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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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HR Foundations

Location Date Time Presented by
11-13 Oct
9.00am - 5.00pm
Kris Cooper CFHRINZ
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25-27 Oct
9.00am - 5.00pm
Debbie Dawson CFHRINZ
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Wellington 22-24 Nov 9.00am - 5.00pm Kris Cooper CFHRINZ Register Here

HR Foundations is a three-day workshop that familiarises participants with practices across a wide range of Human Resource Management (HRM) functions. The programme is designed around the HRINZ Competency Model. Each topic is covered by a core presentation combined with interactive exercises, group discussion, and participants are encouraged to set improvement goals to take back to their own organisations.

An extensive folder of course materials is provided. This course is ideal for those new to HR or developing in their career.

Participants completing the programme will:

  • Become familiar with current HR practice
  • Understand the benefits of integrated HR practices to an organisation
  • Develop insights into the strategic role of HRM in their own organisation
  • Understand their organisational strengths and areas for development in HR practice
  • Relate HRM practices to legislative requirements and identify potential areas of risk
  • Understand the importance of demonstrating the value of HRM practices to their organisation
  • Know where to obtain additional support and help

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About the Presenters

Denise Hartley-Wilkins CFHRINZ is a people and organisation development professional with over 25 years experience gained in a diverse range of organisations in New Zealand, the UK and Canada . She has extensive strategic and operational experience and has held a number of senior corporate roles where she has implemented large scale OD programmes.
She has established a reputation for excellence and expertise in her field, based on her professional qualifications and extensive coalface experience. A skilled facilitator, trainer and executive coach Denise is known for her deep professional knowledge along with her ability to translate strategy and theory into real-life practice. Clients value her engaging, professional, friendly and down to earth approach.
Denise is a Chartered Fellow of HRINZ and is currently a Board Director with HRINZ. She is also and accredited Business Mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand. She has written numerous articles for professional journals and has presented at conferences and symposiums.

Kristen Cooper CFHRINZ, has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resource Management, planning, marketing, training and consultancy roles in a broad range of Government and private sectors.

Kristen has a Masters of Commerce and is a trained adult tutor – accredited by LEADR as a mediator, a member of NZIM and a Chartered Fellow of HRINZ. Management and marketing topics are Kristen’s career passions and she is motivated to facilitate organisations and individuals to ensure potential is reached.

Debbie Dawson CFHRINZ, is a self-employed consultant based in Christchurch. Following a corporate career in senior HR roles Debbie now works with a mixture of clients across the public and private sectors to facilitate their planning and improve their business processes.

Debbie is particularly good at helping clients to uncover the root cause of their performance and organisational issues. Her plain speaking, creative approach ensures that she delivers clear, incisive results and develops programmes that are enjoyable, workable, and sustainable.

Allergic to gobbledegook Debbie constantly strives to demystify and make sense of complex and common business challenges so that sound solutions can be quickly implemented and executed. A past recipient of the HRINZ Initiative of the Year Awards for leadership development Debbie served on the Board of HRINZ from 2007 to 2013.

I will be sending a new employee to the next course. I think it is a confidence builder and also gives a good overview on WHY we do certain things, which in the early stages of a career are not always obvious. Director, Boost Productive People Ltd.

The course is a great introduction to the foundations of HR - it provides all of the information to give you the understanding of HR Knowledge.I've already found it useful within 2 days of being back in the office.I've recommended this to other HR staff to attend. EA to GM Organisation Development, EQC.

To be honest I feel that this course provided and over view to any person who works in the area of managing people regardless of position. There is a lot to be gained by the Line Manager up. Retail Support manager, Health 2000 Ltd.


HRINZ Member Non Member
Earlybird Fee* $1,885.00 +GST $2,245.00 +GST
Standard Fee $2,095.00 +GST $2,495.00 +GST


*Early bird (EB) price available when you register and pay before the date/s listed below:

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11-13 Oct
13 Sept Register Here
25-27 October
27 Sept
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Wellington 22-24 Nov 27 Oct Register Here

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