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Look out for each other ... we're all in this together

Like our colleagues across the communications network in Aotearoa, we are going to pause all networking events for the foreseeable future. We understand that many of you may be directly supporting the government's response to COVID-19, others may be supporting it by helping organisations communicate what this means - now and in the future - for our people. We do want to encourage you to take care of yourselves. The Ministry of Health has some really useful information about looking aft...

March 21, 2020

Check out our event calendar for the year

We had an awesome turnout at our first event for the year at our sponsor, Madison Recruitment's great offices. It turns out that lots of people are really really interested in comms recruitment trends in 2020! Our Committee Chair, Lise Hutcheon, also launched our draft event calendar for the year so you can see what's coming. And, we plan to do a survey to sense check with you. Here's a snapshot of what we're planning: 31 March: What communicators need to know in an election year [State Services...

March 9, 2020

Networking event + Wellington job market during election year

Come join us and get to know your fellow Network colleagues at this free networking event on Thursday 27 February from 5.15pm at Madison Recruitment on Johnson Street.As it's an election year, we thought you would like to know what the job market is like out there for contractors and FTEs so we have organised for Madison Recruitment to give us a quick update.We will also launch our draft programme of events for the year so you can see what is coming up.Register now on Eventbrite...

February 23, 2020

Discounted price for IABC event: Justin Lester - communicating through adversity

If there's one thing communicators know, it's that things sometimes don't go to plan. It's something that Wellington's former mayor, Justin Lester, knows all too well. After narrowly losing the city's recent mayoral election, Justin could have disappeared from public life; instead, he took to Twitter with his trademark sense of humour. IABC Wellington has agreed to give Public Sector Network of Communicator members a great discounted price for their upcoming event: Date: 20 February 2020Tim...

February 3, 2020

Register now for our Christmas Party: Wednesday 11 December

You are invited to our Christmas party at The Establishment, Courtenay Place on Wednesday 11 December from 5.30am. Join us for drinks and nibbles ... the first drink is on us! Catch up with your public sector colleagues (permies and contractors) in a relaxed setting which is now known as Hugo's with a wraparound balcony overlooking Courtenay Place and Blair Street. Network about the latest job opps - and what's hot and what's not! This is the party not to be missed. Register on Eventbrite n...

November 28, 2019

Come and learn how to engage with youth and Pacific communities

Talofa lavaYou are invited to join a conversation with Josiah Tualamali’i, a Christchurch Pacific youth leader, on Tuesday 26 November. Josiah received the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award for Leadership and Inspiration in 2016 for his work with Pacific and youth communities in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) and across Aoteaora. Josiah will share his inspirational insights on engagement with Pacific people and youth and outline his involvement in the 2018 Mental Health Inquiry. Venue: Madison ...

November 14, 2019

Full house for Peter Hughes talk

Nearly 50 people packed in the room to hear the State Services Commissioner, Peter Hughes, talk about the role of communications in 2019. His interactive talk covered a range of topics, as he talked about importance of communications. "Communications is the oxygen of leadership." He challenged the audience to support a efforts to keep the public sector open and accountable. "I don't think we have a choice but to embrace openness and transparency." He also talked about the value of service, an...

March 14, 2019

Services Commissioner on public sector communications

You are warmly invited to hear Peter Hughes, the State Services Commissioner, provide his perspectives on current issues facing public sector communicators. He will speak for about 15 minutes, then engage in questions and discussion. Tea and coffee are available on arrival. The Network of Public Sector Communicators aims to provide networking and information opportunities for those working in communications roles within the wider public sector, or who have a specific interest in these sectors...

March 5, 2019

Special General Meeting

Future of the Network – Special General Meeting When: Monday 12 November, 5.30pm, Where: St Andrews on The Terrace Conference Centre Open to everyone interested in public sector communications We invite you to a Special General Meeting to discuss the future of the Network. We hope that some of you will put your hands up to join the Committee.  If you haven’t enrolled already, please come along....

