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HRINZ (3) Weekly Wrap-up 30 March – 12 April

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HRINZ (3) Weekly Wrap-up 30 March – 12 April

From our desks to your screen, here is the week that was for the HRINZ Office Team.

It’s been three weeks now since the last Weekly Wrap-up and it feels like a very long time! The NZ HR Awards are beginning to feel like a distant memory after all that has passed with the Easter break, daylight saving, school holidays etc, and yet I still haven’t given you a blog recap of the event.

While I won’t go into details (you can read more in the upcoming April/May issue of HumanResources) I will say that the Presentation Dinner was a wonderful celebration of success and achievement, and, according to the large volume of positive feedback we have received, an enjoyable evening was had by all who attended. Even the ever present Auckland drizzle didn’t manage to put a damper on things! As previously mentioned, the event was a sellout, with people even trying to get tickets right up to a couple of hours before the start, so the lesson here for next year is to book early if you’d like to come along. We’ll be back in Auckland on Thursday, 25 February 2016, so be sure to mark it in your diary now!

Another date to mark in the diary is October 1 2015, as this is when entries will be opening for the 2016 NZ HR Awards. If you think that perhaps you and/or your team have got what it takes, then why not step up and put in an entry? It’s an excellent process of reflection and evaluation to take part in and, you never know, it could be you up there taking home the trophy next time!

If you’d like to find out a little more about the 2015 finalists and winners, then head over to the HRINZ YouTube channel and check out their videos, and for photos of the evening, visit the HRINZ Facebook page.

With the Awards off the agenda (for a few months at least), it’s now time to turn our attention to the other big national events happening this year. A couple of weeks ago we saw the launch of the 2015 NZ HR Summits which are taking place in Christchurch, Auckland and Tauranga in May/June, and with a significant number of registrations received already, these events are looking to be very popular.

Work is also steaming ahead for the Events Team on the NZ HR Conference and Expo. The programme is finalised and we have started preparing the website for a launch within the next couple of weeks. The Expo is also taking shape with plenty of stands being booked and some great new interactive innovations planned to get visitors engaged on the shop floor. If you’re interested in having a presence for your organisation at the Expo, then get in touch with the HRINZ Events Team and they will be able to help you out. However, I do suggest that you get onto this quickly as spaces are strictly limited.

Last week HRINZ was also delighted to announce the HRINZ Student Ambassadors for 2015/16. After a nationwide search and some very high calibre candidates, the following students have been selected to represent HRINZ at their university:

  • Makarita Tangitu-Joseph, University of Waikato
  • Laura Featherstone, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ayla Tranter, University of Canterbury
  • Paige Allan, University of Otago
  • Leah Barker, Massey University
  • Toni-Anne Patton, Auckland University of Technology

We’re very much looking forward to working with them all over the coming year.

Chris has had a busy couple of weeks out and about including giving two presentations on 31 March. The first was at a Rata Programme event discussing business sustainability, and the second a Massey University ‘Big Issues in Business’ event at which Massey University experts and leaders from several industries provided an informed discussion on how businesses can learn to capitalise on diversity in the workplace to gain competitive advantage. They examined changing leader roles, leader development and the types of leaders needed to cultivate effective and high performing teams in changing workplaces.

Elsewhere about the office, the Finance Team (with help from Michelle) have been busy with all the tasks that go alongside the end of the financial year, I’ve been working on the aforementioned April/May issue of HumanResources, Membership have been tidying up loose ends from renewals, and Office Administrator, Beth, has been resident wonder woman, doing all her own tasks while also covering for Events Co-ordinator, Jen, while she takes a well-deserved holiday in sunny Australia.

Sadly it doesn’t look as though the sun will be shining on much of New Zealand this weekend. While the rain has been needed in many parts of the country, it must make it difficult for all the parents trying to entertain their children with indoor activities!

So, although it may be a slightly soggy one, enjoy your weekend HRINZers and I’ll see you back here next week for the latest instalment of the Weekly Wrap-up.

Until then,