Southern Division

Below you'll find information about the chair and committee members in your wider geographic area.

If you are interested in joining your local committee please read the role description and contact the Chair of the Division below.

Kathryn Ruge, Chair, MPRINZ

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Kathryn is a Senior Communications Advisor at New Zealand Defence Force, covering their South Island operations. She has 20 years’ experience in operational management, marketing and communications roles across the aviation and technology industries, as well the public sector and iwi. Prior to joining NZDF she provided strategic communications support across Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Group which encompasses social enterprise, primary sector, tourism, property and investment organisations.

Kathryn holds a BBS (Communication Management and HR Management) and a PGDipBusAdmin (Management) with Distinction, both from Massey University, and Cambridge’s CELTA qualification from the CCEL College of English. She is passionate about good governance and a recipient of the Institute of Directors Canterbury branch 2018 Emerging Director Award.

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Annemarie Mora, MPRINZ

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Annemarie has implemented and led major, high-profile communications and engagement functions for infrastructure programmes in Australia and Canterbury. This included major busway and motorway projects in Queensland, before leading the award winning communications approach for the $2 billion transport programme in the west of Brisbane.

After moving to Christchurch in December 2010, she established and led communications for SCIRT for four years, where her focus was on keeping the people of Christchurch at the heart of the rebuild.

Anne-Marie Robinson, MPRINZ

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Anne-Marie is a Communications Manager at Gough Group with 17 years of award-winning public relations experience.

This follows an early career as a magazine and news agency journalist, including a year in Beijing.

She’s led a range of complex and high-profile health, social services and infrastructure projects for local and central government agencies.

Anne-Marie also enjoyed a stint as a PR consultant for boutique Wellington company Communique.

Anne-Marie was featured in our PRINZ Senior PR Insight blog series.

Haidee Scott

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Haidee has more than two decades of strategic communications, marketing, project management and leadership experience across a broad range of industries.

She holds an MBA from the University of Canterbury, is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified and is studying via distance towards a graduate diploma.

A strategic analyst by trade, Haidee is passionate about helping organisations to understand the long-term requirements of their business and develop concrete, easy-to-follow plans to realise those needs.

For the last seven years she has worked in communications and project management-related roles for Christchurch regeneration agencies and contractors. Roles have included strategic communications management, liaising with and briefing partnering organisations and leading, training and supporting contractors’ communication teams. She also project-managed the creation of a world-first, disaster recovery lessons learnt website for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT).

Janet Luxton, MPRINZ

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Katrin Johnston

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Katrin is a communications professional with a journalism background and 12 years of experience in different aspects of public sector communications strategy and implementation. Her experience has been as a permanent staff member and, more recently, as a consultant.

In her roles at different Crown entities and Government departments in Wellington and Christchurch she has developed and implemented strategic and operational communications in variety of sectors, ranging from economic development, tertiary education, transport, natural hazards and insurance.


Rachel Solotti, MPRINZ

Bio + photo coming soon!


Stephen Hill, FPRINZ

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Stephen is a Business Relationship Manager at Selwyn District Council, leading the council's internal and external communications and marketing functions as well as customer services.

He has held similar senior positions in the local government sector including roles at Hamilton City, Environment Canterbury and Christchurch City. Stephen has also worked at New Zealand Cricket and was Canterbury district communications manager for NZ Police, a role that included managing the national police communications response tot he Christchurch earthquakes.

From a long-distant background in journalism (in the days of manual typewriters and smoke-filled newsrooms) Stephen has also worked in the health sector and in private consulting.

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