About Christchurch

There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens. Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.

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Introducing the Christchurch Group

The Christchurch Group of AAPNZ welcomes all Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, Office Managers, Administrators, Receptionists, Secretaries, Accounts and Payroll Officers, to come along and be involved in a wide range of opportunities with us. In our busy administrative roles, we work hard to provide a high standard of service and support for our organisations, but we also recognise that we need support too.

Group meetings are held on the third Monday of each month.  Our meetings are currently held at The Christchurch Casino (Chi Kitchen) from 5.30 - 7pm.  The meetings are a combination of networking events (Admin after 5) and professional development meetings where members come together and hear from guest speakers who cover a wide variety of topics.  During these meetings there is always the opportunity to share with each other our experiences, knowledge and skills, while socialising with like-minded professionals (and make new friends in the process!). 

Our passion is to help you develop your career and provide you with the tools you need.  Our members receive a monthly newsletter, and are kept up-to-date through the group's Facebook page.

If you are interested in joining or would like to find out more, please contact us.

Valerie Lang

Christchurch Group President

Newsletter - Canterbury Tales

The Christchurch Group Newsletter, Canterbury Tales, contains articles on recent events and items of interest, updates on Committee details, advertiser's promotional items as well as helpful information.

If you have any intersting items for our newsletter or just a general query for the editor, please contact the Group President.


February Newsletter


November Newsletter

September Newsletter

August Newsletter


Upcoming Events

March - Monday 20 March 2017 at Christchurch Casino.  Guest speaker: Alison McKessar, AAPNZ National President

APD Day - Wednesday 26 April 2017:

  • Sherie Pointon Workshop:  3 - 5pm, Hintons Restaurant, 705a Wairakei Road
  • AAPNZ Christchurch Dinner:  6pm onwards, Hintons Restaurant, 705a Wairakei Road

AAPNZ AGM & Professional Development Forum - Auckland - Thursday 13 July 2017

Executive Secretary Live - Auckland - Friday 14 & Saturday 15 July 2017.  See AAPNZ Website for further details.






Valerie Lang

Group President


Joanne Gallop

Vice President 


Wendy Duff

Group Website Editor


Lakshmi Dalal 

Membership & Database Officer


Katherine Kaynes

GMT Member


Carol Drayton

Group Newsletter Editor


Leigh Jackson

GMT member

Our Sponsors

We work very closely with our regional and national partners:


Members Only Sponsor Benefits

  • 20% discount on Administrative Professional courses through Bright*star and Conferenz Courses.

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