COC experience 2017

THE 65TH PSNZ National Convention, held from 6 to 9 April 2017 at the Waipuna Hotel

and Conference Centre in Mt Wellington, Auckland, was an experience to be remembered for delegates, presenters and trade personnel.

One of the behind the scenes stakeholders is the Convention Organising Committee or COC. These words are an insight into their journey, their story.

The Auckland Photographic Society (APS) voted to take ownership of the organisation of the 65th PSNZ National Convention way back in 2015.

The first meeting of the COC was held in the middle of that year – a lifetime ago. From stuttering beginnings, a family formed ลาวสามัคคี วีไอพี.

Over the ensuing months, various members of the family changed, resigned,

had a better offer or realised how foolhardy they may have been to commit

to what was shaping up as a significant time commitment to organise such a prestigious annual National event on the PSNZ calendar.

Distant cousins were co-opted for specific tasks that our core family were not skilled in taking on.

Presiding over what must have at times looked like a dysfunctional family was Chairman Colin Kropach,

a brave man who put his hand up for the position, early in the journey and without visible arm-twisting.

The COC is eternally grateful for his guidance, his humour and even temperament.

Delegation of key responsibilities is a critical aspect the COC needs to take great care with. Identify the experiential strengths of COC members. Build on those strengths.

Bend, tweak, mould them into portfolios that each Committee member will take full ownership of.

Without that, details can fall through the cracks, and when it comes down to the wire, details are paramount.

Because of this, meetings can be lively, even controversial, as the COC aims to please all of the PSNZ National Convention stakeholders.

Sometimes the various aims of these stakeholders are disparate and do not mesh; compromises need to be made with the full support of the entire COC.

Repeatedly our COC family reiterated our overriding aim was delegate satisfaction.

The Photography on the Edge (PotE) theme was chosen because the COC wanted to challenge delegates to become more than they thought they were capable of.

We wanted delegates to examine the constraints on their photography; constraints that they may not even have been aware existed.

Being a member of the COC undoubtedly took a significant commitment of time, energy and negotiating skills.

Monthly meetings became weekly and often continued long into the night, but those meetings created

the core of our friendships, our shared experiences and our family.

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