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PRINZ kicks off award entries with Dryden tribute

The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) has opened its annual awards competition by announcing that its student prize will be named after long-standing chief executive, Paul Dryden, who passed away in March.

The Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) has opened its annual awards competition by announcing that its student prize will be named after long-standing chief executive, Paul Dryden, who passed away in March.

The Paul Dryden Tertiary Award is one of 11 categories, with winners from all categories (excluding Young Practitioner and Tertiary Student) then judged for the Supreme Award.

In 2011 the Supreme Award went to Melanie Palmer of ZESPRI International and Andrea Brady of Catalyst Communication Consulting Limited for the entry ‘Communications for kiwifruit Psa outbreak’. 

“Entries naturally reflect events of the past 12 months and in New Zealand a range of crises and celebrations dominated the headlines, with our members often leading the communications. As a result, we look forward to seeing some outstanding work entered this year," said  PRINZ acting chief executive Simone Bell.

Entries are open to PRINZ members only, and close on March 22. Winners will be awarded at a special event in Auckland on May 11.

More than 30 PRINZ fellows and senior members participate in the judging process, which evaluates a range of entries from the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors.