Volunteers spotlight

Volunteer spotlight

Professionals providing outstanding support to PMINZ


PMINZ President's Award 2018 recipient – Michael Hawker 

The following was written by a former member of the Certification Preparation Network run by Michael.

Michael Hawker is the Project Delivery Manager at Manawatū District Council, responsible for improving project management capability within the organisation. Michael’s passion for the project management industry and his desire to encourage the next generation of project managers has led to his role as facilitator for the Manawatū/Whanganui/Horowhenua region Certification Preparation Network (CPN).
Michael’s CPN study group runs twice a year – February to June and August to December. He facilitates two groups per week, one held in Feilding and the other in Levin. Catch-up sessions are held for particpants who have missed the study group.
Recognising that 80% of CPN participants sit CAPM without a lot of prior exposure to project management, Michael has developed a collection of supplementary learning material, such as case studies, to aid the learning process. In addition, in early 2018, Michael updated his collection of PMP and CAPM mock exams and weekly quizzes to accommodate PMBOK V6 changes.
Michael harnesses a sense of community and support within his CPN study groups. As well as an increased understanding of the PMI subject matter, the particpants also emerge from the programme of learning with a new-found support base from their fellow particpants, and a heightened appreciation for the project management world.
As a strong advocate for the distinction of PMI qualifications, Michael visits organisations and individuals to promote PMI and recruit CPN participants for each study group semester. His focus has been developing regional supply chains that speak a common project management language as a result of the CPN. He is also currently working with the local polytech UCOL to facilitate industry placements for students, as well as CAPM certifications.
The highlight of each semester for Michael is exam day, when he travels to Wellington to support CPN particpants before the exams, and joins them for a celebratory post-examination lunch.


PMINZ Quest Apartment Hotels Volunteer of the Year Award 2018 winner – Tania Cotter

title358811573At national level and in the Central Branch Tania Cotter has worked tirelessly to add much needed structure and bring new ideas to chapter communications strategies and processes in an increasingly digital world.

A finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category in 2016 and 2017, Tania was also one of three recipients of the inaugural PMINZ President's Award in 2016 which recognises exceptional contributions by volunteers. The citation for Tania's Volunteer of the Year award reads: "For significant voluntary contribution to PMINZ and the project management profession"

Tania Cotter started volunteering for PMINZ at the beginning of 2015, offering her services in event management and communications to the Wellington conference team. Since 2016 she has held the roles of Central Branch Communications as well as National Portfolio Lead for PMINZ Communications. Tania says “I’m always thinking about what’s in it for the members and potential members?”

Tania is the content manager of the PMINZ website, writes and sends out the monthly Central Branch and the national PMIMZ newsletters each month, and sends out PMINZ announcements and the event invitations for the sub-branches. She managed the membership survey in 2017,  developed the PMINZ Style Guide, the website content management plan, and social media strategy.

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Welcome Angie

Wellington has a new sub-branch coordinator.  Angie Reid will provide leadership and direction, coordinate the activities in the Wellington region, and lead the great team of volunteers in the city. 

Screen-Shot-2018-03-03-at-90251-AMI've been a project/programme or portfolio manager for more than 20 years and a PMP since 2002.  I've had a wide range of technology based roles working across a diverse set of industries, both public and private sector.  I returned to New Zealand, my adopted home at the end of 2017 after a long stint back in the United Kingdom and I'm really looking forward to renewing old acquaintances and meeting new friends in the project management community.  In my 'home' life, I enjoy diving, tramping, mountaineering, yoga and travelling.  Angie

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Thanks Sharmini

Sharmini"Being involved in PMINZ has allowed be to help out others in my professional area of work. I enjoy working with others and have met many people through volunteering."

Sharmini Sivanantham steps down this month as a PMINZ volunteer of eleven years. She started volunteering in 2009 as the PMINZ Central Branch Secretary, and held the position until the end of 2012. In 2013 and for then a further two years from January 2016 until now, she was the Central Branch Speaker Coordinator, which involved sourcing, negotiating scehdules and topics, breifing, and introducing the speakers for the monthly Wellington professional development and networking events.  In the last two years the attendance numbers at the Wellington events have increased – a reflection of Sharmini's scheduling of relevant and interesting topics and professional, engaging speakers. She told us she particularly enjoyed the speaker coordinator role as it has allowed her to meet a large number of very interesting people and expand her network of contacts.

