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Aug 10

Careers in PR and communication

August 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


August 10th 2022 - 12:00 -1:00 via zoom


Fancy a job in PR? Come along to our webinar and get a head start on your comms career.

Hear from a panel of recent graduates and young professionals as they share their tips for finding an internship, impressing employers, and landing a great first job.  

This free event is brought to you by Massey University with support from the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand and the Auckland University of Technology. A big thanks to the PRINZ Central and Northern committees for facilitating. 

To sign up for this free event, please log into your PRINZ profile or create one using the blue “sign up” button at the top right of the page. Pre-registering is essential so you receive the zoom links and details ahead of the event. See you there! 

Zoom links will go out the morning of the 10th to allow for those last minute sign ups! Pease do check your spam box. 

Your MC is…

Fred Russo

Executive Director, Botica Butler Raudon Partners

Fred has spent the past 16 years in New Zealand working with Fortune 500 companies, IT businesses and local start-ups. He has led or managed PR programmes for technology giants including Intel, Samsung, LG, and Symantec. Fred also drives the company’s social campaigns and brand activations. Fred moved to New Zealand from South East Asia in 2006, but originally hails from the United States of America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and minor degrees in sociology and criminal justice from Northern Arizona University. A one-time international athlete, Fred is a former NCAA springboard diver and circus manager. Fred was elected to Chair of the PRINZ Northern Committee in 2017 and is a sitting PRINZ Board member as well holding the qualification of APR (Accredited in Public Relations), a globally recognised mark of distinction for public relations professionals.


Introducing your panelists!

Holly Fraser

Internal Communications Coordinator, Vista Group

Holly Fraser is an Internal Communications Coordinator at Vista Group, and former intern at two top Auckland PR agencies: Mango Communication and Botica Butler Raudon Partners. She graduated from the Auckland University of Technology in 2021 with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in public relations. Holly says she looks forward to growing her skillset and embracing new opportunities as she continues progressing in her career, and working with more and more experienced professionals

Ainsley Harris

Social Media Advisor, Kiwibank

Ainsley currently works as a Social Media Advisor at Kiwibank. She started off studying a Bachelor of Science at Otago University, before completing a Bachelor of Communication at Massey University in Wellington. Through the Massey Communications Internship Programme she interned at social enterprise The Good Registry, and still works with them today. Near the end of her degree, she completed a Summer Internship at the Department of Internal Affairs, and then worked as a Communications Advisor with them for a year. Around her studies, Ainsley has worked in kitchens for about 5 years, and used to have her own celebration cake business. She loves cooking, baking, gardening and writing

Makere Carroll (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahu)

Communications Advisor at Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Makere is a Kōhanga Reo and Kura Māori graduate, raised in South Auckland. She graduated in 2012 from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Communication Studies majoring in Creative Industries. She has both private and public sector experience, working on different projects impacting communities throughout the country. She is currently the Communications Advisor at Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, focussed on the revitalisation of te reo Māori and normalising it as a living language. Makere is part of the team that leads campaigns including Te Wiki o te reo Māori and the Māori Language Moment. She coordinated the entry for the latter into the Golden World Awards run by the International Public Relations Association in 2021. It won the prestigious top prize ahead of hundreds of other entrants. Previously, she’s worked in communications and engagement on transport and infrastructure projects, including New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project: City Rail Link. As part of her engagement experience, she established good relationships with Mana Whenua and connected with diverse communities across Aotearoa.

Ryan Willoughby

Senior Communications Advisor at GNS Science

Ryan Willoughby holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) and is a Senior Communications Advisor at GNS Science. His passion is finding innovative ways to tell stories, and he was named the PRINZ Young Public Relations Practitioner of the Year in 2021. He says the beauty of communications is that you effectively get to experience many jobs in your lifetime. With work experience in the sports, health, science and tourism industries, his stories include a great white shark who picked up an underwater camera, Prince Harry photobombing his boss at the Commonwealth Games, a kākāpō brain surgery and the development of the first COVID-19 test in New Zealand. He has worked on campaigns to help kiwi babies fight infleunza, and to help reduce inequities in cervical cancer screening. Ryan believes communication is universal, and there is more to communications than writing – like photography, design, oration and video.


August 10, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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