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Vertical Horizonz New Zealand (VHNZ) is excited to announce a partnership with The Institute of Management New Zealand (IMNZ).

VHNZ CEO Carl McOnie and IMNZ CEO Steven Naude.


IMNZ, who for 70 years have been developing a professional community of managers and leaders through their training, are also collaborating with Massey Business School to offer development pathways that transform talented people into valuable managers, visionary leaders and global executives. This marries well in the ethos and services at VHNZ, where we empower revolutionary change for industry, business and individuals by providing exceptional health & safety training experiences. 
Together, with a shared commitment and passion for professional development, VHNZ and IMNZ can help train and develop everyone, from the workers at the coalface to the CEOs of the biggest businesses.
 
Find out more about IMNZ by visiting their website www.imnz.co.nz

The National Safety Show

Vertical Horizonz will be exhibiting at the National Safety Show from 25 - 27 June 2017 at the ASB Showgrounds Auckland. 

The National Safety Show provides this opportunity as the largest event dedicated to workplace safety in New Zealand. Explore new products, services and innovations catered to New Zealand's safety industry.

Specialist companies from throughout New Zealand come together in one place to showcase their products and services, help solve your businesses safety problems and offer solutions to New Zealand businesses. You will be sure to find the right mix of first- hand experience, critical updates and practical advice to apply in your own workplace.

The National Safety Show is a free trade exhibition, which also includes a comprehensive seminar and workshop series running across all three days of the event. A complete breakdown of seminars will be available within four weeks of the show.

Meet safety experts and professionals that can help you keep your workplace safe. If you are looking for solutions to make your workplace safer, more productive and profitable, the National Safety Show is not to be missed. 
See further details here.

Andrew Sykes, a man with many hats and a fantastic head of hair, is our Auckland Training Centre Manager, Auckland Regional Training Manager and a Health and Safety and Industrial Safety Trainer.


Andrew served with the Fire Service in the UK for 16 years at various busy metropolitan stations and gained experience in a wide variety of scenarios. As he worked through the ranks he was able to successfully guide his crews to complete the required objectives in often challenging and stressful situations.

During his later years in the service Andrew helped to set up and lead a Technical Rescue Unit (TRU) with their primary aim of improving both the communities and firefighters safety. They achieved this increase in safety by developing high levels of skill in various areas including rope, water and urban rescue amongst many others. Aligning an increased knowledge in good practice, legislation and standards to a high level of skill enabled the TRU to develop new rescue techniques previously unable within the Fire Service.

We asked Andrew about his views on safety training.

Andrew, what is your first memory of the importance of safety? Read more…

STRESS: How to manage it.

Stress is evident everywhere in our fast-paced world. It's a mental, emotional, behavioural or physical strain caused by anxiety or overwork. We all feel stress and often suffer the results of it in some way or other.

Stress is defined as:
'A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.'

Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. A small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well. But multiple challenges daily, such as sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines and paying bills, can push you beyond your ability to cope.

Your brain comes hard-wired with an alarm system for your protection. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure. This "fight-or-flight" response fuels you to deal with the threat.

Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal, relaxed state. Unfortunately, the nonstop complications of modern life mean that some people's alarm systems rarely shut off.

Stress management gives you a range of tools to reset your alarm system. It can help your mind and body adapt (resilience). Without it, your body might always be on high alert. Over time, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems.

Don't wait until stress damages your health, relationships or quality of life. Start practicing stress management techniques today.

Most of the stress we experience can be broken down into three categories:


Managing the Stress
When you identify, and learn how to manage the things that create stress, you will experience improvements in every area of your life-from your relationships to your performance, from your health to your outlook on life.


Below are several points that can contribute to stress. You need to be aware and realise that you are in control of your stress; this the foundation of stress management.

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