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Feb 29

Working Well with the News Media – Taranaki PRINZ Panel Event

February 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$28.75 – $40.25

Thursday 29th February 5:30pm-7:30pm


You’re invited to our panel event ‘Working Well with the News Media’, tailored specifically for PR and communications professionals based in Taranaki.

In the dynamic world of PR and communications, establishing successful relationships with journalists and broadcasters is essential. That’s why we’ve assembled a panel of media professionals who lead the news in Taranaki. They’ll provide insights and shed light on what effective news media relations look like in your region.

This is your chance to tap into their wealth of knowledge and learn how to effectively pitch stories to local media. They’ll discuss the intersection between journalism and PR, share success stories, and offer valuable tips and tricks about securing earned media.

Don’t miss this chance to connect with your fellow PR and communications professionals, share ideas, expand your network, and build lasting relationships. Drinks and nibbles provided.

Space is limited so book your tickets now.

Your panelists are:

Matt Rilkoff

Editor and journalist

Taranaki Daily News / Stuff

Matt Rilkoff got his first job in media with the Manawatū Evening Standard in 1998 and has largely remained in the industry as a journalist ever since. In 2008 he was employed as a reporter and columnist at the Taranaki Daily News, where he filled a number of reporting roles before being appointed editor in 2018.   He lives in New Plymouth with his wife and children.  

Robin Martin

Taranaki Whanganui regional reporter

Radio New Zealand

Robin has held the position of RNZ Taranaki Whanganui regional reporter for close to a decade. Prior to that, he led the journalism programme at the then Western Institute of Technology Taranaki. He has a long journalism career, including stints at the Auckland Star and Sunday Star Times, as well as news production at the New Zealand Herald. 

Carolyn Robinson

Television journalist

Seven Sharp

Carolyn is well known on New Zealand television screen, having worked as a journalist on TV3 and TVNZ in a career spanning 25 years. She’s been the host of Nightline, 3News Weekend, What’s Really In Our Food?, and What’s Next? and 20/20. Based in New Plymouth for the past three years, Carolyn reports for TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.

Ilona Hanne

Editor and news director

NZME / Stratford Press

Ilona is NZME news director for the Lower North Island (LNI) communities, as well as being editor of the Stratford Press – a weekly NZME-owned community paper in Taranaki. Each of the five LNI community papers (Stratford Press, Whanganui Midweek, Kāpiti News, Horowhenua Chronicle and Manawatu Guardian) are part of the NZ Herald network, with a presence online as well as their weekly print editions.

Ken and Anna

Radio broadcasting duo

More FM Taranaki

Ken & Anna work to keep on top of everything happening in Taranaki, weekdays from 6 am on More FM Taranaki’s radio breakfast show – which they’ve been hosting together for more than 14 years.


Susanne Martin – Chief Executive – Public Relations Institute of New Zealand – PRINZ 

This event is brought to you by the Taranaki PRINZ sub-committee.  Than you to MOST FM for hosting. Ticket prices cover catering costs only and are GST inclusive


February 29
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
$28.75 – $40.25


The Most FM Radio Station
27 Liardet St
New Plymouth,
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