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Conference Blog Wrap Up

Conference Blog Wrap Up

Conference Blog Wrap Up Well, it’s finally over for another year.  Conference week just seems like a whirlwind when it’s happening and then before you know it’s all over and then planning starts for the next one.  Just a few final details to remind you of before I sign off. Post Conference Survey Thank you to those of you that have already completed the post conference survey.  The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete (I know you’ve heard that before) but ‘trust me’, we can’t improve on things if we don’t know what you did or didn’t enjoy. Missing Gala Dinner Table Settings Oh dear, a conference on Trust and we have some missing fairy lights that were part of the table settings for conference.  We do have photographic evidence for 10 of the 18 sets of lights that went walkabout (a nun, an angel, a high court judge, a boy scout, four witches and a plain clothed random woman).  The witches I can understand but nuns and angels…..come on).  Evidently the witches and the high court judge have returned their sets so please can those concerned return them as soon as possible before we publish the photos in a WANTED poster for all to see!  Alternatively we could bill you for the $50.00 per set that the hire company is going to charge us for not returning them….ouch! Presentations Notes and Photographs The majority of the speakers’ presentations have now been loaded on the conference website and the complete photograph selection will be up on the website shortly. Conference DVD and Keynote Books for Sale We have been inundated with orders for the DVD of selected keynote and concurrent sessions from conference.  This is your final opportunity to purchase a copy, click here for the...

posted on: Sep 10, 2010 | author: Valerie Fono

Trust us – the HR conference and expo was a good one

Trust us – the HR conference and expo was a good one

The HRINZ Conference 2010 (Restoring the Trust) was my first ‘real’ HRINZ Conference experience – although I’ve experienced others vicariously by reading and editing conference highlights in the HumanResources magazine over the years. Here are just some of my ‘take-away’ highlights (there will be lots more highlights from attendees in our October issue of the HumanResources magazine): Roger Steare on How to Lead a Culture of Integrity: -Workplaces focus too much on purpose rather than creating a sense of belonging. (We’re human beings, we like to belong) – Cultural Integrity is when together we decide what rules to obey. (The less rules there are, then people take more responsibility – think of the town with no traffic signs.) – To build a culture of integrity – stop and think about what is right (arrogance, greed and denial isn’t), talk about what’s right, unite on moral values and act fairly for the common good. And check out the Dilbert cartoons on ethics here. David Thompson on The Morning After the Night Before: –          Does your work bring you closer to your personal goals? –          Two questions to ask your team; what’s most important to you (eg having a mentor, a great boss, flexibility, meaningful work) and how are we doing at meeting them? –          Be creative with your people – they don’t dream about spreadsheets, they don’t leave their heart at the door when they come to work. Paul Kirkbridge on Challenges for the Next Decade and Beyond: –          70% of people’s learning happens on the job and development is most powerful when there’s pressure, you’re making a difference, you have no experience and there’s a chance of failure. The Gala Dinner and Party – wow, HR people know how to boogie; the dance floor was heaving with doctors, nurses,...

posted on: Sep 7, 2010 | author: Editor

26 Sleeps to Go!

26 Sleeps to Go!

It’s 13 degrees today (not quite bikini weather), slightly brisk, a little windy but it does look like winter is abating and Spring is finally on its way – (I’m not going to mention the forecast for the next five days though).   What a way to celebrate and welcome the Spring by being at Conference on the 1st of September. URGENT STUFF! Registering If you haven’t registered yet, you should get a move on to avoid missing out on the sessions you really want to go to. Flights If you’re in Rotorua, you can still book return flights on Air NZ for $260 and from Dunedin $270 return, come on be quick these prices won’t last. Accommodation Don’t forget about the accommodation deals we have with room rates from just under $80.00, book now.   SPOTLIGHT ON KEYNOTE Nic Russell – What Can You Do to Foster Resilience? This is a Keynote session I don’t want to miss. In 2005 Nic Russell became a cancer patient, a bereaved mum and a sole parent.  By 2009 she had become a marathon runner, an ocean swimmer, an author, a psychology graduate, a founder of a charity and a motivational speaker. Nic’s story is both extraordinary and inspirational. She chronicles her tumultuous and heart-rending journey with a natural story-telling ability which leaves people laughing one minute and crying the next. Her presentation demonstrates the power of resilience, how we can foster it to perform at our highest potential.   BREAKFAST SESSION – YOU CHOOSE! On the Friday morning of conference you have the choice of two breakfast sessions to attend.  If you registered for conference early prior to the breakfast announcement, please ensure you email lauren.mouton@hrinz.org.nz with your choice as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Choice #1 – Mercer Energy...

