New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

New Zealand supports Leadership Fiji 2012 Programme

Acting HOM Phillip Taula presenting cheque to William Parkinson of Leadership Fiji

The New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) is pleased to support the development of future leaders through the Leadership Fiji 2012 programme.

Acting Head of Mission, Phillip Taula recently presented a cheque for $15,000 to chairperson William Parkinson and congratulated the organisation for its commitment to Fiji’s younger generation, and its achievements to date.

“The High Commission has supported the Leadership Fiji programme for some years, and has been pleased to see graduates contribute significantly to their communities and work-places,” said Mr Taula.

Mr Parkinson acknowledged the High Commission’s support and said the 2012 Leadership Fiji programme hoped to develop another generation of leaders equipped to take Fiji forward into the 21st century as a united dynamic nation.

“The development of leaders is fundamental to a nation’s well being and to the creation of a society that is economically, socially and politically successful,” said Mr Parkinson.

Mr Parkinson said the 2012 programme is organised to include topics of national interest, promote skills development, and the building of relationships and understanding amongst leaders.

The Leadership Fiji initiative is aimed specifically at assisting emerging young leaders to cope with the demands of the ever-changing world so that Fiji reaches its full potential in the widest sense.

The programme exposes participants to leaders from across society, in a structured manner, providing them with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the country, its history, economic and social structure.

Since its inception, 229 people have graduated from the Leadership Fiji programme and are part of the Leadership Fiji Alumni.

The graduates of Leadership Fiji continue to demonstrate their commitment to Fiji through their engagement in various community initiatives, targeting marginalized groups, which they plan, design and implement, while sourcing funding from various sectors.

Leadership Fiji has also been heavily involved in the development of regional leadership programs in Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Solomon Islands.

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