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RiskNZ is the sector body in New Zealand bringing together people and organisations managing risk. It embraces the vision that New Zealand prospers because risk is well managed.
Since 2000 (when established as the NZ Society for Risk Management) the organisation has sought to deliver services and activities aimed at strengthening the capability in New Zealand to manage risk.
Today RiskNZ is connected to a wide range of industry sectors, central and local government, many professional bodies and non-governmental organisations, and the tertiary education / academic sector.
Some 850 members avail themselves of RiskNZ services and activities on a regular basis, where the focus is on sharing knowledge, building links, encouraging research, facilitating professional development, informing public thinking, and influencing government, regulatory and business processes to achieve risk management best practice.
Recognising that much is changing in the way that risk is perceived, tolerated and managed in NZ and abroad, RiskNZ each year in consultation with its members sets several priority work-streams to ensure what is delivered is relevant and that the organisation has the capacity and agility to meet the needs and expectations of a diverse stakeholder network.
RiskNZ will continue in 2016/17 to build upon several highly regarded member services.
RiskNZ enjoys strong international relationships with several kindred organisations. An MoU with the UK based Institute of Risk Management offers considerable benefits to RiskNZ members, including access to educational and research resources, and IRM (local UK) member rates for enrolment in professional development programmes.
As the peak body in NZ for risk practitioners, RiskNZ continues to represent and advocate in critical forums including to parliamentary select committees, and to nominate representatives to sit on development committees of Standards New Zealand and Standards Australia.
RiskNZ is also vitally interested in ensuring the NZ public is well informed on specific risk issues and events, with a view to ensuring risk management is done increasingly well. By way of indication, in recent times RiskNZ has submitted to the Royal Commissions on the Pike River Coal Mine Disaster and the building failure caused by the Canterbury earthquakes, as well as making submissions to the Task Force reviewing workplace health and safety that resulted in the 2013 establishment of WorkSafe NZ.
Governance of RiskNZ is vested in a 7 member elected management board. An Executive Officer and Administration Officer (both part-time) provide professional support and ensure that business matters are transacted in a timely manner. Specific portfolio responsibilities and appointments to external panels are allocated by the management board to members with requisite skills, experience and capacity. Technical Groups are established from time to time to address topical issues.