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The Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRNZ) is the professional body for human resources (HR) professionals. HRNZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation providing services and support for people who work in HR in New Zealand.

HRNZ delivers career defining experiences and leading edge tools to the NZ HR profession. We provide professional development opportunities, progression pathways, Chartered Membership and Emerging Professional certification and organise the HR Awards, HR Virtual Summits and the Future Workplace Forum.

We at HRNZ are passionate about unleashing the potential of the people that power NZ workplaces.


HRNZ was formed on 1 April 1999 as a result of the rebranding of the Institute of Personnel Management New Zealand (IPMNZ).  

The parent body, IPMNZ, was established in 1985 as a result of a move away from the New Zealand Institute of Management.  Previously the two bodies operated under the one broad umbrella. Different membership needs and requirements led to the establishment of a separate body focussed solely on the role of the human resources professional, and the advancement of that profession.  

HRNZ continues this focus reflecting the realities of the contemporary human resources environment.

For further information about our history please email [email protected]