posted on: Aug 6, 2010 | author: Valerie Fono

HR Expo Countdown

HR Expo Countdown

HRINZ are certainly walking the talk this week with the flexible work arrangement policy – as I am home with a sick child but still managing to whip the HRINZ Expo into shape remotely, via internet access from my laptop at the kitchen table. Dr Phil hasn’t started yet and the baby is sleeping…so now’s a good time to let you know what I’ve been working on for HR Expo 2010. We welcome several new exhibitors to the show this year…so this makes it well worth a visit, even if you have been in past years.  Over 45 HR product and service providers will be in the house, only too happy to chat and share their latest offerings. Not to mention their yummy branded treats and giveaways.  Plan your visit wisely and you could munch your way around the Expo. We’ll give you a big bag too, so don’t worry about overloading. Long time HRINZ Expo naming sponsors Strategic Pay are sponsoring the cafe serving up real espresso coffee – hard to beat if you are planning to visit the Expo in the morning. Stop in at the Strategic Pay stand (30) first and tell the team I sent you to get a voucher for a free coffee! Other sponsors are PayGlobal and Southern Cross Health Society – swing over to The Southern Cross HealthZone after your coffee and check out the healthy initiatives and refreshments on offer there. Conference delegates will be feed and watered in the Expo Hall then given free rein to peruse the stands, network, check emails via the Wi-Fi Pods and gather lots of information from the exhibitors. The Expo will be open to day visitors too. Drop in anytime from 8am-6pm on Thursday 2 September or 8am-3pm on Friday 3 September. If it’s...

posted on: Jul 29, 2010 | author: Lysa Foster-Brown

HURRY UP YOU LOT – Snooze and You Lose!

HURRY UP YOU LOT – Snooze and You Lose!

We’ve all been running around like chooks with our heads chopped off this week (broken record, I knooow).  With just five weeks (35 sleeps) to go until the big event commences that type of madness isn’t likely to abate any time soon. Urgent Stuff! Earlybird Rate to Close Hurry now to take advantage of the Earlybird rate and save yourself a cool $200 bucks which could be spent on shoe shopping in Wellington (not during conference time of course)!  Flights You still have the opportunity to get flights for under $200 Air NZ or $140 Pacific Blue return from Auckland and Christchurch with Rotorua and Hamilton costing just under $250 Air NZ only.  In fact, you could have a combined accommodation and flight package for less than $600 smackers if you’re quick! Be careful about buying flights during Maori language week on Grab a Seat though, you could end up in Eketahuna! Accommodation Our in-house Event Manager has gone to great lengths to get a range of very affordable rooms in central Wellington to cover everyone’s budget.  With room rates from just under $80.00, you can’t afford not to be there!   Check out our range of accommodation on the General Information tab of the conference website. Competition Winners To Sandra Bennett from Life Clinic in Wellington who was the winner of our New Member prize and receives a free conference place at this year’s conference.  Sandra will be joined by our winner of the ‘Mystery Speaker Competition’, Cathy Fitzsimons from Manage to Lead. Mystery Speaker Revealed After much speculation, Blogging, Facebooking and Twittering (good old Social Media, now there’s a couple of words that’ll have the Finance Departments trembling in their boots).  We have now revealed that our Mystery Keynote Speaker is……..noooooo not Tiger Woods (nice try though but we didn’t have a budget...

