Health and safety awards

Health and safety awards

Celebrating the exceptional work of our health and safety representatives across the public sector.

PSA members were among the standout achievers at the Health and Safety Representative of the Year Awards.

In May the Government Health and Safety Lead hosted the annual award ceremony that acknowledges the work of public sector health and safety representatives.

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Finalist Ashleigh Fedorenko from the Ministry of Justice

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Finalists Susan Keen and Sophie Hagen from MPI

Winner and PSA member Natalie Price from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade was recognised by the judges for her exceptional contributions to health and safety at MFAT.

Along with the prestige of being the overall winner for the year, the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management have offered Natalie a one-year membership, which will help increase her knowledge and access to other health and safety professionals across the industry.


Natalie has been a health and safety rep for two years, supporting workers spread across 27 overseas embassies in the Americas and Asia.

As chair of the Wellington MFAT health and safety committee, Natalie has made sure her fellow health and safety reps are well trained and resourced and are confident about advocating for health and safety at work.

As a result of her efforts, she has helped to create a culture in which health and safety representatives are truly the voice of working people.

Congratulations to all the finalists

Sergeant Damian Ison, NZDF
Susan Keenan and Sophie Hagen, MPI
Shelley Easton, NZTA Single Canoe
Andy Auer, NZTA Single Canoe
Ashleigh Fedorenko, MOJ


A new Health and Safety Representatives’ Hub at provides a one stop shop for resources, tools, and information to support health and safety reps in their role.

Main image: PSA organiser Tracy Klenner, Award winner Natalie Price and Director-General MPI Ray Smith

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