9.00AM Welcome from the Organisers
Mike Cosman, Director, Cosman Parkes
9.15AM Case Law Update: Sentencing under the HSWA

Sentencing trends are already emerging as the body of case law under the new Act begins to build. This session will cover the first appeals of sentence (the decisions of Stumpmaster, Tasman Tanning and Niagara Sawmilling, which are due to be delivered by the High Court later this year) and what we take from the District Court's approach to sentencing so far.

In Auckland & Wellington: Kylie Dunn, Partner, Russell McVeagh
In Christchurch: Mark Campbell, Special Counsel, Russell McVeagh
9.50AM Case Review: The first defended HSWA prosecution

After much anticipation the first defended prosecution under the HSWA has been delivered. This session will deep dive into the facts of the case and key issues raised in the decision, including responsibility attributed to various PCBUs, duty of care and the importance of open communication.

Garth Gallaway, Partner, Chapman Tripp
10.55AM Enforceable Undertakings – The Regulator's view

Enforceable undertakings are as an alternative to prosecution for workplace health and safety violations. The regulator will share more detail about the EU application process and the factors that impact on the likelihood of an EU being accepted. The session will conclude with observations from the regulator of their current programme of work.

Representative from WorkSafe New Zealand
11.40PM Case Study: Enforceable Undertakings – An Applicant's view

Worksafe accepted an Enforceable Undertaking presented by Zespri following a quad bike related fatality in 2016. Learn insights into the EU process and how the EU was used to create positive change for the organisations involved, the industry and the wider community. Hear how the tragic circumstances which can't be reversed have been used to raise awareness of the complexities of overlapping duties encountered by industry and to find solutions to promote safe workplaces.

Angus Bell, Global Health & Safety Lead, Zespri International
1.20PM International Keynote Speaker: Developments from Australia

Over the past twelve months, Queensland has added an Industrial Manslaughter offence to its statue books. NSW has also produced its first category one ‘reckless conduct' case. Given the Minister of Justice has expressed openness to an equivalent Corporate Manslaughter law here, and that we have a similar reckless conduct section in the HSWA, what are the implications of these recent developments across the Tasman?

Alena Titterton, Partner, Clyde & Co.
2.05PM Bad behaviour – managing misconduct, bullying and injury to mental health

In light of recent high-profile cases involving bullying and sexual harassment, businesses are becoming more aware of their duty of care to create mentally healthy work environments. This session explores what is required to ensure misconduct investigations are effective, compliant, with examples of good and bad process.

In Auckland & Wellington: Samantha Turner, Partner, Simpson Grierson
In Christchurch: Michael Mercer, Solicitor, Simpson Grierson
3.10PM Case Study: Experiences with SafePlus

Several months after the launch of SafePlus, a number of businesses have undertaken an onsite assessment. This case study brings together one of the first businesses to undergo an assessment – and the assessor that visited them! They will share what worked, what they would do differently, and how the assessment process can be used to make the greatest positive change to your business.

Michael Massaar, Health & Safety Manager, Department of Conservation
Ann Horner, Health & Safety Specialist and Accredited SafePlus Assessor Avid Plus
3.55PM Case Study: Ngāi Tahu engaging the Board of Directors

As a consequence of new governance requirements under the HSWA Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu conducted a stock-take which revealed workplace risks that were broader than previously thought. A culture where lack of reporting and acknowledgment of only ‘obvious' risks has been dramatically changed. Now board members are actively engaged and spiritual, cultural and emotional risks are addressed. Learn how Ngāi Tahu embarked on a collaborative and inclusive process with their Board to not merely comply with governance requirements, but to excel.

Katie McEwan, Group Head Toi Tangata, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
4.35PM Closing remarks from the chair and end of conference


Auckland, 16 October, Crowne Plaza

Wellington, 17 October, InterContinental Hotel

Christchurch, 18 October, Rydges Latimer

Earlybird Price

$595 + GST
(Earlybird closes 4 September)

Full Price

$650 + GST



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