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Time Session Duration
8.30am - 9.15am PRINZ National AGM

45 mins

Join us for our National AGM - Registration page available soon

9:30am - 10.00am Welcome and opening remarks

30 mins

Welcome and opening remarks from Katie Mathison, FPRINZ, PRINZ President

Conference MCs - John Durning, FPRINZ, Partner, Perception Public Relations & Marketing, and Elizabeth Hughes, MPRINZ, Director, Elizabeth Hughes Communication

John Durning

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

Elizabeth Hughes

Elizabeth Hughes is a strategy and communication specialist with more than 25 years in both the public and private sector...
10.00am - 10.45am André Lovatt - Communication and Consultation Overload: What Now?

45 mins

Opening Keynote: André Lovatt, chief executive of the Arts Centre of Christchurch and chair of Regenerate Christchurch, driving regeneration in the central city, the residential red zone and New Brighton.

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.

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....
10.45am - 11.05am Malcolm Johns - Embracing Technological Disruption

20 mins

Malcolm Johns, CEO, Christchurch International Airport Limited on embracing technological disruption

Malcolm Johns

Malcolm has been the Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport since January 2014. Prior to this role...
11.05am - 11.30am Morning Tea

25 mins

11.30am - 12.15pm Panel - Embracing the Age of Experience

45 mins

The conversation has shifted from whether and why organisations and brands should embrace the digital age to how we can embrace the experience age courtesy of emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, human-robot interaction, immersive visualisation, and applied gaming design.

But can these technologies improve the way we communicate, build meaningful connections and emotional engagement with our audiences? How are these emerging technologies impacting the future of our work, the structure of our organisations, and the way we relate to our clients? And, is there a need to embed skills in these areas across public relations practice?

Catherine Arrow, FPRINZ, Unlocked PR, will facilitate our panel discussion with:

  • Andrew Plimmer, CEO, Motim Technologies
  • Dr Rob Lindeman, Professor and Research Leader, The HIT Lab NZ
  • Henry Lane, MD, Corvecto

Catherine Arrow

Catherine Arrow is an international public relations consultant, educator and writer. She heads Unlocked PR, digital consultancy Social Capture and designs...

Andrew Plimmer

Andrew Plimmer has led technology companies internationally for the past 20 years. As CEO of Motim Technologies, Plimmer has led international mobile...

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...
12.15pm - 1.00pm Concurrent sessions

Choose one to attend, no pre-registration required:

Karen Jones, Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs, New Zealand Police on the Police 24/7 media bureau

Karen Jones

Karen Jones is the Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs for NZ Police. She is a member of the NZ Police executive...


'Changing behaviour through the 'Ora' health and safety programme' - Justin Courtney, Head of Communications and Sustainability, and Nathan Campbell, Head of Health and Safety, Silver Fern Farms.

The health, safety and well-being of our people is right at the heart of what we do at Silver Fern Farms. The risks in our business are plentiful. Of our 7,000 ‘Food People’, over half carry very sharp knives!

We have a big aspiration of getting to zero harm by 2020. It’s becoming part of our day-to-day that ‘mates look after mates’ at Silver Fern Farms - and so the aspiration to get to zero harm by 2020 is one we believe is totally achievable.

In 2014 we established ‘Ora’, a programme to lift the way we work and think to make Silver Fern Farms a safe and healthy place to work.

Changing peoples’ behaviour has been a process of ‘Seismic Shifts’ in how we work and communicate. While we have a long way to go, our commitment to health and safety is resulting in has real progress in reducing harm and lifting our peoples’ perceptions of Health & Safety.

Nathan Campbell

Nathan joined Silver Fern Farms in early 2005, working in a range of Human Resource and Employment Relations roles for the first ten years with the business...

Justin Courtney

Justin has spent 15 years in communications and marketing roles predominantly in the agribusiness sector in Australia, Europe and New Zealand. For the past four years he has...

1.00pm - 2.30pm Brown Bag Lunch and The Rebuild Tour

1 hour, 30 mins

Hop on a bus with your lunch and be taken around the city on a Christchurch City Rebuild Tour.

2.30pm - 3.15pm Julian Wilcox - Iwi Communications and Participation

45 mins

Julian Wilcox, Chief Operating Officer, Ngāi Tahu on iwi communications and participation.

3.15pm - 4.15pm The future of Crisis PR

1 hour

The future of Crisis PR hosted by Chris Galloway, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, with:

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

Chris Galloway

Chris joins many years of experience as a journalist and senior public relations specialist....

Ashley Abbott

Ashley Abbott is a public affairs and communications professional with extensive experience in major international sporting events...
4.15pm - 4.30pm Afternoon tea

15 mins

4.30pm - 5.15pm Panel - The Great Divide

45 mins

New Zealand has an ageing population. Today, 15% of the population is over the age of 65 and this is expected to rise to around 25% by 2040. Meanwhile, the number of working age New Zealanders is on the decline and the birth rate continues to fall.

