February 2018 e-Report

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

President's Pen

A RIVER runs through it

It’s a brand new year, and if, like me, you’ve tidied your desk, done your annual plan, and stuck so far to your New Year’s resolutions (mine’s no nail biting, and no wine on school nights), you might want to think about planning out your PR development for the coming year.

We have a handy free tool to help – the PRINZ RIVER programme – on the PRINZ website. All you have to do is decide what you want to develop – update a particular PR skill, or broaden your horizons or networks, say – and then use the template to map out how to get there, and send it to PRINZ. It needn’t take long to do: I think mine took about 20 minutes last year.

Throughout the year you earn points for working towards that goal by doing a surprisingly liberal range of things, such as present at a course, be on a working group, attend a webinar or course, go to a conference, be an awards judge, write a blog, volunteer for the Community Comms Collective, be a mentor, or do a uni paper, for example. Some of it needs to be ethics based.

If this is making you go “gaaaah”, here’s the thing: nobody’s too experienced, too old, too jaded, or too busy to do this stuff. You design it for you, not for anybody else. A reasonable employer will (should) pay for some of it, and give you time to do it. Your RIVER plan can also double as the personal development part of your performance agreement.

We’d like as many members as possible to sign up for RIVER, to show that our profession does take professional development seriously and is committed to ethical practice. While you do get a certificate on completion, I appreciate that’s not everyone’s bag: the main point of RIVER is the act of setting a plan, and then doing the development in the right direction. Looking forward to seeing all those plans!

Katie Mathison, FPRINZ
Twitter:@Katiemmmathison #PRINZPresident


Chief Executive's Report

PRINZ Awards - Entries Now Open

The annual PRINZ Awards are our industry’s most high-profile way to showcase our best work. So, take the opportunity to gain recognition from your boss, clients, and colleagues by entering the PRINZ Awards. Entries close 5pm, 28 February 2018.

To be successful, you need to stand out. Preparation is key and take your time to craft your entry. Here are some tips to give your entry the best chance:

  • Choose the best category for your entry
  • Review the ‘best of' case studies* in the category you are entering
  • Read the judging criteria and pay attention to the marks awarded per section
  • Look at the FAQs
  • Watch the Awards Writing Webinar hosted by PRINZ Awards Chief Judge, Lisa Finucane

  • Good luck and we look forward to celebrating all finalists and winners on Wednesday 30 May in Hamilton at PRINZ Awards Gala Dinner.

    Elaine Koller
    Twitter: @PRINZ_Events

    *Please note you must be a PRINZ member and be logged in to view the Awards 'best of' case studies.


    PRINZ News

    Click here to read more about each of the headings below

    • RIVER CPD - Take part for 2018
    • Become Accredited in Public Relations with PRINZ
    • 2018 PRINZ Mentoring programme - Applications open now

    Partner News

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

  • Isentia: Tips for success: Make a robot your partner in crime in 2018
  • Research First: Stop fooling yourself!
  • AON: Professional indemnity insurance and cyber security

  • Members

    Charlotte Mee, Countdown

    Christine Adair, Ministry of Transport

    Eruera West, Ministry of Transport

    Hamish Utteridge, City Edge Alliance

    Helen Duncan, Powerco

    Imogene Lomax, Perception Public Relations & Marketing

    Jenny Spence, Trustpower Limited

    Jessalee MacLean, Orion New Zealand Limited

    Justin Brownlie, Ministry of Transport

    Kirstin Richmond, Thames-Coromandel District Council

    Lauren Mentjox, Frucor Suntory

    Liane Topham-Kindley, University of Otago

    Lindsay Clark, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society

    Mark Hathaway, University of Otago

    Matangaro Daniels, Management Communication Students Association (MCSA)/University of Waikato student group

    Mikael Aldridge, Maritime New Zealand

    Nicola Gray, Acciona Infrastructure NZ

    Nicole Oliver, Perception Public Relations & Marketing

    Ruth Keber, Bay of Plenty Regional Council

    Stevee Taylor