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Meet the VHNZ Team - Mack McCorkindale

21 September 2016

Meet the VHNZ Team - Mack McCorkindale

Mack joined VHNZ at the start of 2015 and trains in the Rural and Transport sectors. Previously he spent 10 years in the New Zealand Army specialising in Heavy Vehicle Transport and Communications. He was deployed across South East Asia, Australia, Pacific Island, and Europe. After returning to New Zealand he worked for 15 years as a Corrections Officer, Senior Corrections Officer and Principal Corrections Officer for the Department of Corrections NZ. 

Mack is a broken down retired rugby player with 3 kids. He enjoys outdoorsy activities including, fishing, deer stalking and pig hunting. He can butcher and cook his own kill. 

With his NZ Army and Department of Corrections experience, Mack has serious respect for the importance of safety. We asked him a few questions:

Mack, what is your first memory of the importance of safety?
I remember being a young teenager on the electric train in Wellington and watching a guy get electrocuted whilst he was messing around on top of the train. 

What has surprised you most about working within Health and Safety, Industry training?
The amount of miss information that is out there, for example, people realising they need tickets for machinery they thought they didn't need tickets for and had been operating.

What do you wish other people knew about safety in New Zealand?
Take it SERIOUSLY!!!

Tell me about something you've learnt while working at VHNZ?
Bill Hadley teaching me a Snatch Reverse and Jason Watt showing us how NOT to do a Snatch Reverse.


What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
I have been inside the bathroom of Saddam Hussein's Palace in Baghdad.

If you were alone on a dessert island and could only take three items what would you take?
Butcher knife, 
cell phone, 
and O2 sunnies. 

Mack's Qualifications in Brief

  • Training and Assessment Level IV (Australia)
  • Adult Education Level 4/5
  • Offender Management Level 3
  • Level 5 Health and Safety

A man of strong stature and few, but eloquent words, Mack is our resident Te reo expert and office handy man. Also holds the keys to all the company cars so is a good friend to have onside.