Peter Issac

Peter Issac

Peter has an intimate knowledge of manufacturing and industry in New Zealand. He has been the recipient of a US Department of Commerce travel scholarship to evaluate manufacturing and production in the United States. He is a life member of the British New Zealand Business Association. He has served as a member of the Institute of Management and the Chartered Institute of Transport. He is the author of several books on management in the digital era.

Saturday, 06 December 2014 13:34

Lifetime Achievement Award Laureate Connie Lawn

Lifetime Achievement Award Laureate Connie Lawn is Dean of White House Press Corps

See: Tribute to New Zealand’s Presidential Insider

 

Lifetime Achievement Award Laureate Connie Lawn is Dean of White House Press Corps

Press Gallery member Tony Haas (centre) is pictured in Parliament with former New Zealand Herald proprietor Michael Horton and Judith Tizard MP at the opening ceremony under National Press Club auspices of the Triangle Stratos television channel.Foreign correspondent and National Press Club member Tony Haas recently assigned himself to Germany in order to research his German forebears and especially his grandfather Ludwig Haas, one of the very few who could have prevented the Second World War.

His grandfather was the Democratic Party leader during the era of the Weimar Republic. Ludwig Haas’ reputation had been established immediately after World War 1 when he had actively campaigned against accepting the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. He argued that the punitive reparations would inevitably detonate further conflict, which they did.

Ludwig Haas died in 1930. Before he died he urged his son, Tony Haas’ father, to put as much distance as he could between himself and Germany.

This Karl Haas quickly did. He settled in Pahiatua, New Zealand, and began a new life as a farmer.

In Germany Tony Haas met civic officials in Karlsruhe, part of his grandfather’s old electorate. They urged him to produce a book entitled Ludwig Haas: Active Citizen. So called because of Ludwig’s active civic conscience which might have averted World War 2.

In the meantime Tony Haas will include the episode in his own autobiography centred on his long-time reportorial beat. It will be entitled Being Palangi: My Pacific Journey.

In the photograph, and back on his home turf, Press Gallery member Tony Haas (centre) is pictured in Parliament with former New Zealand Herald proprietor Michael Horton and Judith Tizard MP at the opening ceremony under National Press Club auspices of the Triangle Stratos television channel.

 
Saturday, 06 December 2014 13:31

Honorary Members in Australia Appointed

Robin Bromby’s career spans more than half a century.Fiona Duncan was for many years in the advertising department of Wellington Newspapers Ltd.Robin Bromby’s career spans more than half a century. He began as a cadet on The Dominion, Wellington in 1962 and he remains today under full power as the influential commodities correspondent of The Australian. In New Zealand he was a key man in ushering in the Rupert Murdoch era and for a while helmed the tabloid Sunday Times. He was a reporter on the South China Morning Post, and the Melbourne Herald. He is a noted documentary author with his books published by Doubleday and Simon & Schuster. These include histories of New Zealand and Australia with several specialist books on rail transport. He is the author of Mining Investors Handbook, and of a standard work on World War 2 logistics. 

 

Fiona Duncan was for many years in the advertising department of Wellington Newspapers Ltd and was responsible for numerous special projects, especially in establishing the company’s leadership in technology special features. On moving to Sydney she became involved in the digital sphere concentrating on internet targeted marketing.

 

 

 

Minister of Education Hon, Steve Maharey and Connie with the club’s silverware and plaque

Connie with NZ Book Council ceo Lincoln Gould and Fairfax political columnist Vernon Small

Connie with husband Dr Charles Sneiderman and Radio New Zealand chairman Richard Griffin

Connie with Fairfax columnist and Radio Live host Sean Plunke

Connie with Hon Steve Maharey, Carrick Lewis, and Norrie Lewis

For a generation from Washington Connie Lawn every week day morning brought to the radio listeners of the world’s remotest English-speaking nation news from the White House.  

New Zealanders time zones ahead usually heard the breaks before their counterparts in the United States. Connie Lawn was as much a part of the New Zealand way of life as their rugby version of football or a sheep shearing gang.  

Then she was gone, and with her the intimate first-person portrayals of the decisions and the decision makers at the fulcrum of the Western World. Connie Lawn had been scythed aside in one of the ritual restructurings that are part of mainstream broadcasting everywhere. In this particular rite of passage she was replaced by local content, mostly in the form of contrived news notably sport.  

If Radio New Zealand was finished with her, Connie Lawn was not finished with New Zealand. For the best part of the intervening generation her voice in the southern latitudes was rarely stilled.  

Being heard, for example, in regular bulletins on Radio Live.  Since the advent of the internet she is a regular contributor to Scoop, the nation’s version of the Huffington Post.  

She has been unofficial ambassador for New Zealand pointing in the right direction through the Washington maze fellow journalists, listeners, business people, diplomats, in fact, anyone at all who asks for help.  

In 2006 she was presented in Parliament with the National Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. You may not always agree with what Miss Lawn says. But you are never left in any doubt about what she is saying. Outlining in her acceptance speech her own journalistic career in Washington which started in 1968, and which subsequently encompassed marriage and motherhood she dwelled on the trade’s willingness in that era to give opportunity to women.  

Now, in contrast, she noted, there were so many other and different career opportunities available for young females.  

“Women can have better things to do,” she told her audience in the Parliamentary auditorium. “There are now so many careers for women outside journalism,” she insisted to her listeners many of whom had anticipated a feminist anti discriminatory appeal.  

A few years later she was presented by Ambassador Mike Moore at the New Zealand embassy in Washington with the Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to New Zealand-U.S. Relations.  

Now though the woman who always chose to compete on equal terms with everyone finds herself battling an enemy who she knows is each day getting the upper hand.  

For the past years, since she was 65, she has been afflicted by Parkinson’s Disease which most cruelly of all has robbed her of her voice. Though not of her ability to type her regular insightful bulletins to The Huffington Post, and Scoop, among others.  

She applies full disclosure to her affliction. Not for sympathy. But because “it makes me stagger and I do not want people to think that I am drunk.”  

For Connie Lawn, honours tend to arrive unsought. She is now the Dean of the White House Press Corps, following the death of Helen Lawrence. She has rubbed shoulders with every president from Lyndon Johnson onward, has interviewed more international icons living and dead than practically anyone else on earth. Has skied most of the world’s signature ski slopes and in New Zealand had a race horse named after her.  

Connie Lawn’s career proves that any obstacle is just an opportunity in disguise and should be treated as such.

 

You May not always agree with what Miss Lawn says……. But you are never left in any doubt what she is saying.

Previous page: Dean of the White House Press Corps Connie Lawn and husband Dr Charles Sneiderman in the White House with President Obama and Mrs Obama.

At the reception at Parliament on the occasion of the presentation to Connie Lawn in 2006 of the National Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  

At left from the top. Minister of Education Hon, Steve Maharey and Connie with the club’s silverware and plaque; Connie with NZ Book Council ceo Lincoln Gould and Fairfax political columnist Vernon Small; Connie with husband Dr Charles Sneiderman and Radio New Zealand chairman Richard Griffin; Connie with Fairfax columnist and Radio Live host Sean Plunket; Connie with Hon Steve Maharey, Carrick Lewis, and Norrie Lewis.  

Below: In 2012 Connie was presented with the New Zealand order of Merit by ambassador Mike Moore at the New Zealand Embassy, Washington. Ambassador Moore is a former prime minister of New Zealand and a former head of the World Trade Organisation. He is a regular speaker at the National Press Club in Wellington.. 

In 2012 Connie was presented with the New Zealand order of Merit by ambassador Mike Moore at the New Zealand Embassy, Washington.

