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2 initiatives aim to boost science & technology interest

Science & Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced 2 pilot initiatives last Thursday to lift New Zealanders’ engagement with science & technology.

The Unlocking Curious Minds Fund offers $1 million in contestable funding to support projects that find new ways to engage young people in particular with science & technology.

The second pilot is a participatory science platform to create research partnerships between communities & scientists.

Mr Joyce said: “Both initiatives are projects identified in the blueprint for the Science in Society project, A Nation of Curious Minds.”

Links: A nation of curious minds
National statement of science investment

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Attribution: Ministerial release.

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Fletcher Building leadership programme wins international recognition

Fletcher Building Ltd and the Auckland University Business School have won a silver award in the executive development category of the European Foundation for Management Development excellence in practice awards for their Leaders’ Edge programme.

Fletcher Building corporate services chief executive Kate Daly said Leaders’ Edge was developed to support the transformational change programme underway at the group. It was intended to enhance leaders’ ability to create a winning culture through periods of uncertainty: “Leaders must be able to make bold & commercially astute decisions in ambiguous environments, and Leaders’ Edge was designed to make navigating dilemmas easier.”

The programme relied on best-in-class resources from the university’s faculty members, expert mentors & executive coaches, and direct access to leaders of the most successful export businesses in the country.

Ms Daly said winning the award was an amazing achievement, “given that these awards recognise the best global leadership development programmes, with most of the global top tier executive education programmes submitting entries.”

Leadership teams on the intensive 8-month course learned about customer, strategy, change & how to be authentic leaders. “Fletcher Building’s divisional chief executives sponsored, endorsed & mentored the teams through the development & execution of strategic business initiatives, which have delivered tangible & impressive returns on investment for Fletcher Building.”

Attribution: Company release.

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Institutions create The Exchange to help financial literacy

Major financial institutions formed a new financial literacy consortium yesterday – The Exchange.

Commerce Minister Craig Foss said the intention was to share information about financial literacy projects and allocate resources to improve financial literacy. The Exchange would co-operate with the Commission for Financial Literacy & Retirement Income.

The Exchange will be advised by a council, including Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell, Banking Ombudsman Scheme chairwoman Miriam Dean, Bankers’ Association chairman Kirk Hope and the chief executive of the Financial Markets Authority.

Link: The Exchange

Attribution: Ministerial release.

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Government recognises financial illiteracy, moves retirement commissioner into Commerce

Published 13 May 2011

The Government has decided to move the retirement commissioner out of the Social Development portfolio and into Commerce because unsolicited “low-ball” share offers in recent months had highlighted the need to improve financial literacy.

Commerce Minister Simon Power said on Wednesday he would work with both the public & private sectors over the next few months to identify steps to enhance investor literacy.

The retirement commissioner will move office on Friday July 1.

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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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School & business association link in mentored Albany scholarship

Published 7 April 2010

The North Harbour Business Association has launched a business studies scholarship in partnership with Rangitoto College, which established a School of Business programme for its years 12 & 13 students this year.

 

The scholarship is open to year 13 students who’ve been at the school since year 9 and intend studying full -time the next year for a bachelor of business studies degree at Massey University’s Albany campus.  Business association general manager Gary Holmes said it wasn’t specifically aimed at top achievers or those from the lowest socio-economic band.

 

Up to 6 students will be selected as finalists and each will be paired with a North Harbour business leader who will act as mentor.  Mentors will be in regular contact with their assigned students throughout the scholarship programme and provide practical support.

 

The scholarship will provide practical support for senior Rangitoto College pupils throughout their Business School studies, and one student/year will have their course fee met for each year of their 3-year degree course.

 

The first 6 finalists are Michael Wiehaln, Nick Lattimore, Matt Jillings, Saskia Fandam, Michael Philips & Josh Storey. The 6 sponsor/mentor companies are Sealegs International Ltd, Roofing Industries Ltd, Link Plas Ltd, Speedy Signs (NZ) Ltd, Actionmail Ltd & Rad9 Computer Services. 

 

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Attribution: Business association release, function, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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