New Zealanders with an interest in human factors/ergonomics have been represented by ergonomics societies for 50 years. We are proud of this milestone - it represents the development of a considerable depth of knowledge, and the steady provision of human factors/ergonomics skills to the people and businesses of New Zealand.
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 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA). 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 Society publishes monthly e-news, distributed to members.
Conferences, Meetings and Webinars
Conferences have historically been held every 18 months, with the publication of conference proceedings. The society is moving to more regular meetings including regional events and webinars to provide a range of learning and networking opportunities to members. HFESNZ aims for a conference event annually, with the schedule linked with the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (HASANZ) biennial conferences. The society supported the inaugural HASANZ Conference in September 2016 with HFESNZ members showcasing a broad range of human factors/ergonomics content relevant to the health and safety sector.
Member’s contact information and areas of professional skill and interest are shared. Members may have specific training in human factors/ergonomics, and/or find their way to the field from a broad range of backgrounds - including: academia, architecture, engineering, industrial design, medicine, occupational health nursing, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, work study practitioners, computer scientists, safety engineering, social researchers/scientists, and managers – etc. We are brought together by our shared interest in human performance, and the understanding of the many aspects of systems that impact on this. Regular meetings and webinars are designed to provide members with the opportunity to network. As a member-driven organisation we invite all members to participate in and support/create these professional events – contact the administrator if you wish to host or arrange a meeting in your area.
HFESNZ works to promote human factors/ergonomics to industry, policy makers, regulators, educators and research funders via a range of activities. Actively working with HASANZ allows a vehicle for raising professional standards and professional excellence within our own profession and the other professions working with the health and safety sector. HASANZ provides a forum for the promotion of human factors/ergonomics across government and educational agencies.