November 12, 2018

DIA brown bag lunch session – Communicating our move to 45 Pipitea St

The DIA Communications Group invites you to an informal brown bag lunch to share communications learnings and understandings around our head office relocation earlier this year. When: 21 June 2018 12.00pm – 1.00pmWhere: Level 1, 45 Pipitea St (St Paul’s building) – please sign in at reception In January 2018, DIA moved over 900 of its people from six Wellington offices to 45 Pipitea St.  Since relocations, the DIA Workplace team has conducted many building tou...

June 11, 2018

Network Christmas Drinks - 12 December

You are invited to join your Network colleagues for some festive cheer. This invitation is extended to all those who have supported the Network by attending an event this year. Please join us: Tuesday 12 December 5pm to 6.30pm The Whisky Den, basement level of The Churchill, 132 Lambton QuayFree, but please enrol so we know numbers for catering. Enrol online To enrol, log in to the Network’s database with your UserName and password, go to Tasks/Purchases and Bookings, and Select the ev...

December 5, 2017

The tooth fairy talks tough - 3 November 2017

Network lunchtime seminar • Friday 3 November• 12noon to 1pm• MSD Auditorium (room 1.1 Kakapo)• Level 1, Aurora Centre, 56 The Terrace In a busy world, asking parents to complete one more task, on a twice-daily basis, can be a stretch.  It’s a reality that thousands of Kiwi kids every year have their teeth extracted because of decay. And oral health remains one of the top causes of childhood hospitalisation. So to do something abou...

October 26, 2017

Effective Messaging with MessageHouse

When: 2.30 to 1.30pm, Tuesday 12 September.Where: MSD Auditorium (room 1.1 Kakapo) Level 1, Aurora Centre, 56 The Terrace Join us for a lunchtime seminar with John Walsh – Director Communications & Channels at the Ministry for Primary Industries.  John will share with us the technique his team uses to develop effective messaging. It’s called ‘MessageHouse’. It’s a way of structuring key messages for any audience so they are easy to deliver, simple to understand and as compell...

September 11, 2017

How to Build Relationships with Māori and Pacific Peoples

What: CulturePRO Where: Ōrākei Marae in Auckland When: 24 & 25 August 2017 Businesses and organisations wanting to build relationships and collaborate with Māori and Pacific peoples should register now for the CulturePRO Masterclass in Auckland next month. Convened by the Brown Pages, CulturePRO will enable guest speakers and participants to discuss cultural engagement challenges and opportunities in a safe, collaborative environment. Topics include: • Pacific engagement in the health ...

August 8, 2017

Listening to the voices of children at Oranga Tamariki

27 July 2017 12 noon - 1pmRoom 1.1 Kakapo, Level 1, Aurora House, 56 The TerraceJoin us for a lunchtime seminar with Jeremy Lambert - DCE Tamariki Advocate/Voices of Children, The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. His role is to ensure that the voices of tamaraki and rangatahi are embedded in all Oranga Tamariki decision-making. He will talk about how he and his team will ensure this happens and the work of his group, which has the primary relationship with the Office of the Chi...

July 12, 2017

Election guidance for government communicators: 27 June 1 – 2pm

Tuesday 27 June 1 pm-2pm State Services Commission, Level 10 Reserve Bank Building, 2 The Terrace, Wellington On Saturday 23 September New Zealand goes to the polls for the general election. The pre-election period officially begins on Friday 23 June. This period covers the three months prior to the election and brings some particular requirements and extra considerations for State servants and government agencies, including around announcements and public statements by both agencies...

June 20, 2017

Network lunchtime seminar - The Chief Ombudsman - one year on

• Monday 22 May noon - 1 pm • Office of the Chief Ombudsman, Level 7, Solnet House, 70 The Terrace, Wellington Since Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier last spoke to the Network of Public Sector Communicators a year ago, a great deal of change has taken place within the Office of the Ombudsman; both in how it works as an organisation, and in how it is working with agencies and the public. This includes exciting developments in work the Office is doing both with the State Services Commis...

