Advocacy

PRINZ advocates for members on issues of direct relevance to the industry. Recent examples include:

November 2017

PRINZ President Katie Mathison defends the value of PR with Mike Hosking on NewstalkZB: http://120.138.20.16/WeekOnDemand/ZB/auckland/2017.11.02-07.30.00-D.mp3

October 2017

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, PRINZ president Katie Mathison speaks to Radio NZ about the reputational risk to the Weinstein company: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/2018618203/weinstein-company-s-crisis

April 2017

PRINZ President Katie Mathison advocates for PR in an opinion piece published on Stuff.co.nz: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/91737752/pr-gets-an-unjustifiably-bad-rap

March 2017

PRINZ CEO Elaine Koller comments on communications job market: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/national/89624803/Companies-are-vying-for-marketing-and-communications-talent

PRINZ CEO Elaine Koller advocates interns are paid minimum wage: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/90372562/unpaid-internships-legal-grey-area-offers-exploitation

February 2017

PRINZ President Katie Mathison responds to Waikato Times article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/opinion/88993909/the-fact-of-the-matter-is-the-car-sat-for-almost-a-week

Keep the debate clean

I am saddened to see such a public spat between the Waikato Times and Hamilton Council about the facts surrounding the removal of a crashed car from someone’s property. I don’t mind there being a debate about the facts, but I do mind intensely the tone it has sunk to. It is completely unnecessary to compare the situation to Trump, fake news, and alternative facts, and to snipe that: ‘some days council has more staff doing [public relations] than the Waikato Times has reporters’. Communications teams in general have far more on their plates than media, and the number of staff is certainly not a competition or a measure of competence. I’m sure I don’t need to add that PRINZ members are committed to communicating with honesty and accuracy.

Katie Mathison,
President, Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ)

October 2016

PRINZ President Katie Mathison responds to Waikato Times article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/85699573/Hamilton-City-Council-budget-for-spin-doctors-up-94-000-in-three-years

Good communication is not spin.

I would like to respond to your story on the budget increase for Hamilton City Council's public relations and communications services.

Ratepayers today have an expectation that they will have access to information on demand through their choice of channel. This expectation is one factor that inevitably increases the cost of public relations services. Few would argue that the services provided aren't worthwhile: transparent two way communications, online and social media capabilities, proper media training, and access to community news, inform the people of Hamilton on what the Council is delivering to its constituents and provide an opportunity for feedback.

Katie Mathison,
President, Public Relations Institute of New Zealand

August 2016

PRINZ CEO Elaine Koller responds to Otago Daily Times article: https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/vulnerable-bad-pr

PR Gobbledegook

"In response to your editorial "Vulnerable to bad PR" (ODT, 20.8.16), the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand absolutely agrees that every good PR professional should replace the gobbledegook with plain words." - Elaine Koller, CEO, Public Relations Institute of New Zealand

PRINZ highlights social media code of conduct: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/social-networking/82462080/call-for-more-honesty-and-transparency-around-social-media-influencer-advertising

February 2016

PRINZ President Bruce Fraser responds to article: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/cera-accused-of-overspending/
Sent response: https://www.prinz.org.nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=405
Published online: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/cera-under-fire-for-wasting-taxpayer-money-on-pr/

PRINZ CEO Simone Bell advocates for transparency in article on the use of paid blogs for PR and marketing: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11591891&ref=rss

December 2014

Media Release: PRINZ says, ethical public relations is here to stay: https://www.prinz.org.nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=336

November 2014

Radio Interview: PRINZ on Morning Report - 24 November 2014, PRINZ President Bruce Fraser talks about press conferences in the wake of Roger Sutton leaving CERA: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20158379/rennie-controversy-a-pr-nightmare

August 2014

Article: PRINZ responds to North and South editorial "Spinning Out" which raised some important issues about the number and nature of PR practitioners: http://www.prinz.org.nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=293

February 2014

Pauline Rose, PRINZ President Letter to the Editor, NZ Listener: https://prcentral.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/prinz-letter-to-the-editor-nz-listener/

October 2013

RFI for All of Government Procurement issued by MBIE

PRINZ members met with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and ensured members were informed of the Request for Information. A resulting Summary of Responses was issued by MBIE in October 2013.

View Consultancy Services Category AoG Contract.

October 2012

Lobbying Disclosure Bill

PRINZ made a detailed submission to the Bill which can be read here. Updates on the Bill are available via New Zealand Parliament here.