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AAPNZ Inc and Certification 

AAPNZ Inc is the only administrative organisation in New Zealand offering an accreditation or registration pathway through its Certification process.  Certification provides an umbrella over four areas that need to be achieved to show the skills required by the administrative professional.  This makes it an invaluable benchmark for those in the role, and for employers.

Administrators from all types of businesses in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and even other parts of the world, join the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand Incorporated (AAPNZ Inc) for opportunities to learn and grow in their role, develop contacts and get a better understanding of how important their role is to any business.

Our membership includes executive assistants, personal assistants, administration managers, receptionists, call centre operators, accounts staff, school administrators, industry trainers, etc. – anyone involved either in full or part-time administrative professional roles, in any industry.

The Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand Incorporated (AAPNZ Inc) is a not-for-profit, voluntary national association governed by a National Executive Team (NET) made up of the National President, two Vice-Presidents and the Regional Leaders for Northern, Central and Southern regions. The financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Many people are making a career in administrative roles and the breadth of demands and skills required of these people is increasingly acknowledged by the public and employers.

With our rapidly changing office environment it is even more important these days to undertake professional development and stay in touch with your profession through its professional organisation. Whether it is a corporate entity, small or medium sized businesses or in the home-based office, many office professionals feel more isolated from others in similar roles. Members include recent newcomers to the profession through to experienced administrative professionals, male and female.

AAPNZ has a supportive local and national network who gives Administrative Professionals opportunities for personal and professional growth, career upskilling and development.

AAPNZ National President

AAPNZ National President

Ali McKessar is the current AAPNZ National President.

Ali's chosen theme for her term is Realise Your Potential.

Read about how this theme translates to the AAPNZ vision.


2017 Administrative Professional Award WINNER


Congratulations to Valerie Lang from the AAPNZ Christchurch Group.

We also congratulate Tracy Sherlock (Tauranga Group) and Andrea Taylor (Waikato Group) for being finalists.

Any one of the three finalists could have won this prestigious award, but on the day Valerie Lang stepped up out of her comfort zone and into the AAPNZ records as the APA winner for 2017!  Tracy and Andrea, a well fought competition to you both.

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And the winner was ..........!

As a result of attending the AAPNZ Professional Development Forum to be in for a chance to win a 4-day holiday in Rarotonga, airfares being the responsibility of the winner.  Thanks to Pacific Resort Hotel Group, Beryl Harris from Rotorua Group won this amazing prize

Executive Secretary LIVE July 2017, Stamford Hotel Auckland NZ


What an amazing two days we had at this event, a not to be missed opportunity when they come back in 2019!

MASTERCLASS in TAURANGA - TUESDAY 11 JULY  Trinity Wharf, Tauranga

This was also an event not to be missed next time Bonnie Low-Kramen comes to NZ, and she's keen to grace our shores at a city near you!  Watch out for any information to come in the next 6-12 months.



Upcoming events


The 2016 Hays Salary Guide


Official Time Management Provider for AAPNZ

Check out the huge body of resources at to help you with time management issues. It might be someone in your organisation who needs help, rather than you. Time Queen Robyn Pearce has solutions for everyone. And while you’re there, grab your free copy of ‘How To Master Time In Only 90 Seconds’.


Check out our Job Tab to see if there's a job there that might suit you.

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CCH Learning & CCH Books are proud supporters of AAPNZ and the reason we have agreed to this partnership, is because they produce amazing webinars for business professionals which include administrators!  Wolters Klumer is a leading global information provider to lawyers, accountants and other business professionals.  AAPNZ members receive 20% discount on CCH Learning webinars and on-demand recordings.

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