The Capital Letter

July 2020

Welcome from our Group President

Our first newsletter post COVID lockdown. We’ve all had enough, I’m sure, of COVID this and COVID that in the news, our lives, and possibly even personally affecting our own whanau. The majority of us survived and even thrived! In the usual admin professional fashion, we’ve taken a negative and come out with so many positives.

Most of us were working from home and this has ensured we were up to speed pretty quickly with connectivity, if we weren’t already, and getting used to the “new normal” of working in our home offices, on our kitchen tables, often with the kids doing school work, on a daily basis, and we survived.

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News from our GMT

Meet our 2020-21 Group Management Team!

The following members were elected unopposed to the AAPNZ Wellington Group Management Team for a one year term:

  • Angela Simms, Group President
  • Debbie Warnock, Co-Vice President
  • Kelly Nelson, Co-Vice President and Social Media Coordinator
  • Emma Washer, Group Financial Officer
  • Nicole Green, Newsletter Editor
  • Jenny Porter, Administration Officer
  • Emma Brown, Membership Officer
  • Shona Dowden, Management Team Member
  • Vacant, Meeting Coordinator

Outgoing GMT members

As our 2020-21 GMT takes up the reins for the new year ahead, we would also like to thank long term Wellington and GMT members that have stepped down from GMT this year.

Dianne Parker was first elected to the Wellington GMT in May 2015. She has served as Group President (until late 2018), Newsletter Editor (from 2015) and Central Regional Leader for the 2019-20 year.

Lyn Herriot took on the Social Media Coordinator role in May 2017, and has seen remarkable growth in the Group's Facebook from low numbers to 140+ (May 2020).

Thank you so much Dianne and Lyn for all the time and effort you have put into the Wellington Group. You are so appreciated.

Congratulations Jenny Porter!

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

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Interested in joining the team?

We're seeking to the fill the role of 'Meeting Coordinator' for the 2020/2021 period commencing as soon as practicable, through to the Election of Officers in May 2021.

Do you hold an interest in event planning?  Are you seeking a new challenge, a new way to utilise your organisational skills and give back to your profession?  Then this is the opportunity for you!

The role entails:

  • assistance with meeting preparation
  • liaison with guest speakers and venues
  • attendance at monthly GMT meetings
  • utilise your writing flair in the monthly Meeting Coordinator report.

This position can be likened to a Marketing Manager role. It offers a great opportunity for personal growth, networking and professional development.

Training will be provided.

To apply or for further information, please contact, including "Vacancy 20/21 Meeting Coordinator" in the subject line.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" – Mahatma Ghandi

New Members

A very warm welcome to our newest members. We know you will benefit significantly from being a APPNZ Wellington Group member. You will have the opportunity to develop professionally and personally, connecting with and being supported by some great people (locally and globally).

Welcome aboard Jean Bayley, Emma Chambers, Christine Pask and Toni Weir!

Member Anniversaries

We wouldn't be an Association without our members. Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to AAPNZ and the Wellington Group.

48 years

Valerie Jackson

15 years

Alison McKessar and Sherie Pointon

5 years

Lyn Herriot

Wellington Group Member Awards

Get your nominations in!

We've received a number of nominations, but we would like to see more. To those who have already submitted a nomination, unfortunately we had a technical malfunction at the start of the process, so could you please resubmit your form here.

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.

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What's been happening

July Group Meeting: Having difficult conversations

On 2 July Wellington Group were thrilled to work with Anel Martin to provide a special online session for all AAPNZ members. Empowering and thought-provoking, Anel gave attendees lots of practical advice on how to navigate the most difficult of conversations.

If you weren't able to attend, we have 10 coupons for members to watch the recorded session for free. Email us with 'Anel Martin' in the subject line if you're interested.

June Group Meeting: Public Speaking: a crucial soft skill for Administrators

Kim Chamberlain, a former national speaking champion and founding president of the Wellington chapter of National Speakers Association, presented an online webinar on 18 June. The session was loaded with useful tips and tricks and included a follow up 'Evaluation Model' designed to plan for and assess our own and other's presentations.

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