October Update from our Group President

18 Oct 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Kia ora koutou,

Angie Simms, Wellington Group President

Your GMT’s focus this month has been on Team member movements, in and out of the Team, as well as swapping over to other roles.

Our heartfelt thanks to Jenny Porter, for her wonderful support as Admin Officer this past year, as well as Vice-President prior to that. Jenny will continue in her Central Regional Leader role, on which she wishes to focus her attention.

Emma Washer has stepped away from the Finance Officer role and will continue to support GMT as a general member with projects, events and fantastic ideas.

I’m pleased to announce that after requesting expressions of interest from our membership, Nicole Green has been promoted from Newsletter Editor to Finance Officer. Congratulations to Nicole on her new appointment! But wait, it doesn’t stop there. We are still seeking interest from members for our two remaining vacant GMT roles: Admin Officer and Newsletter Editor. Please email me if you’re curious as to how you can boost your career potential.

One member recently shared that she was told her current and prior role applications were successful because of her active involvement in giving back to her professional community, by being an AAPNZ GMT member.

Our Newsletter will move to being produced quarterly whilst we recruit for a new Newsletter Editor. I will, however, be providing brief monthly updates to you in the meantime via email, along with any other items of interest.

Our guest speaker this month is Sara Warnock, speaking to us about Understanding Burnout Through Theory & Experience at our Group meeting on Tuesday, 20 October at the Oaks Hotel on Courtenay Place. Sara holds a degree in Human Resources, is a qualified primary school teacher and has recently completed a Master’s degree exploring the phenomena of Burnout. Sara is the Program Lead at Seedling Yoga and this is a further offering to assist members with their wellbeing.

Our National President’s virtual update was held via Zoom on Wednesday last week. Vicki outlined a number of new NET initiatives including considering a possible organisation name change to reflect our moving with the times and to ensure we remain relevant during what is occurring in the business world today and in the future. Further details are in this month's newsletter.

I’m to participate on a panel discussion on Taking Control of your Own Career Progression at the upcoming 4th Public Sector Executive Assistant Congress, being held at InterContinental Wellington on 4th – 5th November 2020. If you’re keen to learn more, take a look at the programme here. You will see there are a number of familiar names from AAPNZ. That’s no accident, I might add. There is an offer of a 10% discount if you wish to register. To secure the discount, simply email their registration team and mention you’ve been referred by me.

If we haven’t seen you in a while, why not reconnect with us? We miss you! We are endeavoring to offer meetings on varied days throughout the week, to capture those who cannot make a particular night; as of January 2021, will be offering all Group meetings virtually to enable those who have family commitments to attend from the comfort of home; and surveying members asking what they’d like to see being offered to the Group. I would love to hear from you directly with your thoughts on what could be improved. Your voice is important to us so let’s hear it!

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” - Aldous Huxley

Naku noa,

Angela Simms

Wellington Group President

PO Box 5431

Lambton Quay

Wellington 6145


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