Celebrating 60 years in 2014

Celebrating 60 years of professional communication.

PRINZ was established as an Incorporated Society in 1954. The development of the professional practice of communication, specifically public relations and communication management, has seen many milestones in that time. Numerous PRINZ members have been at the forefront of the industry's development and continue to lead the way.

To celebrate turning 60 we teamed up with Tandem Studios and travelled the country to capture stories and memories from the last 60 years. We had the privilege of speaking to a founding member, George Gair, who relived the beginnings of PRINZ. Watch his interview, and vox pop interviews with members, below.

60 years of leadership

From Jim Payne to Bruce Fraser, view a full honours role of past PRINZ Presidents from 1954 - 2014: PRINZ Presidents 1954 - 2014

40 years of Awards

In the 40th year of the Annual PRINZ Awards, Anna Radford, 2014 PRINZ Awards Chief Judge, shares her thoughts on changes in the industry since 1974. 40 years of Awards - has much changed? In this PR Central blog, Anna reflects on the first award winning entry in the Peter Cherrington Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Relations - now the PRINZ Awards. Watch an interview with Cedric Allan, winner of the first PRINZ Award in 1974, to find out more.

See the past winners, from 1974 to today, and 'best of' case studies from 1997 onwards, in Research and Insight.

History of Public Relations in New Zealand

The Emergence of Public Relations in New Zealand from 1945 to 1954 - The Beginnings of Professionalisation. By Lynne Trenwith, Unitec Institute of Technology (written while Lynne was at Manukau Institute of Technology)

Read a Prism Journal article by PRINZ member Kay Weaver:
Weaver, C. K. (2013). A history of public relations scholarship in Aotearoa New Zealand: From working on the margins to setting disciplinary agendas. PRism 10(1)