posted on: Jul 28, 2010 | author: Valerie Fono

Stop Procrastinating – 9 More Days till Earlybird Closes

Stop Procrastinating – 9 More Days till Earlybird Closes

Okay, a lot on my plate this week and things are heating up.  I keep thinking that we’ve got a couple of months to go before conference… (I wish!) but we’ve now got less than 6 weeks.  Can someone tell me where January – July went please? – It’s all a complete blur for me.  Next thing you know we’ll be Christmas shopping………perish the thought. Righto, things I want to remind you about for conference. Earlybird Rates Closing Those of you that are dilly dallying or procrastinating about your registration should move sharply in order to obtain the Earlybird discount which finishes on Saturday 31 July, that’s next Saturday!  Earlybird rates will save you $200 so stop dithering or you’ll miss out.  It’ll also help out our team by not all leaving it to the last minute.  Also limited capacity in concurrent sessions, get in early to make sure you get 1st choice. Mystery Speaker Competition If you are following HRINZ on Facebook (LIKE) or receiving our ‘Tweets’, you’ll already know about the competition to guess who our Mystery Speaker is going to be at conference.  If you haven’t already registered, you could win a free place at conference or a free place for a colleague.  Hurry and get on the bandwagon, clues are being given daily via our Social Media network! Conference Friday Breakfast Announced – Your Choice of Two! On the final day of conference, you have the opportunity to attend one of two breakfasts being held at the convention centre.  If you have already registered for conference, please email us to confirm your choice as soon as possible.  To find out more about the breakfast sessions click here and scroll down to Friday. Roger Steare – Conference Keynote Speaker, Extra Opportunity One of our keynote speakers...

posted on: Jul 22, 2010 | author: Valerie Fono

HRINZ HR Conference – in full planning mode

HRINZ HR Conference – in full planning mode

The team are now in full planning mode for the HRINZ HR Conference.  Debra Dufty our Event Manager is busy liaising with speakers, AV companies, sponsors, our MC, caterers (any requests for lunch?) as well as investigating lots of extra little touches for this year’s social functions.  Lauren has been taking a steady stream of registration enquiries with registrations to date ahead of where they were this time last year and I am co-ordinating our marketing efforts making sure everyone knows about this great conference.  Valerie is currently on annual leave (back tomorrow) and I am looking forward to welcoming her back so she can begin managing the numerous invitation lists and special events which also form part of this conference. While we organise ourselves, remember too to organise yourself and register prior to 31 July to get the special Early Bird rate.  By registering early you’ll also be able to get the best-priced airfares if you’re travelling from out of town.  Keep checking Grab-a-Seat for daily specials. So if you intend to attend, you might want to get cracking on securing your place – visit www.conference.hrinz.org.nz. Trust us – it’s going to be a...

posted on: Jul 15, 2010 | author: Keri Bloomfield

National Conference 2010 – Restoring the Trust

National Conference 2010 – Restoring the Trust

Hi There My name is Val Fono, Executive Assistant at the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ), aka EA and PA to the CE of HRINZ (if you’re into acronyms)!  I’m on the organising committee for the upcoming HRINZ National Conference and it’s my task to keep interested parties informed of the preparations and details on a regular basis. I’ll be chatting to you over the coming weeks and months as we prepare for our National Conference – ‘Restoring the Trust’ being held in Wellington from 1-3 September at the Wellington Convention Centre.  As I write, members should be receiving a copy of the conference brochure in their mailbox, piggy backing the Human Resources magazine.  If you’re not a member and would like a copy, just send me an email with your postal address. The team at HRINZ put a lot of work into this event every year and as usual, the Chief Executive, Beverley Main, has again wooed international speakers from all corners of the globe (okay so geometry wasn’t my forte).  I’ll blog about the keynotes and concurrent speakers a little later over the coming weeks. Trust us, this conference will really get into ‘trust’ and look at the darker side of the last two years (during the recession) and explore what we did badly, what we did well, what we have learnt and what we need to do now. The delegates who attend this event are an amazing group of dedicated HR professionals who come together for learning and development and networking opportunities.  You could be one of these people in 2010! Trust us, by following this blog you will have a ‘leg up’ in being prepared for conference and if you’ve never attended a HRINZ Conference before you will be able to get helpful...

posted on: Jun 18, 2010 | author: Valerie Fono