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PrintNZ launches key 2019 dates

Wednesday, 16 January 2019
By Wayne Robinson

The Kiwi print industry has a series of upcoming events to look forward to, as PrintNZ launches a packed programme for the first half of the year.

An industry with a strong future: Ruth Cobb, PrintNZ

Ruth Cobb, CEO at PrintNZ says, “The latter half of last year was by a large a positive for our members, with most ticking along nicely. PrintNZ doesn’t stand still though, and we want to provide the best ongoing support to the industry possible. PrintNZ is committed to continuing and expanding the work we do in and on behalf of the industry.”

Three key events are the print training graduations, on Wednesday March 27 in Christchurch, Thursday April 4 in Auckland and Friday May 3 at the Pride In Print Awards, Wellington.

Cobb says, “The graduations provide an opportunity for every trainee that has completed a qualification in 2018 to be recognised in front of their colleagues and family. If you have had someone complete a training programme then make sure you give them the chance to come along and celebrate.”

The graduations  are also the first step in the Apprentice of the Year process with the Top Ten finalists being announced at these events, alongside the Trainer of the Year, Training Company of the Year and Diploma of Print Management finalists. 

“As well as a night of glitz and glamour that celebrate the excellent work that is produced by the industry the Pride in Print Awards ahey also provide the platform for announcing the overall winners of the Apprentice of the Year, Training Company and Trainer of the Year awards” said Cobb.

On a different note at the end of 2018 changes to the Employment Relations Act were passed through Parliament.  Some of these took effect immediately and some take effect from May 6 this year 

Commencing February PrintNZ will be running seminars right around the country to ensure printers have the correct information. Watch out for full details of dates/locations shortly. 

Changes to be covered include:
・ Restrictions on 90-day trial periods
・ Restoration of statutory meal breaks
・ Reinstatement as a primary remedy
・ Union rights and changes to collective bargaining
・ Domestic Violence – Victims Protection Act
・ Triangular Relationships Bill
・ Minimum Wage Act

And in good news for printers that have staff due to renew their First Aid Certificates in 2019 members of PrintNZ you can get a discount off the courses at St John by entering the discount code in the Promo box on the payment page.  Email to get the discount code. Every business should have a trained first aider on their premises to ensure they are complying with the requirements of the Health and Safety Act.

Finally PrintEx 2019, Visual Impact Sydney 2019 and Label & Packaging Expo 2019 will be held at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park, from Tuesday August 13 – Friday August 16. 

Cobb says, “Mark those dates in your diaries and start planning your trip. PrintNZ is hoping to run another Kiwi night at PrintEx.”

2 Responses to “PrintNZ launches key 2019 dates”

  1. January 16, 2019 at 12:44 pm,


    Don’t be too efficient. You will show up your Aussie counterparts.

  2. January 18, 2019 at 11:09 am,


    Spot on Survivor. PrintNZ are bloody fantastic. Just a shame about that eeccent, eh! (with a smiley face)

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