The New Zealand Association for Training and Development (NZATD) evolved from a special interest group of the New Zealand Institute of Management in the early 1980s. The meeting that established the future and an independent organisation occurred at an NZATD conference in Wellington in 1985.
Six groups established themselves under the NZATD umbrella – Auckland, Central North Island, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington and Canterbury. Each group maintained a separate constitution and affiliated to the national body. These groups acted independently sharing only the Code of Professional Practice and a biennial conference.
By 1988 it became clear that if the NZATD was to achieve its goals then it would need to establish a national organisation under one constitution. In 1989, Leonie Black as chair of the restructuring committee wrote “The executive of the NZATD are strongly committed to the objectives of the organisation and believe the achievement of them can enhance the position of training and development specialists in New Zealand. We also believe however that whilst we represent a loose affilitation of separate groups the mechanisms to achieve these developments are not in place.”
In 1989 at the NZATD conference in Rotorua the new national organisation was launched and celebrated.