Speakers

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order.

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    Ashley Abbott

    • Public Affairs & Communications Director
    • New Zealand Olympic Committee
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    Ashley Abbott

    Public Affairs & Communications Director, New Zealand Olympic Committee

    The Future of Crisis PR

    Ashley is part of a panel discussion hosted by Chris Galloway with Karen Jones and Rachel Young.

    About Ashley Abbott

    Ashley Abbott is a public affairs and communications professional with extensive experience in major international sporting events.

    With a background in political science, Ashley has worked at five Olympic Games managing the delivery of successful media strategies for the New Zealand Olympic Games teams. She has also worked at the Commonwealth Games and America’s Cup.

    In her current role, Ashley is responsible for the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s strategic planning and international advocacy programme as well as promoting New Zealand’s Olympic athletes and sports, public affairs, issues management and the smooth running of games time media operations.

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    Catherine Arrow

    • Director
    • Unlocked PR
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    Catherine Arrow

    Director, Unlocked PR

    Embracing the Age of Experience

    Catherine is the facilitator on the panel discussion on virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive visualisation with Andrew Plimmer, Dr Rob Lindeman and Henry Lane.

    About Catherine Arrow

    Catherine Arrow is an international public relations consultant, educator and writer. She heads Unlocked PR, digital consultancy Social Capture and designs and delivers professional training and development programmes for fellow professionals. A PRINZ Fellow, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner, Catherine serves on the Global Alliance Advisory Council following eight years of service as board member and secretary of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management. She designed, developed and introduced the PRINZ RIVER continuing professional development programme and is a member of PRINZ National Council.

    Alongside her own consultancy work, she lectures and speaks about public relations in New Zealand and around the world. Recent publications include a chapter on future public relations practice in the CIPR book, ‘Lessons from Expert Practitioners’. Her career spans the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and, in 2012, was presented with the PRINZ President’s Award for exemplary contribution to the profession.

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    Arran Birchenough

    • Country Director, New Zealand
    • Getty Images
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    Arran Birchenough

    Country Director, New Zealand, Getty Images

    Innovation in Visual Storytelling: VR and other new frontiers

    Far from being a geeky development, virtual reality is imposing itself as the major trend in media and entertainment. From the New York Times' VR films putting a reader in refugee's shoes, to broadcasting US presidential debates in live 360-video, to brand experiences immersing their audiences in new reality - VR is firmly pushing into mainstream communications.

    People’s need to feel part of the action is driving the demand and development of imagery and technology that can get us closer to the real events. Getty Images have been creating 360-content since 2012 London Olympics, and has seen an increasing demand from brands and publishers in creating immersive experiences.


    About Arran Birchenough

    Arran learned his trade as a picture editor for a UK publisher, before launching an agency representing the world's best ski and snowboard photographers.

    He then joined Getty Images in September 2001, launching Getty Images’ News and Entertainment business in the United Kingdom. During his time there Arran assumed responsibility for the Editorial photography sales and the company’s Creative images portfolio for the UK Newspaper and Magazines sector, including the Mirror Group, News Ltd, Express Group, National Magazine and all other major print media networks.

    In 2005, Arran returned home to Auckland to manage Getty Images New Zealand. In a short time, he helped to grow the company from a limited local offering to extensive national coverage capabilities and increased staff, and now manages the overall business and content development services in the country. In his 20+ years of experience in the media business, Arran has worked with major advertisers, creative agencies and media companies in both the UK and New Zealand advising them on visual needs: from brand campaigns to sponsorship activations.

    Arran has a management degree, a wife and three children, and a passion for skiing.

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    David Bloxham

    • Manager Communications Capability and Channels
    • Department of Internal Affairs
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    David Bloxham

    Manager Communications Capability and Channels, Department of Internal Affairs

    Unpacking the realities of social media in government environments

    David is part of a panel discussion facilitated by Michael Player with speakers Chris Elder and Karl Ferguson.

    About David Bloxham

    David Bloxham is Manager, Communications Channels and Capability at the Department of Internal Affairs, Te Tari Taiwhenua. He joined the Department in 2016 to help reshape and develop a portfolio of over 200 communications channels, including 75 websites and 60 social media profiles.

    Recently returned to New Zealand, David has spent the past 15 years in the UK and Australia, helping a wide range of organisations connect with their customers and their people.

    He is as humourless as he is handsome.

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    David Boyle

    • Group Manager, Education & Retirement Villages
    • Commission for Financial Capability
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    David Boyle

    Group Manager, Education & Retirement Villages, Commission for Financial Capability

    The Great Divide

    David is part of a panel discussion hosted by Felicity Price with Julian Wilcox, Adrianne Cranshaw and Erica Austin-Knopp.

    About David Boyle

    David helps everyone, from the age of 5 to 105, to think about the future and get themselves in the best possible position to enjoy it.

    He leads our work in schools, is our expert on KiwiSaver and other investments, and helps retirees understand how to make their money last as long as they do.

    Last year he organised a national forum on NZ’s ageing workforce, which raised awareness and discussion about the challenges facing employers and employees as more of us live longer and want – or need – to continue working after 65.

    He notched up more than 32 years of experience in the financial services industry before joining the Commission.

