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posted on: Jun 23, 2017 | author: Matt MacKenzie

Paige Kaye – Wellington Branch Student Ambassador

Paige Kaye  – Wellington Branch Student Ambassador

My busy and engaging year being a student ambassador for HRINZ has sped by. In this time I have had the freedom to hold events I thought would benefit HR students, been introduced to people who have contributed so much to the HR industry, and had the chance to be a part of a wider discussion of the future of HR. I have been lucky enough to have the full support of last year’s student ambassador, Harriet Riley, during my ambassadorship. This enabled me to pilot the mentoring programme I envisioned at the start of the year, which I could not have done without the support of both Harriet and our event speaker, Tina Nation. I hope that the work we put in, in 2016, will be built on in 2017 by the new ambassador, as I feel the programme has real potential to add value to the student membership. I do wish I had had more time in 2016 to dedicate to the ambassadorship as there is so much more than I wanted to achieve. I look forward to seeing how the next ambassador makes the position their own, but not before I hold one last bittersweet event to introduce 2017’s HR students to HRINZ. I have been particularly fortunate in that my first job in HR can be credited to my ambassadorship. I was lucky enough to be approached at a HRINZ event to interview for an internship with local recruitment company, Forté Recruitment. This was last May, and now in January 2017 I am saying a heartfelt goodbye to my colleagues as I move into a new organisation for my next role as a graduate. After completing a major in HR I’m often confronted with the question of ‘what does the future of HR look like?”....

posted on: Mar 31, 2017 | author: Matt MacKenzie

Simon White – Wild South Student Ambassador

Simon White – Wild South Student Ambassador

Applying to be the University of Otago Student Ambassador was probably one of the best decisions I could have made at university. As a young professional in the HR world it can be quite hard to graduate with a job, and I believe being a student ambassador has helped me pave my way into a HR career. The three greatest highlights for me this year as student ambassador would be, attending the 2016 HRINZ NZ HR Conference & Expo, networking with HR practitioners in Dunedin and attending committee meetings to determine the future direction of the Wild South Branch. I am currently working as an Operations Intern at BDO Gisborne. Having the experience of attending the NZ HR Conference and networking with practitioners has increased my confidence and maturity. In the HR world, compliance, meticulousness and work-ethic are a must. By being exposed to the inner-workings of the HR world pre-employment, I felt as If I had an understanding of the expectations people had for interns working in the HR space. As a result I have often met, and exceeded my manager’s expectations, something of which I believe is very important as a young professional. The future of HR is something that I find very interesting, and my opinion of this is quite polarized. On one side of the coin we have automation threating labour intensive jobs. Yet, on the other side of the coin we are experiencing changes in workplace culture that allows employers to be more flexible and a slow deterioration of corporate culture, increasing employee well-being is now a focus of employers. To me these seem like opposing features of the future of HR. One thing can be for certain in HR, and that is that focusing on people and promoting internal learning and development will...

posted on: Feb 20, 2017 | author: Matt MacKenzie

My Student Ambassador Year in review: Danielle Hunt (Auckland)

My Student Ambassador Year in review: Danielle Hunt (Auckland)

Danielle Hunt – Auckland Branch Student Ambassador   HRINZ is an excellent company that I was fortunate enough to be the ambassador of, for the Auckland Branch, representing Massey University in 2016. HRINZ is an organisation that represents 3000+ people with HR interests, and represents 45% of the HR population in New Zealand. When finishing my first year of University, I realised that I would have to start gaining some further knowledge outside of the classroom and really start gaining some experience, which the HRINZ ambassador programme helped me achieve. Due to the massive role they play in HR throughout New Zealand, I found this experience challenging, yet very rewarding. My main role was to promote HRINZ throughout Massey University whilst networking and attending meetings and conferences. It helped me tremendously with people skills, public speaking, creativity, and opened up the door to connect with others and hear how others have gained their experience in HR since University. Examples of these developing skills being practiced through the ambassador programme are the public speaking to lectures that took place, and it was very exciting seeing how many people were interested in HR throughout my University, with numerous people emailing me after lectures wanting to further look into HRINZ and the ambassador programme. This challenged my public speaking skills, but was an amazing experience to be able to know I achieved what I did! The regular branch committee meetings and the HRINZ NZ HR Conference and Expo, give the ambassadors the opportunity to connect with people they wouldn’t have if they did not engage in this amazing programme. Overall, it was very rewarding and helped me put the skills I am learning in University into practice giving me a taste of what HR is like in the real world. I believe...

posted on: Feb 1, 2017 | author: Matt MacKenzie

YWCA Equal Pay Awards sanctions 20 fair employers

posted on: Nov 15, 2016 | author: Matt MacKenzie

Trying to Motivate Your Employees? Play Outdoors!

