ARPA E-NEWS August 2017

Auckland 25-27 August

Yes, there is still time to register for the 2017 ARPA Conference. Join nearly 60 members in the harbour city of Auckland for the Christian print communicators networking event of the year.

With the beautiful setting of the Rooftop Terrace at Rydges Hotel, the Awards Dinner will be a highlight, culminating in the presentation of the Gutenberg for 2017. The President has devised several questions that will test the perspicacity of members (and yes, there are some intriguing and possibly very odd prizes to be won).

Transport to the Hotel

Errol Pike has kindly supplied the following information: I have just been online to check the my transport from the Auckland airport to CBD and the best and cheapest (NZ$18 one way, NZ$32 return) is Skyway bus ( It does mean walking about three blocks from the drop-off point (at 237 Queen Street, Stop No 7053) to the Hotel (corner of Federal and Kingston Streets) but the cost of a taxi from airport to CBD can be about $80. The bus does take a little longer, however but they do run very regularly. Also, you can pre-buy Skybus tickets online – see their website. The only negative is that the Skybus does not run from the international terminal after 10.30 pm. – but all the info is on their website.

Awards:  The judges’ decisions are in and there is an amazing list of winners, including for publication of the year.  It will be a joy to have every winner represented at the dinner to receive their Award.

 Sponsors at the 2017 Conference:  ARPA is pleased to work with our GOLD SPONSOR

CBM Australia

One of the major events that CBM undertakes is Miracles Day. This special appeal in conjunction with Christian radio stations and churches throughout Australia raises funds and awareness for sight-saving cataract surgery in the world’s poorest places.

Miracles Day for 2017 will be held on 17 August. Christian radio stations will be on-air talking about Miracles Day and encouraging their listeners to donate a $32 Miracle - payment for a 12-minute operation that enables a cataract to be removed and sight to be restored. You can support CBM by promoting the contact number 131 226 and website in your social media: and #makemiraclespossible (used online/social media as hashtag, used without # where appropriate)

New Members

ARPA is pleased to advise the following new members: Jen Rosenberg from Australian Catholic University, Wayne Graham, whose publication is the Daily Encourager and Annie Carrett who as editor of Broken Bay News has been a long-time supporter of ARPA and ACPA.  The publication is no longer an ARPA member but we are thrilled that Annie has chosen to stay with us.

ARPA Social Media Survey

Sophia Sinclair, our Communications Officer reported to the executive meeting held on Tuesday 1st August about the results of the social media survey. It is evident that members would prefer a finely tuned approach to ARPA using social media, and Sophia will be looking at connecting in a helpful way.