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NZ HR Awards Winners 2019


The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ), in association with Principal Sponsor Human Synergistics, are pleased to announce the winners and finalists for the NZ HR Awards, held at SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland last night.

The Awards recognise excellence in Human Resources and also highlight the importance of the profession in workplaces to help improve working conditions and also influence innovative, sustainable business strategy.

The deserved winners were;

  • Emerging HR Practitioner of the Year Award - Heidi Gillingham, AJ Hacket Bungy NZ
  • HR Specialist Award - Vicki Bazalo, Meridian Energy
  • HR Manager of the Year Award (sponsored by Talegent) - Katrina Van de Ven, Wintec
  • HR Generalist of the Year Award (sponsored by SHL) - Katie Williams, Vodafone
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award (sponsored by Skills) - Meridian Energy
  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award (sponsored by Southern Cross Health Society) - New Zealand Defence Force
  • Learning & Development Capability Award (sponsored by Open Polytechnic) - BNZ
  • Organisational Change & Development Award (sponsored by Human Synergistics) - Farmlands Co-Operative Group
  • Research Team of the Year - Massey University & AUT
  • Talent Acquisition, Development & Management Award (sponsored by Lee Hecht Harrison) - Fonterra
  • Workforce Experience Programme of the Year Award (sponsored by AskYourTeam) - Downer New Zealand
  • Christian Dahmen Memorial Award for HR Innovation & Technology (sponsored by ON-Brand Parters) - Fonterra

The HR Person of the Year Award was chosen from the winners of the HR Generalist (Katie Williams, Vodafone), HR Specialist (Vicki Bazalo, Meridian) and HR Manager (Katrina Van de Ven, Wintec) Awards. And the winner of the HR Person of the Year Award was Katie Williams - Vodafone.

Kristen Cooper was bestowed the prestigious title of Distinguished Fellow. This is an esteemed honour bestowed by the HRINZ Board on senior HR professionals across New Zealand, in recognition of their significant contribution.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the greatest recognition and highest honour HRINZ can bestow. It acknowledges outstanding and ongoing contribution by an individual to the Human Resources profession in New Zealand.

This individual has made and continues to make this contribution through a career of exceptional service developed over 20+ years. Their contribution has clearly demonstrated a positive impact on the quality of the HR profession in NZ. And the deserved recipient was Richard Rudman.

HRINZ Chief Executive Nick McKissack says "The quality of this year's submissions has been outstanding and clearly demonstrates the talented HR professionals we have here in New Zealand. It's pleasing to see such a diverse range of individuals and organisations as winners. "

The following organisations are represented as finalists across the individual and organisational awards …, AJ Hackett Bungy, Armstrong Motor Group, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Aurecon, BNZ, Coca-Cola, Connetics, Downer, Employment Relations Specialist, Farmlands Co-operative, Fonterra, Higgins, IAG, IRD, Lifewise APT MMN, Massey University, Meridian, NZ Defence Force, OMD, Red Cross, Rocket Lab, Synlait, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ, University of Canterbury, Vodafone and Wintec.

The judging convener summarised … "The numerous high-quality applications are testament to the great work happening in the field of human resources here in New Zealand. It took much deliberation and consideration to pick finalists from such a quality field."

HRINZ would like to acknowledge the following sponsors… Principal Partner - Human Synergistics; award sponsors - AskYourTeam; Lee Hecht Harrison; ON-Brand Partners; Open Polytechnic; SHL; Skills, Southern Cross Health Society; Strategic Pay and Talegent.

NZ HR Awards Ceremony 2019
NZ HR Awards Ceremony 2019

Antonia Prebble - MC
Antonia Prebble - MC - NZ HR Awards 2019


Shaun McCarthy - Chair Human Synergistics
Shaun McCarthy - Chair Human Synergistics


HR Specialist of the Year Award 2019
HR Specialist of the Year Award 2019


Aaron Dahmen + Leah Fisher
Aaron Dahmen & Leah Fisher present the Christian Dahmen Memorial Award


Kristen Cooper - HRINZ Distinguished Felllow
Kristen Cooper - HRINZ Distinguished Fellow


NZ Defence Force
NZ Defence Force - winners Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award 2019


]Katie Williams - HR Person of the Year 2019
Katie Williams - HR Person of the Year 2019


Richard Rudman - Lifetime Achievement Award 2019
Richard Rudman - Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

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