HR Volunteer of the Year

Claire Bourne, General Manager, People and Development, Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited was last week named HR Volunteer of the Year at the annual Human Resources Institute of New Zealand Awards in Auckland.

Claire, who has been a member of HRINZ for the last five years, says she was honoured to receive the award and be recognised by her peers.

“The most important thing in the world is people and at Ngāi Tahu Farming we do a lot of work around engaging and developing our talented staff, we are constantly reviewing our work and looking at innovative and outside-the-square ways of ensuring staff can reach their full potential,” she says.

The HR Volunteer of the Year award recognises those who have contributed to the success and building of the capability of the HR profession through their personal contribution to the HR community, local region, or wider business community.

For Claire, that includes her work on the HRINZ Canterbury Branch committee for three years, leading the committee of eleven for one year; and the large amount of work she has done with the Oranga Pāmu Community Committee. Along with Renata Hakiwai, Director of Whenua Kura and community members, she was instrumental in establishing the community group and has worked hard to champion the voices of, and build relationships with members of the Te Whenua Hou community.

Hundreds of industry heads gathered at Auckland’s SkyCity Convention Centre last week, where HRINZ hosted the record-breaking awards ceremony.

With 315 guests in attendance, the 18th annual NZ HR Awards not only became the most highly-attended event in its history, it also gave out the most awards to date.

“This year’s finalists and winners have demonstrated an extraordinary level of achievement in their categories,” said Chris Till, chief executive of HRINZ. “With a record number of awards being presented, this evening highlights how truly impactful our profession is in workplaces,” he said on the night.

Nineteen awards were presented, compared to just 13 handed out in 2016, with the Diversity and Inclusion Award being introduced for the first time.