If you are new to AAPNZ you may not be aware of our annual day. This is a day to celebrate our roles and to get recognition from our workplaces by taking the time to indulge a little and share with other administrative professionals.

A number of events are held nationally and within your region. Most of our groups will have a special event that you can be a part of.

Posters – Available for your use
To the right we have two A4 Posters available that you can download and put up around your office or email to others who may be interested in this event. You can view and download each poster (pdf 1.5 MB), open in Acrobat Reader and add in your own event details on the Post It note or within the highlighted circle. Then save and print or email.

The History of APD

This is an internationally recognised day that was started in the United States in 1952 by Professional Secretaries International – now called the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), usually in the last week in April.  The event is celebrated by administrative professionals and their management over the week but the actual day of the celebration is focused on encouraging managers and employers giving their office administrators special recognition.




Nelson Group invites Administrative Professionals
to celebrate the 65th International


Administrative Professionals Day


at a Luncheon on
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
12 noon - 1.30 pm
Trailways Hotel
Featuring Special Guest Speaker


Entrepreneur, Administrator, Philanthropist





 Billie Watmuff


With over 30 years of diverse experience in both the public and private sector, guest speaker Billie Watmuff has inspired and captivated audiences throughout New Zealand.

Nationally, Billie is a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, an affiliate of Governance New Zealand and Women on Boards and the NZ Institute of Safety and Management. In her previous role as general manager of Value Tyres Ltd (importer/reseller), she served nationally on the Tyrewise and Tyre Safety projects made up of major names in the tyre industry.

Billie volunteers her time to community and social issues. She is president of the Christchurch North Zonta Club, a philanthropic international association that helps advance women’s and children’s concerns. She has helped train and place refugees and is a member of the United National Women Aotearoa.

Currently, she is a director/partner of her own national company, 2 Wild Berries Ltd. 2 Wild Berries Ltd assists businesses with strategic planning, mentoring, recruitment, human resources, health and safety, web design, property and project management and administrative support.

Billie has a passion for mentoring people both personally and professionally keeping in mind the importance of work/life balance. Join us at the APD luncheon and hear about Billie’s personal and professional journey and leave feeling motivated and inspired.


Who Are We?

AAPNZ is a voluntary national association administered by its members for its members. Membership includes executive assistants, personal assistants, receptionists, administration managers, accounts staff, school secretaries – anyone in an administrative professional role.

Aims of the Association

  • Provide pathways to professional and administrative excellence.
  • Promote and develop performance standards for administrative professionals.
  • Recognise members’ achievements.
  • Provide opportunities for mentoring and networking nationally and globally.
Become a Member of AAPNZ
  • Special offer for May 2017: Save the $30 joining fee.
  • Annual individual subscription is $155. Student and corporate pricing available.
  • Visit our vibrant national website for further details.
  • Contact Terri Johnson on 021-568-973 or e-mail

Employer Support

  • Providing membership of AAPNZ to your staff is a commitment to a professional organisation and a perfect means of giving recognition.
  • This supportive local and national network gives administrative professionals opportunities for personal growth and career development.
  • Use of AAPNZ’s professional designation for members who qualify.

 Membership Benefits

  • Regular functions in your region, sharing information relevant to you.
  • Fellowship, mentoring and networking opportunities.
  • Membership of a professional body affiliated to the worldwide organisation representing your profession.
  • Keeping up with change in a profession that is constantly changing.
  • Professional development and recognition.
  • Certification.
Nelson Group of AAPNZ

Nelson Group is one of 11 AAPNZ groups throughout New Zealand. Members enjoy a variety of activities and benefits including:

  • Monthly meetings with interesting speakers on various topics.
  • Professional development workshops during the year.
  • Opportunities to mix in informal social settings and attend national conferences.
  • A monthly newsletter -Nelson Notes.

 2017 Nelson Group Meeting Schedule



Election of Officers
Drug Testing in the Workplace


Bring Your Own Device – laptop, tablet, phone


Goal Setting and Mindset


Bullying in the Workplace


Health and Wellbeing


Minute Taking II


Civil Defence


Christmas Social


Subject to Change

This is Nelson AAPNZ Group’s 25th Luncheon.

We thank all our sponsors for continuing to support Administrative Professionals Day.


RESERVATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, 19 April 2017. Sorry, no refunds, but, substitutions welcome.

RSVP Kathy Tatlock OR Post registration form to AAPNZ Inc., PO Box 1350, Nelson 7040

Meal options (including dessert, tea and coffee):

A – Tomato, pea and artichoke risotto with parmesan (GF).

B – House Smoked Marlborough King Salmon Salad – red onion \ gourmet lettuce \ lemon dressing (GF).

C – Braised Lamb Shank – potato and pea mash \ parsnip crisps \ snow pea tendrils.

Price and Payment Options:

AAPNZ members & managers – $35      Sponsors – $40         Non-members & managers – $45

A – Direct credit to ASB Bank A/c No. 12-3193-0013054-00. Please ensure your name or company name is entered.

B – Cheque made out to AAPNZ Inc. Post to AAPNZ – APD Luncheon, PO Box 1350, Nelson 7040.

Provide and email your details requested as per below back to Kathy Tatlock

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