PRINZ advocates for members on issues of direct relevance to the industry. Recent examples include:
State Services Minister Chris Hipkins announced that the cap on public servants would be ditched in response to PRINZ Immediate Past President Katie Mathison's letter sent 26 March. View the letter here.
PRINZ President Katie Mathison responds to the article “Health Ministry paid PR expert to deal with media when Nigel Murray quit” on NZ Herald: https://www.linkedin .com/pulse/pr-agency-dragged-...
Public relations is the only profession that has its numbers reported on in the New Zealand public sector. PRINZ President Katie Mathison will be writing on PRINZ’s behalf to the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to be fair and stop picking on PR and communications staff – or at least to include other professions in reporting FTEs. Click here to read more.
PRINZ Waikato Regional Chair Heather Claycomb writes about protecting reputations in post-Weinstein era: https://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/99262855/heather-claycomb-protecting-reputations-in-postweinstein-world
PRINZ President Katie Mathison comments on the risk Sky Television takes in giving Tony Veeitch a platform: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/99162328/why-do-people-keep-employing-tony-veitch
PRINZ Code of Ethics is highlighted in the weekly media commentary on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme with Dr Gavin Ellis in relation to The Spinoff story about influencer disclosure of payment: http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018622417
PRINZ President Katie Mathison defends the value of PR with Mike Hosking on NewstalkZB: http://126.96.36.199/WeekOnDemand/ZB/auckland/2017.11.02-07.30.00-D.mp3
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
In Hawke's Bay Today article, Forest and Bird chief executive, Kevin Hague calls out PR consultancy for alleged unethical conduct. He points out that the firm is not a member of the Institute and is therefore not bound by the PRINZ Code of Ethics.
PRINZ CEO Elaine Koller responds to Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin about fake review posted by a PR consultant on the Consumer website and highlights the PRINZ Code of Ethics. Key principles in the Code include honesty, professionalism, and balancing openess and privacy.
PRINZ CEO Elaine Koller meets with Susie Ferguson, Presenter of RNZ's Morning Report to discuss the responsibilities of PR professionals.
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
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
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.
President, Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ)
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.
President, Public Relations Institute of New Zealand
PRINZ CEO Elaine Koller responds to Otago Daily Times article: https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/vulnerable-bad-pr
"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
PRINZ CEO Elaine Koller meets with Colin Peacock, Presenter RNZ's Mediawatch to discuss the value of public relations.
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
Media Release: PRINZ says, ethical public relations is here to stay: https://www.prinz.org.nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=336
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
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
Pauline Rose, PRINZ President Letter to the Editor, NZ Listener: https://prcentral.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/prinz-letter-to-the-editor-nz-listener/
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.
Lobbying Disclosure Bill