Trying to Motivate Your Employees? Play Outdoors!

The job of a manager is a really complex one because it requires wide knowledge and skills from different areas. When it comes to employees, the most important aspect to be acknowledged by managers is that they are an important asset for the company. Making sure you attract the best ones for your team and keep them on board are among most common concerns encountered in management. How do you manage to motivate your employees? Some say that outdoor activities are the best option when you want to use relaxing methods to keep them together and willing to collaborate for the proper evolution of your company. Let’s see why and how you should do this.  Play Outdoors for Proven Motivation Results Getting out of the office from time to time is a good option for managers both with the purpose of achieving personal relaxation and for motivating the employees. You can organize all sorts of indoor activities at work every day but when you want something special with better results, the outdoor environment is the perfect option. Why is that? Because you can organize many more activities out of the office rather than indoors and everyone will feel more relaxed and willing to communicate and share far away from the workplace. Especially when it is hot outside and all your employees could think of is getting out that door. Why not make their dream possible yet offer yourself the chance to motivate them for better performance afterwards? Take It One Step Further Engaging employees in your business plans is much easier in a relaxed atmosphere because they will feel appreciated and comfortable enough to take one step further in your collaboration by making important decisions. A short coffee shop trip with your employees can be a good option when...

posted on: Sep 26, 2016 | author: Matt MacKenzie

Leaders Who Listen

Leaders Who Listen

Here at HRINZ, we’re very fortunate to have a Chief Executive who is happy to listen, motivate, encourage and drive the success of the organisation through his own actions.  The good people at AskYourTeam thought the same and wanted to showcase what a leader should be doing and what it takes to work at HRINZ.   The final outcome has been put together in a video that you can view here   Leaders Who Listen is a fantastic project that highlights what it takes to be a successful leader in the modern business and Chris finds himself in fantastic company with such leaders as Steve Tew from NZR, Celia Wade Brown – Wellington Mayor, Jo Cribb – CEO of Ministry for Women.   So take a few minutes to listen to what Chris and some of the other inspirational leaders have to...

posted on: Sep 21, 2016 | author: Matt MacKenzie

Practical HR Experience Opportunity – Student Incubator Project: Penny Thompson

Practical HR Experience Opportunity – Student Incubator Project: Penny Thompson

As I neared the end of my HR degree I realised that I needed practical HR experience to complement my studies and separate me from the other university graduates.  The Student Incubator Project provides this experience. The aim of the Project is to give students the opportunity to learn how to gain useful HR data, how to analyse the data, and then use the data to generate recommendations that can improve the HR operations within the studied organisation. The “Incubator” day is a valuable experience offered through this project.  Following the data collection stage (which involves going into an organisation and interviewing workers) an HR professional spends a day mentoring a small group of students to help them analyse their findings and develop meaningful recommendations.  It is a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and learn from those well known in, and up-to-date with, the HR industry. I had an extremely successful experience completing this project.  I analysed the HR operations at the Porirua Budget Service.  During the project I met and interviewed a lovely group of staff and received guidance above and beyond what I was expecting from my mentor, Tania.  At the end of the project I was invited back to the Porirua Budget Service to implement my recommendations, gained a professional reference to add to my CV, and had a practical HR experience to talk about during my interviews when I began applying for jobs to start my HR career.  I highly recommend participating in this project.  You build a great HR network and gain valuable experience to help begin a career in...

posted on: Apr 20, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Harriet Riley

