About

​SaferKiwis provides templates and independent advice on a range of health and safety systems and processes for businesses. These templates have been developed to align with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and will support you with legislation compliance. They can be tailored to your specific business, and one-to-one or group sessions are available to discuss the most suitable approach for implementation.
SaferKiwis guide businesses through the complexities of legislation, make it simple to understand ‘what you need to do to comply with health and safety’ and much more. Our maintenance programs are individually tailored to service your specific business needs, and adapt along with your development. You will be assigned an individual case manager, so the personal contact and level of understanding about how YOUR business operates is always available when needed.

Melissa Rodrigues – Director

Melissa is based in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast and founded SaferKiwis Limited in 2018. Melissa has worked hard at developing non-industry specific health and safety templates that can be implemented into any organisation, and developed a maintenance program to take care of your health and safety to ensure that it remains current and up to date.

She has a passion for keeping people safe and has worked in health and safety for 7 years. During this time she has obtained many qualifications and is currently trained to level 4, is a registered representative with WorkSafe, is working towards the New Zealand Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety (level 6) and has the following additional qualifications:

  • Inductions
  • Safety Observations
  • Hazard Management
  • Safety Data Sheets
  • Health and Safety Employment Law & Health and Safety in Employment
  • Risk Management and Quality
  • Organisational Behaviour

All ACC audits that Melissa has prepared she has passed at 100% with zero recommendations.

Melissa obtained an award in 2016 for the National Health and Safety person of the year while employed for a large manufacturing company in New Zealand (based in Porirua) and she has witnessed many incidents, and completed numerous investigations which resulted in recommending, writing and implementing effective processes and procedures across many different industries such as; retail (and Eco-Retail), childcare, community centers and events, builders, manufacturing plants, office based businesses, outdoor sports/games, landscapers, fishermen, subsidiaries of the department of conservation and many more.

Melissa believes strongly in running a ‘fair’ business and puts her clients first. She is confident in her ability to provide you with a service that will save you time, money and potentially lives.

Cara McKinnon – Administration

Cara is based in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast, joining SaferKiwis Limited in early 2020.
​Cara is trained to level 4 and is a health and safety representative registered with WorkSafe. She has a practical working knowledge of the health and safety requirements and has the ability to use her broad knowledge base to enhance your current business systems and processes.

Our Goal

SaferKiwis was founded to ensure that business owners know ‘what to do‘ in order to comply with health and safety. The current information out there is inconsistent and at times overwhelming. Health and safety is a specialised area, and is not always treated as such, many business owners do not have time for it, or understand their responsibilities.

We have made it our mission to make health and safety as simple and easy to follow as possible, to protect your business and workers from incidents and liabilities.