PANZ’s mentoring programme is intended to help individual members become better publishing professoionals, and to share the knowledge of experienced members with others in a structured environment.
In June 2021, the criteria for selection for protégés expanded to include mid-career staff in trade and educational publishing houses with role-specific development and mentorship needs, in order to better reflect the clearly articulated needs of PANZ members and our changing industry and labour market.
“We felt that the PANZ mentoring programme captured much of our understanding of a key relationship principle in te ao Māori-Ako. The concept of ako describes a teaching and learning relationship, where the teacher is also learning from the student. Ako is grounded in the idea of reciprocity and we really valued the opportunity to participate in such a well formed programme.”
Mentor programme recipient Kitty Brown, Reo Pepi
1. Business owners and heads of publishing houses in trade and educational publishing who may be:
- without access to on-the-job development, or
- lacking skill in a particular area such as finance, business strategy, publishing list development, or
- in growth mode and/or about to undertake substantial change, or need to make change but are unsure what the change should be
2. Mid-career employees in trade and educational publishing who may be:
- without access to relevant on-the-job development, or
- taking on a new or substantially different role within the publishing industry requiring job-specific upskilling or development not available on-the-job or via other PANZ training, or
- lacking skill or experience in a particular area of publishing such as sales, marketing, publicity, production, design or editing.
The mentorship is intended as an active programme with measurable outputs. PANZ will provide a simple structure and guidelines for the mentor and the protégé.
We suggest the mentor and protégé each sign up for six months, after an initial meeting to establish whether the mentor and protégé are the right fit. This meeting would typically include a series of questions, and a SWOT analysis and identification of goals for the mentorship. The protégé will enter into a contract with PANZ and the mentor. At the end of the period the mentor and protégé will complete feedback on what worked and what didn’t work. A neutral mentoring overseer will be appointed in case the mentor-protégé relationship is not working, with a subsequent simple process to follow.
PANZ has a list of approved potential mentors with a variety of expertise in different fields. The applicant is welcome to suggest their own mentor but acceptance will be at PANZ discretion.
All applicants will need to meet the following criteria
- Be a current member of PANZ.
- Be a head of a publishing house or a business owner, or
- Be a mid-career employee of a trade or educational publishing house able to demonstrate the support of their employer in their application.
- Have been involved in the New Zealand publishing industry for at least 12 months.
- Applicants, and where relevant their employers, need to articulate the significance a successful mentorship will have to their business or career.
- Applicants will be asked to report directly to PANZ on the result of the mentorship.
- Applicants will be selected twice-annually by an independent committee established by PANZ council.
- Applications must be made using the relevant form.
- The mentorship will be free of cost for the protégé.
Awarding of funding
- Funding will be awarded to the mentor at the discretion of the committee established by PANZ council and correspondence will not be entered into.
- On completion of the programme, the mentor and the protégé will be required to submit feedback to PANZ on the form supplied.
- Mentors will be awarded funds on completion of the feedback form.
- No payment will be made for the initial meeting.
Applications for the mentoring programme fund will be called twice yearly (September and March).
Download the PANZ Mentorship Application Form below.
Sally Greer, Beatnik Books mentored by Tony Fisk,Former Managing Director of HarperCollins New Zealand
Melanie Bayly, Ako Book mentored by David Ling, David Ling Publishing.
“I think it’s great initiative to help small or new independents in particular, as those who have been around a bit longer can easily help them with information, industry practices, contacts and/or ways of dealing with issues, strategies etc that they wouldn’t otherwise pick up on easily.” David Ling, Director, David Ling Publishing
Ormond Greensill, Tucker Media, mentored by Peter Dowling, Founder and Publisher, Oratia Media
Anna Ryan, Ryan Publications Limited mentored by David Glover, Consultant and Director, Creative Strategies
Kathryn Enchmarch and Martin Bailey, Black Chook Books mentored by David Ling, Director, David Ling Publishing
“It was wonderful to work along side David Ling, It was an invaluable experience to talk to someone in the industry that I could bounce ideas off, as well as understand some of the processes while receiving guidance along the way.” Kathryn Enchmarch, Black Chook Books
Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parker, Reo Pepi mentored by Jenny Hellen, Publishing Director, Allen & Unwin New Zealand
“We felt that the PANZ mentoring programme captured much of our understanding of a key relationship principle in te ao Māori-Ako. The concept of ako describes a teaching and learning relationship, where the teacher is also learning from the student. Ako is grounded in the idea of reciprocity and we really valued the opportunity to participate in such a well formed programme.” Kitty Brown, Reo Pepi
Beau Davidson, DHD Publishing mentored by Linda Cassells, Publishing Director, Calico Publishing