November 2017 e-Report

  • President's Pen
  • Chief Executive's Report
  • PRINZ News
  • Partner News
  • New Members

President's Pen

I’m very pleased to welcome our new President Elect, Felicity Price, from Christchurch. Felicity was elected at the Special AGM held at the Senior Practitioners event last week, and she will sit on the National Council at least until the next AGM in May, when there will be an election for President, as my two-year stint comes to its conclusion. Felicity is a PR contractor and consultant, who many of you will know from her former award-winning PR company, Price Rennie PR. Felicity is also chair of the Christchurch Arts Centre Trust Board Chair; we were lucky enough to hold our Awards Ceremony this year in the Centre’s beautifully renovated Great Hall.

My thanks go to the three other candidates who generously stood for the position: Catherine Arrow, Heather Claycomb, and Daniel Paul. This was, I think, the first time in recent memory that we have had so many nominations, and this is something I have encouraged to happen to increase openness around the appointment. At the Special AGM members agreed to change the Constitution to allow for electronic voting, and I hope that National Office will have this in place by May so that members will be able to simply click a button in an email to vote instead of having to submit proxy votes or be there in person.

The senior practitioners’ event was pretty amazing. The group had inspiring discussions with IBM’s corporate service corps head David Raper, breath-of-fresh-air Savannah Peterson, Chief Unicorn of Savvy Millennial, Sue McCabe of the Community Comms Collective, Tracey Bridges, and Kirsten Patterson, CE of the Institute of Directors. If I could sum up just one or two key points that resonated, they would be: (1) don’t wait to volunteer your PR skills: you’re good enough right now, and (2) choose carefully: you’ve got to feel enthusiastic about the cause, and not over-commit. The day certainly sent me off feeling regenerated and determined to take on something volunteerish … as soon as I’ve finished the Presidency, that is!

Katie Mathison, FPRINZ
Twitter:@Katiemmmathison #PRINZPresident

Chief Executive's Report

Taking charge of your career

Many of our members are planning their professional development for 2018. It’s a competitive environment and if you stand still you will get left behind as your knowledge and skills become outdated.

In December, members who have achieved 60 points in the RIVER personal development programme will receive their ‘2017 Certificate of Practice’. RIVER is a free professional development and career planning framework designed to help you to set goals and keep track of your professional development activities throughout the year – no matter your career stage. You’ll set goals to keep you motivated and earn credits for all the learning you already do – whether it’s by attending industry courses and events, joining webinars, or reading. It’s a tangible way to demonstrate to your colleagues and managers that you have invested in your professional practice. You complete and lodge your RIVER CPD plan online on your PRINZ dashboard from now until February next year.

Well done to our members who have recently completed the APR programme and are now able to use the MPRINZ post-nominal – we look forward to your graduation in May 2018. The PRINZ APR programme is suitable for practitioners with five or more years of experience and recognises those who have demonstrated broad knowledge, experience and professional, ethical judgement. If you are interested in becoming Accredited in Public Relations (APR), more information on the 2018 programme can be found here.

And for those in the market for a new role, make the PRINZ Jobs Board your first stop.

Elaine Koller
Twitter: @PRINZ_Events


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  • New President-Elect

Partner News

PRINZ warmly thanks its valued partners, click here to read more

  • Isentia: How do you drive a culture of Innovation?
  • Research First: Warming our hands on a dumpster fire
  • AON: Professional indemnity insurance and cyber security

New Members

Alex Jermunson ; Alison McIntosh, IAG New Zealand Limited; Amanda King, Electricity Authority; Dorothy Margraff, Massey University Auckland - Student group; Emine Kokcu, Massey University (Palmerston North) - Student group; Gaylene Kamali, Pacific Homecare; Georgia Vosper, Chapman Tripp; Helen Twose, AUT – Corporate; Jess Etheridge, IAG New Zealand Limited; Kerry Lee, Unitec Institute of Technology - Student group; Luke Chippindale, GHD; Michael Botur, Northland District Health Board; Michaela Tan, AUT University - student group; Nicky Barton, Worksafe New Zealand, Russ Horell, Isentia; Sarcha Hayter, Housing New Zealand Corporation; Shanna Crispin, Electricity Authority; Sherryl Arneil, ProCare Health Limited; Sophie Unterhofer, Datacom; Stephanie Robertson, Insurance Council of New Zealand.