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Association of Administrative Professionals NZ Inc

2019 PD Forum and AGM

  • 14 Sep 2019
  • 8:15 AM - 11:55 PM
  • Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street Dunedin


  • If you only wish to attend the AGM you can select this option - if you are already registered for the PD Forum you are registered for the AGM
  • If you only wish to attend the AGM and Dinner you can select this option
  • Standard rate for Corporate Members
  • If you only wish to attend the Dinner or bring a guest you can select this option.
    Dinner is included in the full PD Forum registration.
  • Early Bird rate for AAPNZ Members
  • Standard rate for AAPNZ Members
  • Early Bird rate for Non-Members
  • Standard rate for Non-Members

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PD Forum and AGM 2019

Join us for a fantastic event with two amazing keynotes, wonderful workshops, AAPNZ democracy at work with the AGM and of course the fabulous Gala Dinner where the winner of the 2019 Administrative Professional Award will be announced!

Keynote 1

Sarah Cross - Richard Joseph & Associates

"Building resilience while diminishing the need for it"

Sarah specialises in leadership, team development, workload management and professional coaching. As a facilitator and coach, she has had success working with organisations in heavy industries, retail, local government, technology and health.

 Sarah has in-depth experience working with organisations on managing through change, creating a high-performance culture, having conversations that matter, building resilient employees, challenging the status quo and encouraging innovation.

Sarah honed her facilitation skills and knowledge of the learning process during her early career teaching and working with disengaged youth. It was an occupation which enabled her to indulge her lifelong interest in people and passion for learning, “I’ve always loved connecting with people and helping them grow – watching them become empowered by new knowledge,” she explains. Leaving teaching as her young family grew, she then worked as an Educational Contractor for the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Ministry of Social Development and a private training institution on programme development, resources, assessments and customised learning programmes.

Sarah joined the team at Richard Joseph & Associates in 2014 and since then has co-authored the RJA Leadership programme, been integral in the evolution of Turning Point and developed the life-management course Lighten Your Lifeload. As well as these significant contributions to programme development, Sarah facilitates Turning Point, RJA Leadership and RJA Team Player, does Leadership Coaching, direction-setting workshops, profiles people in the MBTI and EQi 2.0 psychometric tools and provides bespoke consultancy services for clients.

 Sarah’s extensive experience and qualification in pedagogy (the theory and practise of education) enables her to make a valuable contribution to programme development. She is part of the team which reviews and revises the offerings of the company to ensure they remain current, relevant, interesting and effective. Sarah enjoys the creative challenge of this aspect of the job, and believes that, “Blending recent research in psychology with current trends in business and applying them to the most common issues facing organisations today is the key to our success.”

Keynote 2

Hilary Barry - Self, Sense and Sensibility

Hilary Barry is a familiar face for many people in New Zealand having presented the news for many years on television and radio.

A born and bred Wellingtonian, she started her career in radio in the Wairarapa before joining TV3 as a junior reporter based in Christchurch in 1993. Hilary remained at the network for 23 years as both a reporter and news anchor.

A couple of years ago Hilary moved across town and to the other side of the remote control, joining TVNZ’s Breakfast and more recently Seven Sharp.

Though she’s won awards for journalism and presenting, she’s most famous for her giggling fits and, on one occasion, snorting on air. To this day it remains her most embarrassing moment.

Hilary will cover what it's like to be a working mum, how to work doing something you love and how to say no."

The Programme

Time  Event  Location 
 8:15am  PD Forum Registration Desk Open  Hutton Theatre
 8:30am  AAPNZ Training Hutton Theatre and Kakapo Room
 10:00am Training Concludes, return to plenary room  
 10:15am  Mihi Whakatau Hutton Theatre 
 10:30am  Keynote 1 - Sarah Cross - Richard Joseph & Associates

"Building resilience while diminishing the need for it"

Hutton Theatre
 12:15pm Lunch incl presentations by the Administrative Professionals Award Finalists 2019 Hutton Theatre
 1:30pm  Keynote 2 - Hilary Barry - Self, Sense and Sensibility Hutton Theatre
 3:00pm  Afternoon Tea Hutton Theatre
 3:15pm  46th AAPNZ Annual General Meeting Hutton Theatre
 5:00pm  Closing  
 6:15pm  Networking pre-Dinner drinks Science Centre
 7:15pm Butterfly release   
 7:30pm  AAPNZ Gala Dinner and Awards presentation (optional Planetarium show) Beautiful Science Gallery
 Midnight  Finish  

Accommodation Options:

The AAPNZ Dunedin team have negotiated some extra special rates for PD Forum and AGM attendees.  Details on how to access these rates are available in the confirmation email you will receive on registering for the event.

FULLY BOOKED Aurora on George – 678 George Street (~5 min walk from venue) 

  • $145/night for one person ($10 for an extra) in a studio.
  • $165/night for one person in a Luxury Studios ($10 for an extra)

538 Great King Street Motel – 538 Great King Street (~5 min walk from venue)

  • $145/night for one person ($10 for an extra person) in a compact studio.
  • $150/night for one person in studio ($10 for an extra person)
  • $155/night for one person in a large/superior studio ($10 for an extra person)
  • $165/night for one person in a 1 Bedroom unit ($10 for an extra person)

858 George Street (~10 min walk from venue)

Note this is a 2 night minimum stay

  • Studio option $145.00 per night for the 13th & 14th September
  • One Bedroom option $165.00 per night for the 13th & 14th September
  • Executive unit $179.00 per night for the 13th & 14th September

Distinction Hotel – 6 Liverpool Street (~20-25 mins walk from venue)

  • Studio Rooms $180.00 including GST per room per night (based on room only)
  • Executive Room $240.00 including GST per room per night (based on room only)
  • 2 Bedroom Suite $330.00 including GST per room per night (based on room only)

Wain’s Hotel -  310 Princes St (~25 min walk from venue)

  • $140 per room only or $170 bed & breakfast for 2 people

Got some extra time in Dunedin - check out the amazing options for activities in and around Dunedin.


You have two options:


  • Confirm your cancellation in writing (email) at least 1 month prior to the event and receive a refund less a 10% service charge per registrant. Regrettably, no refunds can be made for cancellations received after this date.

PO Box 5431

Lambton Quay

Wellington 6145


All prices quoted exclude GST (15%) and Admin Fee (3%)