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Administrators from all types of businesses in New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and even other parts of the world, join the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand Incorporated (AAPNZ Inc) for opportunities to learn and grow in their role, develop contacts and get a better understanding of how important their role is to any business.

Our membership includes executive assistants, personal assistants, administration managers, receptionists, call centre operators, accounts staff, school administrators, industry trainers, etc. – anyone involved either in full or part-time administrative professional roles, in any industry.

The Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand Incorporated (AAPNZ Inc) is a not-for-profit, voluntary national association governed by a National Executive Team (NET) made up of the National President, two Vice-Presidents and the Regional Leaders for Northern, Central and Southern regions. The financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Many people are making a career in administrative roles and the breadth of demands and skills required of these people is increasingly acknowledged by the public and employers.

With our rapidly changing office environment it is even more important these days to undertake professional development and stay in touch with your profession through its professional organisation. Whether it is a corporate entity, small or medium sized businesses or in the home-based office, many office professionals feel more isolated from others in similar roles. Members include recent newcomers to the profession through to experienced administrative professionals, male and female.

AAPNZ has a supportive local and national network who gives Administrative Professionals opportunities for personal and professional growth, career upskilling and development.

Our Patron is Lt Gen, Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General of New Zealand. IMNZ organisation is the Vice Patron role.

AAPNZ Inc and Certification 

AAPNZ Inc is the only administrative organisation in New Zealand offering an accreditation or registration pathway through its Certification process.  Certification provides an umbrella over four areas that need to be achieved to show the skills required by the administrative professional.  This makes it an invaluable benchmark for those in the role, and for employers.

AAPNZ National President

AAPNZ National President

Ali McKessar was sworn in as the new AAPNZ National President.

Ali's chosen theme for her term is Realise Your Potential. Read about how this theme translates to the AAPNZ vision.


                                                                                                                                                            Executive Secretary LIVE 14 & 15 July 2017, Stamford Hotel Auckland NZ

 Opportunities for career development through Executive Secretary Live conference

The world's leading international event for senior and aspiring Administrative Professionals and Executive Assistants comes to New Zealand for the first time in July 2017.

Featuring ten of the most inspiring and internationally renowned trainers for the Administrative profession and hosted by Lucy Brazier, CE and Publisher of the prestigious Executive Secretary Magazine.

Registration Fees

  • Full Registration (from 1 December) will be NZD $1800 + GST for the two days Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July 2017, including the Gala Dinner celebration
  • However if three people book from the same company, then the fourth place is free, double that then two are free
  • If organisations want to send a group of 12 or more administrative professionals, Lucy is happy to negotiate
  • AAPNZ members get a 10% discount on top of all of that!

More information on the ESL website www.executivesecretary/

For enquiries please contact Wendy Rapana, AAPNZ Business Development Adviser +64 27 275 8531  


Upcoming events



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2016 Administrative Professionals Award Winner


                                   Dianne Parker

Congratulations Dianne and well done to Leigh Davidson and Debbie Warnock for making it a tough competition!  You are all winners!

New photos from the 2016 AAPNZ Award Dinner have been posted and available via your Group President.

2016 GM & PD Forum - Other Awards

Honorary Award presented to Lynn O'Shea from FreshFields; she does all our design work, website management tasks, e-newsletters every month and loads of advice.  Whilst we pay her for those tasks she goes way beyond what we pay her and the designs she comes up with highlight her commitment and how much she values us as an association.  Congratulations Lynn!

Certification Competency Certificates - highest number achieved by the Manawatu Group, closely followed by Nelson Group.

National Presidents Award presented to Shirley Anne Pearce for outstanding work in developing with Administrative Professionals Award over the past three years, as well as the AGM and Professional Development Forum in the past two years.  Congratulations Shirley Anne!

Growth Award presented to the Tauranga Group, well done Tracy Sherlock & Tauranga members!

Retention Award presented to the Nelson Group, well done Margaret Black & Nelson members!