By NZISM Secretary


Kia ora koutou to all members and supporters of NZISM.

Wow, what a fabulous fortnight we have had with Todd Conklin. In excess of 300 NZISM members got to hear from Dr Conklin as he regaled us with stories of his experiences in human and organisational performance. Nothing beats listening to an experienced professional who is able to capture the attention of an audience, and what I saw was groups of people mesmerized by his words, Todd certainly was a master at communicating his message. One of the benefits of holding this voluntary role is the opportunity to spend time with such an engaging and experienced personality who has so much to offer the wider health and safety community worldwide.

It was great to catch up with members in Tauranga, Wellington and Auckland during the road show, unfortunately I couldn’t make it to Napier, Christchurch or New Plymouth but I know all locations thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The feedback and thanks we received both personally at the events and the commentary that has been on social media during the last couple of weeks really shows that this event was very well received and beneficial to those who attended. I know Todd was chuffed to know that members were excited to have been “Todd Conklinized”, which I think should now be a technical term.

A huge thank you to the members of the CPD Committee who put this event together and to those who assisted us in the regions to make this event a success. Every location went ahead without any major issues, even the weather managed to play ball meaning there were no missed flights due to fog, snow or storms.

Our attention now turns to the NZISM Annual AGM in Christchurch on the 8th August, you’ll be aware that we will be asking for your support for the changes to the rules, the details of which have been shared with you.

The changes we are proposing will enable the organisation to take the next step in creating an even more robust structure that will help to cement our focus on the things that really matter, including the development of individual members knowledge and skills, raising the competency and capability of the health and safety profession in New Zealand and having a positive impact on New Zealand’s workplace health and safety performance.

Of course, the other significant project on the go at present is the consultation process that has begun for the development of the next tranche of regulatory reform for the proposed Health and Safety at Work (Plant & Structures) Regulations. I encourage NZISM members to engage with this process whether it be through attending the regional road shows being coordinated by MBIE, giving feedback at your local NZISM branch meeting where the submission questions will be discussed with feedback contributing to an NZISM submission or providing your own submission on the proposed regulation.

Ngā mihi mahana

Greg Dearsly


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