From the President

by Caroline Simpson AE

Kia ora to you all.

With your omniscient knowledge of the future, you are way ahead of me when it comes to knowing about lockdowns and alert levels right now — I wrote this back in September, when Auckland was in its fifth week of lockdown and the rest of the country was wondering how long level two must last. Having now had my second vaccination, I’m ready for some good news, so bring it on!

After two great workshops in August and September, your events crew will bring you our Annual Branch Meeting (ABM) in October. 

This year, two committee members will stand down after two years of service. Even before the first meeting of branch members, Anne-Marie McDonald was keen to help. For the first year she represented the branch on the IPEd Board, before transferring to a committee role as Events Coordinator. Elizabeth Beattie volunteered at our first committee meeting to take on the role of Budget Officer. The branch is very grateful to them both for their time and the care they put into their roles. Anne-Marie intends to study, and Elizabeth will concentrate on work and family responsibilities. Thank you both.

Meanwhile, the rest of the committee welcomes your interest and help. If you would like to help behind the scenes and/or you feel passionate about our top priorities (networking, PD, advocacy, professional standards, the conference and accreditation) then please get in touch. IPEd has a core paid staff to run the organisation, but most of what happens at branch level is done by volunteers — the branch committee and a handful of helpers. 

If you want to help but you don’t want to be on the committee, that’s fine too. I’m always happy to answer your questions and chat on the phone. Remember that helping on the committee is not a case of all give and getting nothing back. You’ll help grow your network, meet some amazing people from our industry, feel good about helping your fellow editors, develop skills and confidence in areas outside your day-to-day editing role, and tot up volunteer hours to go towards your accreditation renewal. And you’ll also work alongside a great bunch of people. We would love to have you with us.

Noho ora mai

Caroline Simpson, EdANZ Branch President



Coming events

Auckland editors’ catch-up

Date: Tentatively Friday 12 November 2021, 10am NZDT

Venue: Amano, 66–68 Tyler Street, Britomart

Please note the new date. We’ll confirm it closer to the time.

We are bringing forward the September and March Auckland editors catch-ups from Saturday afternoon to a Friday morning.

Come along and enjoy the delights of an Auckland spring morning from the comfort of Amano. 

Any editors are welcome, whether Auckland residents or visitors. We’re a friendly bunch and always welcome new faces. Please RSVP to Caroline at edanz.president@iped-editors.org.

Cost: Free (but purchase your own drinks and food)

Annual Branch Meeting (ABM)

Date:  Tuesday 26 October 2021, 7.30pm NZDT

Venue: Zoom

Each year we have our ABM, the branch version of an AGM. The main order of business is the election of committee members for the following year. You’ll have the opportunity to nominate EdANZ members beforehand for committee roles. If you’d like to be part of the committee yourself, let us know and we will happily nominate you. The roles within the committee are set at the first committee meeting. 

The ABM is also a good opportunity to raise matters for branch consideration. We’ll let you know in advance how to submit items for the agenda.

Cost: Free.

IPEd Accreditation Exam 2022

We now have six accredited editors in New Zealand. EdANZ wants to significantly increase that number over the next few years.

Are you considering sitting the next accreditation exam? If so, EdANZ is here to support you. Please email Helen Bradford, our Accreditation Board representative, to talk about any concerns you have about the exam and how we can help you overcome them.

The exam will be on Monday 22 August 2022. Based on an initial poll of interested candidates, we expect the venue will be Wellington. If we receive sufficient registrations, there may be an option to add a second venue.