From a world-leading programme to locate library services in a DHB health hub, to innovative economic, environmental and arts strategies, finalists in the 2018 Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards showcase a wide range of outstanding council leadership initiatives.
Queenstown company Formatt Bespoke Joinery Co. is the recipient of a coveted national award, receiving the Highly Commended Best Kitchen prize at the annual NZ Master Joiners Awards held in Auckland on Saturday night (9 June).
Applications open today for scholarships aimed at boosting the power of New Zealand’s business managers, with a change in focus from earlier years to include a wider range of Kiwi businesses.
The Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships provide an opportunity for managers to gain valuable skills and experience by undertaking world-class executive education at international business schools.
While they were previously aimed at exporters and internationalising New Zealand-based firms, the criteria have been expanded to include domestically-focused firms that can take advantage of New Zealand’s competitive advantage, such as in areas like agricultural technology.
There is also a particular focus on expanding the diversity of recipients to include more women, Maori and Pasifika people.
“These Scholarships open the door to opportunities not readily available in New Zealand, giving business leaders access to international experts, global networks and knowledge to bring home to their businesses and share with colleagues and the wider business community,” Economic Development Minister David Parker said.
“Lifting management capability in New Zealand’s businesses will help strengthen and develop the productive potential of this economy, which is a priority for the government.
“Having the people who lead our companies equipped with the best skills possible is crucial for driving greater efficiency, innovation and productivity.”
The Scholarships fund 50 per cent of the cost of overseas study at an international business school, up to a maximum value of $110,000.
Recent recipients include leaders from the IT, agriculture, electricity, technology and textile industries. Recipients attend business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the European Institute for Business Administration (INSEAD).
“As a small nation at the bottom of the world it is not always easy to get exposure to the world’s business learning resources and that’s why the Government is pleased to offer this opportunity,” David Parker said.
Fleet operators and suppliers who are working to reduce incidents involving at-work drivers are being urged to enter Brake's Australasian Fleet Safety Awards. The road safety charity is reminding companies they have just over two weeks left to enter, with the deadline for entries Friday 15 June 2018. Winners will be announced on Thursday 11 October.
Three Plant & Food Research innovations and scientists are amongst the 12 stunning finalists selected for the fifth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, which celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes.
Small Business Minister Stuart Nash has encouraged Wellington businesses to take advantage of new government initiatives, especially in the digital space, to make their jobs easier and free them up to focus on their products and services.