SME resources

SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) comprise over 97 per cent of enterprises in New Zealand. They play a key role in the New Zealand economy, employing over 584,000 people (30 per cent of the workforce) and contributing 28 per cent of New Zealand’s GDP. We have put together some key resources to help you in governing a SME.

Director Development

Essentials of Directorship – These courses address governance, finance, strategy, risk and digital.

Health and Safety Governance – Complete this online learning module over one to two hours, whenever you choose.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety Leadership – This guide is for directors, owners and managers of small-to medium-sized businesses. It’s designed to give you an overview of the most important things you need to know and do about health and safety.

Are you onboard with health and safety? At the IoD we are committed to raising awareness of the importance of good health and safety practice and educating directors about their new roles and responsibilities. On April 4 the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 came into force, so we’ve put together a resource package to support directors in meeting their new obligations under the Act.


Great businesses know where they are going and how they’re going to get there. They also know nothing is more important than performance and delivering a good return. When you run a company, your job is to focus on your company’s position within its marketplace – that’s the big picture. The FirstBoards section of our website has a wealth of information and true stories. Learn more

Toolkits and Practice Guides

Advisory Board Toolkit – Improve and grow your business. This toolkit will help answer some of the questions you may have about how an advisory board operates and provides helpful tools and tips that can be adapted to fit the specific purpose of your advisory board.

View more Practice Guides including Board Meetings Practice Guide, Cyber-Risk Practice Guide, and Conflicts of Interest Practice Guide.

Branches and events

Our eight branches’ provide networking opportunities for IoD members. They organise regular events that feature eminent national and international guest speakers as well as functions tailored to meet the needs of specific groups. View all branch events