September 2018 e-Report

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

President's Pen

PRINZ governance review 

Some excellent thinking came out when the National Council held its governance review session in August. Depending on what you all think of the ideas being proposed, it could see PRINZ achieving what is now regarded as the norm by most of New Zealand’s – and the world’s – governing bodies.

No matter that we’re a professional body and not a big corporate, we should aspire to having a governing board of the best people for the job, potentially elected transparently by the members every two or three years and answerable to the membership for how our organisation is run.

Over the next two to three months we’ll be coming to you with some options for how our national body might be structured, elected, and regulated. It would mean changes to our constitution, which currently sets those rules, but would mean a much more transparent process to ensure we remain responsive to our members’ needs and involve our best and brightest in overseeing PRINZ.

Various considerations would need to be taken into account, such as set terms of office, a limit to the size of the board, and the possibility of various board committees to cover special needs – like board and CE reviews, ethics, Fellows, and members’ professional development.

National Council member Jacqui Bridges is helping our CE Elaine Koller with getting the preliminary work done on the proposal so we can bring it to you as soon as possible and help us formulate a structure and process we can bring to the AGM next year for you to vote on.

Exciting times! 

Felicity Price, FPRINZ, ONZM


Chief Executive's Report

Our members are participating in their professional development

The role of Te Pūtahi Whakakakau Tūmatanui o Aotearoa (PRINZ) is to challenge, lead, and support our members and to ensure the ongoing and ethical development of the public relations and communications management industry in Aotearoa. As part of this I wanted to share with you a snapshot of our membership.

As you’ll see from the graph below around 40% of members are based outside of Tāmaki-makau-rau and Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara. In addition to this, two thirds of our members are part of a group membership.

It’s also great to see that to date PRINZ has had over 1700 attendees at PRINZ events and professional development courses or involved in mentoring or awards.

Summary of engagement to date – number of participants:

Continuing Professional Development courses 319
Events – National and Divisional 554
Webinars 241
Conference 198
APR – candidates, presenters, governance 28
Awards judging 31
Awards gala dinner attendees 228
Awards entries 87
Mentoring 52
TOTAL 1738

And there’s still plenty more events to come… This month we have two free webinars ‘Professional Communication: Rhetoric, Storytelling, and Persuasion’ and ‘It’s not (just) about robots: PR and Artificial Intelligence’, three divisional events ‘A PRINZ evening with Clarke Gayford’ in Tāmaki-makau-rau, Managing emergency situations in CIMS’ in Kirikiriroa and ‘Make your mark on the new marcomms movement’ in Tauranga, as well as a short course ‘Communication for small teams’ in Kirikiriroa.

We are always interested in your ideas so please  email us if there is something you think should be added to our  calendar.

Thank you for your support and playing a part in advancing our profession here in Aotearoa.

Mā te wā

Elaine Koller

Twitter: @PRINZ_Events


PRINZ News

PRINZ welcome new Communications Advisor – Membership 

We are pleased to welcome Violet Zhang as our new Communications Advisor – Membership.

Violet has over 8 years of experience in PR and marketing. Armed with a Bachelor of Hospitality Management, her career started in China working for international luxury hotel brands, specialising in corporate communications, event management, and brand promotion. After moving to New Zealand she obtained her Master’s degree majoring in PR at the University of Waikato and gained 2 years' experience in a PR agency.


Partner News

PRINZ warmly thanks its valued partners. Click here to read more.

  • Isentia: Keeping ahead of the curve
  • Research First: The secret to happiness … isn’t so secret
  • AON: Professional Indemnity insurance

New Members

Belinda Abernethy, T&G Global Limited

Courtney Buck, Inland Revenue

Angie Cairncross, Cancer Society of New Zealand

Abby Chen, MultiMarketing New Zealand

Mary Direen, Cancer Society of New Zealand

Stevie Hadfield, Te Puni Kōkiri

Janicke Harmens, AUT University - student group

Rexine Hawes, Matamata-Piako District Council

Megan Hine, Massey University Auckland - Student group

Eva Izard, Massey University Wellington - Student group

Max Jones, AUT University - student group

Julia Landels, University of Otago

Irra Lee, AUT University - student group

Samuel Morris, New Zealand Customs Service

Amy Porter, ZESPRI International Limited

Courtney Pratt-Young, AUT University - student group

Emma Eeilly, Worksafe New Zealand

Melika Shahroodi

Hiraina Tangiora, ZESPRI International Limited

Garth Tunnicliffe, University of Waikato student group

Lesl Van Der Voorn, AUT University - student group

Katie West, Bare PR

Jessica Williams, GNS Science