PRINZ announces a new Life member and four new Fellows in 2013

Wednesday 15 May, 2013

The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand will award a Life membership to Murray McKinnon (pictured right) at its annual awards event on Thursday 30 May.

The award recognises Murrays significant service to PRINZ over a long period since his involvement in the early 1980s. Murray was made a Fellow in 1994 and worked as Executive Director of PRINZ from 2000-2004.

Life membership is the highest accolade from PRINZ, last given in 2009 and awarded to just 11 people in the Institutes history. It follows Murrays Queens Service Medal for services to athletics in last years Queens Birthday Diamond Jubilee Honours.

At the Awards event, PRINZ will also induct four new Fellows: Aline Sandilands (a Senior Lecturer within the School of Communication Studies at AUT), Catherine Arrow (Secretary of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management and Director of Unlocked PR), Daniel Paul (Director of The PR Company) and Kate Woodruffe (PR Manager, Gen-i at Telecom).

The nominations for each of the members noted the deserved nature of each new Fellowship.

"Aline has demonstrated expert PR skills and a real passion for the profession. She is an ethical operator and a superb ambassador to her students and for the profession."

"Catherine is an experienced PR practitioner, a highly valued teacher and mentor, a social media specialist plus a PR measurement and ethics subject matter expert and a leader within the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management."

"Daniel has a balanced background of a good PR practice, national account experience and an enduring demonstration of mentoring and supporting PR practitioners."

"Kate is is an eloquent and effective advocate for the importance of public relations in any project team in which she is working."

The Life membership and new Fellows will be awarded as part of the 39th Annual PRINZ Awards at a special event in Christchurch on Thursday May 30 during the PRINZ Annual conference. Twenty three finalists will be acknowledged with category winners and highly commended entries announced. The night will conclude with the announcement of the coveted Supreme Award winner.

Right: Catherine and Daniel are pictured with Jane Dodd, PRINZ President at the PRINZ Awards Gala Dinner held in Christchurch on 30 May 2013.