By NZISM Secretary


Kia ora koutou members and supporters,

We held the NZISM Annual General Meeting in Christchurch last Thursday where the special resolution to amend the current Constitution was proposed. The Constitutional amendments were focused on streamlining our processes, changing the current Advisory Board to a Governance Board and encompassing all the responsibility that comes with a formal governance model. It also proposed a change in the organisational structure removing the national responsibilities of Branch Managers and providing a new Senior Leadership Team with over arching management accountability. This special resolution was passed with a unanimous vote which was a fantastic result.

I would like to extend my appreciation to all those members who provided feedback on the amendments and who participated in meetings guiding us to develop a new Constitution that is fit for purpose and will enable NZISM to move into a phase of growth and development, solidifying our leadership role in the health and safety ecosystem of New Zealand.

This also means we are now seeking applicants for our Senior Leadership Team. The Branch Manager Network will be appointing two of their representatives to sit on the Senior Leadership Team over the next few weeks, ensuring the local branch network are well represented. There are also three new roles which we are seeking applications for, these are:

Government Stakeholder Lead

Tertiary Education Lead

Risk and Assurance Manager

We are advertising these positions in this newsletter, so read on for more information, they are also included in the jobs section of our website: https://www.nzism.org/jobs/. If you would like to be part the strategic development and growth of NZISM, have a passion for the profession and would like to contribute to our success and role as a leading voice of the profession, then please submit your CV and a covering letter to ceo@nzism.org. Applications for these roles will be open till Tuesday 17th September 2019.

This week we are also launching the NZISM national database, which is a voluntary self-managed tool for our members to showcase their areas of expertise and knowledge. This database is open to all members who wish to be available either to national office or the wider membership, as a contact with knowledge and experience/expertise in particular fields.

We regularly get asked by members whether there are people available with specific subject matter knowledge to be a source of guidance or soundboard and we hope this database can be used as a tool to bring members together. We also want to promote the Peer Support Network who suggested this database and are a group of members who can provide advice and guidance on a range of issues that our members may need support with, so don’t forget to check out the Peer Support network page here: https://www.nzism.org/peer-support-network/.

The information you provide on the database will also be used by NZISM to identify potential volunteers for industry working groups, or when we want to source information on topics for projects or to develop content, so we need you to only select competencies where you are experienced and knowledgeable. This is an internal database only, accessible by members and NZISM staff, who are logged into the website, it is not public facing, unlike the HASANZ register. We will continue to look for ways to connect our members, promote their skills and share our knowledge across the national network.

Last but not least, we would also like to share with you the 2018/2019 annual report. This is now publicly available on our website and you can see what everyone across the country has been up to here:https://www.nzism.org/promo/annual-report-2019/ . Thank you to all those who contributed to the design and development of this report. I hope you will agree that it’s a fabulous tool to promote our organisation and the many initiatives we are running across New Zealand. We are taking great strides towards the leading the way for the health and safety profession and I look forward to sharing this journey with you all.

Take care out there and have a safe week,


*Photo caption: Ravi Kolluru signing the Constitution