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training. It has to be focused on what
this industry needs.
"For that, we need industry to get
behind us. We need to have a coherent,
cohesive view on taking our case to
Magic in print
AFTER more than a decade heading
the print industry's professional body,
Grace says she still fnds that print has
its own aura.
She says, "There is a magic in what
we do. For me, the industry captures
me because of that magic. Print is
everywhere around us. Coca Cola is
nothing without the label that identifes
it. It is also a dynamic industry. There
is change in print all the time. If you
compare the list of companies operating
in the industry at the start of 1999 and
a list today, there would be many names
missing from one list or the other."
"It is about business trends, and
about competition from technology
and from other media. It is constantly
evolving. It is incredible to think the
iPad only came out a couple of years
ago and now it is one of our biggest
competitors. Always, print companies
have to look at such change and think:
'What does this mean for us?'"
Summarising her time at PrintNZ,
Grace says that her achievements had
only been reached with the help of her
team of staff. She says, "And I would
extend my praise to the supervisors who
work with our apprentices, and to the
people who attend our industry forums.
"These are the real grassroots people
who make this industry work. This
industry is all about people. I may have
stood at the front, but I never stood
Capital venue for nal
A RANGE of well-wishers, including
industry members, government o cials
and industry training colleagues gathered
in Wellington at the end of October to
farewell Joan Grace, following functions
held in Christchurch and Auckland.
CMITO chairman Nigel Harrison,
PrintNZ president John Boyle and EPMU
senior industrial o cer and CMITO board
member Paul Tolich paid tribute to Grace's
contribution to CMITO and PrintNZ during
her 13 years in the industry and thanked
her on behalf of the industry. They spoke
about her strong leadership skills during
challenging times and her commitment to
ensuring that industry training works for
Thanking those who have supported
industry training and the work of CMITO
and PrintNZ during her tenure, Joan
Grace spoke about some of her career
highlights including the strength of
the PrintNZ training system, the strong
reputation of CMITO, the development
of the Print: Part of life campaign, the
Apprentice of the Year getting recognition
at the Pride In Print Awards, production
of the PrintNZ centenary book and work
on the vocational pathways project. She
challenged industry to remember that
there are two words in industry training,
saying, "And which comes rst: industry."
She also spoke about the recent
government review of industry training
and commented that any resulting
policy changes need to be workable for
businesses. She mentioned the shifts
in government policy that have added
additional compliance and quality burdens
onto ITOs, making it harder for ITOs to
focus on what is important to a business.
She said, "It's having the right people with
the right skills."
As always, she encouraged the industry
to embrace the opportunities that new
technology and communications o er and
to always remember the power of print.
Neville Smith presented Joan Grace
with a special wooden collage made
that he made. The collage, constructed
from wooden type, includes her name,
birthdate, date of joining PrintNZ and
other details. Some of the materials used in
the collage date back to the 1840s.
She also received a plaque celebrating
her status as a life member of PrintNZ
and a book of photos commemorating
her time in the industry with farewell
comments from industry members.
PrintNZ changes its management structure
JOAN Grace has moved to Australia, where her husband is based on contract. She will work
with the printing industry in Australia, initially based in Melbourne. She will have a high-level
involvement in apprentice training there, noting that the industry is su ering from the closure of
many TAFEs (equivalent to our polytechnics).
Tim Pankhurst now becomes general manager of both PrintNZ and the CMITO. Ruth Cobb
will heads the print side as manager of PrintNZ and John Cudby will perform the same role on
the training side as manager of the CMITO.
For further information on PrintNZ member services please contact Ruth Cobb, Membership
Services Manager, PrintNZ, mobile (027) 248 9404, tel (09) 266 8523, email ruth.cobb@printnz.
Farewelling Joan, from left: New PrintNZ manager Ruth Cobb; Pride In Print judge
Bill Ashworth; and Phil O'Reilly chief executive of Business NZ
cy of strong training
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