Reference groups of workers, employers and academics have been established to provide quality advice to the Taskforce about:
- the issues behind / reasons for New Zealand’s poor rates of work-related fatality when compared to other countries with similar health and safety frameworks, and
- options to improve the performance of the health and safety system and that provide practical measures that would be expected to result in at least a 25 percent reduction in the rate of fatalities and serious injuries by 2020.
The reference groups’ advice will contribute towards clearly defining the problems behind New Zealand’s poor rates of work-related accidents and fatalities and developing solutions.
The members of the reference groups are as follows:
Workers’ reference group
- Hazel Armstrong, Hazel Armstrong Law
- Glenn Barclay, New Zealand Public Service Association
- Fritz Drissner, Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union
- Jo Duffy, New Zealand Educational Institute
- Karen Fletcher, Rail and Maritime Transport Union
- Tina McIvor, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
- Amanda Stephens, New Zealand Meatworkers Union
Employers’ reference group
- Andrew Confait, Hawkins Construction
- Sheldon Drummond, NZ Forest Owners Association
- Chris Ellis, Brightwater
- Paul Jarvie, Employers & Manufacturers Association
- Te Horipo Karaitiana, Federation of Maori Authorities
- Jeanette Maxwell, Federated Farmers
- Bryan Nunweek, Central Hire Ltd
- Bruce Taplin, Vector
Academics’ reference group
- Dr Kathleen Callaghan, University of Auckland
- Dr Bill Glass, Massey University
- Dr Ian Laird, Massey University
- Dr Felicity Lamm, Auckland University of Technology
- Prof Susan Watson, University of Auckland / the New Zealand Governance Centre
- Professor Hank Weiss, Otago University
The Taskforce will consult the reference groups at three key stages: to inform the development of an issues paper for public consultation; during the public consultation phase; and on an options paper. There may also be other specific matters that the Taskforce will seek the reference groups’ views on.
We will publish reports on the reference groups’ meetings on this website in due course.
You can write to us if you feel you could contribute to the Review more significantly than through the public consultation phase.