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The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) is the professional body for those involved in Human Resource Management and the development of people.

HRINZ represents the interests of 3,400+ individual members who make up around 45% of the known New Zealand HR market. Read More

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Sharon Grant, MHRINZ
HR Manager at Horizons Regional Council 

MHRINZ.  I can finally use those letters after my name!

Gaining my professional membership through HRINZ had always been on my "to do" list.  The main driver that prompted me to go for it when I did was so that I could continue being a HRINZ Mentor, which I find very rewarding.

At first glance the application process did seem a bit daunting.  We all know HR Managers tend to be 'time poor' and I wasn't quite sure how I was going to find the time to write examples of all the required HRINZ competencies.  I decided the best thing to do was to just start writing, and once I got into it I found that the examples were readily available and the words flowed easily.

I set myself mini goals - completing one or two competencies per week. For me, the biggest challenge was probably providing sufficient metrics to demonstrate the organisational impacts of the HR initiatives I was describing, especially given that the outcomes of HR initiatives often can not easily be objectively measured. 

The application process itself was actually a real confidence booster, because it made me realise the positive impact that my role has had on the organisations people management practices.  It’s not often that we take the time to stop and reflect on how much we have achieved over the years of our career! I certainly count myself lucky to work for an organisation that genuinely sees HR as a strategic business partner and values the essential role of HR in engineering its success through its people.

It took about 9 months from the time I first downloaded the professional membership application form to the time when I received notice that my professional membership had been granted. That might seem a while, but when I compare it against the time I have spent gaining various other qualifications, it doesn't seem unreasonable.  I am sure one of the reasons professional membership is held in such high regard is because of the work involved in achieving it. Throughout the application process I felt very well supported by the HRINZ Head Office Team, who were very happy to answer any questions, and review my draft application prior to my final submission. Brenda Tweedy deserves special mention here for all the support she gave me to ensure that my metrics appropriately reflected my competency descriptions. Once I had submitted my application, Brenda kept me very well informed about what stage it was at, including when she was contacting my referees through to when my application was being considered by the grading panel.

While my application for professional membership might have initially been driven by my desire to continue being a HRINZ Mentor, the benefits have stretched far wider than this. Being able to use the letters MHRINZ after my name means that I can easily be recognised as having been assessed as competent by a panel of experienced HR professionals.  In this light I see my professional accreditation being of equal, if not higher value to my professional standing, as my other post graduate qualifications.

If you are a senior HR practitioner considering applying for professional membership, my advice is to go for it!  Make a start!  Just write one little sentence and go from there. Don't get overwhelmed by all the competencies, and don't try to do it all at once. Set mini weekly goals, talk to your colleagues about your ideas, and don't forget those metrics!

I have had no regrets about making the decision to go for professional membership when I did, and I see the time invested as being valuable. 

Nigel Teal, MHRINZ (L&D),
Director, Chrysalis Enterprise 

The world of work has changed.

Although being a general member of the institute has significant merits with access to diverse resources and up-to-date information, professional accreditation is more personal.

For me personal and professional credibility are essential to individual branding made tangible by having had my experiences and skill levels assessed by peers in my chosen profession. I have a strong commitment to continuing professional development and reflective practice, and see accreditation as formal recognition which I liken to the difference between a general builder and that of a registered master builder.

Being awarded my specialist membership status by the nationally recognised official body of Human Resource Management in New Zealand has given me a sense of professional identity in all my business engagements at all levels. During the last three years I have sensed a subtle acknowledgement and respect surface towards me from local and national HR fraternity. Consequently I have become more pro-active in my support and contribution to local events and general networking. Oh, not to forget that being a professional accredited member is the same fee as general membership! Embrace the change. 


Rowan Tonkin, FHRINZ
CIO and Chief HR Officer Turners and Growers 

I am proud to be a Professional Member, it is recognised as a validation of my capability, experience and professional ethics.

Many of my colleagues belong to other professional associations and my professional membership of HRINZ is seen as a comparable benchmark for my industry. 

Garry Little, MHRINZ
Little Associates Ltd 
Originally, I viewed professional recognition as a challenge (to see if I could “make the grade”) and an opportunity to add more skills to my kit bag. I noted three areas of potential development: personal (or self), technical upskilling and the recognition from the business.

All of these skills have been enhanced however, with the benefit of hindsight it isn’t the challenge that really engaged me – but rather, the opportunities offered as part of a national organisation.

Much of my growth and technical development has been through others: like some really awesome mentoree’s, other senior practitioners and national committees. I feel as if I have contributed, in a small way, to the work of my professional body and indirectly this has assisted me and my workplace. 

Debbie Dawson, FHRINZ
Consultant, Dawson McKenzie Consulting. 

I applied for professional accreditation at a time when the local branch was offering workshops on the subject and was encouraged to go along by an older more experienced HR colleague in another organisation. This personal approach was very affirming and gave me the confidence to put in my application.

In NZ many of us work in organisations where there are only a few HR people or maybe we are the only HR person, so it can be difficult to assess how competent we really are, and this is where the professional accreditation process can be very helpful. I also think that the grading process used by HRINZ is good because if applications are turned down the applicants will be given specific feedback and encouraged to reapply at a later date or in another category. 


If you wish to share your Professional Membership story, please email  stating what professional accreditation means to you and why you applied. Please provide any benefits or impacts you have experienced since achieving professional membership status.


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