In 2015 when Wellington hosted the Project Management Conference, Sharmini worked with Kosam (the current Branch Chair) toorganise the keynote speakers and masterclasses. This year, she was a judge for PMINZ Project Manager of the Year, and Emerging Project Manager of the Year awards at this year's conference.

Sharmini told us she enjoyed volunteering as an extra activity outside of work.  Thank you, Sharmini.  We have been incredibly fortunate to have benefitted from your commitment, time, professionalism and expertise, and we wish you well.

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Bob Peacocke, PMP, and 
25-year PMINZ veteran retires
Bob-PeacockeBob is a founding member of PMINZ, being only the third person to join the New Zealand Chapter, in September 1993. Based in the Waikato district Bob has provided PMINZ over 25 years' service as an active member and volunteer.
After a lifetime’s career in engineering and construction, including some overseas work and more recently consulting, Bob completed his Project Management Professional (PMP) certifiation in 2011. Known for his willingness to take on a challenge, Bob’s latest project has been managing the one million dollar restoration of the historic St Mary’s Chapel in Hamilton, of which Bob is also a trustee.

Bob has been happy to help at branch meetings in any capacity and has held various Waikato Sub-branch committee positions over the years. He is on record as one of the most attended members to our events and, although he has attempted to retire as a volunteer several times, we always managed to convince him to come back; however, he says he is definitely retiring this time.

Waikato sub-branch volunteer, Sheryl Morgan says, “We hope Bob will still drop into the occasional meeting or event. We wish to recognise Bob’s contributions and thank him for everything he has done for PMINZ and the profession. We wish Bob a long and productive retirement.”

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2017 Quest Apartment Hotels Volunteer of the Year Award finalists

The independent judging panel for Volunteer of the Year, comprised three of the Australian Chapter Presidents. One of the Judges was the Judge for the Australian PMI Volunteer of the Year award and another was the recipient of the Australian Volunteer of the Year Award in 2016. These judges signed confidentiality agreements and declared that they had no conflict of interest with any of the nominations, before reviewing all information on the nomination forms. They commented on the impressive standard of nominations this year.

The Judging Panel agreed unanimously on the following three finalists:

  • Lindsay Addie 
  • Michael Hawker 
  • Tania Cotter. 




Lindsay has been and continues to be active in his volunteering roles for PMI. This includes Promapp Lead, South Island Branch Volunteer Coordinator,  Review Committee member,  a participant on the Constitution review, Nominating Committee Convenor for the new PMINZ Directors election, and the PMINZ operational overhaul known as Project Spring Clean  The Judges commented that Lindsay's work is “extremely important for PMINZ and includes some not-so-exciting, but paramount stuff”.  




Michael has been the Manawatu-Whanganui sub-branch Certification Preparation Networking (CPN) programme facilitator since 2015. He developed the training materials and provides one-on-one assistance. During this time, he identified and visited many local  employers, encouraging certification participation and PMI membership. His candidate pass rate for PMI exams has been approximately 85%. He is also actively engaged with the wider sub-branch activities.



Tania is the National Portfolio Lead for PMI Communications. Her nomination spoke of her unconditional commitment to PMINZ and multiple achievements: developing a communications calendar and implementation plan, the PMINZ Style Guide, new templates for email communications, writing the monthly chapter newsletter, Volunteer newsletter and Central Branch newsletter, website content management plan, oversees the website activity, and wrote more than 80% of the content for the new website, which was developed and made live very quickly. Finally, Tania is focused on identifying member benefits and ensuring that these are communicated. 



Volunteer ProfileS 


 Iain Fraser joined PMI in 1994 and a year later was the founding member of PMINZ.  Iain is well known within the global project management profession, as well as in New Zealand, and is a loyal and supportive member and volunteer of PMINZ. Read more about Iain in below files:



Promapp Promaster • South Island Branch Volunteer Coordinator • Review Committee





 Lindsay Addie has been a PMINZ volunteer since 2014. He is a member of the South Island Branch committee as the Volunteer Coordinator. Read more about Lindsay in below file: