Feds president contender for communicator of year

Federated Farmers National President, Bruce Wills, has been selected as a finalist for Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) Communicator of the Year.  

The award recognises skills in a leader who promotes open and honest communications within their organisation.

“It is great that Bruce has been selected as a finalist. Bruce has remained a balanced and clear communicator on issues relating to agriculture,” says Conor English, Federated Farmers Chief Executive.

“It goes to show just how highly regarded he is when you look at the other finalists – Sir John Kirwan, Blues Coach and ambassador for depression.org.nz, Otorohanga Mayor Dale Williams, and Tony Kokshoorn, Grey District Mayor, who are all leaders in their own right.

“Bruce has tirelessly advocated on behalf of New Zealand farmers, and his communication has enhanced a better understanding of farming and its value. Its great to have this recognised” concluded Mr English.

The recipient will be announced on Friday November 8 at a PRINZ event in Wellington. 

The reputations of Federated Farmers and farming have improved in the last couple of years.

Under the leadership of Bruce and Conor communication has been clear and positive lacked the defensiveness and negativity which characterised the organisation a few years ago.

They are both very good advocates for the organisation, farming  and rural New Zealand because of that.

It’s pleasing that two of the other three contenders, Dale Williams and Tony Kokshoorn, are from provincial New Zealand too.

We can’t compete on quantity with urban New Zealand so it’s even more important to have quality.

2 Responses to Feds president contender for communicator of year

  1. Mr E says:

    Finalist. Good job Bruce. I support Ele’s statements wholeheartedly.

    The challenge is to turn your style into membership growth. Journalists will tell you sensational stories sell the papers. Your styles is the opposite of sensationalism. It is generally down to earth/ grounded.

    Good luck.

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  2. Neil says:

    What a difference the Feds have these days. A contrast to the days of Don Nicholson etc.
    Several years ago I would liken the Feds to the Tea Party who were prepared to bang their heads against a granite wall to prove their principles.
    I like Mr Wills attitude that the whole of NZ needs to work together.

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