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RiskNZ: Repositioning Risk Management

Line of Defence, Autumn 2017

Peter Jackson speaking at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International. Image courtesy Gage Skidmore.Peter Jackson speaking at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International. Image courtesy Gage Skidmore.


Risk New Zealand chief executive Tim Jago talks RiskNZ's 2017 conference ‘Repositioning Risk Management’, where cyber, data and new technology risks will feature highly. 


RiskNZ’s August conference ‘Repositioning Risk Management’ promises to put the spotlight on several emergent risk management issues and trends that are challenging risk management professionals in New Zealand as well as abroad.

200 delegates drawn from RiskNZ’s membership in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific are expected at the conference in Wellington, where up to 20 sessions and workshops have been scheduled to ensure a diverse set of risk related topics are canvassed.

Geopolitical influences, political shifts, global economic uncertainty, terrorism and a host of associated matters are at the centre of a specific conference stream. Auckland University’s Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor will present the findings of a 2017 survey of risk practitioners that will shed light on how New Zealand’s risk management fraternity views the global, national and local (domestic) risk agenda. The views of Australian counterparts will also be presented.

Cyber, content (data) and new technology risks will feature highly, with arrangements being finalised to bring a leading northern hemisphere expert to New Zealand to address the conference, and lead private forums.

Another conference stream focuses on New Zealand’s whole of government and whole of society approaches to risk and resilience. Key government agencies and thought leaders will deliver insights to how the machinery of government is being re-engineered to ensure improved arrangements for managing New Zealand’s personal, physical and information security. National arrangements to protect against and provide resilience to natural hazards will also feature.

Echoing RiskNZ’s vision that New Zealand prospers because risk is well managed, a number of leading commercial enterprises are slated to share their successful approaches to managing risks in order to succeed on the global stage.


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Cameron Harland will share insights to how Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor and their group of companies have become globally dominant in the cinematic and special effects industries by embracing risk in order to be at the cutting edge of their industry. 2016 joint Risk Management Professional of the Year Jacqui Lyttle will share the HRH Morrison / Infratil story.

Case studies in repositioning risk management as an enterprise wide function, repositioning the role of risk and resilience managers within organisations, and the changed roles and responsibilities of boards and chief executives are featuring highly in conference planning. Risk communication will also be introduced for the first time at a RiskNZ conference.

Other presentations will provide very recent insights to enterprise risk management approaches successfully adopted by the lifeline engineering and public utility sectors, New Zealand-based multinationals involved in the primary industries, and the tertiary education sector.

Speakers from the not-for-profit and NGO sectors will broaden the conference, and will showcase risk management being effectively applied in the community, sport and tourism settings. Surf Life Saving Northern Region will be partnering with Coastal Research’s Nick Mulcahy, RiskNZ’s 2015 Emerging Risk Practitioner of the Year, in a session about science augmenting intuition. The leisure and tourism sector’s decade of quick adoption and adaptation will also be reviewed.

The conference has the objectives of sharing knowledge, expertise and skills; enabling learning from shared best practice; offering insights to emergent issues and practices domestically and abroad; and nurturing productive professional networks.

The conference takes place 17-18 August, and registrations and call for abstracts are open. For details, visit the conference webpage


RiskNZ is the sector body in New Zealand bringing together people and organisations managing risk. Since 2000 (when established as the NZ Society for Risk Management) the organisation has sought to deliver services and activities aimed at strengthening the capability in New Zealand to manage risk.


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