The New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards 2023

The New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards 2023

Winners announced

See the 2023 winners

Celebrating the best of health, safety and wellbeing in New Zealand

The annual New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards have been run since 2005. They are organised by Safeguard with the support of WorkSafe New Zealand and ACC.

The 2023 Awards were announced at a gala dinner in June.

Who won and what did they do?

See the full list of 2023 winners

See photos from the evening

See the Lifetime Achievement recipients in the Hall of Fame

The call for entries in the 2024 Awards opens in January.



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2023 winners announced

An annual three-day Ora Runanga in which the directors and executive team of Silver Fern Farms personally engage with workers from each of its sites has taken overall honours at this year’s New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

The awards, which were judged by a panel of five, were presented at a gala dinner at the Cordis in Auckland on 20 June 2023, attended by a record 730 people.

See the 2023 winners

Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Anna Osborne and Sonya Rockhouse

    Anna Osborne and Sonya Rockhouse

    These two formidable women, who lost a husband and a son in the Pike River mine disaster of 2010, have reluctantly become public figures who have used this terrible experience to raise awareness of the need for higher safety and regulatory standards, greater justice in the system, and better treatment of the survivors of mass tragedies and their whānau. Their journey for truth and justice has included physically blocking the mine from being sealed and campaigning in the corridors of power for re-entry to find out more about what happened. They have worked with the Public Service Commissioner to develop a set of standards which empower survivors of tragedy, promises to be upfront with them, and to work together. Anna and Sonya have become advocates not just for their own cause but also for the cause of others killed and injured at work. They have acted as the conscience of the nation on health and safety.

  • Dr Chris Peace

    Dr Chris Peace

    A lecturer in occupational health and safety with Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka, Chris has been working in health & safety and risk management for more than 40 years. He is often called upon as an expert witness in health and safety prosecutions. He has contributed to the development of multiple standards, including the influential AS/NZS 4360 Risk Management standard of 2004, and has long championed the risk management approach to anyone who will listen. His commitment to lifelong learning extends to presenting monthly webinars for NZISM on a wide range of topics. As an academic he has produced many research papers and journal articles, and has helped shape a new generation of health and safety practitioners, seeking to elevate their ambition to study at postgraduate level and acting as a wise and influential mentor to many.

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