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Terms & Conditions of Entry

To participate in the 2022 AdmiNZ Administrative Professional of the Year Award, please complete the online application form and upload relevant files to support your application.

All applications will remain strictly confidential.

Finalists will be selected from their online application, of which three will be chosen.

Finalists are required to attend a two-part assessment process in Wellington on Saturday 13 August 2022 at the Movenpick Hotel. This will consist of a panel interview and a lunch function as part of the annual AdmiNZ Conference where each finalist will be asked to give a short speech of 3-5 minutes.

The announcement of the award recipient will be made at the AdmiNZ Gala Dinner on Saturday night with the award recipient giving an acceptance speech.

The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Your application is accessible to the award coordinator and independent judging panel. All information relating to applications received, will be destroyed after the conclusion of the award process.

Names and email addresses only will be retained to form a database for promotional purposes of AdmiNZ only and will not be shared with a third party.

Every endeavour has been made to ensure the presentation of all prizes as advertised; however, in the unlikely event that a sponsor is unable to honour their commitment due to unforeseen circumstances, the award recipient and finalists acknowledge that AdmiNZ will not be expected to supply or replace the prize.

Prizes are not transferrable and are not redeemable for cash.

The winner will be required to enter into an agreement as confirmation of their willingness to undertake speaking engagements and promotional activities for AdmiNZ for a 12-month period post the award presentation.

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Eligibility / Non-Eligibility

The Administrative Professional of the Year Award is open to all administrative professionals throughout New Zealand.  All applicants must be employed in an administrative role and be committed to a career as an administrative professional.

Members of the current AdmiNZ National Executive Team are not eligible to enter.

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Judging Panel

We are excited to have the following judges confirmed on our 2022 Administrative Professional Award panel. We are awaiting the details of our final judge, which will be updated once confirmed.

Dawn Baxendale

CEO, Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council chief executive Dawn Baxendale sets high expectations for herself and for her teams.

Dawn moved to Christchurch in September 2019 and with over 30 years working in local government, Dawn has built a reputation as someone with energy and enthusiasm who works collaboratively with others to get results. She is also known for taking a keen interest in performance (people and finances) of the organisation she leads to deliver for the community.

Her roles have often involved working closely with politicians and political parties and a wide range of administrations and organisations, including the European Union and the World Bank.

She has been at the forefront of public sector reform in Britain, including regeneration, economic development skills, unemployment, health and social care.

I genuinely believe that public authorities need to be at the heart of their communities. Local authorities should be leading and influencing the economic, environmental and community legacy that will remain for decades to come and creating healthy places that people for generations enjoy living and working in.

That ethos extends to the people within the organisation. Dawn truly understands the value of administrators and in an organisation as large as Christchurch City Council. The business support team, assistants and of course the front of office team are key to ensuring the community are kept at the heart of what we do. Administrators are most often the first point of contact with residents and as a Chief Executive, Dawn encourages all administrators, and in fact, all staff, to strive to be the best they can be to ensure our staff and communities are working with the best Council in NZ.

Janine Hawthorn
AAPNZ (Life Cert. Fellow) Dip Biz Admin; Dip Social Policy

Janine has been a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals of New Zealand Inc for 27 years initially with the Whanganui Group and for most of her time as a member of the Manawatū Group. She is currently a Life Member, Fellow with Certification and is working towards achieving a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Policy degree.

She has held various positions on the National Executive Team as well as on her own ManawatÅ« Group’s Management Team. She was a Director and Co-Chair of the Association’s company AAPNZ Professional Development Limited, currently sits on the AAPNZ National Advisory Board and is Deputy Chairperson of the Professional Development Subcommittee. Janine is a qualified workplace assessor.

Janine has had an extensive career in administration working in Local Government for the past 42 years commencing as a Junior Word Processing Operator working her way through the ranks to Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Mayor followed by a management role as the Governance and Administration Manager.

Janine is currently working in the field of Community Development. Although no longer practising in an administrative role, Janine continues to have a strong interest and a passion for the administration profession but more particularly in working with others in developing a career and qualification pathway for administrators to work towards.

Kirk Hope

Chief Executive, BusinessNZ; Master of Laws

Kirk Hope is Chief Executive of BusinessNZ, New Zealand's leading business advocacy group, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes.

Kirk and his Wellington-based team work with companies, organisations and political and other decision makers, advocating for New Zealand's success through sustainable economic growth.

Before joining BusinessNZ, Kirk was CEO of the New Zealand Bankers' Association. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Financial Services Federation, the industry body representing the non-bank sector. He previously held a range of senior positions at Westpac, including Head of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

Kirk holds a Master's degree in law, focused on regulation of financial services, and an Honours degree in political science.

Kirk has represented BusinessNZ on the 2018 Tax Working Group, the 2018 Fair Pay Agreements Working Group, the Future of Work Tripartite Forum, and is a Commission member of the Tertiary Education Commission, and a member of the Defence Employers Support Council.

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Application Content

The application criteria consists of an 'opening statement' and four questions, which forms the basis of the application. 

Application Questions

  1. Explain why you chose administration as a career path. Include your achievements and career highlights to date.
  2. In your current role, explain how you may resonate with the following AdmiNZ statement: Leaders and facilitators of effectiveness, change and productivity for organisational success.
  3. What do you enjoy most about being an administrative professional? Provide two examples of work undertaken that supports your statement.
  4. If you were to become the recipient of this award, how would you use it to influence others and what impact would it have on your career?

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Previous Recipients

2021 Kasey Ainsworth (Christchurch)

2020 No Award Held

2019 Tracey Fleet (Dunedin)

2018 Mary Huffadine (Wellington)

2017 Valerie Lang (Christchurch)

2016 Dianne Parker (Wellington)

2015 Rebeka Adamson (Manawatu)

2014 Bronwyn Marshall (Christchurch)

2013 No Award Held

2012 Kay Lindsay (Hamilton)

2011 Kelly Brown (Christchurch)

2010 Tracey Simpson Smith (Manawatu)

2009 Debra Clark (Christchurch)

2008 Katherine Jones (Auckland)

2007 Vicki Faint (Wellington)

2006 Moira Jones (Wellington)

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