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It’s cool to be real – making the most of the latest HRINZ conference

It’s cool to be real – making the most of the latest HRINZ conference

It’s been a while since my last blog (sounds like I’m in a confessional), not intentional just been hellishly busy, but I’m back on track to write regular blogs again, well until the next big project comes along and takes over my life. Last week we held the HRINZ National Conference, themed ‘Workplace Culture in a Tiny Country’ and I’m not sure if it was the theme, the great speakers or the wonderful people at HRINZ, but I loved every minute of it from start to finish. When I put the concept together back in February, selected the speakers in March and started working on the logistics and all the side events with the team, I was pleasantly surprised to realise I was actually having fun. The staff at HRINZ who did the bulk of the logistics hadn’t worked together on our national conference before (we’ve had a lot of new staff this year), but we were very fortunate to have our Lysa manage the Expo from Christchurch with her usual eye for detail, professionalism and incredibly high standards so that freed the rest of us up to concentrate on the conference, with regular phone calls and visits from Lysa to ensure the two events dove-tailed into the slickest three days of HR information ever. Looking back, it was a pretty ambitious undertaking really, given the circumstances. It was scheduled three weeks earlier than usual thanks to the 2012 Rugby World Cup that New Zealand is hosting, and on different days of the week than usual; we had a new conference team at HRINZ (I was the only one in the conference team who had worked on our previous national conferences); a new PCO (professional conference organiser), Amy (who had arrived from Scotland just a few weeks before we...

posted on: Aug 17, 2011 | author: Beverley Main

Conference Blog & Competition

Conference Blog & Competition

So it’s all go in the HRINZ office, counting down to the National Conference which kicks off on August 9th. This is always a busy time for the office with everyone cracking away at their own little niches and tasks so we can pull the whole thing off without it ever seeming as if any work went it to it at all. All this is, of course, for our delegates and exhibitors benefit but that isn’t to say we don’t derive a certain sense of satisfaction from a job well done ourselves! So what is it we are doing and who is doing it? Let me enlighten you…and don’t forget to enter the competition at the bottom of the page! Starting at the top with the frenetically busy yet always high spirited Chief Executive Beverley Main who had this to say: “This year’s Big Day Out for HR Business Leaders has been very popular with all the places being filled within hours of the invitation going out. We’re not sure if it’s the beautiful venue (Roxy Theatre), the insight that Kim Rickard from Weta Digital will give us on working inside the film industry, or the promise of listening to Eastern Suburbs expert, Roger Tweedy, waxing lyrical on the drive-by back to the city about how Miramar has been transformed from a tired working class suburb into the place of stars, dreams and jobs. Or maybe it’s the promise of a yummy lunch, nice wines and great networking on a national level…” Kelsi Doscher, our Membership Manager, has been working hard on our theme for the HRINZ expo stand – which is very Kiwiana – and it should grab the attention of delegates and day visitors alike whether from New Zealand or from far off distant lands. Kelsi has...

posted on: Aug 3, 2011 | author: Mike Metcalfe