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Harriet Riley

In this post Harriet Riley looks back on her time as a HRINZ Student Ambassador for Victoria University. Begin As a final year HR student I saw that how I would begin my career in Human Resources would largely depend on how I spent my last year at university. I knew that I would have to challenge myself outside of the classroom and work really hard in order to compete for those sought after graduate roles. Becoming a Student Ambassador presented me with new challenges and competencies and I am very grateful to HRINZ for providing me with such an opportunity. Up-skill A core part of the role of a Student Ambassador is to promote HRINZ and their events to HR students in lectures and tutorials. Public speaking is an area that I am still developing in and it was great to have the opportunity to practice this skill over the year (albeit nervously!). Another aspect of the role is organising events that students can participate in and benefit from. I am particularly proud of the student job search events that I organised alongside Laura Feathertone the other Wellington ambassador. We organised two experienced HR/recruiters, Richard Westney and Julie Barron, to come and share their knowledge to students who would be looking for their first job at the end of the year. The night was a huge success as Richard and Julie provided invaluable industry knowledge and jobseekers tips. It was so rewarding at the end of the evening to see students thanking Richard and Julie for their time and know that organising this event had been really beneficial for them. Connect As a Student Ambassador you are part of your local branch committee which meets regularly and gives you the chance to meet and work with the experienced...

posted on: Feb 12, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Ayla Tranter

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Ayla Tranter

In this post Ayla Tranter looks back on her time as the HRINZ Student Ambassador for the University of Canterbury. I am truly grateful for the opportunities and experience that HRINZ offered me as the 2015 Canterbury Student Ambassador. I had the privilege of belonging to a dynamic committee that thrived under great leadership and was incredibly supportive. Throughout the year I was able to network with HR professionals from various disciplines, attend HRINZ events that broadened my thinking and develop the necessary skills that were involved in the leadership of HRINZ events. Participating in these activities developed my knowledge and skills within HR as well as my personal and professional skills. I enjoyed being a part of an association that promoted the involvement, competence and professional development of HR students. In my appointment as a student ambassador an aspect I found particularly rewarding was the support I was able to offer my fellow students who were in a similar situation in their journey of transitioning into HR workforce. I am incredibly proud of my achievements as the Canterbury HRINZ Student Ambassador and grateful for the support and assistance of Emma Hanson – HRINZ Canterbury Branch Committee Tertiary Liaison, and the 2013 Student Ambassador, throughout the year. I delivered a number of presentations to students in lectures promoting HRINZ membership and various HRINZ events. Student events were also advertised through emails and the HRINZ student Facebook pages. Emma and I conducted a survey to determine what topics HR students were interested in. The results of the survey led us to organise a student based law event in association with the University of Canterbury. Employment Law Specialist, Sarah Townsend was kind enough to be a guest speaker at this event. Her presentation and case studies regarding essential employment law were...

posted on: Feb 10, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Laura Featherstone

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Laura Featherstone

In this post Laura Featherstone looks back on her time as a 2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador at Victoria University. I could not have asked for a better experience as a HRINZ Student Ambassador. This opportunity opened up doors to meet people in the HR industry and helped me learn more about the profession, outside of what we hear in lectures. The opportunity to do these two things interested me the most when deciding to apply for the Student Ambassador position, especially because it was my last year at university and the next year I was hoping to be working in the profession. I’m excited to continue working in HR. I love the challenges I face everyday and applying my knowledge from university to the workplace. I also learn a lot more that isn’t taught in the classroom. Before I got my first position, I really appreciated the words of wisdom from everyone I met as Student Ambassador and I hope to be able to pass this on to others who are new to the workforce in the future. The Student Ambassadorship offered me unique challenges that I had never faced before. While planning some of the events for HRINZ, I gained valuable organisation and leadership skills. Harriet, the other student ambassador from Victoria University, and myself had to organise speakers for our event, rooms and catering, be the MCs and promote the event to students at Victoria University. These leadership and organisation skills will be invaluable in the future and I wrote about these skills on my CV. Being the HRINZ Student Ambassador was instrumental to gaining my first position in HR. I can’t wait to see what the future of HR is going to look like. The 2015 HRINZ NZ HR Conference opened up with an interesting speaker who...

posted on: Feb 5, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 Student Ambassador Reflections: Leah Barker

