Eighteen PRINZ members achieve Accreditation in Public Relations

Thursday 21 November, 2013

Eighteen public relations practitioners have gained accreditation (APR) after successful completion of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand's (PRINZ) 2013 accreditation programme.

Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) is an internationally-recognised qualification for PRINZ members with at least five years practical experience in the public relations and communication management industry.

APR graduates come from all over New Zealand including Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, New Plymouth, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Thames and Auckland.

APR Chief Examiner Dr Graeme Sterne says the newly graduated Members represent a bright future for the profession. These 18 practitioners are future industry leaders. They each undertook APR voluntarily, and on achieving the qualification demonstrate their commitment to ethical, best practice communications for their organisations and clients.

PRINZ President Pauline Rose says APR is a mark of distinction and demonstrates commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice. APR is a key component of PRINZ's Continuing Professional Development programme, and these 18 graduates now join a select group of accredited practitioners.
Graduates were awarded their certificates at ceremonies in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch earlier this month.

The 2013 APR graduates details follow:

Auckland

Deepti Bhargava, Unitec Institute of Technology - Online Community Advisor
Suzanne Stickney, Winstone Aggregates - Communications and Marketing Specialist
Amber Gilmore, Auckland Council - Senior Integrated Communications Adviser
Angela Jones, Auckland Council - Senior Media Adviser
Duncan Croft, ATEED - Senior Advisor - Internal Communications
Thames-Coromandel
Laurna White, Thames-Coromandel District Council - Senior Communications and Marketing

Hawkes Bay

Erin Harford, Giblin Group - Communications and Sponsorship Consultant
Ohope, Bay of Plenty
Sarah van der Boom, Cheeky Rooster Communications & PR - Communications and Business Manager

Wellington

Colin Marshall, Statistics NZ - Senior Media Adviser
Simon England, Pharmac - Communications Manager
Rob Addison, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, Senior Advisor Regional Relationships
Grace Loftus, Statistics NZ - Communications Advisor
Stacey Smith, Independent Police Conduct Authority - Senior Communications Advisor

New Plymouth

Neil Holdom, Powerco - Corporate Affairs Manager

Christchurch

Janet Luxton, CORE Education Ltd - Marketing and Communications Manager
Angela Lamont, Airways - Communications Advisor
Anne-Marie Robinson, Christchurch City Council - Senior Communications Advisor

Dunedin

Megan McPherson, University of Otago - Head of Communications