The programme is subject to change.  Last updated 30-07-2021

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Registration open
Oceania Exhibition Hall, Te Papa

5.30pm - 7.30pmPowhiri and welcome function 
sponsored by PwC
Banquet Hall, Parliament 

8.00am Registration open/arrival tea & coffee
Oceania Exhibition Hall, Te Papa

9.00am Conference opening
MC Peter Biggs
Amokura Gallery, Te Papa


Keynote 1 - How WorkSafe is growing "how to"
Phil Parkes, Chief Executive, WorkSafe (NZ)
Amokura Gallery

10.05amKeynote 2 - The three secrets of resilient people   
Dr Lucy Hone, Adjunct Senior Professor at the University of Canterbury and Co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience (NZ)
Amokura Gallery

10.50am Morning tea
Oceania Exhibition Hall
11.20amConcurrent session 1  

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Session 1A: Amokura

Kaitiakitanga ­– protecting our people, environment, and culture in an iwi lead organisation
Katrina Berry, Ngāi Tahu Holdings

Growing how to

Session 1B: Rangimarie 1
Applying Prevention through Design (PtD) principles in the workplace
Ian Laird, Massey University


Session 1C: Rangimarie 2 + 3
Why stop here? Empowering women to advance their HSE career to the senior leadership team and the board table
Jo Pugh, WorkSafe New Zealand

11.50am  Move between sessions                                                                                            
12.00pm  Concurrent session 2 

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Session 2A: Amokura
Improving conditions for health and wellbeing in small and medium-sized enterprises in Aotearoa New Zealand
David Tappin, Massey University

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Session 2B: Rangimarie 1
Learning from tragedy – a story of culture change and vulnerability
Wendi Croft, Fletcher Building


Session 2C: Rangimarie 2 + 3
Health and safety - the ideal “trojan horse” for productivity improvements on construction sites
Juergen Link, Fonterra

12.30pm  Lunch
Oceania Exhibition Hall
1.30pmPlenary interactive session
Amokura Gallery
2.15pm  Move between sessions                                                                                            
2.25pm  Concurrent session 3 

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Session 3A: Amokura
A culture of health is more than fruit bowls and hearing tests
Carolyn Haybittle, Workplace Health Consultancy Plus

Growing how to

Session 3B: Rangimarie 1
Critical Control Management application in Napier Port’s operations –  a case study of worker engagement to manage critical health and safety risks
Margaret Van Schaik, Van Schaik Health and Safety Solutions and Andrew Morton, Port of Napier


Session 3 C: Rangimarie 2 + 3
Injury prevention initiatives
Virginia Burton-Konia, ACC

2.55pm  Move between sessions                                                                                            
3.05pm  Concurrent session 4 

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Session 4A: Amokura
Investigations by the regulator
Olivia Lund, Duncan Cotterill

Growing how to

Session 4B: Rangimarie 1
Road to Zero and the safe system approach - reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads
Fabian Marsh, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency 


Session 4C: Rangimarie 2+3
Psychological safety and leadership in the workplace
Sanna Malinen, University of Canterbury, Institute of Organisational Psychology 

3.35pm  Afternoon tea
Oceania Exhibition Hall
4.50pm  Wrap-up day 1
Amokura Gallery
7.00pm  - lateConference dinner & dance
sponsored by Duncan Cotterill 

Te Wharewaka o Poneke, 2 Taranaki Street


Registration open/arrival tea & coffee
Oceania Exhibition Hall

9.00amKeynote 4 - Health and safety on the ice
Sarah Williamson, Chief Executive, Antarctica New Zealand (NZ)
Amokura Gallery

9.50amKeynote 5 - Safety through learning – Safety II in practice via zoom

Ron Gantt, Director of Innovation & Operations, Reflect Consulting Group (USA)
Amokura Gallery

10.40amMorning tea
Oceania Exhibition Hall

11.10am  Concurrent session 5 

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Session 5A: Amokura
The revised approach to Health and Safety By Design (HSBD) applied to the City Rail Link Project
Russell McMullan, City Rail Link Project

Growing how to

Session 5B: Rangimarie 1
Building the professional capability of your safety influencers
Felicity Champion, Fonterra and  Warren Mara, Sysdoc


Session 5C: Rangimarie 2 + 3
Keeping staff well, safe and productive – how to support people to stay at work and return to work
Pam Mitchell, Waitemata DHB and Natalie Hibbert, Davis Trading

11.40am  Move between sessions
11.50am  Concurrent session 6 

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Session 6A: Amokura
Identifying and managing fatigue in New Zealand workplaces
Leigh Signal, Massey University

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Session 6B: Rangimarie
Using human factors and ergonomics to assess musculoskeletal injury risk – a case study in rail
Sue Alexander, Alexander Ergonomics


Session 6C: Rangimarie 2 + 3
Creating safer outcomes with immersive virtual reality learning
James Coddington, Skills VR

12.30pm  Lunch

Panel discussion – Managing mental health and wellbeing at work
Panel members: Francois Barton, Executive Director of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum (Chair); Jess van Slooten, Health & Safety Manager TransDev and John Eatwell, Chair of the Institute of Organisational Psychology

How do you create a work environment to help people thrive? This topical session will draw on the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum’s “Framework for Managing Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work” and share leaders’ experience and learnings. Join the discussion!

2.20pm  Energiser
2.30pm  Keynote 6 - COVID-19 communications: Making health and safety messages stick
Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, Science communicator and microbiologist, the University of Auckland  (NZ)
Amokura Gallery
3.20pm  We are HASANZ
3.45pm  Conference close