2015 Student Ambassador Reflections: Leah Barker

In this post Leah Barker, looks back on her time as the 2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador for Massey University (Manawatu). This student ambassador role must be one of the best opportunities available for students with aspirations to enter the HR workforce. It takes students out of lectures and involves them with professionals who can teach and provide advice for the student’s own career path. The networking opportunities help increase the awareness of the student and can provide further opportunities, particularly with emphasis on a common phrase used in HR, “it’s about who knows you, not who you know”. I also learnt a lot more truths about the industry and received a more realistic view about the pros and cons that may come with a related job from shared stories at HR Connect events. Having this experience helps set expectations about what is to come, combined with information on how to conquer challenges. The student ambassador role also teaches a broader range of skills. I dabbled in event management and public speaking which helped me recognise the level of organisational skills required, something I am continually working on! Networking has also been a hugely valuable skill I have learnt within this role, from meeting the other student ambassadors to making connections with the experts at the NZ HR Conference and Expo. My advice for the next student ambassador would definitely emphasise the need to converse with student groups to encourage membership and create awareness of events. Although I did this on a few occasions, my slight fear of public speaking particularly meant I avoided this activity; this therefore limited the likelihood of increasing membership. But this is a skill I am eager to improve! This opportunity has for sure developed a foundation of experience and knowledge to begin my career. This role...

posted on: Feb 3, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Makarita Ngapine Tangitu-Joseph

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Makarita Ngapine Tangitu-Joseph

In this post Makarita Ngapine Tangitu-Joseph looks back on her time as the 2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador for the University of Waikato. What did you get out of being a HRINZ Student Ambassador? I was able to meet and network with people which has enhanced my knowledge and taught me about the many roles and functions HR has to play within an organisation. I also learnt new information that will help me in my career and it has also given me ideas of what I can research for my Masters Thesis. I have also made new friends whom I will keep in contact with in the future. What is your view on the future of HR? HR has many roles within an organisation, job analysis and design, workforce planning, training and development, recruitment and selection, performance management, remuneration and legal issues. In these roles I think that there is a focus on meeting organisational objectives with little emphasis placed on the individual employee and their individual desires and aspirations. As I think many organisations are starting to recognise the importance of building positive healthy relationships with their employees I believe that HR in the future will have an important role to play which will entail building relationships with all stakeholders involved in the organisation. Thereby realising what is meaningful to its employees and helping them achieve individual goals and reach their full potential. By utilising these relationships effectively I believe that organisation’s productivity will be driven by employee goals and aspirations, not organisational objectives. This will allow all stakeholders to feel that they are equally valued within their organisation which will have a positive impact on their motivation and in turn productivity within the organisation, working together to achieve not only their personal goals, but those of the organisation. By building...

posted on: Feb 2, 2016 | author: Guest post

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Paige Allan

2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador Reflections: Paige Allan

In this post Paige Allan, looks back on her time as the 2015 HRINZ Student Ambassador for Otago University. A huge opportunity was given to me when I was chosen to fill the role of HRINZ Student Ambassador for Otago and it is one of my proudest achievements. There were many highlights of my year in this role including being able to spread my knowledge about HR with other students, attending the HRINZ NZ HR conference which was full of inspiration and being able to network with so many HR practitioners, as it was through this role that I met the people I work with today. After setting a number of goals early in 2015, it is interesting to look back on what has and hasn’t been achieved. The Management department at Otago University was very encouraging, therefore I was able to attend a number of different lectures (in many cases numerous times) to speak to students from first year through to third year about HRINZ and a career in HR. Also, being a tutor in a compulsory 100 level Management paper allowed me to pass on information about frequent HRINZ events and how students could participate. By doing this, I achieved my goals of starting conversation or at the least creating awareness throughout the student population about HRINZ and what the organisation does. The Otago University Career day also allowed me to do this and gave me the chance to speak individually with students who wanted to know more. There are many things I wish I had achieved while in this role such as being more vocal through LinkedIn and other forums that would’ve helped to me spread word about HRINZ. However, I hope to help the next ambassador achieve the goals they set for themselves while in the role....

posted on: Feb 2, 2016 | author: Guest post

New Employment Standards Bill will make sweeping changes – some controversial

New Employment Standards Bill will make sweeping changes – some controversial

John Hannan, Partner at DLA Piper Auckland, shares some insight into the new Employment Standards Legislation Bill. The Employment Standards Legislation Bill (Bill) has the stated aim of promoting fairer and more productive workplaces for both employers and employees. There are three noteworthy categories of changes proposed in the Bill. The Bill will make amendments to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987 that increase flexibility, extend eligibility for paid parental leave, change the threshold test and introduce ‘keeping in touch days’ for the employee. It will prohibit what are deemed to be unfair employment practices, including controversial ‘zero hours’ contracts. It will increase record-keeping obligations; employers will have to maintain records showing that they have provided minimum entitlements. There will be significant penalties for failure to keep such records. The Bill will also provide enhanced remedies (and penalties) where minimum entitlements are not provided. This includes remedies against managers and others involved in such breaches, not just against the actual employer Changes to parental leave – increased coverage, greater flexibility, extended rights to paid parental leave The Bill amends the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987. The most significant of the proposed changes include: New definitions of ’employee’ and ‘self-employed person’ will extend paid parental leave to include non-standard workers (for example, seasonal workers) and employees who have recently changed or left jobs. Self-employed persons who have recently ceased to be self-employed will now be eligible for paid parental leave ‘Maternity leave’ will be changed to ‘primary carer leave’. This will extend parental leave entitlements, beyond those who give birth to or adopt a child, to persons who become the primary caregiver for the day-to-day care of a child up to the age of five. These new definitions expand eligibility under the proposed Bill, making parental leave more...

