awards dinner, with David Clarke, the CEO of the Safety Institute of Australia joining us as a guest. The conference is looking great from a content perspective and along with the workshop on the 30th May this again promises to be a must attend occasion.

You will have seen that NZISM and the Women in Safety Excellence group have joined together and are running an event on Monday 27th May, the evening before the Safeguard conference. With three great speakers and a facilitated discussion on the subject of emotional intelligence this is a fabulous opportunity to support this long running home grown group by joining this free event.

NZISM will be attending the upcoming NZ Safety Show 23rd to 25th June at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland, come along and say hi at our stand, bring a friend or colleague who may be interested in joining the organisation, last year’s event was great with significant interest in new membership.

Last week NZISM kicked off with the first of its training sessions for Mentors. A number of people have joined the mentoring ranks and our commitment was to provide mentees with mentors who have been provided with guidance around the process. For NZISM members mentoring is “a learning partnership between an experienced professional person (mentor) and a member (mentee) for the purposes of sharing knowledge and information. Mentoring provides all persons with the opportunity for and access to, professional growth and development”

A key component of the mentoring process is “support”, (Tautoko). Waiho i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa, which means, Let us keep close together, not far apart. For those involved in the mentoring programme I hope the support you receive together provides a road map for you to live harmoniously with others.

Nga mihi nui

Greg Dearsly

If you wish to contact me, please do so by email at president@nzism.org