April 2019 e-Report

  • President's Pen
  • Chief Executive's Report
  • PRINZ News
  • Industry News
  • Partner News
  • Welcome to our new members

President's Pen

Updating PRINZ Governance

Results are in from our member survey to find out your views on how we should be governed and whether it was time for us to modernise the National Council’s structure and the way your representatives should be elected.

Voting was open for some months, to ensure as many of you as possible had a chance to have your say. But we closed it off recently and the results have confirmed that most of you support a change.

The first question was whether our council or board membership should be representational (as at present) or skills-based. 11% voted to stick with the existing representational model, 22.5 % wanted it to be skills-based and by far the majority of 59.5% voted for a mix of the two. (7% had no preference).

Asked if the existing office holders should be replaced with a chair selected by the board for a two-year term, 14.5% opted for the status quo, the majority of 63% voted for replacing the status quo with a chair selected by the board, and 22.5% had no preference.

The greatest majority of responses (79%) supported a mix of elected and co-opted members, while only 21% voted for elected members only.

Although the majority wasn’t so great for this next question about the ideal size of the board, most people (47%) supported the election/co-option of 7 board members; 14.5% voted for 8 board members and 22.5% opted for 9 members. 16% had no preference.

The final question, seeking a preference for the length of term of board members also showed a clear majority of 56.5% for a two-year term, with implementation staggered annually to ensure no more than half the members have completed terms at the same time. 24% voted for a three-year term with staggered implementation, 5% voted for a one-year term, and 14.5% voted for no change to the status quo. The current status quo is that the President has a three-year term as President Elect, President and Immediate Past President; the Chair of the College of Fellows is elected biannually; Divisional Chairs are elected annually; and co-opted members are confirmed annually.

Next, based on the feedback we’ll be looking at how we can implement the changes the majority of respondents voted for and be putting forward a motion to be voted on at the National AGM – the details will be included in the notice for the AGM that’ll go out later this month. You will then, of course, have your chance to vote at the AGM.

So, a big thank you for all of you who completed the survey and your support for all the volunteers who’ve given up their time to study and discuss modernising our governance and who wanted to be sure we delivered the leadership you would expect of a professional body such as ours.

Felicity Price, FPRINZ, ONZM

Chief Executive's Report

Join us in Wellington – #PRConf19 ‘Changing Mindsets’

2019 has started with a roar. Here in the PRINZ office, we are busy with membership renewals, professional development courses, the 2019 PRINZ Awards judging, and the annual PRINZ Conference ‘Changing Mindsets’at Te Papa in Wellington on the 25th and 26th July.

The conference is an ideal opportunity to enhance your personal and professional network as well as examine how our professional skills - a fine balance of strategy, cultural knowledge and communication expertise – can benefit our organisations and clients.

The full programme will be revealed next month. In the meantime, we are excited to confirm the following speakers – agents of positive change who are challenging the status quo, illuminating new perspectives, and flipping problems into opportunities.

Conference MC: Wallace Chapman

  • Tracey Spicer, Author, Journalist, TV Presenter spearheaded the #MeToo movement in Australia and has been a driving force to achieve gender balance and gender equality. At ‘Changing Mindsets’ Tracey will address some of the challenges women face and share her unique experiences with you to inspire and empower you to overcome them.
  • Jackie Clark is the "aunty in charge" of The Aunties, a charity that operates entirely through Facebook and Twitter to provide emotional and financial support for women who are survivors of domestic violence. Jackie will share her personal story and explain why she has changed the way she does her work.
  • Patrick Wagner, Head of Interactive, Weta Workshop and Greg Cross, Chief Business Officer, Soul Machines will showcase how AI and mixed reality can be integrated into the way organisations communicate with their internal and external stakeholders.
  • Jim Macnamara Distinguished Professor and Head of Discipline, Public Communication, University of Technology Sydney will investigate how ineffective organisational listening is holding back engagement and causing disengagement and declining trust; and discuss the latest thinking on ways to evaluate your PR and communication work.
  • Panellists Patrick Reynolds, Deputy Director, Greater Auckland and Urban Auckland, Chris Ford, Fordwrite and Disabled Persons Assembly New Zealand and Laura O'Connell Rapira, Director ActionStation discuss how different advocacy models have been used to positively influence policy.
  • Associate Professor Anna Brown, Director of Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, College of Creative Arts, Massey University will showcase how Massey University is generating positive social change by putting people who will be most affected at the centre of the discussion.
  • Panellists Henare Johnson, Manager Maori Projects, Air New Zealand, Michelle Baguley, Head of Corporate Communications, Spark, and Te Anga Nathan, Head of Content, Te Māngai Pāho, will share stories on how business is embracing te ao Māori and te reo Māori.
  • A Q&A session with Margaret Stuart, Head of Corporate and External Relations, Nestlé Oceania on reputation and societal issues.
  • Kim Young, Suffrage 125 Project Manager will share how commemorating the landmark legislation provided a forum for positive change for today’s women and girls.
  • John Dengate, Collaboration Coach, Twyfords will hold an interactive conversation with Nigel Corry, General Manager, Environment Management Group, Greater Wellington Regional Council on how as a leader you need to challenge your thinking and shift the way your team tackles complex projects through collaboration.
  • Ngaire Crawford, Head of Insights, Isentia New Zealand will share research into what can be learnt from the media’s portrayal of different types of leaders, and the impact that this can have on wider media narratives, as well as our own views of a “good leader”.
  • Carl Davidson, Chief Social Scientist, Research First will run a short workshop demonstrating the behavioural science behind changing mindsets.

