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From the President

It's been a vibrant past few months for IABC Wellington with a range of events, some fresh faces on the Board, and new members joining the chapter.

Since our last update IABC Wellington hosted the ‘Wellington World Conference’ where expert communicators from New Zealand and Australia shared their insights from the IABC World Conference. It was a great success and a model we’ll look at replicating.

We had a good turn out for the ‘Great Kiwi Comms OE’ breakfast event where we beamed in live from London communications professionals including representatives from the New Zealand High Commission and IABC UK. Thanks for the positive feedback and we’ll be looking to repeat the event in 2017.

It’s Gold Quill time again so check out the information in this newsletter on what to do to pull together your entry. New Zealand continued a proud tradition of international success with eight winning entries this year.  

And we have plenty of new faces on the IABC Board. I’m delighted to welcome Jazial Crossley, Rhys Hurd, Kathryn Healy, Kirsty Harkins and Samantha Fisher. You can catch up with them and other IABC Wellington members at our annual end-of-year event on November 24. It promises to be an entertaining evening, with straight-talking economist Shamubeel Eaqub as our guest speaker. I look forward to seeing you there.

John Tulloch

Gold Quill Awards

Are you ready to inspire and be inspired? Share your best work by entering the 2017 Gold Quill Awards. The Awards recognise and award excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The deadline for entries is January 11 2017, but early bird entries received before November 16 will receive a 20% discount on the entry fee!

  • Profile industry innovation and best practice.
  • Open up speaking and publishing opportunities.
  • Build your personal reputation as a thought leader.
  • Enhance the reputation of your team and organisation, both internally and externally.
  • Build a business case to fund a key initiative.
  • Inspire your team. Bring them together to produce show-stopping work and share the glory when it’s complete.
  • Challenge yourself to new heights of innovation, creativity and strategic thinking.
  • Build a portfolio of work that opens doors to new opportunities.
  • Get feedback from highly qualified communicators from around the world.

The Gold Quill Awards are presented at IABC’s night of nights, the Excellence Gala, held as part of the annual World Conference in Washington, D.C. 11–14 June, 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.


Lunchtime master class: 10 November

IABC Wellington is running a Gold Quill master class event on Thursday 10 November at 12.30pm. The master class will provide help on writing a strong Gold Quill entry and advice from a previous winner. Keep an eye on your email for more details.

New Board members

In the last few months we have welcomed a number of fresh faces to the IABC Wellington Board. Read more about the Board.

Save the date: End-of-year event

Join us on the evening of Thursday 24 November from 5.30pm at IABC Wellington's end-of-year function. 

Wind up the year and kick off summer with some drinks and nibbles, and hear from our guest speaker, economist Shamubeel Eaqub. Shamubeel is renowned as a straight talker and will give his view on the year that was canvassing the economy and political landscapes.
More details to come!

The Great Kiwi Comms OE

At a recent IABC Wellington event, attendees took part in an interactive session by video conference with a panel of speakers from London. The four panellists gave some insights into how to successfully crack the communications market, and shared their thoughts on how Brexit may impact the UK market.

Membership month

October is Member Month at IABC. 

Join IABC or renew your membership during October and we’ll give you 10% off international dues AND waive the US $40 application fee. 

Have a friend working in communications? Refer a friend to IABC and receive a US $10 Amazon e-gift card for each new member you refer who joins during October.
#CommChat is every Wednesday at 9am Pacific time. Be sure to check IABC's Twitter feed for updates on the topic each week.

Great reads: 

The State of News Media in the Digital Era: What It Means for PR

PR Practice in the Social Media Age

Why PR and Content Marketing Need Each Other

Communicators as leaders: Overcoming the barriers
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