    When he’s not at work, you’ll find him elbowing his way to the front of mosh pits at gigs up and down the country. This passion for music saw him join the board of Play It Strange, a charity that showcases song writing in NZ schools. He is also on the board of Stand Children’s Services, previously known as Children’s Health Camps.

    www.cffc.org.nz

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    Hon Gerry Brownlee

    • Former Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration and MP for Ilam in Christchurch
    • NZ National Party
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    Hon Gerry Brownlee

    Former Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration and MP for Ilam in Christchurch, NZ National Party

    Seismic Shifts in Government Thinking: Then and Now

    The unexpected and unprecedented Christchurch earthquakes required a radical rethink by Government. How to keep businesses going, how to rehouse thousands upon thousands of people, how to rebuild millions of kilometres of broken infrastructure and how to partner with local authorities to manage the country’s most expensive natural disaster?

    Not everything went as smoothly as hoped. What lessons has the Government learned about how to respond to natural disasters and what’s been done to ensure our insurance industry will be better prepared for future events.

    About Hon Gerry Brownlee

    Gerry Brownlee is the Member of Parliament for the Christchurch constituency of Ilam, a seat he has held comfortably since 1996.

    Ranked number four in Cabinet, he is the former Minister of Defence, Leader of the House (with responsibility for the Government’s legislative programme), Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration and former Minister of Civil Defence.

    He became Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister since soon after a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on 4 September 2010. His role got much larger following the 22nd of February 2011 when a 6.3 magnitude quake hit the city, killing 185 people and resulting in widespread residential and commercial property destruction. The earthquakes, and the subsequent rebuild of New Zealand’s second largest city, are New Zealand’s costliest event.

    Gerry was born and educated in Christchurch and has lived in the Ilam electorate all his life. After leaving St Bede’s College, Gerry began his career in the family timber business before gaining several trade qualifications and operating his own business. In 1980 Gerry trained as a secondary school teacher at the Christchurch College of Education, and he taught until 1995, becoming of Head of the Technical Department at St Bede’s.

    Following a long involvement in the National Party he won the constituency of Ilam in 1996. Gerry has always been involved in the local community and served on the Riccarton Bush Trust. He is a strong advocate for sport and cultural activity for all New Zealanders.

    Previous roles

    1998 – 2000 Junior Party Whip; 2003 – 2007 Deputy Leader of the National Party; 2001 – 2008 Shadow Leader of the House; 2008 – 2011 Minister of Energy and Resources; 2008 – 2011 Minister for Economic Development; 2008 – 2011 Associate Minister for the Rugby World Cup; 2011 – 2014 Minister of Transport; 2010 – 2016 Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.

    Committee service

    1996 – 1999 Deputy Chair, Social Services Select Committee; 1998 Chair, Special Committee for Accident Compensation; 2002 – 2005 Chair, Commerce Committee.

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    Lindsay Chan

    • Geospatial Analyst
    • Department of Conservation
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    Lindsay Chan

    Geospatial Analyst , Department of Conservation

    Powered by PechaKucha

    Lindsay is presenting in the Powered by PechaKucha session on 'Watch This Space'.

    About Lindsay Chan

    A geospatial analyst and street art enthusiast, Lindsay is starting a movement to track street art across Christchurch's developing landscape as the city becomes rebuilt. She recently created a charitable organisation, Watch This Space, with the goal to bridge the gap between artist and viewer through the use of technology. Lindsay single-handedly runs the data collection process, photography, website, marketing and communications, and applications for funding. Her goal for Watch This Space is to have the people of Christchurch running the organisation and raising awareness about street art and its place in future Christchurch.

    During the day, Lindsay works as a geospatial information analyst at the Department of Conservation.

    Follow Watch This Space on Facebook and Instagram @watchthisspacechch.

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    Elle Cradwick

    • Graduate Researcher
    • Research First Ltd
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    Elle Cradwick

    Graduate Researcher, Research First Ltd

    About Elle Cradwick

    Elle joined the market research profession in 2016. She has an academic background in psychology and the behavioural sciences, with a skew towards statistics and research design. As a creative and visual thinker, she is also interested in the marriage of design and data, and has completed dissertation research on the graphical representation of data in academic journals. Elle also has a longstanding involvement with Youthline, where she is a member of the Trust Board and a counsellor, mentor and training facilitator.


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    Adrianne Cranshaw

    • General Manager for Communicators
    • Porter Novelli NZ
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    Adrianne Cranshaw

    General Manager for Communicators, Porter Novelli NZ

    The Great Divide

    Adrianne is part of a panel discussion hosted by Felicity Price with Julian Wilcox, David Boyle and Erica Austin-Knopp.

    About Adrianne Cranshaw

    Adrianne Cranshaw is the general manager of Communicators, a division of Porter Novelli, New Zealand, and a specialist consultancy and search and recruitment agency for public relations, communications and marketing professionals.

    Adrianne has over 20 years’ experience in PR, communications and marketing. Her experience was gained at a senior level in a wide range of sectors including corporate services, science, telecommunications, health and local government and as a business consultant. She has worked across international and national markets and for commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Adrianne holds an MBA, a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sciences (Psych.).

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    Ngaire Crawford

    • Isentia
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    Ngaire Crawford

    , Isentia

    Exclusive News: Who is excluded? A comparative look at two markets

    Is the power of investigative journalism and exclusive news on the rise, or is the exclusive losing currency? This session presents primary research into the life and impact of recent media exclusives in Australia and compares them to the New Zealand media environment.

