12 April 2022
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Webinar: Site Safe & NZIOB Wellbeing 

NZIOB and Site Safe have developed a webinar on the topic of Wellbeing/Mental Health in Construction. The event will draw upon a Site Safe commissioned 2021 study undertaken by Massey University that investigated stress on construction sites.
The key site stressors that were identified in the research report are:

  • Organisational Stressors (time pressures, volumes of work and cognitive ability); and
  • Poor Communication & Collaboration practices 
For this event, NZIOB and Site Safe have assembled a speaker line-up that covers the construction supply-chain. Each speaker will discuss what they are doing to promote mental health initiatives in their companies in relation to key findings from this study.
Event Speakers
  • Massey report authors: - Greg Chawynski MNZIOB, and Hennie van Heerden MNZIOB
  • Main Contractor (commercial) - Matt Taylor, Hawkins
  • Small Contractor (residential) - Heath MacKenzie, Specialised Property Solutions Ltd 
  • Consultant - Jason Howden MNZIOB, Warren & Mahoney

Each speaker will present a short presentation, with the event concluding with a panel
Q & A session.

Date Wednesday 4th May 
Time 5.30pm - 6.45pm 
Location Online webinar*
Cost Free for NZIOB & Site Safe Members** / $25 plus GST for Non-Members
CPD Credits 3

*If you are unable to watch the webinar live, a recording will be available to watch at a later date. Recorded webinars are free to access for NZIOB Members through the membership portal under 'Webinars'. Non-members are able to purchase the recording here.

**NZIOB membership is based on individuals, not organisations. To check if someone in your organisation is a member, to request a membership number, or to enquire about membership, please email


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Presenter profiles:

Dr Andries (Hennie) van Heerden BSc (Construction Management), BSc (Hons) Technology Management, MSc (Technology Management), PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer – School of Built Environment, Construction Management, Massey University

Hennie has 13 years of experience in the South African construction industry. He also pursued other opportunities to expand his skills by being involved at Ford Motor Company and South African Breweries’ (SAB) Route 77 project. He joined academia in 2013 and became part of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Construction Economics team. His authentic learning approach of taking real-life construction site situations and applying these to theoretical knowledge assisted him in receiving the lecturer of the year award in his debut year. He took over the Programme Leader role (Construction Management) in the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria in 2018 and joined Massey University in July 2019.
During his time at Massey University, he achieved the Fellow (FHEA) status and was one of the nominees for the LOTY Lecturer of the year awards in 2021. His research focuses on the well-being of people in construction. He is currently also a member of the NZIOB.
Hennie gained experience in the construction industry working for various companies as a Construction Manager and Project Manager. These projects were broad-ranging and included single, multi-storey upmarket dwellings and retirement villages, shopping centres, office blocks, hospitals and 5-star bushveld lodges.

Dr Gregory Chawynski  BTech, GradCertEng, PhD, MEng, DipMEEC (Diploma of Managerial Excellence in Engineering & Construction)

Director of Engagement - School of Built Environment and Senior Lecturer in Construction Management Massey University

Gregory has a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry for over 20 years both in Australian and New Zealand. He has held a number of key appointments including governance roles on boards and trusts. He brings a wealth of practical experience to the School of Built Environment that aligns well with his research interests and lectures.  He is a Past; Secretary and President of the New Zealand Institute of Building (Central Chapter - Wellington), President of the Manawatu Registered Master Builders Association, and Board Member of the New Zealand Institute of Building (Southern Chapter - Christchurch). He is currently the Deputy Chair, Committee Member – Education - New Zealand Institute of Building, Northern Chapter: Auckland – Waikato - Northland and the Chairperson and a Judge for the 2022 New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association Excellence Awards.
At the end of last year, Greg took out the top prize at the 2021 Auckland Students’ Association Lecturer of the Year (LOTY) Award at Massey University.  Greg was presented with the LOTY prize at the awards ceremony, which has been held annually since 2005 on the Auckland campus to recognise teaching excellence and support academic quality. He also won the top award for the College of Sciences.
His experience includes single and multi-storey residential buildings, shopping centres, Department of Defence projects, university campuses, transportation, residential, high-rise, airport projects, private schools, prison work, banks, racecourses and pharmaceutical.

Heath Mackenzie MBA
Managing Director, Specialised property Solutions

The construction industry has been a big part of my life since a young age. My career has allowed me to experience a wide variety of workplace settings from busy building sites to high-pressure corporate environments. Across my different roles, as an apprentice, educator, qualifications developer, senior project manager and, more recently, as the owner of a construction company, I have experienced first-hand the impact of wellbeing support in the workplace. My own personal struggle with depression and anxiety in the past has highlighted to me the importance of mental health support as a key strategic priority for me as I look to grow my own company and develop my team.

Jason Howden NZCD(Arch), Dip Arch Drafting
Principal, Digital Innovation Leader, Warren & Mahoney

For over 25 years, Jason has been at the forefront of BIM and digital technologies for the built environment, leading the development, promotion and education of BIM workflows and technologies worldwide. Jason is a complex-project specialist who has led diverse project teams and consulted on some of the world's largest infrastructure facilities, including hospitals, laboratories, prisons and airports, ranging from $100 million to over $1.5 billion. Jason is an innovative and strategic thinker with an extraordinary ability to navigate intricate multi-layered, many-party projects, designing effective digital frameworks and the strategic pathways to realise them.

Matt Taylor Nat. Dip. Construction Management
Regional Manager, Hawkins 

Matt is the Regional Manager for the Lower North Island Region at Hawkins, Aotearoa’s leading construction company. Hawkins is part of the Facilities division of Downer, which focuses on integrated customer solutions from design through construction, maintenance  and operation.
Matt leads a team of 140 Hawkins staff undertaking up to 20 projects concurrently in Wellington, the Manawatu and the Hawkes Bay . He holds a NZ Diploma in Construction Management and brings a wealth of construction experience with  20 years in the industry in Wellington across several main contractors. He started as a cadet, and worked his way through the range of project delivery roles through to Project Director, before moving into his current role in General Management.
Matt focuses on a project led culture with an emphasis on safety, delivery, relationships and thought leadership. He challenges Hawkins project teams to develop trust by delivering on our promises with excellence, and by using collaboration as a tool to build and sustain enduring partnerships based on integrity. Zero Harm in all aspects of Health, Safety and Wellbeing is a key driver in maintaining these standards, and ensuring clients and staff continue to want to work with us or for us.

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