posted on: Nov 5, 2015 | author: Guest post

Are You Insured?

Are You Insured?

A note of advice on Professional Indemity Insurance from Allan Henderson of Rothbury Insurance Brokers, Wellington. Professional Indemnity Insurance is a must for any business or contractor where advice is being given. We strongly recommend that you engage an insurance expert to help identify and cover risks that you may be liable for as either a contractor, or that your employer may be liable for. As part of a professional indemnity policy it is important that your policy has an Employment Disputes extension (either included or as an optional extra). It seems we are seeing more and more cases in the media where employees are lodging personal grievance claims against their employers. The costs involved in defending such claims and, where applicable, the payment of costs to that employee can certainly add up and affect a business regardless of size. The majority of claims (69%) under these types of policy are Employment Dispute type claims. So What Is Professional Indemnity Insurance? Professional Indemnity policies respond in the event that your business faces legal action for a failure in providing professional advice and insures against actual or alleged breaches of duty, acts, errors or omissions, mis-statements, breaches of confidentiality etc. The cover is wide-ranging and can be tailored to suit contractor or company needs. At times it is easier to show the value of such cover in actual examples: Confidentiality Breach –  An employee of a business allegedly gave private information to a third party. The Privacy Commissioner made a finding that there were no breaches under certain principles of the Act. However, the legal fees for the case were $9,000 which were met by the businesses insurer. Employment Disputes Cover – An employee alleged wrongful dismissal and lodged an action with the Employment Relations Authority (ERA). This was defended...

posted on: Oct 19, 2015 | author: Guest post

Are Some Leaders Uncoachable?

Are Some Leaders Uncoachable?

Jenny Devine M.A., an Auckland based leadership and executive coach, is the President of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Australasia Chapter. She is credentialed by ICF as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Her background is in management and consultancy in the New Zealand health sector. Email: president@icfaustrlasia.com Leadership development is a key priority in many organisations. But in current times where HR budgets may be shrinking, or at best, stagnant, the money that is invested into leaders must have a high probability of delivering effective outcomes, in particular – in a climate of economic volatility and unpredictability – outcomes that ultimately affect the leader’s ability to influence the bottom-line. In many organisations coaching is considered integral to leadership development and considerable time and energy may be expended on ensuring that suitably qualified, experienced and competent coaches are engaged for the task. But the process of ensuring that the “right” employees are selected is not always carried out with the same degree of rigour. A key question for HR professionals is whether or not the leader or potential leader they are putting forward for coaching, or who is being recommended to them, is a good investment; in other words, is that person actually coachable? The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.” From this definition two key concepts can be highlighted: “Partnering”, by its very nature, infers a joint responsibility. Thus, the coach and client must both contribute fully to the process in order for expected outcomes to be achieved. Self-responsibility along with self-awareness and self-accountability have long been considered fundamental attributes for a client to embrace in order for the coaching relationship to be highly effective. Inherent in the “maximising...

