From the President

March 2019

Meredith EvansNgā mihi o te tau hou

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season, or if you had to work, that it was a productive time of year for you. I headed up north to stunning Golden Bay as usual, for a very restful, food and drink-filled week with many 3-swim days. Bliss!

This is going to be a really exciting year for TechCommNZ! I hope you can join us in some of the exciting events we have planned. We have a good schedule of webinars and workshops this year, and of course our conference in October. Remember to block those dates in your calendar and start talking to your boss about getting this in the training budget. More information will be coming your way about this really soon.

Remember that anyone can attend our workshops and webinars, not just members (it just costs more!). Please share the links widely in your workplaces and networks. It’s a great way of spreading the word about technical communication as well as giving others the opportunity to upskill.

Thank you to everyone who completed our Salary Survey, which has now closed. We had 120 responses, which is a bit lower than last year, but still impressive. We’ll release the results with a full report in about a month. Only members have access to the results.

Congratulations to the winners of the $100 Prezzy Card:

  • Glenn Johnston
  • Ben Shaw
  • Carla Wentink

News from the Board

Our Board took a well-deserved break from meetings over January. We started the working year with an all day planning and strategy session, held at the amazing Trinity Wharf in Tauranga (this is our conference venue). At this meeting we talked about plans for the year, ways to give our members more value for money, and also discussed the results of the recent members survey. I should have a report on all this available soon.

Social Media

I know you all get the emails from TechCommNZ, but don’t forget we’re on social media too. We had a lot of comments in the survey that people wanted a place to chat and discuss issues and ideas with fellow TCs. Did you know we actually have a Slack group for members just for this sort of thing. To join the Slack group go to the member area on the website, fill out the form on the Slack Participation page and Abhay will sort you out. We’ve had quite a few good discussions on the group lately, and I’d love to see you all there.

So that’s all from me. Enjoy the last days of the summer weather!