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Vertical Horizonz New Zealand (VHNZ) is working with ihub as a way to track and manage training equipment, and vehicles. With VHNZ Training Centres in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, New Plymouth and Christchurch, and trainers traveling all over the country to deliver onsite training, it has become paramount that everything is tracked to effectively provide a superlative service for our clients.

"ihub tracks people, equipment and products across the entire business.

Deceptively simple, ihub can be accessed and updated via one adaptable dashboard in the office or on-site, instantly giving you the status and location of anything, and anyone at a glance."

See more information on ihub here:


All VHNZ training equipment is now managed through ihub. The equipment is tagged, coded and allocated through the online system. Each user is given their own profile which they use to manage the gear and vehicles they need for their day to day duties.

For example, a Height Safety Trainer would scan the required gear before taking it off site which would then allocate that gear to their profile. This provides visibility to head office.
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Anton Daish is the VHNZ South Island Regional Manager. He is also an Industrial Safety Trainer, a Fire training SME and our Trainer Health and Safety Representative.

Anton came to VHNZ with experience in emergency response, operational planning for the fire service which included operational duties for Urban and Rural Fires, Civil Defence and Urban Search and Rescue events and he was heavily involved in the Christchurch Earthquake response.

Anton was the Training Manager for the New Zealand Fire Service, Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and West Coast Regions within the South Island. He was involved in the design, coordination and delivery of training to New Zealand Fire Service personnel for all conceivable emergencies.

Let's pick Anton's brain about safety in NZ:

Anton, what is your first memory of the importance of safety?

As a trained NZ firefighter I remember the first time training in a Live Fire Exercise, experiencing several hundred degrees of heat. It showed the importance of wearing correct PPE, but also the value of teamwork and "trusting your mates" and knowing that your main protection was your delivery and branch being controlled by the pump operator outside. Having a "flashover" rolling over the ceiling above you and knowing the training you have, being able to read the stages of fire development knowing when to apply water, was the only reason you survived in what was effectively a fatal environment.

What has surprised you most about working within Health and Safety, Industry training?

The incredible passion, knowledge and skill that my colleagues who work within this industry have. We all have one common goal which is to ensure our safety training impacts on peoples lives so they come home to their families safe every night. The skill of a trainer is to create a learning environment that engages trainees so the learn but more importantly retain new knowledge.

What do you wish other people knew about safety in New Zealand?

That people who work in "High Risk" industries do face real dangers everyday through their work based activities and the "She'll be right" mentality is no longer acceptable within the workplace. We only have one life !

Tell me about something you've learnt while working at VHNZ?

The value of making training relevant to industry, but also that as a trainer you need credibility, I believe VHNZ employs such people which makes our training REAL.

What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?

I hold a Diploma in Medical Photography and worked within the Hospital System for 10 years as a professional photographer taking photos of things you don't want to hear about.

I am also very keen on V8 cars and own a 5.7 Lt Hemi V8 which is very fast.

If you were alone on a dessert island and could only take three items what would you take?

Food, Water, Shelter ???

If you won lotto what would be the first thing you'd buy?

Dodge Challenger Hellcat 6.2 Lt V8 (Sex on Wheels)

Vertical Horizonz NZ chatted with Craig Dunn, President of the NZ Stunt Guild.

Craig, your team has recently completed the Rope Access course with Vertical Horizonz, what value will this qualification add to your team ?
As stunt performers and contractors we want and need to be educated about the law and safety issues especially in the high risk environments we work in. We want to have a structured, high level of safety for our industry and Vertical Horizonz NZ offers industry standards and training that we can customise for our environment.
We have to make decisions about high risk activities and eliminate or minimise the risks. We have to be compliant with the law and promote safe work environments, training helps us do this.

We have also completed the Train the Trainer course with Vertical Horizonz. The Train the Trainer course helps to ensure the methodology we use is correct when presenting risk analysis and stunt plans to film teams and actors. It is essential we give the clearest instructions.

Members of your team have also completed the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Level 3 with Vertical Horizonz, obviously health and safety is paramount in your line of work, can you tell us about the safety culture within the stunt world?
Safety is always paramount! We are now seeing requirements for paperwork to support what we have always done and have always taken seriously. These safety processes are now being supported at a higher level, which is a good thing and the right direction to be moving in.

Have you noticed more clients asking to see certain qualifications since the Health and Safety at Work Act changed?
Generally the industry is looking to have more standardised qualifications, SOPs (Safe Operating Procedures) and codes of practice around what we do. This is a good change for organisational structure. It is helpful for us to have this industry standard, particularly when working with international companies. Laws change and we adapt and go with what's needed.

What procedures do you and your team work through to keep yourself safe when completing stunts?
We always do a number of rehearsals; we start with a dry rehearsal, then a block out rehearsal, we then train the actors, and block a rehearsal with the actors, then do a full pace rehearsal to make sure it works at speed, then educate all involved departments; art, costumes, etc before we try the real take. 

A risk assessment is always completed to eliminate or minimise the risks as much as possible. We are not trying to be Dare Devils; we want to go home at the end of each working day so we take all the necessary steps to make sure that happens.

Can you tell us about some of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stunt people use?
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NEBOSH Courses

The NEBOSH International General Certificate provides an excellent foundation in occupational safety and health, helping those who study it manage risk more effectively. The NEBOSH International Certificate is based on international standards and is suitable for people in any industry sector, anywhere in the world.

It is ideal for:
  • Managers, supervisors, employee representatives.
  • Those wishing to enhance their health and safety knowledge.
  • Those seeking more knowledge about global health and safety. 

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Course Objectives 

The NEBOSH International General Certificate course is split into three units of study, each of which is assessed separately:
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