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  • 16 Jul 2020 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations close 30 September 2020!

    by Shona Dowden, Wellington GMT

    When we first started on the idea of the enhanced version of the Wellington Group Member of the Year, we wanted to be innovative in our approach to the Awards and the idea was born to make the Awards more than just the one supreme award. We also saw this as another opportunity for members to develop themselves. The GMT agreed that they saw the Wellington Group Member of the Year Award as a stepping stone towards going for the Administrative Professional of the Year (APOTY) Award. A number of Wellington Members have tried (and succeeded) with the APOTY Award and many of them will attest that it is not necessarily about the result but about the journey they take to get there. It is about receiving the recognition you deserve.

    AAPNZ ValuesA question we get asked about a lot is ‘what do you get out of AAPNZ?’. You get out what you put in. Had I not been shoulder tapped to become a more active member of AAPNZ and assist for a short period whilst someone was ill, I would not have taken my journey of achievement. I certainly wouldn’t have put my hand up to speak in front of 170 guests at an Administrative Day breakfast had I not had the support of AAPNZ. The opportunities are there - take a step into the unknown, you never know what you might achieve.

    We are a culture that tends not to blow our own trumpet and while we might like to hide behind a desk, it is also important that you are recognised, not only for yourself, but also for the admin profession. I’m sure many of us have had countless thank you’s over the years and just shrugged them off. I, too, have been a finalist in the APOTY Awards and while I was not the eventual winner, I received personal recognition from the Chief of Defence Force at the time, General Jerry Mataparae. In terms of putting this in context, I was a long way down the command chain to where I sat in the organisation and as General Jerry was passing one day, he stopped by to personally congratulate me. This, as they say, was priceless!

    Why am I telling you this? It is important that we are recognised. We are the glue that holds everything together and without the glue many organisations (and bosses) would fail.

    In our first Group meeting this year (this seems so long ago), Bernice Jackson (Alpha Recruitment) talked to us about CVs and job interviews etc. One thing that resonated with me was about showcasing the skills you have. What better way to put it out there than to say you’ve been selected for some awards because of the skills that you possess. Not only does it look good on your CV - it looks good on your Performance Report. Achieving an award (and going for APOTY) sets people apart from others. It is the icing on the cake.

    I encourage you to apply for the Wellington Group Member of the Year. Yes, there are categories that are AAPNZ focused, but there are also categories that could translate from your normal day job. Entries close on 30 September 2020.

    You can nominate yourself or you can nominate others in the group. You can even suggest it to your managers to nominate you. Remember you may not be the only person that will benefit from your nomination. It is like having a pebble thrown into the water and watching the ripples appear.

    We have received a number of nominations, but we would like to see more. To those who already submitted a nomination, unfortunately we had a technical malfunction at the start of the process, so we would appreciate you resubmitting these please.

  • 10 Jul 2020 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Networking dinner for members

    Woohoo! It's been a while, and we've certainly missed that face to face connection with you all!

    We're therefore celebrating the return to face to face meetings in style at the Thistle on 23 July. 

    Invitations have gone out to AAPNZ members in Wellington. If you are an AAPNZ member from another region, and you'd like to join us because you are in town, we'd love to welcome you! Head on over to our event page, and register your details.
    NOTE: we are needing pre-payment for your meal to assist the staff in ensuring the the evening goes smoothly for our large group.

  • 18 Jun 2020 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For those who are participating in this weekend's Executive Secretary LIVE Global, one of our brilliant Wellington GMT members, Shona Dowden, has put together the times for each session in NZ time:

    Friday, 19th June

    Saturday, 20th June

    Sunday, 21st June

  • 7 Jun 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Having difficult conversations

    AAPNZ Wellington is thrilled to be working with Anel Martin to bring a special online session to all AAPNZ members. Our special event is on 2 July - and you can register to attend this session on the event page.

    Anel is a former award winning C-Level Assistant and a qualified Results Based Coach. She is a solopreneur who is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, manage their time and increase their confidence. She has 15 years’ experience in the corporate world has been working in the training sphere since 2009 and became a full-time facilitator and small business owner five years ago, as demand for her programmes and services grew.

    She has worked with several premium companies across the globe for in-house training interventions and performance coaching namely SAP North America, Stanlib, Exxaro, MTN, Sanlam, Oppenheimer Group, Telkom South Africa, Discovery as well as various forums and training companies around the world.

    She has worked with audiences as large as 2000 from 24 different countries and this has given her a global view on her subject matter. She has participated in events hosted in Uganda, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Zanzibar, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, France, England, Scotland and the United States. Her travels have exposed her to delegates and clients from all over the world, different accents, backgrounds, cultures and industries.

    ​She has a special passion for female empowerment, executive assistants technical training and small business development with regards to digital skills and marketing.

    Anel's online training sessions can be found at The Academy – Online Learning Modules. Anel also conducts live sessions which you may be interested in: The Power Hour.

    In addition to this amazing online content, Anel has published a book which is available via Amazon in hard-copy or for your kindle.

    AAPNZ members attending our session on 2 July will be provided with information to obtain a 50% discount on Anel's online learning modules. 

    We really hope AAPNZ members from around the country will join the Wellington group for this session which we are very excited to bring to you.

  • 4 Jun 2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AAPNZ Wellington Group congratulates Jenny Porter as she takes up the role of Central Regional Leader for the 2020-21 term. 

    Jenny takes up this role effective immediately. Our group is delighted that the Central Region groups have excellent representation on NET with Jenny's election into the role. We know that she is dedicated to the success of AAPNZ, and is ready to build on the work undertaken by outgoing Central Regional Leader, Dianne Parker. 

    Our group also takes this opportunity to thank Dianne for her years of dedication to AAPNZ. Dianne served as Group President of the Wellington Group from 2015-18, and went on to serve on NET as Central Regional Leader for the 2019-20 term. 

    AAPNZ Wellington is fortunate to have leaders such as Dianne and Jenny among our members. 

    We look forward to working closely with Jenny in her new role over the coming year.

  • 26 May 2020 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you still working from home?
    Or want to ensure that you take time for your morning cuppa break?

    The Wednesday morning coffee catch-ups are still taking place. I know from joining in, it's been great to chat along with AAPNZ peers from around the country.

    It's informal, friendly, and whether you can pop in for 10 minutes, or the full time, it's worthwhile.

    Zoom link:

  • 19 May 2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please find below the results of the 2020/21 AAPNZ Wellington Group Election of Officers.  Congratulations to the 2020/21 Wellington Group GMT.

    I confirm that the results of the 2020/21 AAPNZ Wellington Group Election of Officers are correct.

    The following members are elected unopposed to the AAPNZ Wellington Group General Management Team for a one year term beginning 19 May 2020 until the 2021 election: 

    1. Angela Simms, Group President
    2. Debbie Warnock, Co-Vice President
    3. Kelly Nelson, Co-Vice President and Social Media Coordinator
    4. Emma Washer, Group Financial Officer
    5. Nicole Green, Newsletter Editor
    6. Jenny Porter, Administration Officer
    7. Shona Dowden, Management Team Member
    8. Emma Brown, Management Team Member
    9. Vacant, Membership Officer
    10. Vacant, Meeting Coordinator 

    Scrutineer:   S Porter-Ritchie, Personal Assistant to Operations Manager & Clinical Lead / Adult Community Mental Health & Addictions Service

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