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Natasha Dercksen APHRNZ

What led you to a career in HR/ the position that you are in currently? 

Stepping into a career in HR felt like a natural progression, driven by my genuine passion for understanding and connecting with people. Early in my professional journey, I discovered a fascination with the intricacies of human interactions in the workplace. Whether it involved resolving conflicts, fostering team spirit, or contributing to the personal and professional growth of individuals, I recognised the profound impact HR could have on shaping the overall work environment.

Now, as the People & Culture Manager at Produce Delivered Limited, I am privileged to collaborate with an extraordinary team that transcends the boundaries of mere colleagues. They have become the anchor that made my transition from South Africa to New Zealand incredibly smooth. In this role, I can seamlessly align my passion for HR with making meaningful contributions to both employee well-being and the growth of the company.


What do you love about working in HR? 

What I find particularly rewarding about working in HR is the chance to make a meaningful impact on both individuals and the organisation as a whole. I have a genuine enjoyment of working with people, and the dynamic nature of the HR field ensures that no two days are the same - there's never a dull moment. This constant variety, coupled with the diverse aspects of HR such as employee engagement, talent management, and cultivating a positive workplace culture, allows me to contribute to the success and satisfaction of both employees and the company.


What is an achievement so far in your career that you are proud of? 

In the journey of my HR career, I've had the privilege of crafting strategies that not only align with company goals but also breathe life into workplaces. Nurturing talents, managing risks, and guiding recruitment processes have been more than tasks; they've been opportunities to make a positive impact.

A defining achievement for me has been attaining my Professional HR Registration in South Africa and becoming an Associate HR Auditor with South African Board of People Practices (SABPP).


What are your thoughts on the Emerging Professional Member process? 

Straightforward and hassle-free. From my perspective, it represents a valuable opportunity for continuous learning, networking, and growth. 


Do you plan to now work towards becoming a Chartered Member? 

Absolutely. Becoming a Chartered Member is a natural progression in my career journey. I am committed to furthering my knowledge, skills, and expertise in HR, and achieving Chartered status will be a significant milestone in solidifying my professional standing within the HR community.


What are your next steps in terms of your career? 

As I am relatively new to New Zealand, having arrived from South Africa just over a year ago, a key focus of my next steps is to enhance my understanding of NZ legislation and deepen my knowledge within the local HR field. Alongside, I am eager to register as a Chartered Member, demonstrating my commitment to professional excellence and furthering my credibility within the HR community. I am devoted to continued professional development, seeking opportunities to lead strategic HR initiatives, and furthering my involvement in industry-related projects.