    What does an exclusive look like in a condensed media market? Has it given rise to uniquely branded journalism, paid content and the journalist as an influencer? Could this reinvigorate the notion of exclusivity and investigative journalism in New Zealand? This unique case study is designed to help communicators understand the link between industry research and how it can impact and inform communications strategies.


    About Ngaire Crawford

    Ngaire Crawford, Insights Manager – New Zealand, Isentia.

    Ngaire joined isentia as the very first media analyst hired into the New Zealand market in 2008 and now heads up a division that has grown to include a large portfolio of clients from blue chip corporates, government departments to small NGOs. She holds a Masters degree in media studies from Victoria University of Wellington, where she taught in her specialised areas of cultural identity, and the New Zealand media landscape.

    Ngaire and her team in New Zealand are the recipients of 15 AMEC awards for their client work, and she was awarded Young Professional of the Year in 2014. She is a passionate advocate for measurement and can regularly be found speaking to the communications industry and students about how the right data is critical to business success.


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    Carl Davidson

    • Director of Insight
    • Research First Ltd
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    Carl Davidson

    Director of Insight, Research First Ltd

    Dr Freud Will See You Now! Reflections on the psychology of communication

    If you work in communications then you also work in the field of human psychology. How do you create messages that can attract attention? That stick? That have a real and lasting impact? The answers to those question (and many more in communications) require a thorough understanding of how people interpret, process, and internalise your message. But has your own understanding of human psychology kept up with the rapid changes occurring in that discipline? In this presentation Carl will outline the increasingly strange and wonderful view of psychology, and talk about the implications for communications' practitioners. Despite the title, Freud will hardly get a look-in.

    About Carl Davidson

    Carl Davidson is a Director and owner of Research First, one of New Zealand’s leading market research companies[1]. With Research First Carl works as the Head of Insight, where he helps clients find evidence-based solutions to their pressing business problems.

    Carl’s professional life has been spent at the interface of behavioural science and marketing. He has worked as a university lecturer (in sociology, then marketing), a social scientist in a Crown-funded research institute, a market researcher, and as a strategy consultant.

    In addition, Carl regularly presents and writes about business strategy and the changing competitive landscape in New Zealand. He is the author of eight books about evidence-based learning (and is currently working on a ninth), with a number of these now the standard textbooks used to teach research skills and critical thinking in New Zealand universities. He is also a regular contributor to The Press, where he writes about ‘the social science of everyday phenomena’.

    Reflecting his standing in the New Zealand research community, between 2010 and 2012 Carl was made the Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission and tasked with turning it into a world-class centre for research on families.

    In 2013 he was also appointed to the Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Information Sharing for the Action Plan for Vulnerable Children, and in 2015 he was elected to the Board of the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce.

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    John Durning

    • PRConf17 MC, Partner
    • Perception Public Relations & Marketing
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    John Durning

    PRConf17 MC, Partner, Perception Public Relations & Marketing

    About John Durning

    John first entered Public Relations in February 1985 after 10 years as a journalist at the Timaru Herald and Press.

    In August 1985 he established Durning Public Relations in Christchurch, which he ran successfully until February 2015 when Durning PR merged with Carter Price Rennie to form Perception PR and Marketing.

    John was inducted as a fellow of PRINZ in 1997, is a triple PR industry award winner and has previously been the chair of the PRINZ Southern Committee

    Well-connected in business and sporting circles, he is highly respected for his crisis management expertise and wise counsel to organisations under pressure.

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    Karl Ferguson

    • Communication and Engagement Director
    • Auckland Council
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    Karl Ferguson

    Communication and Engagement Director, Auckland Council

    Unpacking the realities of social media in government environments.

    Karl is part of a panel discussion facilitated by Michael Player, with David Bloxham and Chris Elder.

    About Karl Ferguson

    Karl is the Communication and Engagement Director for Auckland Council. He is responsible for managing the council’s internal and external communications.

    This includes:
    * online content and channel strategy
    * brand and print design services
    * research, consultation and engagement
    * communications support to the Governing Body, Local Boards and non-self-sufficient CCOs.

    Previously, he was Group Manager Communications for the Ministry of Education. From 2009 to 2011 Karl was National Manager, Strategic Engagement and Communications for the New Zealand Transport Agency. While in this role he was seconded to the Ministry of Civil Defence as part of the response team to the February earthquakes, and latterly to CERA as the interim Group Manager, Communications and Engagement.

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    Sarah Fraser

    • Communications Manager
    • National Institute for Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
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    Sarah Fraser

    Communications Manager, National Institute for Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

    Communicating science in a post-truth world

    Sarah is part of a panel discussion hosted by Dr Fabien Medvecky with Dr Sara McBride and Peter Griffin.

    About Sarah Fraser

    Sarah Fraser, MPRINZ, has been working in science communications since 2008, when she left her role as Group Director - Business Communications at Professional Public Relations in Auckland to move to the mighty Waikato to lead DairyNZ’s Communications & Marketing team. In 2012, she joined AgResearch as National Manager – Corporate Communications and since July 2016, has held the equivalent role at NIWA, the National Institute of Water & Atmosphere. Subjects have ranged from genetically-modified ryegrass to woollen running shoes and the underwater effects of the Kaikoura earthquake. She managed communications for the launch of the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge and at NIWA is involved in both the Sustainable Seas and Deep South National Science Challenges.

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    Chris Galloway

    • Senior Lecturer
    • Massey University
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    Chris Galloway

    Senior Lecturer, Massey University

    The Future of Crisis PR

    Chris is the host of a panel discussion with Ashley Abbott, Karen Jones and Rachel Young.

