Some of our recent events

Internal Communications in NZ today - Presentation and Panel Discussion

18 March 2015

Presentation: Juliet Montague and Renee Parsons, Ideas Shop
Faciltiator: Ady Schwartfeger, Lead Communications Advisor- Internal Capability, ECan

  • Katy McRae, ‎Internal and Corporate Communications Manager, CERA
  • Renee Walker, General Manager Customer Solutions, IAG
  • Karalyn van Deursen, Strategic Communications Manager, CDHB

Hear about the key hot spots identified for internal communications through recent research into New Zealand by national communications consultancy Ideas Shop. This will be followed by a local practitioner-led panel  discussion.

People leaders as primary communicators, building brand champs and social media to support more collaborative workplaces. These three internal communications areas have emerged as hot spots from recent research into internal communications by national communications consultancy Ideas Shop.

Some of you will have contributed to the research, others are keen to learn from it, so get your team together to come understand the findings which reference local and international sources.

The presentation will be followed by a local practitioner-led panel sharing ideas and case studies of work in the three areas. Of course the Chatham House Rule will prevail because we’d like you to share your experiences too.

Lessons from the front line ....

3 February 2015
Make a note for your diary now for this session with Mike Shatford and Jarrod Booker, senior communicators for CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority).  

Jack Tame, One News US Correspondent

Thursday 18 September 2014
Jack Tame became the US Correspondent for One News at the age of 24.  Trained at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, based at CPIT, he has packed more into the past few years than most journalists do in their lifetime.

On a flying visit, and straight off the plane from New York, Jack is offering an exclusive, frank and informal session where he will share tales from New York, the challenge of working as a one-man band in the Big Apple and his perspective on the way Kiwi and American businesses tell their stories.

Help Me Help You: Mastering Mailchimp

Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Practical interactive session run by IABC members on getting started with Mailchimp's simple to use marketing and newsletter software.

Radio NZ Chief Executive Paul Thompson

18 June 2014.
IABC South Island provide you the opportunity to hear from one of New Zealand’s most senior media executives.

Come and hear Paul Thompson share his thoughts on:

  • the changing media landscape
  • emerging audience trends
  • and how communicators and journalists can better work together

Don’t Believe Everything You Read! (or, How to Make Sense of Research and Surveys), Carl Davidson, Research First Ltd 

28th May 2014
An important (and increasingly common) part of communications  involves digesting the results of research. Yet the chances are that you do not have the technical training to critically assess the quality of that research.

To really make sense of the claims being made from research or by researchers, you need to know how research really works. In other words, you need to better understand the researcher’s art if we are to become better, and more sophisticated, consumers of research.

This presentation, delivered by one of New Zealand’s foremost experts in social research design, provides that understanding. Designed for professionals who use research but don’t have a formal background in it.

Employee Engagement – Practical Tools for Tough Times

12 March 2014
In 2008, as the economic crisis in the Northern Hemisphere began to bite, the United Kingdom Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills took action to help employers boost productivity through their people.

The UK Government commissioned David MacLeod, Visiting Professor at Cass Business School in London, to study the detailed relationship between employee engagement and business performance and the potential of employee engagement to drive productivity at work.

The resulting work led in March 2011 to UK Prime Minister David Cameron launching an independent UK-wide Task Force to investigate a range of practical opportunities for organisations wanting to learn about engagement, and to practise engagement for competitive advantage.

The Task Force collaborated with leading academics, consultants, think tanks and practitioners to research the key issues and offer practical guidance and support on issues - such as the barriers to wider adoption of engagement, harnessing engagement for innovation and how to maintain morale through difficult challenges such as downsizing. 

Russell Grossman is Director of Communications at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  He has been a member of the Employee Engagement Task Force since its inception and is now also a director of the Movement.

Russell has worked closely with David MacLeod for the last four years, helping make the Engaging for Success work a reality in business - rather than ‘just a dusty Government-sponsored research study’.  He will share how this work is now moving engagement to become a mainstream tenet of business practice in the United Kingdom, with clear parallels for international application.

A highly experienced communications practitioner and presenter, Russell will discuss and explain the principles the Engagement Task Force, through having conducted hundreds of interviews with companies large and small all over the United Kingdom, has discovered about what makes for great employee engagement.

Russell will also explain why practitioners responsible for organisational performance are finding the Task Force’s practical but powerful solutions so important in getting their Boards on side with communications and why the Movement now has the active involvement of over 60 companies – many of them FTSE listed – and public organisations, as well as over 1000 individual practitioners throughout the UK.

In this session participants will learn:

  • the significant extent of this body of work and its practical application in creating competitive advantage for business today
  • some simple and cheap, but powerful, tools which people can use themselves to get employees aligned with their organisation
  • how delegates can improve their own standing as a practitioner in their organisations through sponsorship of this work at Board level.
  • the increasing relevance of neuroscience to this area of practice.

Peter Parussini – Head of Corporate Affairs, ANZ

22 October 2013

Peter Parussini will talk about how ANZ’s corporate affairs team led the biggest change in New Zealand banking history, the merger of the ANZ and The National Bank brands.

Peter Parussini

Peter Parussini joined ANZ in July 2011 as Head of Corporate Affairs.  In this role, Peter is responsible for leading ANZ’s external communication functions, incorporating management of key external issues and relationships. This includes overseeing engagement between ANZ and the media, central and local government, regulators, NGOs and other stakeholders.  He also oversees internal communication, with a focus on ensuring employees have the information they need to understand, engage in and make a positive contribution to ANZ’s vision and priorities. In addition, he has responsibility for the leadership, governance and implementation of ANZ’s Corporate Responsibility agenda in New Zealand.

Prior to joining ANZ, Peter was Head of Corporate Affairs at Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ), New Zealand’s largest media organisation and national broadcaster. At TVNZ, Peter was responsible for key strategic, public policy, regulatory, government and reputation management issues.

Peter’s career in New Zealand’s communication industry spans more than 25 years and his experience includes international affairs, acquisitions, national education campaigns, journalism and politics. He has a Master of Communications degree with distinction from Victoria University of Wellington, a Diploma in Chinese (Mandarin) Language from the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China and a Diploma in Journalism from Wellington Polytechnic (now Massey University).