A new Life member and four new Fellows in 2018

10 May 2018

The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand will award a Life membership to Pauline Rose at its annual awards ceremony in Hamilton on Wednesday 30 May.

The award recognises Pauline’s significant service to PRINZ over a long period since her involvement in the early 1980s. She is a strong advocate for PRINZ and the PR Industry and was inducted as a PRINZ Fellow in 1995.

She has held senior executive appointments on the National Executive including National President and Chair of the College of Fellows. Pauline has also sat on PRINZ ethics panels, the Northern Divisional committee and been a mentor for many members.

Life membership is the highest accolade from PRINZ, previously awarded to 13 recipients and last presented in 2013.

At the awards ceremony, PRINZ will also induct four new Fellows: Angela Paul, Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Kelly Bennett, One Plus One Communications, Peta Goldsworthy, HMC Communications, and Stephen Hill, Selwyn District Council.

PRINZ Fellows demonstrate a high degree of competence in the practice of public relations and are nominated based on their significant contribution to the enhancement of the public relations profession.

The new Life member and Fellows will be recognised for their contribution to public relations at the PRINZ annual awards ceremony where they will be inducted by PRINZ president, Katie Mathison and Chair of the PRINZ College of Fellows, Fiona Cassidy.

Life member

Pauline Rose

Pauline personifies everything you want a Life member to be.

Professionally she has a track record in delivering great outcomes for the organisations and clients she has worked with. She is smart, ethical, business focused and committed to outcomes. Her work has also been recognized both internationally and nationally.

Pauline has proven to be a leader in her profession and used her skills and experience on different national and community boards.

For PRINZ Pauline has been part of its fabric since 1984 - that is 34 years and counting.

She started as a committee member at the Northern Division in Auckland and from there has been Chair College of Fellows, PRINZ President and Chief Judge. She has mentored many PR professionals and today remains an active member of PRINZ and continues to judge and sit on ethical committees, many she has chaired, when needed.

Pauline is always a phone call away and available to continue to assist PRINZ whenever required.

There are very few life members in PRINZ for a reason – they are our best, brightest and have had a life time commitment to our profession.

Pauline Rose has all the attributes, skills and experience that a Life Member should have.


Angela Paul

Angela has been on the PRINZ Central Committee since 2011, and has led and energised it as Chair for the past four years. Angela is fantastic at motivating other PRINZ members to be on the Committee and has organised a range of rewarding events for local members – never an easy task to please everybody. The Central Committee has had more willing members on it under her leadership, which shows Angela is great to work with, and draws others in around her to support PRINZ and the profession.

Angela has given a lot of time to PRINZ over the years, mentoring candidates going through APR, judging Awards, examining APR candidates in their Viva Voce, and contributing to organising our annual conference. She’s always energised about PR, and walks the talk for the profession.

Angela has worked in PR consultancy, government, and non-government, as well as overseas, for nearly 20 years, so she has a wide range of experience and understanding of the sector.

Kelly Bennett

With more than 20 years’ experience, Kelly Bennett is the consummate public relations professional.

His career began in consultancy in Auckland but soon took him to the UK where he furthered his knowledge with stints in both agencies and in-house roles, including at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.

On his return to New Zealand, Kelly joined Whybin TBWA\ as founder and managing partner of Eleven PR, which he led successfully for seven years. While there, he became Regional Director of all TBWA\’s three PR agencies throughout the Asia Pacific Region and undertook pro bono work for organisations including the One Percent Collective, The Arts Foundation of NZ and the NZ Music Foundation.

Kelly established his own successful communications consultancy, One Plus One Communications, in late 2013, and mentored the 2017 Sally Logan Young Practitioner of the Year winner, Alex Harman.

Throughout his stellar career, Kelly has been an active advocate for the public relations industry and has mentored and lectured entrants into the career. As well, he has championed best-in-class work as a jury member at numerous local and international awards, ably representing New Zealand on the world stage.

During his time at TBWA\, he helped establish PREScom, a group within the CAANZ, now the Commercial Communications Council, to ensure PR’s views were properly represented to advertising and media agencies, holding the Deputy Chair position for three years.

Without doubt, Kelly is one of New Zealand’s foremost public relations professionals, demonstrating a passion for the industry and a strong drive to uphold its professional standing at all times. 

Peta Goldsworthy

Peta has held senior roles in PR since 2008, when she left behind her successful journalism career and jumped over to the ‘other side.’

Her first foray into PR was as media manager for the University of Waikato, where she excelled utilising her core writing and storytelling skills. However, her wider strategic skills were soon recognised by her colleagues and supervisor. She was promoted twice during her eight-year tenure working under FPRINZ, Lisa Finucane. And her last role there was as Associate Director Strategic Communications where she led the communications division for the university.

Hired by HMC Communications in 2016, she fills the agency’s role of Senior Strategic Advisor. Working hand-in-hand with the agency’s Director, she provides strategic advice to some of the country’s leading companies including PGG Wrightson Seeds, Tatua Dairy Co-operative, CRV Ambreed, Mountain Jade and many others.

Her strengths include: organisational positioning, developing strategies for major internal or external projects, media relations, risk and issues advice and management, crisis communications and developing corporate publications.

Peta has a passion for adhering to ethical practice and a strong desire for business leaders to understand the power that a trusted PR advisor can bring to the ‘top table.’ This passion saw her lead the development of a series of learning events for business leaders at HMC Communications – CRUNCH (crucial conversations over lunch).

Peta has been active in PRINZ for many years. She regularly participates in CPD courses, has attended two World PR Forums, has examined APR candidates and is an active member of the PRINZ Waikato committee.

For all of her PR career, Peta has encouraged other practitioners to be PRINZ members and is forward when it comes to touting membership benefits. 

Stephen Hill

Stephen has had several leadership roles in public relations and communications in the last few years, many of them in local government.

He is currently the Business Relationship Manager at Selwyn District Council, in charge of a team of communications advisors, graphic designers and web designers. He commenced the role in 2014 after almost four years as Communications Manager for the NZ Police Canterbury District.

Prior to that he was public affairs manager for NZ Cricket (2 years), a director at Forum Communications (2 years), GM Public Affairs at the Christchurch City Council (2 years), Director External Relations at Environment Canterbury (4 years) and GM Marketing and Public Relations at the Hamilton City Council. He has a Diploma in Business Studies, endorsed Communications Management, from Massey University, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Canterbury.

Achieving APR in 2004, Stephen has been an active member of PRINZ for many years, attending events regularly, and making a steady contribution to PRINZ and the profession over the years by being a Viva Panellist in 2011 and a member of the Southern Division committee for the past two years.