NZ HR Award 2019 Winners Announced

The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ), in association with principal sponsor Human Synergistics, have announced the winners and finalists for the NZ HR Awards.

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 winners were:

  • Emerging HR Practitioner of the Year AwardHeidi Gillingham, AJ Hacket Bungy NZ.
  • HR Specialist AwardVicki 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 YearMassey 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 Partners) – 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 given the prestigious title of Distinguished Fellow. This is an 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 HR profession in New Zealand and it went to Richard Rudman.

HRINZ chief executive Nick McKissack says in a media release: “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.”

Image courtesy of HRINZ

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