April 2019



Concern over minimum standards for the appearance industry driving change

Tattoo shops, beauty salons, cosmetic clinics, spas, nail clinics and skin piercing businesses in Lower Hutt are to be asked for their views on a new bylaw which would set health and safety standards for the appearance industry. And it is a move that is being welcomed by Regional Public Health, and many in the industry including the New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Professionals and the New Zealand Sterile Sciences Association.

The proposed “Appearance Industry Bylaw” would cover businesses where there is no regulation currently. It would not apply to health care facilities, registered medical practitioners, registered acupuncturists, or pharmacies as these services are already subject to industry and professional standards.

“Unlike many countries there is no law in New Zealand that regulates the appearance industry. It is up to councils to set minimum standards in regulations that apply to the businesses operating in their local authority,” says Dean Bentley Environmental Team Leader Hutt City Council.

“While many businesses have good policies and practices to prevent clients getting infections or cuts, others do not. In some situations, operators are not aware that the way they have been doing things is no longer best practice and potentially puts people at risk. We need to look at setting standards that protect customers so they can feel confident in the services they are purchasing,” says Bentley. 

The proposed bylaw would assist in promoting and protecting public health by requiring people and premises providing appearance services to comply with minimum standards for sterilisation and hygiene. These requirements would reduce the risk of injury, transference of communicable diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV/Aids, viral, bacterial or fungal skin or wound infections. The bylaw would also outline a licencing process involving inspection and certification by Council’s environmental health team.

To assist with the development of the bylaw a ‘pre-consultation’ phase is being held until 31 May 2019. This allows Hutt City Council to consider feedback before drafting a formal bylaw which would be formally consulted on.

Information on the pre-consultation underway on the Appearance Industry Bylaw can be found here:



26 March 2018




Keep NZ Trade Apprenticeships as they ARE!

As an association we have created a an online petition for you to sign and share in regards to the Governments purposed Vocational Educational Reform. 

We stand from the view point, that we  support all forms of education and believe that every individual has the right to choose their learning path. We strongly believe that quality is the key for both training and learners. The NZARBP's position is that we would like the status 'quo' to remain and are extremely concerned for the future of our industry, if the proposed changes are adopted by the Government.




25 March 2018



Your Industry Magazine BeautyNZ has a brand NEW Facebook page.  This is your online resource for our Industry, make sure you follow their page for insightful information from both within New Zealand and Internationally.

And 'while you at it',  make sure you are also following the NZARBP on both Instagram and Facebook, to keep to update with all the latest developments from your Association.





12 March 2018


Here is our latest newsletter for you to enjoy

MARCH 2019


4 March 2019



Public Meetings

We have been advised of a number of meetings that will take place throughout the country in March with regards to the Government’s proposed changes to HITO and on-job training for hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy.


This is a perfect opportunity to have all your questions answered.


The following dates and venues have been confirmed:

Auckland Central
Sunday 3 March 5.30pm
Parnell Trust Jubilee Centre, Pukekawa-Bledisloe Room, 545 Parnell Road

Monday 4 March 5.30pm
Vivo, 16 Rathbone Street

Wednesday 6 March 7.30am
The Hotel Nelson, 40 Waimea Road

Wednesday 6 March 6.00pm
Russley Golf Club, 428 Memorial Ave

South Auckland
Monday 11 March
(To be confirmed)

Wednesday 13 March 6.00pm
Novotel Hamilton Tainui, 7 Alma Street

Friday 15 March 7.30am
Distinction Hotel, 6 Liverpool Street

New Plymouth
Sunday 17 March 6.00pm
Novotel Hotel, Cnr Hobson and Leach Streets

Monday 18 March 12.30pm
151 on London Conference Room, 151 London Street

Palmerston North
Monday 18 March 6.00pm
Distinction Hotel, 175 Cuba Street

Wednesday 20 March 6.00pm
Hotel Armitage, 9 Willow Street

Sunday 24 March 10.30am
Comfort Hotel Benvenue, 16 – 22 Evans Street

Monday 25 March 5.30pm
Kelvin Hotel Conference Room, 20 Kelvin St

25 February 2019



Re: Vocational Education Reform

The Government has presented a proposal to reform the current vocational education system, including apprenticeship training and training offered by Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics.

At this point, it is only a proposal and there is a six-week consultation period to get feedback from students and industries.

For further information in regards to the proposed changes and links for feedback submission, please visit the Ministry of Education website, through the link below.

We recommend you be a part of this conversation for the future of our industry.