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:


28 March 2019

 Re: Regulations with the Nail Industry

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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.