More information on our conference speakers can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you in Wellington for ‘Changing Mindsets’. Get your ticket today.

Elaine Koller
Twitter: @PR_InstituteNZ


Your digital certificate of membership is now available online

Thank you for joining PRINZ or renewing your membership for another year. You can now check your membership status and download your certificate of membership by logging into your PRINZ profile. If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Violet.

Download your certificate of membership now

We are delighted to announce that Tracey Spicer will join us at #PRConf19

Tracey is a multiple Walkley Award winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten and Sky News.

She is currently working on a documentary about the #metoo movement, which she spearheaded in Australia through tireless investigative journalism.

In 2019 Tracey was named the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, and in 2018 chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, winning the Social En-terprise and Not-For-Profit category. She was also named Agenda Setter of the Year by the website Women’s Agenda. For her 30 years of media and charity work, Tracey has been awarded the Order of Australia.

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Industry News

Call for Submissions | Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal (APPRJ)

Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal (APPRJ) invites public relations scholars, professionals, and graduate students from the Asia Pacific region to submit public relations and communication research, theory, professional practice, comment, case studies and book reviews.

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Reputation Reality 2019 – Trans-Tasman perspectives on reputation and risk

In a world where trust is under the spotlight, reputation is everything. SenateSHJ have researched this foundational issue for a decade now – through their Reputation Model and their flagship Reputation Reality Report.

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Porter Novelli announces new Sustainability practice

Porter Novelli has announced an exciting new practice, and a fourth member of their Senior Leadership Team.

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Partner News

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

  • Isentia: Leadership Index Edition 2 2019: The face of disruption
  • Research First: The Great Gatsby Effect? Why What Bleeds Leads
  • AON: Professional indemnity insurance

Welcome to our new members

Ainslie Ballinger, Network Communication

Aliesha Singh, Ministry for Women

Ani Gemmill, University of Waikato – student

Anna Hall, Massey University – student

Annalese Webber, Wintec - student group

Annalise Olsen, AUT - Student group

Arielle Christiansen, Wintec - student group

Bhaumik Schukla, Wintec - student group

Bridget Carlson, Massey University – student

Carley Nicholls, Massey University Tauranga – student

Carrie Song, University of Waikato – student

Charlene White, DigiPR

Cherryl Arnold, Counties Manukau District Health Board

Cheryl Norrie, University of Otago

Craig Williams, Kordia Limited

Daniel Huisman, Waimakariri District Council

Danielle Butler, AUT – student

Debbie Gamble

Emily Walmsley, New Plymouth District Council

Esther Burnett, Wintec - student

Eva Li, Bananaworks Communications

Fernanda Filgueiras, Wintec - student

Fiona Bailey, Wellington City Council

Fiona Masters, Lassoo Media | PR

Gabrielle Lum, AUT – student

Glenn Baillie-Price, Department of Internal Affairs

Grace Smith, AUT – student

Hollie Blanchard, Wintec - student

Hone Edwards, Waikato Regional Council

Isaac Kerr, Wintec - student

Jasmin Bull, AUT – student

Jessica Monaghan, Audit New Zealand

Joa Lilly, Wintec - student

Josephine Makuden, Wintec - student

Karen Lindsay-Lees, Waimakariri District Council


Katharine Saunders, Massey University

Kaycee Shaw, AUT – student

Kelly Maguire, Marque Group

Kenneth Wang, Bananaworks Communications

Kevin Sisler, DARKHORSE NZ

Kirsty Anderson, Ministry for Women

Laine Morrissey-Brown, DARKHORSE NZ

Laura Barrett, SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Lauradanna Radesic, Hamilton City Council

Leanne Campbell, Datacom Group Ltd

Liz Ludlow, Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)

Lucy Ong, Bananaworks Communications

Lynn Roberts, Chapman Tripp

Mallaika Ferns, AUT – student

Marcelle Domingo, AUT – student

Matiu Workman, University of Otago

Maxine Glogau, DARKHORSE NZ

Megan Matthews, Wintec - student

Megan Scott, AUT – student

Megha Pardasani, Wintec – student

Meghan Batey, Wintec – student

Melina Mundy-Hermann, AUT – student

Michelle Brooker, Wellington City Council

Mitchell Bidois, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

Muaaz Elhassan

Nabina Kharel, Wintec – student

Nancy Linton, Statistics New Zealand

Nathaniel Johnson, AMP Services (NZ) Limited

Olena Williams

Paula Pollock, Massey University Wellington – student

Phil de Joux, Lyttelton Port Company

Prachi Makwana, AUT – student

Rachel Cuneen, Wintec – student

Rachel Leitch, Perception PR & Marketing Ltd

Rashi Saxena, AUT – student

Rebecca Hudson, Wintec – student

Rebecca Inoue-Palmer, Asia New Zealand Foundation

Robert Barry, AUT – student

Rosie Salas, Kapiti Coast District Council

Roxanne Bruce, The Treasury

Ruth Larsen, Counties Manukau District Health Board

Sabine Sims, AUT – student

Samantha Smith, AUT – student

Sara Matchett, Waimakariri District Council

Sarah Platt, Haigh Lyon Lawyers

Shin-Jung Kim, Wintec – student

Sian Church, Sling & Stone NZ

Siobhan Waterhouse, Mr Fahrenheit Publicity

Stefanie Martens, AUT – student group

Stephanie Fairey, University of Waikato – student

Suprajna Nalla, Wintec – student

Virna Smith, Perception PR & Marketing Ltd

William Zhu, King's College