posted on: Oct 9, 2015 | author: Guest post

No Suits Required! A recap of the NZ HR Summit – Northern

No Suits Required! A recap of the NZ HR Summit – Northern

In this blog post HR professional of the future, Jonathan Britto, shares his experience of the recent NZ HR Summit in Auckland I had the opportunity to attend the NZ HR Summit – Northern, hosted by HRINZ at the Rydges on the 5th of June. Initially I was apprehensive regarding attending the event as I (probably like your self) don’t always enjoy being bombarded with information for eight hours! Plus it was a Friday, my emails and workload would pile up while I was sitting in a room full of “suits” resulting in an extremely hectic Monday to look forward to. As it turned out, the sessions were constructed to be short and sweet yet informative and contained a high level of interaction between the “delegates”. The range of topics were closely aligned to my role in the HR industry and gave me insights about HR best practices, experience and insights from fellow delegates as well as the ability to mingle socially with industry professionals. To set the stage we had lively introductions from Terry Williams (MC) & warm welcomes from Chris Till (Chief Executive, HRINZ) and Danny Lessem (ELMO – Talent Management Software). Up first to present was Wade Jackson (Mind Warriors International) with an extremely interactive session on ‘The Disruptor – A.D.A.P.T. or die’. The gist of this session revolved around accepting chaos, developing trust, asking ‘what else?’ presencing and taking action. It was only towards the end of the session where I realised that it was the same Wade Jackson from Whose line is it anyway fame! Next we had Kirsty McDonald (Duncan Cotterill) with an informative session on ‘Technology, Accessibility and the Need to Maintain a Sustainable Workplace’.  Key takeaways of this session included how connectivity and flexibility are not always an advantage in the workplace, how to...

posted on: Jun 19, 2015 | author: Guest post

FAIR (D)INCOME! AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYER ORDERED TO PAY OVER $100,000 TO KIWI WORKER

FAIR (D)INCOME! AUSTRALIAN EMPLOYER ORDERED TO PAY OVER $100,000 TO KIWI WORKER

In this Employment Law update, Verity Kemp of DLA Phillips Fox discusses a trans-Tasman legal case… A recent case in the Employment Relations Authority (Authority), Newall v Forte Alpha Operations[1], serves as a reminder to both overseas and New Zealand employers of their legal obligations and the penalties they may face if they fail to provide employees with their minimum entitlements. In this case, the Authority ordered Australian company Forte Alpha Operations (Forte Alpha), to pay more than $100,000 to a New Zealand-based employee after it was found to have breached several of its employment obligations. Richard Newall was employed by Forte Alpha, which according to its own website is “one of the world’s leading management advisory firms”, and boasts clients such asBank of China, ANZ and Volkswagen. Mr Newall joined the company in April 2013 as a Client Specialist, providing IT support and services to Forte Alpha’s clients. Mr Newall told the Authority that his salary was never paid on time, and was not paid in full. He said that when he emailed a Director of Forte Alpha in October 2013 saying that he would resign if his salary arrears were not paid, he received no response and was locked out of Forte Alpha’s IT system. Mr Newall also claimed that Forte Alpha failed to pay his expenses, all compulsory KiwiSaver contributions, as well as his holiday pay upon the termination of his employment. Forte Alpha also failed to remit PAYE on Mr Newall’s behalf to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD). On top of everything, Mr Newall was never provided with a signed copy of his employment agreement. The Authority’s jurisdiction Forte Alpha denied Mr Newall’s claims and said it was not liable for any breaches because it had no employees or customers in New Zealand. Further, it...

posted on: Oct 1, 2014 | author: Guest post

High-fiving the Bumblebee

High-fiving the Bumblebee

This is the latest in a series of guest posts on the HRINZ blog. In this post Callum McKirdy, of LeadingIdeas shares how a furry little bumblebee got him thinking… Out running in the hilly trails near my home recently I drifted into my frequent dream state that sees me solve the world’s problems with absolute clarity. The day was simply gorgeous – mid afternoon, high sun, slight tail wind and while the legs were tired the engine was humming. As I crested the brow of a slight rise I noticed a black acorn-sized object flying towards my right shoulder. Instinctively I put my hand up as if waving. I literally high-fived what turned out to be a Bumblebee as it flew straight into the palm of my hand, bounced backward a few inches and proceeded to fly around my hand and passed me as if nothing happened. Before meeting hand-to-head we were both minding our own business, not paying attention and simply not really aware of what was going on around us (at the very least not what was coming directly towards us). The interaction was over before I knew it, and while I laughed at the mental image I immediately created of a bumblebee slinking-off, red-faced for having run into me, I literally dodged a bullet (I have an allergy to stings that has seen me make full use of my taxes in hospital on a couple of occasions in recent years). The humble bumblebee has a brand as the rotund, furry and even cute creature that literally bumbles around the garden, hopping from flower to flower in seemingly erratic fashion. But don’t be fooled – they sting (not bite as is commonly believed although they do have to eat). And that sting, while not all bumblebees possess the ability,...

posted on: Mar 27, 2014 | author: Guest post

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