    About Chris Galloway

    Chris joins many years of experience as a journalist and senior public relations specialist to his academic interests in issue, risk and crisis communication. He has taught at universities in both Australia and New Zealand.

    His other interests include the Middle East, especially the way public relations techniques are used to present and position different protagonists. He travels to the region as often as he can.

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    Peter Griffin

    • Founder
    • Science Media Centre
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    Peter Griffin

    Founder, Science Media Centre

    Communicating science in a post-truth world

    Peter is part of a panel discussion hosted by Dr Fabien Medvecky with Dr Sara McBride and Sarah Fraser.

    About Peter Griffin

    Peter Griffin is a technology journalist and the founding director of the Wellington-based Science Media Centre, a government-funded organisation that helps journalists work more effectively with scientists. He was the New Zealand Herald's technology editor, currently writes the technology column for the New Zealand Listener and is a tech commentator for RNZ and NewstalkZB. He founded and edits Australasia's largest science blog network Sciblogs.co.nz. He founded the Science Media SAVVY media training programme for experts and is an advisor to two National Science Challenges. In 2013 he undertook a Fulbright-Harkness Scholarship to the United States to look at not for profit, public interest journalism. He has a particular interest in science communication, the public's understanding of science and futurism.

    @petergnzwww.sciencemediacentre.co.nz

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    Robert Henderson

    • Project Manager Christchurch Bike Share - Spark Bikes
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    Robert Henderson

    Project Manager Christchurch Bike Share - Spark Bikes

    Powered by PechaKucha

    Robert is presenting in the Powered by PechaKucha session on 'Making Things Happen When Bureaucrats Say No'.

    About Robert Henderson

    Rob Henderson is a local entrepreneur, working to showcase how Christchurch can be a place for new ideas and new thinking.

    His first business was selling painted stones to his neighbours at the age of 6, however, he soon realised that there was a limited market for expansion. He later completed a BSc and BCom at the University of Canterbury and went on to found and establish a number of other ventures, including a partnership with Nextbike in 2012 to bring bike share systems to Christchurch. Christchurch Bike Share now has 30 bikes across the city at 6 stations, and has had over 8,000 rides in its lifetime to date.

    Rob also runs C-Lab, Christchurch’s first post-quake co-working space; works with Narrative, a campaign management agency; and holds a pyrotechnics licence. In his spare time he moonlights as an event and venue manager and works with major festivals.


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    Elizabeth Hughes

    • PRConf17 MC, Director
    • Elizabeth Hughes Communication
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    Elizabeth Hughes

    PRConf17 MC, Director, Elizabeth Hughes Communication

    After the storm has passed, and the media has left

    This session focuses on community recovery after a natural disaster. When a major disruption for a community (or communities) occurs, how do you keep people connected, safe, informed and optimistic enough to enable them to rebuild a new normal. Recovery goes on for months (sometimes years) and it requires sensitive, responsive, sustained and multi-layered communication. Issues this session cover include: how to be relevant when your audience is suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, how to herd cats, dealing with ‘tragedy porn’, trusting your instincts as a PR professional and dealing with rats.

    About Elizabeth Hughes

    Elizabeth Hughes is a strategy and communication specialist with more than 25 years in both the public and private sector. She has applied her very innovative and unique leadership approach to helping councils, government departments, not-for-profits and small to medium businesses manage issues, handle crises and deliver strategic communication solutions and campaigns.

    ‘A jack of all trades’, Elizabeth has an unflappable style and knack creating new norms and challenging the status quo. Not your usual communication professional, Elizabeth began her career by earning a degree in environmental management. Seeing the light, she then gained post-graduate qualifications from the Melbourne Business School in communication and managing business relationships.

    When she’s not putting out fires, protecting reputations and advocating the importance of the communications function, Elizabeth is a regular columnist, governance facilitator and spends much of her time mentoring young and developing communication professionals.

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    Malcolm Johns

    • Chief Executive
    • Christchurch International Airport
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    Malcolm Johns

    Chief Executive, Christchurch International Airport

    Powered by purpose: rethinking the past and welcoming the future

    Following the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-2011, Christchurch Airport lost half a million travellers per annum as tourists opted to bypass the city. Today Christchurch Airport is a purpose driven organisation, proudly championing the South Island’s social and economic contribution to New Zealand. It is focused on building a champion team using platforms of passion to connect their people and their customers to this journey. Sustainability and Innovation are two of these platforms and in January this year they brought the future to New Zealand, launching New Zealand’s first trial of an autonomous vehicle in partnership with HMI Technologies here in Christchurch. The 2016/17 financial year will be the company’s second all-time record year for travellers through the airport and this remarkable story of recovery and rejuvenation shows the power of rethinking traditional approaches and embracing disruptive technologies.

    About Malcolm Johns

    Malcolm has been the Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport since January 2014.

    Prior to this role, he was Chief Executive of InterCity Group (NZ) Ltd for nine years and Deputy Chair of Tourism New Zealand for six years to November 2013. He was appointed director of Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand in December 2013 and has served as the chair of the New Zealand Airports’ Association.

    Christchurch Airport is a long-haul international airport and the largest tourism business in New Zealand’s South Island. The island’s tourism industry generates around 3.6 million international airline passengers a year, supports 63,000 jobs and is worth circa $6 billion per annum to the New Zealand economy.