 

 

Monday, 22 August 2011 21:51

How to Join

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"The National Press Club has the value of being inclusive." Life Member Rt Hon. Jonathan Hunt ONZ

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 21:57

Past Speakers

Among those who have spoken to the National Press Club in recent years have been:

HE Syed Ibne Abbas Richard V Allen HE Robert Alston Guillermo Altares Hon Jim Anderton, MP Lord Archer Ed Asner Rowan AtkinsonTim Barnett, MP Kim Beazley Sir James Belich Michael Bentine Sir Paul Beresford Georgina Beyer MP HE Saaed Bhatti Acker BilkSir Gordon Bisson Michael Bloomberg Sir Chay BlytheMichelle Boag Rt Hon Jim Bolger Tom Bradley Don Brash Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun Simon BricklesBaroness Brigstock Geraldine Brooks Gerry Brownlee MPTom Burns Elizabeth Calder Alastair Cooke Sir Roger Cork Pam Corkery HE Robert Cotton Baroness Caroline Cox Ian Cross Hon Dr. Michael Cullen, MP David Cunliffe MP Dr. Theodore DalrympleTrevor de Cleene, MP Bernard Diedrich John DouglasKarl du Fresne Hon. Peter Dunne, MP Dick Emery Hon. Bill English, MP Patrick Ensor James Fallows HE Richard FellIan FletcherFrederick Forsyth

 

  Dr Liam Fox Ian Fraser Nicholas Garland Sir Douglas GrahamNicky HagerChristopher Harder Cynthia HeimelPaul Henry Gerald Hensley Chaim Herzog Charlton Heston Claire Hollingworth Marc Holtzman Michael Horton Barry Humphries Rt Hon Jonathan Hunt Glenda Jackson Paul Johnson Sue Kedgley Thomas Keneally John Key MP Peter KittakachornAir Vice Marshall Robin Klitscher Philip KnightleyWinnie Laban MP Rt Hon Lee Kuan Yew HH The Dalai Lama Rt Hon David Lange Connie Lawn Judy Lessing Lord Levene Bernard Levin Andrew Little MP Gerald Long Dr Sharon Lord Carolyn Machado Peter MahonRon Mark MP HE Otto Mattei Dame Judith Mayhew Murry McCully MP Gerald McGhie Patrick McGovern Hon Don McKinnon Tony Molloy QC Sir Nick Montagu Tony Molloy QCMike Moore, MP Trevor MorleyMalcolm MuggeridgeViscount Monckton  

Dame Thea Muldoon Hon Robert Muldoon Steve Norris Barrie OsborneTerence O'Brien Hon Winston Peters Sir William Pickering Daniel Pipes Jean Plantureux (Plantu) John Platts Mills QCKawana Pohe Hon Richard Prebble Gordon Ramsay George Reedy Hon Robert Reich James Reston Elliot RichardsonCommissioner Robbie Robinson John Ralston Saul Rt Hon Jenny Shipley, MP Peter Shirtcliffe Prince Norodom Sihanouk Dr Patrick Sookhdeo Sir Dryden Spring Ambassador Charles SwindellsPeter Switzer Hon. John Tamihere, MP Oliver Tambo Nandor Tanczos, MP Lord TebbitMark Tier Lester Thurow Peter Troughton Hon Taria Turia MP Simon Upton Sir Peter Ustinov Count Otto Von Lambsdorff Terry Waite Kurt Waldheim Asher Wallfish Peter Walters John Wareham Auberon Waugh Terence White HE Martin WilliamsMaj. Gen Peter Williams Ian WishartMartin Wolf Richard Woods David Yallop

 

 

         

 Hon solicitor: Jack Hodder LLM

Lifetime Achievement Award HoldersPeter Arnett, Sir Geoffrey Cox, Pat Booth, Frank Haden, Connie Lawn, Sir Terry McLean, Graham Stewart MNZM

Life MembersDenis Adam, Tim Birch, Paul Cavanagh, Catherine de la Roche, Gavin Ellis, Rt Hon. Jonathan Hunt ONZ,Jack Kelleher, Ralph Lenton, Warren Page, Pat Plunket, Paul Prince, Derek Round MNZM, Graham Stewart, Sir Christopher Harris