About Risk NZ

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team.jpgRiskNZ 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. 

  • Strategic relationships are being taken to the next level with organisations such as the IRM(UK), RMIA in Australia, IIANZ here in New Zealand and other peak sector organisations so that members get greater benefits from the sharing of training opportunities, seminars and resources.
  • Detailed proposals are being sought from potential providers of continuing professional development modules, and a CPD framework is being prepared for consulting amongst members.
  • Implementing a new communications plan so that key messages get to key audiences through popularly used and credible channels. And new arrangements put in place to better reflect the diverse composition of our membership.
  • One day conferences and networking forums successfully staged in Wellington in 2015 and 2016 extended to other regions, subject to demand.


RiskNZ will continue in 2016/17 to build upon several highly regarded member services.

  • The website www.risknz.org.nz, is being given a full make-over and is to be expanded with additional pages to provide greater resources and information for members and visitors.
  • RiskPost, the quarterly electronic newsletter, has been reformatted to continue to inform and educate individual members and many hundreds more via corporate memberships.
  • The highly acclaimed survey to identify the risk practitioners’ views of the current national and international risk agenda will be repeated.
  • The RiskNZ Awards of Excellence will again showcase the best in NZ risk management practice.
  • Detailed planning will unfold for the 2017 sector conference, to be held in August.
  • Regular lunchtime seminars broadcast nationwide through audio-linked centres.  And improved linkages to the seminars of our partnering organisations.
  • Circularising topical items of interest, disseminating information from kindred organisations, and advertising events and 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.