About the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand (HFESNZ)

New Zealanders who are interested in ergonomics have been represented by ergonomics societies for more than 25 years. In 1966, the Ergonomics Society of Australia and New Zealand (ESANZ) was established. This followed on from the interest initially generated in 1964 when 90 people from Australia and New Zealand met in Adelaide at the first Australasian ergonomics conference.

During 1985, local interest in setting up an independent society developed to the point that, in February 1986, the New Zealand Ergonomics Society (NZES) was formed. This change occurred in consultation with ESANZ which has now changed its name to the Ergonomics Society of Australia (ESA). In 1991, the New Zealand Ergonomics Society became a federated member of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA). In 2012, the New Zealand Ergonomics Society changed their name to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand to align with worldwide understanding of the industry.


The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand exists to:

- promote the application of ergonomics knowledge;
- advance ergonomics research and education; and
- increase public awareness of ergonomics.

Services to members

The Society's newsletter, Ergonomics New Zealand is published quarterly with articles and news items.

These are organised every 18 months. Conference proceedings are published.

Regional Groups:
There is currently an active group in Wellington and we are looking to set up other groups in both North and South Island.

Member Network:
A booklet containing a list of members is published annually. This booklet contains members' contact addresses, and their areas of interest. Members come from a range of professional backgrounds including academics,engineers,industrial designers,medical practitioners, occupational health nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, work study practitioners, computer scientists, and managers.


Contact Us

For further information please email us on ergonomics@ergonomics.org.nz

To contact a certified ergonomist please use the contact details on the register given on the Certified and Associate Human Factors and Ergonomists (HF & ergonomics) page. Certification queries should be directed to the Centre of Certification Convenor via email - humanmatters@xtra.co.nz

HFESNZ Membership

Membership Categories

Member: For individuals who have an interest in ergonomics and in furthering the objects of the Society.

Student Member: For those enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate educational programme.

Library Membership: For libraries. Membership under this category entitles member libraries to receive a copy of the Society s newsletter only.

Features and Benefits of a HFESNZ membership

HFESNZ Membership Form

You will need Adobe Acrobat reader to view the pdf document and form, download it here.