May 14, 2017

FRICTION-FREE INFLUENCING – FREE WELLINGTON SEMINAR

31st May, 6-7.30, Massey University Executive Seminar Suite Harry Mills, CEO of the AhaAdvantage Group, has recently launched two books in the US. One of them, called Zero resistance, is about what Harry calls "friction-free influencing". He'll share some insights from the new book at this free seminar. There'll also be an opportunity to learn about Massey's Master of Professional Public Relations degree: students are already reporting it's helping them gain more senior positions. Drinks and ...

May 12, 2017

Network lunchtime seminar - Influencing in a Nomophobic Era

Thursday 9 March, 12.45pm to 1.45pm Free, a light lunch will be provided St Andrew's Centre, (through alleyway at right of St Andrew's Church), 30 The Terrace, Wellington In case you were wondering, "nomophobia" is the fear of being away from one's mobile device. The question is, however, what does this truly mean for us in communications? We live in a technologically disrupted, constantly connected and smartphone-centric world. Understanding how this plays out in communicating with peop...

March 2, 2017

Vacancy at Health Promotion Agency

We have a vacancy at the Health Promotion Agency in our Marketing and Communications team for a Senior Account Lead. The role involves managing a portfolio of social marketing and communications work, which is likely to be initially working on nutrition and physical activity. The Health Promotion Agency helps to inspire Kiwis to live healthier lives. We work on brands and programmes like Smokefree, Stop Before you Start, Say Yeah Nah, SunSmart, Like Minds, Like Mine; and Health Star Ratings....

January 24, 2017

Save the date!

The Network's annual Christmas function will be on Thursday 8 December, 5 -7.30pm, Paramount Cinema, 25 Courtenay Place. Free for paid members, $40 for mailing list members....

November 21, 2016

Seminar: 24 Nov 5.30pm - Sprinklers flood Te Papa: crisis communication

Thursday 24 November, 5.30pm drinks, seminar starts at 6pm Q Hotel, 213-223 Cuba Street Free for paid members, $25 for mailing list members To enrol, log in to the Network's database with your UserName and password, go to Tasks/Purchases and Bookings, and Select the seminar or seminars. (your UserName is usually your email address). In August, sprinklers activated at Te Papa, closing the national museum for two days. In an interactive session, Kate Camp will share insights from the inc...

November 21, 2016

Seminar: 5.30pm, 20 September – Debating Our Flag – Challenging Conversations in a Changing Media Environment

Tuesday 20 September 5.30pm for drinks and nibbles, seminar starts 6pm, finish 7pm St Andrew's Centre, (through alleyway at right of St Andrew's Church), 30 The Terrace, Wellington Free for paid members, $25 for mailing list members No matter how you felt about it, there was no escaping New Zealand's flag debate. As Director of the Flag Consideration Project with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Kylie Archer managed the Secretariat for the independent Flag Consideration P...

September 12, 2016

Network workshop: 5 October, 9am to 12.30pm, Cultural Intelligence: improving engagement with Pacific communities

Wednesday 5 October 8.30am for coffee, workshop at 9am St Andrew's Centre, (to the right of St Andrew's Church), 30 The Terrace, Wellington, Room 1 $275 for paid members, $345 for mailing list members Morning tea provided Do you want to improve your engagement with Pacific communities? In this half day workshop you will learn the practices and behaviours you will need to achieve this. This workshop is offered for those who need a more in-depth look at this growing area of commun...

August 30, 2016

Network seminar: Communicating and engaging with pacific families and their communities

·Wednesday 31 August ·5.15pm for drinks, seminar starts at 5.30pm ·St Andrew's Centre, (through alleyway at right of St Andrew's Church), 30 The Terrace, Wellington, Room 3, ·Free for paid members, $25 for mailing list members Pacific audiences are a growing segment of New Zealand society, contributing to the diversity of our communities. In this seminar we will gain an understanding of why you need to think carefully about how you communicate with this audience. The seminar ...

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