    Christchurch International Airport has assets of $1.2 billion, land area of around 840 hectares, main runway length of 3.29 km and cross-wind runway length of 1.74 km. A strategy reset has seen 780,000 new airline seats added in the past 18 months (now totalling 7.9 million p.a. with ten commercial airlines); the company has launched an ambitious $600 million property development programme over the next decade, with $170 million in the pipeline in the next two years; and has moved to significantly lift dividend flows to shareholders over the next five years.

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    Karen Jones

    • Deputy Chief Executive: Public Affairs
    • New Zealand Police
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    Karen Jones

    Deputy Chief Executive: Public Affairs, New Zealand Police

    Transforming the media management model at NZ Police

    Presentation with Grant Ogilvie, National Manager Media Relations, New Zealand Police.

    This session will reveal the research and strategic thinking that informed the May 2016 establishment of the New Zealand Police seven-day-a-week media centre. The media centre now manages 40,000 phone calls for service, 51,000 email requests and distributes 5,000 releases and alerts per year as well as overseeing social media channels with 750,000 followers. Karen and Grant will share the lessons learnt along the way and how the rapidly changing media landscape has impacted upon the highest profile government agency.

    The Future of Crisis PR

    Karen is part of a panel discussion facilitated by Chris Galloway with speakers Ashley Abbott and Rachel Young.

    About Karen Jones

    Karen Jones is the Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs for NZ Police. She is a member of the NZ Police executive team and is the Police's principal adviser on communication matters internally and externally. NZ Police have the highest public profile of any government agency and Karen manages a nationwide team providing media relations, social media and crisis management, strategic advice, stakeholder relations and recruitment marketing. Karen has recently undertaken seconded roles from Police as acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and acting Chief Operating Officer of the Treasury.

    Before joining Police in February 2013, Karen was Head of Communications and Government Relations for NZ Lotteries, a senior executive-level position she held since 2007. She was previously Communications Manager for the State Services Commission for five years and held a number of senior communications roles in private and public sector organisations.

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    Brindi Joy

    • Transitional Projects Advisor
    • Christchurch City Council
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    Brindi Joy

    Transitional Projects Advisor , Christchurch City Council

    Powered by PechaKucha

    Brindi will be presenting in the Powered by PechaKucha session on 'The Art and Inspiration of True Stories'.

    About Brindi Joy

    Brindi is a writer and currently works for Christchurch City Council as the Transitional Projects Adviser, supporting others to deliver creative, temporary projects in vacant spaces. She previously worked for YHA New Zealand with the Marketing team as the public-facing voice for the not-for-profit.

    In her free time Brindi writes short stories. Her fiction has appeared in Leaving the Red Zone, Landfall, JAAM, Sweet As: Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories, the Christchurch Press, Flash Frontier and Takahe. She has been an organizer for National Flash Fiction Day in Christchurch for four years. Last year she wrote and produced a short film, The Road Home, adapted from her short story and she hosted a short film festival, Canterbury Shorts.

    Brindi has lived in Seattle, Denver, New Orleans and currently Christchurch where she makes the most of the mountains and the sea.

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    Henry Lane

    • Managing Director
    • Corvecto
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    Henry Lane

    Managing Director, Corvecto

    Embracing the Age of Experience

    Henry is part of a panel discussion facilitated by Catherine Arrow on virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive visualisation with Andrew Plimmer and Dr Rob Lindeman.

    About Henry Lane

    By age 24 Henry was bringing home global business from DreamWorks, Disney & Sony. He's one of the creators of the EPIC Building in Christchurch and founder of VRAR Studio 'Corvecto', building serious VRAR solutions for large scale organisations around the world in major industry sectors. Henry is a member of faculty at NASA's Singularity University and frequently engaged by TVNZ as their Go-To expert for Innovation and Tech.

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    Erin Leuschke

    • Partner & Head of Digital Practice
    • SenateSHJ
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    Erin Leuschke

    Partner & Head of Digital Practice, SenateSHJ

    Is creativity the key to success?

    Diversity, agility, synergy, disruption – they’re buzz words that we hear every day. Do they make you feel threatened, or excited? Is there is a common thread that separates those who are thriving in this environment, from those who cannot? Could that thread be creativity? It’s a big word, with many meanings. So how can we foster it in ourselves and our people?

    About Erin Leuschke

    Erin is a hands-on digital strategist with a love of creative technology. She works with teams to ensure that digital thinking is always integrated; helping businesses to deliver products, campaigns and services that work in the real world. As her specialism demands, Erin has a background that spans the creative and technical divide. Originally training in film, she subsequently studied interactive design and has worked as a video editor, graphic designer, animator and sound engineer. She then moved agency side, progressing into more digitally focused and strategic roles over time. Erin has a practiced understanding of a vast array of experiences, channels and platforms in the corporate, NGO and government sectors. She also spent nearly four years running her own creative agency, where she focused mainly on the not-for-profit sector. Newly returned from 13 years in London, Erin has an international outlook and a fresh perspective on our local market.

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    Rob Lindeman

    • Professor
    • HIT Lab NZ
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    Rob Lindeman

    Professor, HIT Lab NZ

    Embracing the Age of Experience

    Rob is part of a panel discussion facilitated by Catherine Arrow on virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive visualisation with Andrew Plimmer and Henry Lane.

