Wellington grads meet with a champ

02 Dec 2019

Wellington Grads

Some of the graduates and their supporters at the Wellington ceremony for  the Health and Safety in Construction programme graduation. 


Wellington graduates of the new Health and Safety in Construction programme got some champion advice at their graduation on November 14 in Lower Hutt.

Former Silver Ferns shooter and world champ, Irene van Dyk, was the guest speaker where she talked about the joys, woes and hard work of being a top-class sportsperson. And the advantages of growing 20cm in one year when you're a netballer!

Site Safe Chief Executive Brett Murray congratulated the graduates for their hard work and success with the programme. While he noted it had been a tough year for health and safety in the construction sector, he said the industry was still working hard to lift its safety skills.

“This year, Site Safe also celebrates its 20-year anniversary with its 222 graduates across the country. It recognises industry’s terrific commitment being made to invest in its biggest asset, its people.

“This really speaks volumes to both the industry and by individual businesses on the ground – to equip men and woman with the skills they need to lead safety on site.

"This year we also have 15 graduates who have cross-credited training courses from our Memorandum of Understanding partners, Vertical Horizonz. This is a great example of organisations working together for the advantage of the industry.”

He finished by thanking the people that supported the graduates as they went through their training.

“Thank you for investing in your people, and helping to make our industry, and our country, a safer place to work.”


Melissa Sharp

Melissa Shipp from Strong Electrical with Site Safe CE Brett Murray.


Doug Pokiha

Doug Pokiha from Scafit with Irene van Dyk, guest speaker at the Wellington graduation.