Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Greetings, Greetings, Greetings to you all

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.
― Phil Jackson

Don’t change so that people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa
Let us keep close together not far apart  - Maori proverb

If we wait for the moment, when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin

- Ivan Turgenev

You are in charge of how you feel. Today, choose happiness.

All things are difficult before they are easy - Thomas Fuller



Our vision - Moemoeā

People realising their potential and engaged in healthy relationships at work, home and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand

Our mission and role - Whakatahanga

Vitae sees its role in helping to achieve this vision as working in partnership to build wellbeing in people's workplaces, family/whānau and communities

Our values - Ngā Uara

The values and behaviours that Vitae seeks to embody in its work and encourage in those it works with are:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Responsiveness


  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Empowerment
  • Compassion


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Mā te rongo, ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio, ka mārama, Mā te mārama, ka mātau, Mā te mātau, ka ora.

Through resonance comes awareness, through awareness comes understanding, through understanding comes knowledge, through knowledge comes life and well-being.

[Maori proverb included in Lt Gen Right Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae's last Waitangi Day address]


Congratulations to the winners of the New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards 2016:

Fonterra takes out top national health and safety award

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Thursday 26 May 2016

Dairy giant Fonterra has taken overall honours at this year’s New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

The organisation won for initiatives addressing fatigue in milk tanker drivers and the welfare of contractors on the firm’s major construction projects.

A total of 15 awards were presented at a gala dinner at SKYCITY Convention Centre in Auckland last night, where an audience of more than 500 celebrated the achievements of a wide variety of successful health and safety initiatives.

The awards, which began in 2005, are organised by Safeguard magazine and proudly supported by WorkSafe New Zealand. The awards are judged by a panel of five representing WorkSafe, ACC, NZ Council of Trade Unions, Safeguard, and an industry health and safety practitioner.

Convenor of judges Peter Bateman, editor of Safeguard, said the winning initiatives represented the kind of beyond-compliance thinking in which health and safety is used to genuinely engage with staff and contractors, and which results in collaborative and highly productive workplaces.

The winners were:

Supreme award: the WorkSafe New Zealand/ACC best overall contribution to improving workplace health and safety in New Zealand

Fonterra Co-Operative Group

Kensington Swan best initiative to address a safety risk

Fulton Hogan

Developed two sophisticated mobile driving simulators to address the vehicle crash rate. They tour the country to train all drivers in multiple vehicle types and driving conditions.

WorkSafe New Zealand best initiative to address a health risk

Fonterra Co-Operative Group

Developed a sophisticated approach to monitoring milk tanker driver fatigue, enabling potentially fatigued drivers to be identified earlier.

Vitae best initiative to improve employee wellbeing

Fonterra Co-Operative Group

The ‘Village Concept’ features a very high standard of centralised facilities for all subcontractors at major build sites, improving engagement and collaboration between previously ghettoised groups.

NZ Safety best initiative to encourage engagement in health & safety

Frucor Beverages

Refreshed its previously compliance-focused health & safety programme by inviting all staff to brainstorming workshops, from which arose the comprehensive and engaging ‘See It, Sort It, Safe As’ theme, with staff also involved in induction videos.

SICK New Zealand best initiative using NZ design/technology to eliminate or minimise a risk

Prestige Ltd, Hastings

Eliminated strain injuries incurred in the early stages of removing thousands of house fence posts by inventing and trialling a simple but effective post-pulling machine, which has also improved productivity.

Site Safe best health and safety initiative by a small business

Regents Park Farm, Bulls

Created a health & safety management app which everyone uses as a reporting tool, boosting incident and near miss reports and enabling rapid escalation and resolution.

Impac best significant health and safety initiative by a large organisation

Transdev Auckland

Took multiple measures – driver training, task analysis, workload management, fatigue, cognitive performance – to address an unacceptably high rate of signals passed at danger (SPAD).

ACC best leadership of an industry sector

NZ Transport Agency

Hosted the first Zero Harm Knowledge Forum and toured an associated roadshow to bring all players in the road construction sector to adopt a risk-based approach based primarily around engagement.

NZISM health and safety practitioner of the year

Martin McMullan, NZ Transport Agency

Championed innovative apps, conferences and roadshows for the road construction sector and helped the Construction Safety Council develop an innovative competency assessment method.

edenfx HSE Recruitment most influential employee

Laurie Collins, Lyttelton Port Company

On behalf of others, invoked the right to refuse unsafe work because maintenance staff could not provide ‘first responder’ cover on weekends. Stood his ground over several weeks, enhancing the cause of health & safety and the ability to resolve issues transparently.

Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum executive leader of the year

Graham Darlow, Fletcher Building

Leveraged the company’s role in post-quake Christchurch house repair to lift health and safety standards among subcontractors, and grasped that the home rebuild programme also presented an opportunity to raise standards in the residential sector nationwide. Chairs the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter.

Countdown Lifetime Achievement Award

Helen Kelly, Wellington

For her tireless commitment to making sure working people are safe at work, using all the tools at her disposal – from the judicial system to Twitter. Her work to publicise the alarming number of deaths and serious injuries in forestry is also acknowledged, as well as her work after Pike River to improve health and safety law and to advocate for the victims and their families.

Judges’ commendation awards went to:

New Zealand Playhouse, Christchurch: for developing The Playhouse Bible, a 48-page compendium of wit and wisdom about surviving life on the road for its small groups of touring players. Few staff inductions could be more engaging.

Wellington City Council: for directly addressing men’s mental health, particularly depression, by developing a regular workshop, One for the Blokes, which has now been attended by more than 350 staff, with enormously positive feedback. The workshop is now also being run in Christchurch.