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From the President

As we head into the summer break we can look forward to a huge 2017 for IABC Wellington. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the reforming of the Wellington chapter and the Board has a range of events and opportunities for members – present and past – to get involved. Keep an eye out for more details.

Mark down in your diaries Thursday 23 February for the IABC Wellington AGM – our first event of the New Year. With 2017 being an election year we have lined up a superb presenter who will set the scene in what is always a tumultuous time. They have a privileged insight into what election year will mean for you as a communications professional. Watch out for more details in the New Year.

The IABC Wellington Board has also been mapping out a range of events which will provide value to you as members. We’ve listened to your feedback and that has helped shape the range of professional development opportunities. We’ll be drawing on the large number of New Zealand Gold Quill winners (23 in the past three years) and showcasing what excellence looks like. And we’re lining up top speakers/presenters who are at the forefront of the changing communications/information landscape to help keep you up with the latest trends.

We’ll also through our various communication channels, be packaging the content with the most relevance and value for the New Zealand market from the global IABC resources.

Have a cracker Christmas and a great New Year. All the best from the IABC Wellington Chapter Board.

John Tulloch

End-of-year event

Thank you to everyone who came along to our end-of-year networking event on 24 November. Special thanks to our guest speaker, Shamubeel Eaqub, for his interesting insights into the year that was 2016. 

The event was kindly hosted by our sponsorship partner, Robert Walters.

Upcoming events

Thursday 23 February 2017

It would be great to see you at our opening event of the year. More information to be revealed in the New Year - including the guest speaker!

Thursday 23 March 2017
Simplicity: Disrupting KiwiSaver and driving its media narrative

KiwiSaver newbie Simplicity has disrupted New Zealand's retirement savings industry with its low fee structure and online-only model. Led by ex-Tower CEO Sam Stubbs, the not-for-profit KiwiSaver provider launched in August with strong media acclaim. A few short weeks after Simplicity's debut, news broke that its fund manager Vanguard invested in tobacco, cluster bombs and land mines. Simplicity was arguably the only KiwiSaver provider to find a positive angle in that story by taking the opportunity to call for the industry to work together on designing an ethical global investment fund: its membership numbers skyrocketed in response. "Three months in and we're already saving our members $550,000 per annum in fees and giving $30,000 a year to charity," Mr Stubbs says. He'll tell us how the Simplicity brand was designed, about its front-foot approach to communications and how it has worked with the media in a challenging environment. 

Thursday 27 April 2017
Newsroom: The new home for 'smart digital journalism'

During this tumultuous time in New Zealand's media landscape, former NZ Herald editor-in-chief Tim Murphy and former MediaWorks head of news Mark Jennings are launching a new home for smart digital journalism. Newsroom goes live in early 2017 with a team of highly experienced journalists on staff including Bernard Hickey and Melanie Reid. The business model behind Newsroom is a mix of paid subscriptions and corporate advertising. Tim Murphy will speak to IABC Wellington about how Newsroom was developed, the type of stories it features and its place in the market. He will talk about the challenges of "doing the news" in an economically viable way in 2017,  then take questions from the audience. 

10th anniversary celebration

Next year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the revival of IABC Wellington with a fantastic programme of events. All will be revealed at our AGM on 23 February.

Get your Gold Quill Award entries ready!

Are you ready to inspire and be inspired? Share your best work by entering the 2017 Gold Quill Awards, which recognise and award excellence in strategic communication worldwide. 

Entries are due 11 January 2017.

There are 28 categories to choose from so you can tailor your entry to best showcase your work. Enter as many times as you like and you may enter more than one category with each entry. Guidance for preparing a great entry is available online. If you would like feedback or support with your entry, please contact us.

On-demand workshops from IABC Academy

These web-based trainings are available to anyone, with IABC members receiving a discount. Check out the 25 workshops on offer.
Free webinar: Protecting your brand

Miss this webinar from IABC Wellington's Shaun Jones? Watch online.
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