WorkSafe New Zealand is planning to take a close look at how the Talley’s group of companies are meeting their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA).

“WorkSafe has taken a number of enforcement actions over individual incidents over a number of years. 

“We are concerned that where health and safety issues continue to arise in a company or a group of companies, this may indicate there are systemic issues that need to be addressed in the boardroom,” Mr Parkes said. 

“HSWA places clear health and safety obligations on all levels of businesses from the boardroom to the production line so WorkSafe will be looking at every aspect of the Talley’s group’s health and safety performance and we will liaise with other regulatory agencies as appropriate. 

“Our approach with Talley’s is not an investigation, nor is it linked to an individual incident. 

"While obligations exist throughout a business, leaders have the obligation and the influence to create healthy and safe workplaces and focusing on the duties of officers under HSWA is a priority approach for WorkSafe,’ Mr Parkes said. 

The plan for this work is being developed currently. 

Notes to media:

No interviews are available on this media release, and no further information is available at this time. 

Media contact details

For more information you can contact our Media Team using our media request form. Alternatively, you can:

Phone: 021 823 007 or

Email: media@worksafe.govt.nz


01/01/2018 to 02/07/2021; two for Talley's Group Limited; oe for Affco New Zealand Limited. One current prosecution for Affco New Zealand Limited. 

Table 1. Notifications Related to Talley's Group from: 01/01/2018 - 01/07/2021

Notification type 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
H&S Concern - Concern about Unsafe Conditions    13 2 1 16
Notification of Concern about Unsafe Conditions  8 2     10
Confirmed Workplace Fatality      1   1
Notification of Notifiable Incident  11 8 8 7 34
Notification of Notifiable Injury or Illness  24 21 25 13 83
Total 43 44 36 21 144


Table 2. Non-Prosecution Enforcements Issued to Talley's Group from: 01/01/2018 - 01/07/2021

Enforcement Type 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total
Directive Letter 6   1   7
HSWA Improvement notice  14 3 5   22
HSWA Non-Disturbance Notice      1   1
HSWA Prohibition notice      2   2
Recommend HSWA Prosecution        1 1
Sustained Compliance Letter  6   2   8
Verbal Direction  1   1   2
Total 27 3 12 1 43