    About Rob Lindeman

    Rob Lindeman has been doing research in the field of Virtual Reality since 1993. His work focuses on immersive, multi-sensorial feedback systems for VR, AR, and gaming, as well as natural and non-fatiguing interaction. He is Professor of HCI at the Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the University of Canterbury. Prior to that, Rob was in the CS Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the USA and director of WPI’s Interactive Media & Game Development programme. Rob holds a BA from Brandeis University (USA), an MS from the University of Southern California (USA), and an ScD from the George Washington University (USA). Rob is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM. He is an avid geocacher, mountain biker, skier, and soccer player.



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    André Lovatt

    • Chief Executive
    • The Arts Centre of Christchurch
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    André Lovatt

    Chief Executive, The Arts Centre of Christchurch

    Communication and Consultation Overload: What Now?

    In the six years since seismic shifts disrupted Christchurch people’s lives, there has also been a seismic shift in the trust and reliance on the bureaucratic processes that many people think have drastically slowed down the city’s rebuild. Bureaucracy has become faceless and impersonal; consultation has been endless and become meaningless when thousands of people respond but nothing changes.

    Regenerate Christchurch aims to restore some of that trust by speaking directly to the community, without resource to traditional communications methodologies but emphasising individual and community face-to-face conversations.

    About André Lovatt

    André Lovatt is the Chief Executive of the Arts Centre, New Zealand’s largest collection of heritage buildings now undergoing a seven year, $290m post earthquake restoration.

    André is also the Chair of Regenerate Christchurch and a Director of the Christchurch International Airport Limited.

    André has a background in consulting engineering and the delivery of large building projects internationally.

    In 2015, André was awarded a Blake Leader award by the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

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    Sara McBride

    • Information Management Team Leader
    • GeoNet
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    Sara McBride

    Information Management Team Leader, GeoNet

    Communicating science in a post-truth world

    Sara is part of a panel discussion hosted by Dr Fabien Medvecky with Sarah Fraser and Peter Griffin.

    About Dr Sara McBride

    Dr. Sara K. McBride has been a professional communicator 17 years working for non-governmental originations and government agencies, specialising in emergency preparedness and crisis communication. She worked in Samoa during the tsunami in 2009 as well as in Christchurch earthquake (2011) as the Public Information Manager Second-in-Command for the earthquake response. Sara recently completed her Ph.D. thesis in English and Media Studies at Massey University. Her thesis, entitled “The Canterbury Tales: Insider lessons and reflections from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence to inform better public communication models” explored the Canterbury earthquakes as a communication case study. Sara was also the Public Information Manager for GeoNet during the M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016. She is currently working at GeoNet as the Information Management Team Leader.

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    Lee McCauley

    • Senior Project Manager
    • Behavioural Insights Team
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    Lee McCauley

    Senior Project Manager, Behavioural Insights Team

    Little tremors: how small changes can make a big difference

    The Behavioural Insights Team (often referred to as the nudge unit) was created in 2010. Since then, they have become a world-leading social purpose company specialising in the application of behavioural sciences to real world challenges and robustly evaluating interventions to find out what works. Lee will outline what the behavioural insights approach involves and provide some surprising examples of how seemingly small changes can have a major impact on everything from charitable giving to organ donation.

    About Lee McCauley

    Lee is a Senior Project Manager for the Behavioural Insights Team. Based in Wellington, he joined the team in April 2016 and is leading BIT’s work in New Zealand. Before joining BIT, he worked at the New Zealand Treasury where he helped create a cross-agency community of practice in Behavioural Insights, as well as leading on international strategy and working on the Christchurch rebuild. Lee also has over 10 years’ experience working in defence policy, operations and finance in the UK and New Zealand.

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    Fabien Medvecky

    • President
    • Science Communicators' Association of New Zealand
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    Fabien Medvecky

    President, Science Communicators' Association of New Zealand

    Communicating science in a post-truth world

    Fabien is the host of this panel discussion with Sara McBride, Sarah Fraser and Peter Griffin.

    About Dr Fabien Medvecky

    I'm a lecturer at the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago and the President of the Science Communicators' Association of New Zealand. My main interest is around how values interact with scientific issues, especially ethical and economics values. The reason I like values so much is because values play a key role in how we talk about and frame scientific issues, and how we make decisions about them.

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    Joanna Norris

    • South Island editor-in-chief
    • Fairfax Media
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    Joanna Norris

    South Island editor-in-chief, Fairfax Media

    About Joanna Norris

    Joanna Norris is South Island editor-in-chief for Fairfax Media and editor of The Press.

    She leads a team of 180 journalists across The Press, Stuff, Nelson Mail, Marlborough Express, Timaru Herald, Southland Times, and more than 15 community newspapers.

    Joanna has worked as a journalist on daily newspapers in New Zealand, Britain and the Middle East. Before joining The Press she was digital editor at The Dominion Post in Wellington.

    She has won several journalism and leadership awards, including media awards for reporting and feature writing.

    She is also chair of the New Zealand Media Freedom Committee and was last year awarded the Fairfax Media Women of Influence Award as Change and Innovation Champion.

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    Grant Ogilvie

    • National Manager, Media Relations Manager
    • New Zealand Police
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    Grant Ogilvie

    National Manager, Media Relations Manager, New Zealand Police

    Transforming the media management model at NZ Police

    Presentation with Karen Jones, Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs for NZ Police.

