Health, Safety and Wellbeing Lead

  • McLaren Recruitment
  • Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 26, 2024
Full-Time Human Resources

Job Description

  • Key role for an iconic Kiwi organisation
  • Career development opportunity  
  • Based in central Porirua


Formed in 1941, Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa – Playcentre Aotearoa (Playcentre) is a licenced early childhood education provider and charitable trust. It is a bicultural organisation committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and celebrating people’s uniqueness which has a philosophy of empowering ‘parents as first educators’. Playcentre seeks to empower whānau and tamariki to work, play, learn and grow together, and today has over 400 centres nationwide.


Reporting to the HR Lead, you will work with the national team and Trustee Board to implement the health, safety, and wellbeing strategy. You will build relationships of trust and work proactively with staff and Centre members to influence and continue to foster a proactive HSW culture within Playcentre, and to establish and maintain a programme of continuous improvement in the management of HSW.


You will also provide specialist support, guidance and advice on health and safety matters, ensuring best practice and compliance is achieved, and will be responsible for managing the day to day use of online the HSW system to increase engagement, reporting, and to promote the consistent use of the system to capture health and safety activities.


There is plenty of scope to add value using your H&S experience to ensure the organisation is operating in the safest, most efficient, effective and best practice manner.


Being a fairly new role for the organisation, there is a genuine opportunity to continue to shape the role and make a positive difference for this important and iconic NZ organisation.


You will also have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of thoughtful, considered, smart and passionate people.


Person Profile:

  • Well rounded understanding of Health & Safety including a sound knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills; able to relate effectively and authentically at all levels, from Board and leadership team to grass roots
  • Empathy for the philosophy and values of Playcentre and a desire to drive the implementation of their new H&S Strategy
  • A high level of initiative with effective planning, project co-ordination and organisational abilities
  • Superior communication, problem solving and analytical capabilities, coupled with sound judgement
  • A consultative and open style with a ‘no surprises’ approach
  • Recognises the “big picture” in issues while also attending to detail
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite and a range of incident reporting systems/software




Job Summary

Exciting opportunity for an experienced H&S practitioner to stamp their mark on this key role, working for an iconic Kiwi organisation.

How to apply

Applications close: Sunday 12 May 2024

Applications to: Nikki Walshaw via
Position description: Available to view at


P: 04 499 1069


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