2022 HASANZ Scholarship - NOW OPEN!

As you will be aware, we are starting to accept application for the 2022 HASANZ Scholarship Programme from tomorrow 12 July 2022 and are keen to let as many people as possible know about it. Please find below a link to a flyer (both in Word and PDF format) advertising the current round. 

You can find further information about the scholarships here.

HASANZ Scholarship  - download 1

HASANZ Scholarship - download 2

HASANZ Scholarship - download 3 

IEA NewsBrief - June 2022

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IEA Upcoming Council Meeting

Dear IEA Council members and official contacts,

In order to plan for our upcoming IEA Council meeting in Delft, The Netherlands (31.10.2022 and 1.11.2022) we would like you to tell us if you expect to attend in person. Please respond to IEA Administrator to let us know that you intend to come/ 

A list of recommended hotels is available here.

If you are not able to attend in person, we hope to offer at least the possibility to zoom into the meeting. Further information will be sent closer to the date of the meeting 

IEA NewsBrief - May 2022

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The planned July 2022 conference is being postponed to July 2023.  This being due to the uncertainty of our covid climate and for both presenters and attendees making commitments to travel.  

We are however, trying to put together a one day mini-get together or mini-conference the day prior to HASANZ in November in Wellington. More to come on this as we develop our presentation line up.

Thank you



We have an upcoming webinar presented by Stephven Kolose.
When: 23 February 2022
Time: 11am to 12pm
Link to meeting - click here

The presentation will be focussing on a project I conducted for both the NZDF and my PhD. The project was named the New Zealand Defence Force Anthropometry Survey (NZDFAS). I will be covering the background, development, methodology and implementation of the survey. I will conclude with a short discussion on what this will mean for ergonomics in NZ.

Stephven has spent over 10 years as a Human factors scientist for the New Zealand Defence Force specialising in ergonomics and anthropometric assessments of platforms (vehicles, aircraft and ships), clothing and equipment (PPE, uniforms, weapon systems); as well as safety practices. Stephven was the New Zealand representative for military human factors research for Air Force within the Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) and 3D body scanning for NATO. He has a doctorate in 3D anthropometry and body scanning (AUT); and a master’s degree (Loughborough) in ergonomics (his thesis focussed on barriers/facilitators of HF uptake within the UK defence industry) and a PGDipErg from Massey University. He has also worked in small and large consultancies both locally and in Bristol, UK. He looks forward to being able to utilise this knowledge to assist New Zealand businesses with the design of healthier and safer workplaces based on real ‘kiwi’ body shapes and measurements.

I am now Senior Advisor for Human Factors and Ergonomics working within the Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) team, Health and Technical Service at WorkSafe.

I am currently researching Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs) and how it can be defined and used effectively within WorkSafe NZ. I am also providing HFE support for various projects (e.g. construction, manufacturing, health and support to pacific-workers) in New Zealand.

Dr Stephven Kolose
Senior Advisor Human Factors/Ergonomics - Health and Technical Services

Click here to download the presentation outline. 

WORKSAFE: Restricted entry interval consultation: submission period extended

In determining new restricted entry intervals it is important that interested parties with the relevant expertise get an opportunity to review the material and make submissions.

Due to the significant number of substances involved, and technical nature of the information provided as part of this consultation, we have taken on feedback from industry and have extended the submission period untilFriday 6 May 2022.

The website and relevant documents have been updated to reflect this change. You can view the consultation by clicking the link below. 

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New HASANZ Executive Director Appointed

I’m delighted to announce that Bronwyn Presland has been appointed Executive Director of HASANZ. She will take up her new position on Monday 13 December.

Bronwyn joins HASANZ from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). As an MFAT Operations Manager she had oversight of the operational aspects of the recent APEC 2021 CEO Summit, working collaboratively with domestic and international stakeholders from business and government to bring together a successful event. Previously, she was head of events at Waka Kotahi for three years and has worked in parliament in various roles, contributing to the successful 2017 election campaign. Bronwyn has an excellent balance of energy, capability, action orientation and understands public policy and process. Her project management expertise and leadership and business experience will enable her to build on the great work Philip Aldridge has done over the last four years and take HASANZ to the next level.

Bronwyn’s commitment to workplace health and safety is heartfelt. In her own words:
“My daughters' middle name is Anya. We gave her this name as it is a combination of the names of Anna Osborne and Sonya Rockhouse. These two women are the most inspirational and strongest people that I know. In 2010 they lost loved ones in the Pike River Mine disaster and have been tirelessly advocating for greater health and safety at work since. In 2015 I first met them when I was working in parliament and they were campaigning for stronger health and safety legislation during the debate on the Health and Safety at Work Bill. These two women are why, when I saw the ad for the Executive Director role at HASANZ, I could not let it pass.”

We look forward to warmly welcoming Bronwyn to HASANZ.

Ngā mihi
Mike O’Brien
HASANZ Independent Chair

Advisor Behavioural Sciences Position - Waka Kotahi

  • Are you looking to apply your specialist behavioural science knowledge?
  • Do you have strong communication, collaboration and influencing skills?
  • 9 months fixed term opportunity
  • Role can be based in Wellington or Auckland

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi

The purpose of this role is to apply your specialist behavioural science knowledge to help the Transport Agency deliver better outcomes for New Zealand. The focus of our behavioural team is to advise projects about how systemic factors come together to affect people's behaviour as they move around New Zealand, and how these relate to our intended outcomes. It will create and document knowledge about transport behaviour that will help the Transport Agency deliver outcomes more effectively over time.

For further information regarding this position, click the link.

HASANZ Conference - new conference dates confirmed

It’s on! We’re delighted to let you know that the new confirmed dates for our HASANZ CONFERENCE are Thursday 10 and Friday 11 March 2022. The conference will be held at a new venue – the iconic Dominion Museum Building in Buckle Street, Wellington, adjacent to the beautiful Pukeahu War Memorial Park. You may remember this building as the former National Art Gallery.

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Behavioural Researcher/Human Factors Specialist - Job Opportunity in Petone

I have an opportunity for a HF person to join my team based in Petone. Is this something you can post on the website?


Transport Research Scholarship - Closing date is 12 November

Te Manatū Waka–Ministry of Transport and Waka Kotahi, NZ Transport Agency have established, and jointly fund, the Transport Research Scholarships. The scholarships were established to support students undertaking postgraduate research focusing on transport and its role and impact on Aotearoa New Zealand society.

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How our busiest ICU is adapting to Covid
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