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Who we are

VHNZ has over 25 years’ experience in providing NZQA accredited safety training; VHNZ was registered as a Private Training Establishment (PTE) with NZQA in 1998 and have been a Category 1 provider following NZQA EER audits in 2013, 2017 and 2021. Across VHNZ, there is a profound dedication to developing world class safety training that is engaging, meaningful and successful.

We believe all people have the right to access the tools to achieve their potential and succeed. We take a personal responsibility for our performance and for the achievement of trainees in our care. We are innovative and responsive to the needs of our trainees, communicate openly and honestly, support and encourage them, share knowledge and ideas, and work collaboratively for their benefit.

What we do

Now with over 140+ staff, 120+ trainers and 150+ courses on offer; we have the capacity and capabilities to deliver nationwide training like no other provider. We know your industry. All of our trainers have extensive industry experience and have been selected to join the Vertical Horizonz team because of their standout performance within their chosen field.

We work


  • When we undertake a job we ensure it gets done.
  • We promise prompt and efficient service from all staff members.
  • We have over 120+ trainers based strategically around the country, which ensures coverage in those ‘hard to reach places’.


  • We currently offer over 110 relevant industry based short courses.
  • Training can be delivered 24/7 at your place or ours.
  • Specific courses assessed by NZQA Unit Standards can be constructed to meet YOUR needs.
  • If the NZQA unit standards do not exist we can design course assessments specifically for you.
  • We can access funding on your behalf given certain eligibility criteria. 

Quality Assured

  • Our national coverage ensures standardisation of training throughout the country.
  • Wherever possible, we use NZQA unit standards as a base for our courses.
  • Assessments against those unit standards are pre-moderated. 
  • We ensure our Trainers and Assessors have the correct qualifications to train and assess.


The VHNZ promise of Safety Certainty is reinforced by our qualifications and accreditations.

You can be certain that our training is quality assured and approved by the following organisations where relevant:

External Evaluation and Review

Vertical Horizonz is a Category One provider.

Through the EER process, NZQA checks and reports on the quality of education delivered by non-university tertiary education organisations (TEOs).

EER provides an independent judgement on the educational performance and capability in self-assessment of the TEO under review.

Every EER results in a report which records NZQA’s level of confidence in educational performance and its capability in self-assessment.

View the full EER Report document here.

Meet our

Board Members
  • Board Members
  • Senior Management
  • Regional Managers
  • Account Managers
  • Trades and Apprenticeships Division
  • Customer Experience

Bruce Mazengarb

Founder and Chairman


Thecla Johnstone


Carl others 4

Carl McOnie


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Phil Hokianga



Conrad McDonnell


Why train
with us?

Practical, real-life training

Educational and inspirational learning

Subject matter experts

Local and national teams

Extensive industry expertise

Down to earth culture

Join the

If you believe you have what it takes to be a VHNZ Trainer, fill in the Trainer Application and email it along with your CV to

We’re hiring now!

  • job Title
  • Client Liaison
  • Moderator
  • Moderator


Vertical Horizonz train our people with the exact equipment we use on the job, so there are no differences to create confusion or errors. When a person requires rescue from an inert confined space, there just isn’t time to be trying to work it out, it’s already too late! Vertical Horizonz have been a real asset to our company. They constantly show outstanding professionalism, patience, flexibility and a desire to provide real solutions that are practical and work because LIVES DEPEND ON THEIR TRAINING.

Paul Thaw - WCCHMS Manager

Contract Resources Pty Limited

The tourism industry has always been an adventure with many challenges to overcome, safety and training being at the top of the list for us at AJ Hackett Bungy. We’ve worked with Vertical Horizonz for many years now for training and qualifying our crew to meet relevant industry standards. The team at VH have always been a pleasure to work with, they’re professional while still being genuine people who are easy to engage with. We look forward to continuing this relationship in the future.

Graham Trubuhovich - National Operations Manager

AJ Hackett

Harkin Roofing has been using Vertical Horizonz for our workplace training for over 20 years. We appreciate that VH is extremely flexible and responsive to our training needs. Their trainers are extremely knowledgeable and know how to relate to our roofers. We look forward to continuing our relationship with VH for many years to come.

Deborah Harkin, Director

Harkin Roofing


VHNZ actively consults with the following organisations when designing courses and qualifications

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