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 has over 20 years' experience in operational management, marketing and communications roles across the aviation and technology industries, as well the public sector and iwi, making her well attuned to the challenges of large, complex organisations. As an independent contractor and consultant, she now partners with leaders, teams, and organisations to create understanding and positively impact their stakeholders through change initiatives, internal engagement, crisis communications planning, and strategic programmes.

Kathryn holds a BBS (Communication Management and HR Management) and a PGDipBusAdmin (Management) with Distinction, both from Massey University, Cambridge’s CELTA qualification from the CCEL College of English, and an ATCL in Communication Skills (Public Speaking) with Distinction from Trinity College London. With a deep commitment to lifelong learning, she is usually enrolled in at least two online courses at a time through Coursera and edX! Kathryn is also passionate about good governance and is on the pathway to Chartered Membership with the Institute of Directors.

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Alistair Gray

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Alistair is the Communications and Engagement Manager at Waimakariri District Council. He has more than 10 years’ experience in public relations, reputation and brand management, marketing and major event promotion across both public and private sectors.

Prior to moving to the South Island to work at the Waimakariri District Council he held roles at Southern Cross, ATEED, and Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing among others. These have given him a diverse background which he brings to his public sector role now.

Alistair’s interests lie in creating an environment of genuine engagement between organisations and the people they serve. He has a B.A in Communication and Political Science from the University of Canterbury and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from AUT.


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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Janet is Community Engagement Manager for Crestani. She is currently working with the Safe Roads Alliance and NZTA on talking with communities about safety improvements on rural highways. She has over 20 years experience in a variety of roles across a range of industry sectors, (local and central govt, corporate and not for profit). Working in these sectors in diverse roles from tourism marketing to stakeholder management means she has a broad range of skills and experience.

Continual improvement and professional development remains a core value for Janet and she sees PRINZ as a valuable development tool for any communications and engagement professional

Outside work she helps raise money for projects in her community including a rescue boat, storage shed and an annual summer music series. 

Jorja Miller

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Bio + photo coming soon!

Katie Moore

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Rachel Solotti, MPRINZ

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Bio + photo coming soon!


Zen Gregor

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Zen is a Communications Lead at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). She has more than 10 years' experience in communication, marketing and events roles across the private and public sectors. Prior to joining NIWA she worked in senior communication roles for AgResearch, Fulton Hogan (SCIRT) and with the NZ Defence Force.

Zen holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons) in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Waikato. She is of Tainui and Ngāti Kahungunu descent.

Zen has worked on high-profile public and media campaigns including the WW100 centenary projects both here and overseas, responses to international and national crises, and several VIP visits and events. Her interests lie predominantly in environmental, education and humanitarian communications and engagement work.

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