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The annual New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards have been run since 2005. They are organised by Safeguard with the support of WorkSafe New Zealand and ACC.
The 2023 Awards were announced at a gala dinner in June.
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2023 winners announced
An annual three-day Ora Runanga in which the directors and executive team of Silver Fern Farms personally engage with workers from each of its sites has taken overall honours at this year’s New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.
The awards, which were judged by a panel of five, were presented at a gala dinner at the Cordis in Auckland on 20 June 2023, attended by a record 730 people.
Hall of Fame Inductee
Anna Osborne and Sonya Rockhouse
These two formidable women, who lost a husband and a son in the Pike River mine disaster of 2010, have reluctantly become public figures who have used this terrible experience to raise awareness of the need for higher safety and regulatory standards, greater justice in the system, and better treatment of the survivors of mass tragedies and their whānau. Their journey for truth and justice has included physically blocking the mine from being sealed and campaigning in the corridors of power for re-entry to find out more about what happened. They have worked with the Public Service Commissioner to develop a set of standards which empower survivors of tragedy, promises to be upfront with them, and to work together. Anna and Sonya have become advocates not just for their own cause but also for the cause of others killed and injured at work. They have acted as the conscience of the nation on health and safety.
Dr Chris Peace
A lecturer in occupational health and safety with Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka, Chris has been working in health & safety and risk management for more than 40 years. He is often called upon as an expert witness in health and safety prosecutions. He has contributed to the development of multiple standards, including the influential AS/NZS 4360 Risk Management standard of 2004, and has long championed the risk management approach to anyone who will listen. His commitment to lifelong learning extends to presenting monthly webinars for NZISM on a wide range of topics. As an academic he has produced many research papers and journal articles, and has helped shape a new generation of health and safety practitioners, seeking to elevate their ambition to study at postgraduate level and acting as a wise and influential mentor to many.