    This session will reveal the research and strategic thinking that informed the May 2016 establishment of the New Zealand Police seven-day-a-week media centre. The media centre now manages 40,000 phone calls for service, 51,000 email requests and distributes 5,000 releases and alerts per year as well as overseeing social media channels with 750,000 followers. Karen and Grant will share the lessons learnt along the way and how the rapidly changing media landscape has impacted upon the highest profile government agency.

    About Grant Ogilvie

    Grant Ogilvie is currently National Manager, Media Relations at New Zealand Police and is based in Wellington. He has been involved in most of the major events and issues involving Police during his 9 years there including the 2011 Canterbury earthquake, the Pike River mine disaster and countless high profile police investigations and operations. Grant was previously a journalist, and worked for Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme for 7 years where he was deputy editor. Prior to that, he worked as a television and radio journalist in the UK at the BBC.


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    Arturo Pelayo

    • Innovation Strategy Consultant, Designer & Entrepreneur
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    Arturo Pelayo

    Innovation Strategy Consultant, Designer & Entrepreneur

    The Rising Billions

    How to make sense of accelerating technologies and forge wisdom in organisations.

    No single industry exists in a silo and everything is increasingly interconnected.

    This Closing Keynote will provide an overview of global trends and the accelerating technologies that are enabling individuals to upend the organisational establishment. This won’t be a crystal ball gazing talk, but a practical, fact-based and engaging conversation to create awareness and momentum.

    About Arturo Pelayo

    What I do: Arturo Pelayo is an Innovation Strategy Consultant, Designer & Entrepreneur.

    What inspires me: Connecting People.

    We live in a time when we can redefine our relationships with one another; redesign our governance systems and reimagine our place in the ecosystem and beyond as we become a space-faring species.

    Arturo helps organisations with tools, coaching and insights to allow them to thrive and to deal positively with unstoppable change.

    Arturo's services and engagements are focused on the design and implementation of strategies compatible with an accelerating future. He has over 14 years experience in projects that encompass design consultancies for new products and services, development of corporate training and business intelligence briefings with top executives in the USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

    A set of simultaneous technologies is growing exponentially, with the common feature of being decentralised, and organised in a network. This contrasts with the centralised and hierarchical organisation of today's traditional society and its basic functions. This fundamental shift from the old to the new structure will subject unprecedented pressure to existing organisations and governments.

    You can contact and learn more about his work at: www.arturopelayo.com

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    Michael Player

    • Director of National Security Communications
    • DPMC
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    Michael Player

    Director of National Security Communications, DPMC

    Unpacking the realities of social media in government environments

    Michael Player is facilitating this panel discussion with speakers David Bloxham, Chris Elder and Karl Ferguson.

    About Michael Player

    Michael Player is a senior communications leader and specialist based in Wellington. He has extensive experience in participating in and advising executive leadership teams, working across government, managing corporate communication teams, strategy development and action plans. Michael moved into the world of consulting, contracting and temporary assignments a year ago. At present he is nearing completion of a stint as Director of National Security Communications with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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    Andrew Plimmer

    • CEO, Motim Technologies
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    Andrew Plimmer

    CEO, Motim Technologies

    Embracing the Age of Experience

    Andrew is part of a panel discussion facilitated by Catherine Arrow on virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive visualisation with Dr Rob Lindeman and Henry Lane.

    About Andrew Plimmer

    Andrew Plimmer has led technology companies internationally for the past 20 years. As CEO of Motim Technologies, Plimmer has led international mobile marketing innovation projects with Coca-Cola, Nike, Sony, AB InBev, Universal and many other leading brands, with many world-first in fields such as augmented reality, product recognition and virtual reality. While a creative technologist, Plimmer is most focused on business impact and consumer engagement, often helping brands with strategies for engaging Millennial and Gen-Z consumers.

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    Felicity Price

    • Senior Consultant
    • Felicity Price & Associates Ltd
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    Felicity Price

    Senior Consultant, Felicity Price & Associates Ltd

    The Great Divide

    Felicity is the host of a panel discussion with Julian Wilcox, Adrianne Cranshaw, David Boyle and Erica Austin-Knopp.

    About Felicity Price

    Felicity Price ONZM, FPRINZ, is now a consultant and contractor, mainly to local government in the earthquake recovery sector. Previously, for 25 years, she ran, with her husband Chris Rennie, FPRINZ, multi award-winning consultancy Price Rennie PR. Felicity has also had a number of voluntary roles, mainly in the arts sector, as chair of the local orchestra and the Court Theatre, helping rebuild it after the earthquakes. She is now chair of the Christchurch Arts Centre. As one of PRINZ’s senior practitioners, Felicity expects to continue as a communications advisor for many years yet.

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    Kathryn Ruge

    • Senior Communications Advisor
    • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
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    Kathryn Ruge

    Senior Communications Advisor, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

    "Powered by PechaKucha"

    Kathryn will be facilitating the PechaKucha session.

    About Kathryn Ruge

    Kathryn is a Senior Communications Advisor at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, providing strategic communications and public affairs advice across Te Rūnanga Group and its subsidiaries, and Chair of the PRINZ Southern Division Committee. Over the past 20 years she’s collected a range of experience working in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Germany in operational management, marketing and communication leadership roles across the aviation and technology industries, as well the public sector in local government.

