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2017 NZ HR Awards Finalists announced

22nd December 2016


2017 NZ HR Awards Finalists announced

The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand are pleased to give the following individuals and organisations an early Christmas gift by announcing they are finalists for the 2017 NZ HR Awards.

The NZ HR Awards are in their 15th year of recognising excellence in the Human Resources profession in New Zealand. This year the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand has received a record number of submissions, over a record number of award categories.

With the awards presentation dinner to be held at SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre on Thursday 23rd February 2017 the finalist will be able to relax over the summer holidays and wonder if they will be crowned the best in industry.

The 2017 NZ HR Awards Finalists are:

HR Generalist of the Year in association with Melbourne Business School

· Estelle Curd - HR and Health and Safety Manager, Armstrong Motor Group

· Caroline Fleetwood - General Manager, People, Culture and Safety, Christchurch International Airport Limited

HR Specialist of the Year

· Julie Simpson - Employment Relations Business Partner, The Warehouse Group

· Kaleena Muirhead - Senior Organisational Development Consultant, Regional Facilities Auckland

Emerging HR Practitioner of the Year in association with Melbourne Business School

· Amy Bonham - Associate Strategic Advisor, Auckland Council

· Samantha Hamilton - People Support Advisor, Noel Leeming Group

HR Researcher of the Year

· Bevan Catley - Associate Professor, Massey University

· Jane Parker - Professor (HRM and Employment Relations) Massey University

HR Volunteer of the Year

· Claire Bourne - General Manager - People and Development, Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited

Supportive CEO of the Year in association with Strategic Pay

· Lance Walker – Chief Executive Officer, Cigna New Zealand

‘Christian Dahmen Memorial Award’ for HR Innovation in association with On-Brand Partners

· Cigna NZ

· Vodafone

· The Warehouse Group

Award for Health, Safety and Wellbeing in association with Southern Cross Health Society

· Hellers Limited

· Post Haste Limited

· Ministry of Social Development

· Well-Connected Alliance

Award for Talent Development/Management

· Harrison Grierson in partnership with CEB

· University of Auckland

· The Warehouse Group

Award for HR Technology in association with ELMO Talent Management Software

· Aurecon NZ Ltd

· The Warehouse Group

· The Warehouse Group

Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

· The Langham, Auckland

· Aurecon NZ Ltd

· The Warehouse Group

Award for Organisational Change and Development in association with Human Synergistics

· Fletcher Building

· The University of Auckland

· The Warehouse Group

HR Business Contribution Award for Small Enterprises/Not-for-Profit

· Lifewise,APT, MMN

Award for Learning and Development Capability in the Public Sector in association with The Skills Organisation

· Counties Manukau DHB

Award for Recruitment Excellence

· RWA Technology People

· Beca

Award for Diversity and Inclusion

· Auckland DHB

· Noel Leeming Group

Award for Workplace Engagement Programme of the Year in association with Gallup

· TSB Bank

· Real Journeys

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand Branch of the Year

· Wild South

· Hutt Valley

Chris Till, Chief Executive of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) says “This group of individuals and organisations is only a small pocket of the industry that are doing amazing things for everyday New Zealanders and their workplaces. While it would be nice to give them all awards and even those who put in submissions, we had the very difficult task of choosing only one winner in each category”.

“The profession of Human Resources is one that is on the up and up and is a cornerstone to organisational success, so being able to celebrate the best in the industry is very special”. says Till


Information about the awards can be found at:

About HRINZ:

The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) is the professional organisation for those who are interested in or involved in Human Resource Management and development of people.

We represent the interests of 3200+ individual members, who represent around 47% of the known New Zealand HR market.

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