Insights from Young Professionals – A PRINZ Student event

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  • 01/05/2017
  • 11:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • PRINZ, 69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland
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Thinking about what kind of public relations or communications career journey you’ll take on after graduation?

Don’t miss your chance to hear from a panel of young PR/Communications professionals sharing their career highlights and the lessons they have learnt so far. This is a great opportunity for students to gain some valuable tips and advice in a frank and open discussion hosted by PRINZ.

We encourage each student to bring along questions for the panel, big or small, this is your chance to find out what it is like to be a young PR/Communications professional. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and the opportunity to network afterwards.

Nibbles and drinks will be provided upon arrival.

Please note that this is a free panel event for PRINZ student/graduate members only, therefore only students/graduates can register online.


Cassie Arauzo, Account Manager, The Clique PR

Cassie Arauzo is qualified with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. She is adept at delivering stories across both traditional and digital media. Cassie uses her knowledge of journalism to her advantage in public relations, telling stories and engaging an audience not just to listen but to also take action. Cassie has also been trained in public speaking, both on camera and in front of a live audience. Last year Cassie was named as a winner of the 2016 Paul Dryden Tertiary PRINZ Award for her work on Able Products.

Chelsea Armitage, Public Relations Executive, The Travel Corporation

Chelsea graduated from AUT’s Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) programme in 2015, majoring in journalism. She spent six months of her Honours year on a student exchange in Denmark as part of the Inclusive Journalism Initiative, then returned to AUT to publish a dissertation on the varying degrees of native advertising in news media. After working as a media, advertising and general business journalist at The National Business Review for a year, Chelsea realised her true passion lay on the other side of the industry and made the switch to public relations in mid-2016. She is now a public relations executive at The Travel Corporation, looking after its youth travel, guided holiday, adventure travel and river cruise brands including Contiki, Trafalgar, AAT Kings, Adventure World, Uniworld and Insight Vacations.

Hannah Norton, Senior Communications Executive, Chapman Tripp

Hannah is responsible for the external communications and media relations at top-tier law firm Chapman Tripp. She has previously held journalist/editor roles at Fairfax Media, APN and NZLawyer as well as a PR role at Colliers International. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Commerce - majoring in marketing and commercial law from the University of Auckland. Her introduction to journalism was through the Fairfax intern scholarship scheme. Obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Hannah 'learnt the ropes' of reporting in Manukau. She is now in her final years of completing her law degree, studying part-time at AUT with a particular interest in media, cyber and corporate law.

John Son, Communications Adviser, The Skills Organisation

John is a Communications Adviser at The Skills Organisation, one of New Zealand’s largest industry training organisations. His role involves looking after both organisation-wide internal communications and external communications for the largest business unit. A passion for the written word saw John begin his career at one of Australasia’s top content marketing agencies. There he led the Business & Technology team as its senior writer before becoming the editorial training manager, passing on his skills and knowledge to the company’s new recruits. In his numerous roles, he further honed his ability to write clearly and persuasively to multiple audiences in order to drive action. John holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and English Literature from the University of Auckland. In his spare time, he writes for his food blog and runs a CV writing business.

Kris Lal, External Relations Manager, Tamaki Regeneration Company

Kris is the External Relations Manager for Tāmaki Regeneration Company, the first urban transformation project in New Zealand, jointly owned by the Government and Auckland Council. In this role, he is responsible for establishing and maintaining TRC’s relationship with key political stakeholders and managing the flow of official information.
He is a government relations specialist, who has previously worked as a policy, research and communications advisor for the Parliamentary Service and a communications advisor for Auckland Transport.
As a political advisor from 2014-16, Kris worked across the Tertiary Education, Innovation and Science, and Land Information portfolios. This involved providing high-level policy advice to and managing media relations for a senior Member of Parliament.

Tessa Donovan, Client Executive, SenateSHJ

Tessa is a client executive at SenateSHJ, an award-winning Trans-Tasman public relations consultancy. She specialises in content planning and media relations.Tessa has been a key force in highly successful media campaigns, exceeding client expectations and building brand awareness and goodwill. While at SenateSHJ Tessa has worked in-house at a major New Zealand corporate, adding to the success of both internal and external public relations campaigns. Tessa graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2015 with a Bachelor of Communication Studies. She majored in Public Relations and a minored in Creative Industries.