July 2019 e-Report

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

President's Pen

Vote for your new board now

The timing is perfect for a new board and a new president to chair PRINZ through its next crucial phase of renewal. There’ll be some great new PR people at the helm, a new constitution (providing you vote for it at the Special General Meeting at the end of the month) and a much-needed fresh approach to making the case – and defending our role – in standing up for the professional practice of public relations.

Shrinking newsrooms and the growth of public relations worldwide seem to have produced journalists that are quick to criticise PR without having any idea what it is we actually do. And that – the lack of understanding of what professional PR is – remains a key issue for us all. It was a perception problem when I set up my own PR firm almost 30 years ago, and during my presidency it’s popped up in the media several times. Our CE Elaine Koller has responded very well when asked, and I’ve commented too, but most of the time the media don’t come to us for an explanation before they burst forth with accusations of cover-ups and obfuscation. I felt somehow we could do more.

That’s why the timing is perfect for a new chair and a new board who have the passion and are prepared to make the time to do something proactive about PR for PR. We’ve talked about it over the years, but it takes more than a phone call here or a news release there. The people standing for the new board have offered their services knowing that their time and expertise will be called on – not just at our six meetings a year but in between, to make some changes to how we’re perceived, to stand up for our profession and ensure our services remain relevant and in demand.

So make sure you vote for the new board. Four of the nine good candidates who’ve generously put their names forward will be elected onto the board and a further three members can be co-opted. This is the first time we’ve had online voting and already it’s taking off – so if you haven’t voted already, make the most of it!

Of course, the new board can only happen if you vote on the new constitution. This will be circulated among the membership and then voted on at the Special General Meeting at the Conference on Thursday, 25 July – so come to the meeting if you’re at the  conference or in Wellington then, or email your proxy through.

I’ve been honoured to be your president these past two years, and I know you’ll be in excellent hands in the future.

Felicity Price, FPRINZ, ONZM

Chief Executive's Report

What’s our place in the world?

Our world is a different place from ten years ago. As societal and cultural norms and expectations shift so does our place as PR professionals. Responsible for building and sustaining the relationships our organisations and clients need to keep their licence to operate we often need to encourage stakeholders to change their mindset – and sometimes we need to reassess our own mindset and that of those we represent.

‘Changing Mindsets’ will examine themes from cultural diversity and organisational change to changing gender power structures, technology and media. The sessions will be bookended by MC facilitated audience participation giving you the opportunity to test and share your thinking with both speakers and your peers.

We have a fantastic line up of international and local speakers confirmed for the  2019 PRINZ Conference ‘Changing Mindsets’ in Wellington on 25th and 26th July 2019.

For more details on the programme format  download the PDF programmeView speaker profiles here.

Thank you to our conference partners Isentia, Research First, Getty Images, and the New Zealand Herald.

Book now to join your peers for two days of networking, inspiring speakers, and thought-provoking conversations.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference and celebrating our PRINZ Awards winners and finalists at the Gala Diner

Elaine Koller
Twitter: @PR_InstituteNZ


Voting is now open to elect the PRINZ Board

  • Only current financial members are eligible to vote. (You will be asked to log in to your member profile)
  • You can vote once for up to four candidates
  • Voting closes 1pm on Monday 22 July 2019

View candidate profiles and vote

The 11th World Public Relations Forum heads to Auckland, New Zealand

Public relations professionals, academics and students from across the world will be heading to Auckland, New Zealand (Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa) for the 11th World Public Relations Forum to be held in October 2020.

Read more

Partner News

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

  • Isentia: How to get ahead in the world of social media measurement
  • Research First: Strategic partnership promises a greater voice for youth in critical decision-making
  • AON: Have you got protection?

Welcome to our new members

Anna O'Connor, Auckland Airport

Annika Bess, Royal Society Te Apārangi

Catherine Milford, Network Communication

Emma Quantrill, Auckland Council

Emma Rae, Auckland Airport

Erica George, Physiotherapy New Zealand

Fiona Lewis, Tertiary Education Commission

Jess Wheeler-Gorringe, IAG New Zealand Limited

Justis Kamu, Auckland Airport

Katherine Evett, Eastland Group Ltd

Kendl Hambly, Tertiary Education Commission

Logan Stevens, Villa Maria Estate

Luke Balvert, Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Lydia Burston, IAG New Zealand Limited

Meagan Murdoch, Baldwin Boyle Group

Nancy de Bueger, Royal Society Te Apārangi

Nicole Barbour, Bare PR

Sarah McCormack, Auckland Council

Tracey Paver, IAG New Zealand Limited

Virginia Bashford, Tauranga City Council

View PRINZ Member Register

The Member Register is a complete and visible record of all current PRINZ members.