Steve Punter


Steve offers clients a lengthy practical business background, with an early successful track record in Sales, Marketing, and Line Management before moving into the HR field as a consultant and completing a Diploma in Business Studies (Personnel Management and Employee Relations) at Auckland University, following that up later with a Diploma in Adult Education and Training. Next came a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organisational Development, and recently a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).

He has been designing and running training workshops for management through STA Training since 1992, along with acting as an external HR manager for clients through The People Effect since 1995.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management NZ (FIMNZ), a Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, holds Professional Membership and is a Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (FHRINZ), and is a Fellow and Professional Member of the NZ Association for Training & Development (FNZATD). He served on the HRINZ Board for 5 years, for the last two years serving as National Vice-President, and then spent a further year on the Auckland Branch team organising Professional Development Seminars for the membership. He served on the NZ Association for Training and Development (NZATD)’s National Executive Board, and served two years as Auckland Branch President of NZATD as well as writing and producing the Networker magazine for the membership.

Steve’s specialist areas are Performance Management in its widest sense, including organisational structure, job design, job descriptions, performance review systems, workplace training, performance counselling, disciplinary & termination, mediation and managing personal grievances. He has a particular interest in Governance training and helping Boards to be more effective. He also owns and operates STA Training, providing interactive training workshops for managers and team leaders in the workplace.

He currently serves as an Independent Director on the board of AUT’s Student Movement and as a Director, Trustee and Vice-chair on the board of Westforce Credit Union.

In his spare time, he writes regular columns and articles for professional journals such as ‘Human Resources’, ‘Training & Development’ and ‘NZ Professional Skipper’, and is himself a qualified charter skipper.

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