New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

New Zealand supports Leadership Fiji 2014 programme

Acting HOM, Mark Ramsden presenting cheque to the chairman of Leadership Fiji

The New Zealand High Commission has continued its support for the development of future Fiji leaders through the Leadership Fiji 2014 programme.

Acting Head of Mission, Mark Ramsden recently presented a cheque for $15,000 to Leadership Fiji. 
“We congratulate Leadership Fiji for its commitment to fostering young leaders” Ramsden said. 

“Leadership Fiji gives a very diverse group of young Fiji leaders the space and tools to think about their role and impact”.

The High Commission has been a sponsor of its programme since 2002.

In 2013, members of the Alumni completed five learning initiatives including the Annual Leadership Fiji Alumni Retreat facilitated by Greig Caigou of New Zealand.

Chairman of Leadership Fiji, Mr William Parkinson said that New Zealand’s on-going support was critical to the survival of the programme and the Board, participants and the Leadership Fiji Alumni were thankful for this assistance.

Leadership Fiji’s initiative assists emerging leaders to cope with demands of the ever-changing world so that Fiji reaches its full potential.

It is open to participants from both the corporate and non-corporate sector.  Participants get the opportunity to actively learn more about their country whilst strengthening their leadership skills.

This year will be the 13th Leadership Fiji Programme with 27 participants.  277 leaders from a wide variety backgrounds and careers have graduated from the programme and are part of the Leadership Fiji Alumni.

Mr Parkinson said that the current participants and the graduates continue to be committed to Fiji through their engagement in various community initiatives targeting marginalised groups which they plan, design and implement by sourcing funds from various sectors.

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

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