    Driven by a love of language and culture and new ways of thinking, doing, and connecting, her practice is shaped by experiences such as PechaKucha Night Christchurch and involvement with community-led social change initiatives. Her pro bono work includes being a taxi driver and co-director of three children aged 10-13 (including twins), providing endless professional development in the psychology of communication and behaviour change.

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    Sean Smith

    • Chief Executive - Media Intelligence
    • Isentia
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    Sean Smith

    Chief Executive - Media Intelligence, Isentia

    100 million bits of data but just the one story

    The explosion of content means that technological developments and multi data point integration are the only ways in which to find the signal amongst the noise of your media coverage. So how can you identify and track prominent and influential stories, predict patterns and create strategies to maximise opportunities from the proliferation of data available?

    About Sean Smith

    As Chief Executive - Media Intelligence, Sean is responsible for overseeing the delivery of media intelligence services to 5,000 clients across APAC. With 15 years’ experience in the media intelligence industry, Sean has extensive client knowledge across the corporate, government and public relations sectors. He has previously held roles as the Country Manager for New Zealand, Sales Director at Asia Media Monitors in South East Asia and State Manager in New South Wales. Prior to working in the media intelligence industry Sean worked for the Australian Sports Commission and Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee (SOCOG). Sean is the current Vice President and Board Member for FIBEP (global association for media intelligence) and has recently completed Executive Education in International Business Management with Stanford University.

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    Andie Spargo

    • PRINZ Awards MC
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    Andie Spargo

    PRINZ Awards MC

    About Andie Spargo

    Andie is one of the founding members of The Court Jesters, the improvisation and corporate entertainment arm of the Court Theatre. He was also a member of The Outwits, who were labelled “the best MC’s in NZ” more than once. He has been a professional entertainer for over 20 years, as well as being an accomplished copywriter, brand strategist, voice over artist and smarty pants. Happiest wearing a false moustache and adopting a ridiculous accent, he has created bespoke characters for Coca Cola, Air New Zealand, Vero, Apple, Vodafone, Yellow and Uno Loco. When not being the front man for an event, he can be found in the Waitakeres bushwalking or refreshing his browser to see what Trump said / did in the last 5 minutes. #somuchwinning

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    Hannah Watkinson

    • Digital Creative Executive Vodafone xone
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    Hannah Watkinson

    Digital Creative Executive Vodafone xone

    Powered by PechaKucha

    Hannah is presenting in the Powered by PechaKucha session on 'In Situ'.

    About Hannah Watkinson

    Hannah is a creative with an interest in bridging and leveraging corporate/private partnerships with artists and entrepreneurs. While completing her Postgraduate studies in Fine Arts she founded In Situ Photo Project, NZ's only public art space dedicated to the photographic medium. The vision for In Situ is to keep talented and intelligent individuals in Christchurch by providing opportunities for emerging artists, showcasing their work alongside that of established photographers.

    Her personal photographic practice considers the genres of fine art and documentary, attempting to communicate the psychological landscape and social-political environment through images. Expanding on her interest in joining the dots; and lending her attention to detail, enthusiasm and getting-sh*t-done attitude to others – she is currently part of the Vodafone xone Accelerator team, helping tech start-ups to scale their ideas.

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    Julian Wilcox

    • Chief Operating Officer
    • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
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    Julian Wilcox

    Chief Operating Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

    Iwi Communications

    “For all people, and for future generations” is an extension on the Ngāi Tahu whakataukī, “Mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei – for us and for our children after us.” This acknowledges the mana whenua for the conference, but also recognises Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as it approaches its 20th anniversary since the signing of its Deed of Settlement at Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura on November 21, 1997.

    Iwi communications plays a critical role in educating, informing, inspiring, and engaging whānau, hapū, iwi, local communities, and Aotearoa New Zealand.

    No iwi is the same, and therefore there’s no single way to work with iwi, or within iwi organisations. However we will look at some commonalities in practice and how these have evolved, as well as some scenarios for the future.

    The Great Divide

    Julian is part of a panel discussion hosted by Felicity Price with Adrianne Cranshaw, David Boyle and Erica Austin-Knopp.

    About Julian Wilcox

    Julian Wilcox (Ngāpuhi) previously held the General Manager Communications role before being appointed as COO in February 2016. Julian worked for Māori Television for more than 10 years, in various roles, notably as General Manager, News and Current Affairs, where he managed a large team of staff providing strategic and operational leadership in a fast-paced environment.

    Julian has also had extensive involvement in Māori Radio, which has helped him to develop relationships with iwi, the Crown and Māori communities. While broadcasting has been a key focus of his career, Julian has also lectured in te reo, tikanga, whaikōrero and media. He is committed to Māori development and achieving whānau rangatiratanga, and has a passion for all things Māori.

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    Rachel Young

    • Senior Communications Advisor
    • Environment Canterbury
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    Rachel Young

    Senior Communications Advisor, Environment Canterbury

    The future of Crisis PR

    Rachel is part of a panel discussion facilitated by Chris Galloway with Karen Jones and Ashey Abbott.

    About Rachel Young

    Rachel Young is the senior communications advisor/team leader for the corporate communications team at Environment Canterbury. As part of this role, she is also the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management public information manager during events.

    In the past year, Rachel’s been called to work in four different emergencies, including working in Kaikoura post-quake, the Port Hills fires and twice to the West Coast for weather events to help. These roles have involved issue and crisis management, stakeholder relations and providing strategic advice.

    Prior to joining Environment Canterbury, Rachel worked as a journalist for a number of years.

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