Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand (HFESNZ)


Key Contacts:

2022-23 Committee

  • Vanessa Beanland (Chair)
  • Karl Bridges (Treasurer)
  • Fiona Trevelyan (Secretary)
  • Hamish Mackie
  • Karen Goodfellow
  • Rachael Gordon
  • Matthew Harris
  • Tahlia Fisher
  • Stephven Kolose
  • Bikram Pandley

2022-23 Professional Affairs Board

  • Hannah Trevett (Convenor)
  • Rachael Gordon
  • Leanne Hunter
  • Charlene Mathern
  • Sarita Dara
  • Nicola Green
  • Karl Bridges

Recent Activities

The HFESNZ has been active and productive. A small society with approximately 100 current members, we have spent the last few years focused on internal restructuring to build our capacity and effectiveness.

HFESNZ is a full and active member of the recently formed Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ), which is working to raise the standards and professionalism for all professions working across the health and safety sector. Certified Professional Members of HFESNZ are able to list on the HASANZ Register, enabling businesses from throughout New Zealand ease in identifying when HFE might be able to assist and to access our services.

In 2019 HASANZ conducted a Pipeline and Pathways project, which identified a need to develop a pathway to certification for HFE professionals in New Zealand. This subsequently led to the establishment of a partnership agreement between HASANZ and WorkSafe New Zealand to fund a multi-year HFE Workforce Development Project. This project is intended to build HFE capacity and capability in New Zealand. This project is ongoing but includes establishment of a new competency framework for HFE professionals in New Zealand, review of educational pathways (which is a challenge in such a small country!), and supporting future HFE professionals through mentoring, scholarships, and facilitating job creation and stakeholder understanding of HFE.

HFESNZ includes a number of special interest groups focused on topics including transport, healthcare and musculoskeletal disorders.

The society runs regular events for members, both online and in-person. These include two-day conferences (held biennially), half- or full-day meetings in person and online, webinars, and informal meetings of local area groups or special interest groups. We also keep in touch with our members through our regular newsletter, which is emailed out approximately every 6 weeks, usually following our committee meetings.