About Food Safe
Food Safe’s scope extends from farm to fork across all food sectors, including, Dairy, Seafood, Meat, Produce, Hospitality, Supermarket Retail, and Processing, with Food Safety Training, Internal Auditing, Project Management, Robotics, Digital Solutions, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence for Food Companies.
Some of our many projects include solutions for companies in New Zealand, across the Tasman, and globally such as AFFCO, Amcor, Bon Accord, DSM Nutritionals, GWF, Jamestrong, Jack Links NZ, Mataura Valley Milk, LeaderBrand, Yashili, Nestle, Tip Top, Miraka and Westland Milk Products.
Our Unique Approach
Technical Competency of Food Safe’s Managing Director, Keith Michael:
Keith holds a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors (IOD), New Zealand, with years of experience as a company director where he has assisted companies with Food Safety Compliance, Risk Audit, and closing of gaps identified with smart purpose-built competency training.
View Keith’s Food Safety subject matter and Technical Competency Record here.
Keith’s other roles include:
- Adjunct Research Fellow: Auckland University of Technology – assisting Dr. Brent Seale with the development and launch of New Zealand’s first specialised BSc Food Safety Degree.
- Member: Business Standards Review Panel at NZQA.
- Board Level Advisor: Food Safety Compliance & Risk Audit, Institute of Directors (IOD) Trained.
- Keynote speaker: Food Safety Conferences – 2019, 2020 and 2021
Category 1 NZQA-Registered PTE
Food Safe is also a Category 1 Private Training Establishment (PTE) that has been granted registration by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) under Part 18 of the Education Act 1989.
External Evaluation and Review (EER) status of Food Safe, including statements of confidence: Category 1 training provider – NZQA is:
- Highly Confident in our Education Performance and
- Highly Confident in our Capability in Self-Assessment
New Zealand Government Accreditation
Food Safe Limited was assessed and accredited by the New Zealand Government.
This accreditation was in addition to our New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Private Training Establishment (PTE) Category 1 Accreditation and an added, independent, governmental level quality assurance assessment for the following:
- Client-centered services
- Governance and management structure and systems
- Health and safety
- Resolution of complaints related to service provision
- Financial management and systems
For Food Safe, being sustainable and going beyond commerce is a continuous improvement journey where we earn our social license to operate and grow!
Learn more about our efforts on this page.
We have taken our first steps and focused on the following specific elements for the road ahead:
- We strive to maintain a high degree of integrity and ethics in our actions and decisions – Rangatiratanga
- We pursue knowledge and ideas that will strengthen and grow our value, brand and community. Helping people and companies succeed while building intellectual property through Research & Development – Tohungatanga
- We operate thoughtfully and engage meaningfully putting people at the core while we connect with our community including iwi and Māori, the Tangata Whenua or indigenous people of New Zealand as well as around the Globe – Manaakitanga
- We strive to minimize our impact: environmental, social, cultural, and on the ecosystem, we belong to – Kaitiakitanga
- We are transparent and accountable to stakeholders and quality assurance frameworks we operate within.
Te Whare Tapa Whā
Te Whare Tapa Whā is a model of the 4 dimensions of well being developed by Sir Mason Durie to provide a Māori perspective on health that we have incorporated at Food Safe to guide our approach to supporting not just Māori but all learners in our training programmes.
The 4 dimensions of learner wellbeing include:
Taha Hinengaro (mental and emotional wellbeing) of our learners, as well as how learners communicate and think regardless of whether or not they experience mental illness or distress.
Taha Whānau (family wellbeing) is about who makes our learners feel like they belong, who learners care about, and who they share their life with. Whānau is about extended relationships – it’s not just learner’s immediate relatives, it’s their friends, hoamahi (colleagues), community, and the people they care about.
Taha Tinana (physical wellbeing) refers to a learner’s physical wellbeing.
Taha Wairua (inner well-being): A learner’s inner drive is their life force – their mauri. This is who and what they are, where they have come from, and where they are going.