December 2019 e-Report

  • Chair's Message
  • Chief Executive's Report
  • PRINZ News
  • Industry News
  • Partner News
  • Welcome to our new members

Chair's Message

A year of change - APR vs MPRINZ

Kia ora tatou

2019 has been a year of change for PRINZ.

We have increased our professional development offerings, brought onboard a number of new PR and Communication Management course facilitators, seen a significant increase in networking opportunities, changed our governance structure and moved to new premises.

The final change for the year is to let you know about the decision to change our membership categories and put more emphasis on APR.

As you know APR is a post-nominal that you can use once you have been awarded Accreditation in Public Relations and it is yours to use regardless of whether you are a PRINZ member or not. With this in mind we considered what benefit there was to differentiate between being an Associate Member or Member (someone who had achieved APR and entitled to use the MPRINZ post-nominal) and couldn’t see the value for you. This led us to simplifying our membership categories and combining Associate Member and Member into the single category of Member. This will come in to effect in when we renew our memberships in April 2020. If you have achieved APR please feel free to replace the MPRINZ post-nominal with APR instead.

Looking forward to 2020, we already have a significant number of activities planned, kicking off with Global Ethics month in February and, later in the year, hosting the World Public Relations Forum in Auckland 12-15 October - registrations are open now! In between, we have a programme jam packed of events, networking opportunities and professional development courses.

I would like to acknowledge the many national and regional volunteers for the work they do in ensuring we have a vibrant and dynamic professional industry body. I would like to say a special thanks to our PRINZ Office team of Alice, Rheanna, Rosa and Violet, well led and managed by Elaine.

Finally a huge thank you to you for your continued commitment to PRINZ.

Enjoy your summer break and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Ngā mihi o te Kirihmete me te Tau Hou

Fiona Cassidy, LPRINZ, APR


Chief Executive's Report

Thank you - that's a wrap!

Before we close for the year, I’d like to thank you for your continued support throughout 2019.

It’s been another big year for PRINZ. We had over 1500 attendees at PRINZ events around the country, almost 800 people attending our CPD courses and webinars, as well as dozens of volunteers judging awards, mentoring members, examining APR candidates, or participating in divisional committees. Thank you to everyone for your support and playing a part in advancing our profession. And an extra thank you to all our volunteers who kindly give up their time, we know that you have busy lives and greatly appreciate the contribution you make to our profession!

Our  2020 course calendar is live – and there’s still time to get a 10% discount on all 2020 short courses (excluding workshops) that are booked and paid for before 31 December 2019!

We’re currently finalising the programme for the  World Public Relations Forum 2020 to be held in Auckland next October and look forward to sharing details with you shortly. In the meantime, the call for abstracts for the WPRF2020 Research and Practice Colloquium is open now.

The PRINZ Office will close on Friday 20 December and reopen on Monday 6 January 2020.

From all of us here in the National Office, we hope you have an enjoyable holiday season and look forward to seeing you next year!

Elaine Koller, APR


PRINZ News

See you in 2020!

The PRINZ office will close on Friday 20 December and reopen on Monday 6 January 2020. We hope you have an enjoyable holiday season and look forward to seeing you next year!

Accreditation in Public Relations

Thinking about enrolling in next year’s Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) programme? It’s a great opportunity to validate your skills and knowledge and further your practice. One of our 2019 candidates said:

“I wanted to send a note to say thank you for accepting me onto the APR course. I’ve found huge value in every step – even the viva voce! – and appreciate the opportunity to extend my professional learning. I know you all put a lot of hard work and preparation into this course. I’m so pleased that I’ve done it and relieved that it’s over! It has been hard work but it is the most rewarding professional development I’ve done.” - Claire Pedersen-Croll, APR, 2018 Graduate.

Find out more

PRINZ Awards 2020

It’s time to celebrate the outstanding work in the public relations industry. Submissions for the PRINZ Awards will open Monday 3 February 2020 and close 5 pm Monday 2 March. Late entries will be accepted until 5 pm Wednesday 4 March. More information and draft entry forms can be found here.

What do you have planned for 2020

Join us in Auckland for the #WPRF2020 where PR and Communications professionals from around the globe will gather to think, create and connect with courage.

Save the dates - 12 to 15 October 2020. 

Find out more


Industry News

Ready to smash your 2020 PR goals?

If you're looking for some PR inspiration over the holiday period, download a free copy of one of our PRINZ tutors, Digital PR strategist and DigiPR founder Charlene White's new eBook.

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Barry on track at Botica

Public relations consultancy, Botica Butler Raudon Partners, has appointed former motoring journalist, Robert Barry, to an account management role working across the transport, technology and aerospace sectors.

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EUPRERA and Emerald honour academics and practitioners from Europe

The European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA) has awarded authors for their excellent research in strategic communication at the EUPRERA annual congress in Zagreb on September 27.

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Partner News

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

  • Isentia: Fast, actionable and integrated Reputation Analysis is here
  • Research First: The real importance of belonging
  • AON: Have you got protection?

Welcome to our new members

Abby Robinson, Victoria University of Wellington - Student

Abigail Kibble, Wellington City Council

Alastair Gibbons, GHD

Annabella Gamboni, Education New Zealand

Aubrey (Zhiwei) Xu, Silvereye Communications Ltd

Emma Tackney, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Georgina Freeman, Wellington City Council

Jade Hohaia, Waikato Tainui

Jane Budge, Silvereye Communications Ltd

Kimberley Thompson, Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ)

Kirstie Anderson, Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)

Liesl Crowther, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Marissa Kirkham, Acumen Republic

Michael Burgess, Bank of New Zealand (BNZ)

Nathan Beaumont, Chorus New Zealand Limited

Nikki Kenward, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Rebecca Flannery, Federated Farmers of New Zealand Incorporated

Reo Roy, University of Canterbury - Student

Sally Vernon, HP New Zealand

Samantha McPherson, WEL Networks

Thomas Croskery, Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand

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