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From the President

A fundamental tenant of IABC is to promote and support us as communications professionals. It is to help us have the knowledge and skills to provide wise counsel and guidance, elevating what we do from being a mere service industry. 

That objective has never been as important as it is now. With ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ bouncing around, organisations more than ever need to look to communications professionals to steer them in the right direction. It’s timely to revisit the IABC six principles of the communication profession – ethics, consistency, context, analysis, strategy and engagement. These might all seem self-evident, but I find it doesn’t hurt to remind oneself of why we’re in this game.

That’s why it’s exciting that we’ll be hearing from one of the best practitioners around in Mike Munro at next week’s AGM event. I was fortunate enough to work in the Press Gallery when Mike was then Prime Minister Helen Clark’s Chief Press Secretary. He’s continued on with a stellar career working the likes of Treasury, Todd, and now his own highly successful agency. Come along to network and reconnect, and once we’ve dealt with the brief AGM, hear from Mike.

I look forward to catching up with you on February 23 when we’ll be electing a new President and introducing you to your Board.

John Tulloch

Welcome to 2017 event

And we’re off! 2017 is election year and that creates a unique environment for communications professionals. To help you prepare for and navigate through what will be a tumultuous year, IABC Wellington brings you one of the best political communications operators in Mike Munro.

Mike’s six years as Chief Press Secretary in Helen Clark’s Labour government, a 20-year journalism career that included a decade in the Press Gallery, and two years as the Treasury Director of Communications have provided him with a tremendous insight into how this town ticks in election year.

Come along and hear from Mike his views on how the election year will play out both in and outside of the Beehive. He’ll outline how when the Treasury benches are up for grabs, the political, media and communications landscape can alter dramatically.

Mike’s presentation will be preceded by a brief chapter AGM that will include the Presidents’ report and an introduction to the 2017 IABC Wellington Board.

When: Thursday 23 February 2017
Time: 5pm drinks and nibbles, for a 5.30pm start
Where: Contact Energy, Harbour City Tower, Brandon Street, Wellington
Cost: Free for members, $30 for non-members

Register now
10th anniversary celebration

It’s not an alternative fact! Although a previous chapter once lived here, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of IABC Wellington’s second coming this year. All will be revealed at our AGM on 23 February.

To mark the start of our 10th anniversary year, we challenge you to the IABC Wellington decathlon:
  1. Attend two IABC Wellington events this year
  2. Introduce yourself to a Board member
  3. Bring two people to an event
  4. Do two things to extend your professional development
  5. Sign up a new IABC member
  6. Enter or mentor a Gold Quill Award
  7. Post a comment on our Facebook page
  8. Take part in an IABC webinar
  9. Adopt an email pal in IABC Washington DC chapter (watch this space)
  10. Build collegiality by using IABC Wellington’s 10th anniversary e-signature (coming soon)!
IABC's commitment to ethical communication

A phrase we’ve heard frequently in recent weeks is “alternative facts,” as a term for inaccurate information, and many people have reached out asking where IABC stands on this issue.

Learn more about IABC’s Six Core Principles and commitment to ethical communication.

2017 Leadership Institute

IABC Wellington Board member Jennifer Andrewes is attending the 2017 Leadership Institute in Dallas, Texas next week. We look forward to hearing about Jennifer's trip in our March newsletter.

You can follow the event's conversations on Twitter using #IABCLI.
On-demand workshops from IABC Academy

These web-based trainings are available to anyone, with IABC members receiving a discount. 

Check out the workshops on offer.
IABC Asia-Pacific is inviting speaking proposals for their Regional Conference in Singapore from 23-25 August. The conference theme is Fusion: Connecting Communicators.
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