Shaping our future

24 May 2007

Standards New Zealand’s annual sponsors’ forum held in Wellington on Monday saw the introduction of a proposed new business model. Sponsors are organisations that initiate and fund the development of Standards.

Attended by Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel and over 50 sponsor representatives, the forum gave attendees the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed new model.

Chief Operating Officer, Grant Thomas said, “The proposed business model will allow Standards New Zealand to work more closely with sponsors at the beginning of projects to identify needs of their sectors and find the best solutions. The new model also emphasises the need to review each Standard, to ensure it achieves the outcomes it is intended to.”

“We want to respond effectively to specific sector needs, and to measure the tangible outcomes,” said Mr Thomas.

“Standards New Zealand’s core strengths are our project management, facilitation and consensus-building skills.  Our new model enables us to build on these strengths to offer a more tailored, flexible package of solutions to our sponsors,” said Mr Thomas.

The forum provided an opportunity for sponsors to consider and provide feedback to Standards New Zealand on the proposed model, alongside the recommendations of the standards and conformance infrastructure review.  Standards New Zealand was also pleased to report significant improvements in sponsor satisfaction ratings from the annual stakeholder survey conducted in March 2007.

“Implementation of the standards and conformance infrastructure review recommendations will result in a more integrated Standards infrastructure and this very much aligns with our future direction.  We are looking forward to working more closely with a range of public and private sector organisations to find Standards solutions that benefit all New Zealanders,” said Mr Thomas.

Standards help all New Zealanders by  making life simpler and safer and increasing the effectiveness and reliability of many goods and services we use every day.  Standards New Zealand is increasingly working across diverse subject areas, with Standards in health and disability, building, engineering, sport and recreation, energy efficiency, fire safety, and fertility services to name a few. 

For more information contact:
Annie Lattey, Communications Manager, Standards New Zealand, DDI +64 4 498 3986, mobile +64 21 908 821, email