Expect to see a bigger divide between the old and young as fewer workers support an increasing number of retirees and a growing gap between rich and poor. There’ll be a vast bubble of people on low fixed incomes, living longer because they’re healthier than their parents were, yet needing health care as they head for a projected life expectancy of 90 or even 100.

These changing demographics will affect not just our communication strategies but also how we work and who we work with, as older practitioners follow the international trend and keep on working well past retirement age, reducing their hours but not necessarily charging any less. There’s no doubt our industry will be significantly impacted. Are we ready for it?

Felicity Price, ONZM, FPRINZ will host our panel discussion with:

  • Julian Wilcox, Chief Operating Officer, Ngāi Tahu
  • Adrianne Cranshaw, General Manager, Communicators - division of Porter Novelli New Zealand
  • David Boyle, Group Manager, Education & Retirement Villages, Commission for Financial Capability

Felicity Price

Felicity Price ONZM, FPRINZ, is now a consultant and contractor, mainly to local government in the earthquake recovery sector...

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...

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...
7.00pm - late PRINZ Awards Gala Dinner

Join us for the 43rd PRINZ Awards Gala Dinner at the The Great Hall in the Christchurch Arts Centre.

Time Session Duration
8.30am - 9.10am Hon Gerry Brownlee - Seismic Shifts in Government Thinking: Then and Now

40 mins

Opening address: Hon Gerry Brownlee, Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration

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.

Hon Gerry Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee is the Member of Parliament for the Christchurch constituency of Ilam, a seat he has held comfortably since 1996...
9.10am - 9.55am The impact of social media on media and political systems

45 mins

Details to be announced shortly

9.55am - 10.15am PRINZxTalk - Isentia - Exclusive News: Who is excluded? A comparative look at two markets.

20 mins

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.

Khali Sakkas

Khali directs Isentia’s insights services across the Asia Pacific. With over 14 years’ experience in communications research, Khali has a deep understanding of measurement and the media intelligence industry...
10.15am - 10.30am Morning Tea

15 mins

10.30am - 11.15am Panel - Communicating science in a post-truth world

45 mins

Communicating science in a post-truth world

Science communication is based on the view that more factual knowledge is better than less, and that expert knowledge should play a special role in our social and individual decision-making. Then here comes 2016, with its dual curved-ball of Brexit and Trump.

As we plunge headlong into what has now come to be regarded as a “post-truth” world—a world where facts and expertise no longer hold a primary place when it comes to decision-making—what is the role of science communication? And how do we communicate accurate facts in a world of fake news and social media curated information bubbles?

Join host Dr Fabien Medvecky, President, SCANZ, with Dr Sara McBride, Sarah Fraser, and Peter Griffin as they discuss the how’s and why’s of communicating science in a post-truth world.

  • Dr Sara McBride, ‎Social Science Operations Specialist, GNS Science/Geonet
  • Sarah Fraser, MPRINZ, Communications Manager, NIWA
  • Peter Griffin, Founder, Science Media Centre

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...

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...

Sarah Fraser

Sarah Fraser, MPRINZ, grew up on a sheep, beef and deer farm near Feilding. She spent 10 years as a journalist, where her jobs ranged from being Radio New Zealand’s rural reporter for Canterbury and the West Coast...

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...
11.15am - 11.35am PRINZxTalk - Getty Images - Innovation in Visual Storytelling: VR and other new frontiers

20 mins

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.

Hear from Arran Birchenough, Getty Images NZ country director, about new technologies content creators are using in storytelling, and how PR professionals can leverage these trends.

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...
11.35am - 12.45pm Visit to THE PRESS

1 hour, 10 mins

Visit to THE PRESS hosted by Editor, and South Island Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax Media, Joanna Norris

Joanna Norris

Joanna Norris is South Island editor-in-chief for Fairfax Media and editor of The Press...
12.45pm - 1.30pm Lunch and OPTIONAL Research First Presentation

45 mins

OPTIONAL Research First Presentation from Carl Davidson, Head of Insight, Research First

Carl Davidson

Carl Davidson is the Head of Insight at Research First Ltd. His expertise combines social science and marketing, and he has worked in the world of research for over 25 years...
1.30pm - 2.15pm "Powered by PechaKucha"

45 mins

“Powered by PechaKucha” What's next for PR? New ways of storytelling

Details to be announced shortly

2.15pm - 2.35pm PRINZxTalk - Research First


PRINZxTalk - Carl Davidson, Head of Insight, Research First

Carl Davidson

Carl Davidson is the Head of Insight at Research First Ltd. His expertise combines social science and marketing, and he has worked in the world of research for over 25 years...
2.35pm - 2.50pm Afternoon tea

15 mins

2.50pm - 4.05pm Debate: Who needs PR when you have social media?

1 hour, 10 mins

Details to be announced shorty

4.05pm - 4.50pm Erin Leuschke - Creativity

45 mins

Erin Leuschke, Partner & Head of Digital Practice, Senate SHJ, New Zealand

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...
5.00pm - 5.15pm Closing remarks

10 mins

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