New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

NZHC supports Leadership Fiji Programme

NZHC supports Leadership Fiji programme

Leadership Fiji got a boost of FJD15,000 from the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) for its 2011 programme, focussed on developing and enhancing the skills of future Fiji leaders.

Under its small grants scheme, NZHC is continuing the support it has given the programme since its inception.

Trade Commissioner, Peter Lund, formally presented the cheque to Chairperson William Parkinson recently and congratulated the organisation on its achievements to date and its ongoing commitment towards Fiji’s next generation of leaders.

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

Mr Parkinson said that the aim of Leadership Fiji is to expose participants to leaders from across our society, in a structured manner, providing them with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of their country, its history, economic and social structure.

“The result we hope will be the development of a new generation of leaders equipped to take Fiji forward into the 21st century as a united dynamic nation,” said Mr Parkinson.

Leadership Fiji’s programme allows members to explore their own values, philosophies, prejudices and beliefs through a variety of issues.

The topics studied and the thematic focus of the programme changes every year in response to the political, social and economic environment in Fiji.
This ensures and dynamic and relevant programme, giving the participants a holistic overview of what it means to be an effective leader in the twenty first century.

The programme provides participants with close interaction with Fiji’s leaders across the private sector, non-government organizations, government ministries, statutory authorities, youth and faith based organizations.

This is the only leadership programme within Fiji targeted at the development of future Fiji leaders through skills development and building relationships characterized by respect, trust and understanding, representing the diverse elements which make up Fiji.

The programme has now produced two hundred and five graduates who are members of vibrant and enthusiastic alumni which has an independent management board and financial stability.

The members of the alumni now have an Annual Leadership Summit which has been supported and sponsored by NGOs and other organisations.

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