Interviews

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The Measure of Success

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The Measure of Success

  New Zealand is a nation of innovators. And not just a notable few throughout history, but everywhere, every day, Kiwis challenge the realms of science and certainty in their backyards and we rarely ever hear about them. Sir Ray Avery, the philanthropic scientist whose medical inventions have saved millions of lives, is one of our brightest stars. You would have heard of Sir Ernest Rutherford, the physicist who split the atom; Richard Pearse, pioneer aviator; Kate Shepard, ‘leading light’ of the women’s suffrage movement; and Sir Peter...

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50 Years of Fieldays

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50 Years of Fieldays

  Fieldays has been unifying town and country communities for the past half century and still continues to push the envelope. “Listen and lead,” that’s what has made National Agricultural Fieldays one of the country’s most iconic events for a remarkable 50 years, says National Fieldays Society Inc. CEO, Peter Nation. “We have focused on what the industry needs, we travel extensively around the world to look at what is changing and trending, and we listen to our industry and our customers.” Fieldays is a prime example of how one person’s...

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Working On

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Working On

  Geoff Pearman – senior entrepreneur, consultant, trainer, speaker and author – challenges the conventional “linear view of life” and goes as far as to suggest “that retirement is fast becoming an outmoded concept”. What are your plans for retirement? A question many get asked, but a question fewer are considering. To elaborate on the “linear view of life”, that Geoff previously stated, it has long been believed that we all follow a loose master plan or lifecycle that goes a bit like this: we get through schooling and...

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Good for One and All

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Good for One and All

    James Denton seems to have a way with business; everything he takes on makes a lasting impression and for all the right reasons. His latest venture is full steam ahead and not even he himself could have foreseen the impact it is having on the consumer mindset. Born and raised in Dunedin, James has always been somewhat of a free spirit, one to grab any opportunity and just roll with it. This tactic doesn’t work for most but James seems to have a way that gets people excited and he creates for himself a mass following. GoodFor...

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Mental Health Crusader

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Mental Health Crusader

    For more than 10 years Julia Rucklidge has been battling society’s norms, highlighting the importance of nutrients on mental health. Julia Rucklidge doesn’t hold back. She has had her fair share of blows and setbacks, yet continues to battle through, because she knows that she is onto something worthy of the fight. New Zealand is currently in the middle of a mental health crisis, and I don’t use the word ‘crisis’ lightly. If you think this is something that doesn’t affect you, think again. In a media release by the Mental Health...

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“It’s Been Great” – Dame Lynley Dodd

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“It’s Been Great” – Dame Lynley Dodd

    Learnings in life and business are learnings in life and business; they belong to more than the field or culture in which they were realised. As one of New Zealand’s most beloved and celebrated authors, Dame Lynley Dodd offers invaluable insights we would all be better off for soaking up. The world today is a starkly different place to the one Dame Lynley was born into. The only child of Scotsman Matthew Weeks, a well-respected forestry worker in the North Island, and New Zealand-born Elizabeth Weeks, Lynley grew up in remote...

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Bartercard’s Big Move

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Bartercard’s Big Move

    Bartercard New Zealand CEO John Scott takes on Australia, combining trans-Tasman operations, bridging the gap for networking across the ditch. Contrary to his new title, John Scott is taking off his CEO cap and stepping back into his apprentice shoes as he enters a new market. “As with anything when you take over a new business, or get involved in it, you have to go in with an open mind and open eyes,” he explains, “You have to be present, spend time with people, listen to their concerns and watch and learn.” Though John...

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Leeann Watson – The New Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce CEO

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Leeann Watson – The New Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce CEO

  Leeann Watson has always taken great pride in seeking out opportunities, putting herself forward and giving it her best — climbing the ladder rung by rung. Her latest opportunity got her to the top. Stepping into 2018 as the new CEO of The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Leeann admits, is a humbling feeling. “I am proud to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation. We have an incredibly talented team at The Chamber who work extremely hard to support our members and I’m very lucky to lead that team.” Taking the place...

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Driving the Digital Revolution

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Driving the Digital Revolution

  Global tech giant Cisco has built its culture around giving. So when Mark Cathro, creator of Auckland-based emergency services charity fundraising event series, Rescue Run, approached Cisco’s New Zealand country manager, Dave Wilson, about sponsoring the event, it was a natural coming together of two likeminded visionaries.  To sum Cisco up fleetingly is the antithesis of its nature, but simply put, Cisco created the technology that enabled the internet and constructed the digital world we live in today. Founded in San Francisco in...

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Catalysing People Power

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Catalysing People Power

  Just when you thought he’d reached the pinnacle, Derek Handley pulls another rabbit out of his hat. I would list all that he has accomplished since he began his entrepreneurial journey, but my word count won’t allow it. However, I won’t demean its relevance, all is well worth the mention. In more recent times, you may recognise Derek from his appearance with John Campbell and Nigel Latta on their television show What’s Next, what you may not recognise Derek for, is all the work he does behind the scenes. Currently, Derek is an adjunct...

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