Magazine article New Zealand Management

AS I SEE IT : Kim Josling

Magazine article New Zealand Management

AS I SEE IT : Kim Josling

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Chief Financial Officer

Contact Energy

How would you describe the New Zealand identity?

I love the way that Kiwis are down to earth. We're understated, quiet achievers. Kiwis are pretty upfront too - we're a "what you see is what you get" type of people. We love our sport and getting around the BBQ with the family on a sunny day. I also like the fact that we are a melting pot of cultures too. Festivals like Chinese New Year, Diwali and the Pasifika Festival attract hundreds of people each year - it's a real testament to how we have grown as a nation.

What will be our next major challenge?

Obviously, New Zealand has grown beyond its colonial roots. We are a proud, capable nation that is respected globally. From the time of the ANZACs we have punched above our weight internationally. We've taken stands against whaling and our nuclear-free policy forms a very important part of our national identity. We are a unique, diverse nation with our own distinctive culture. …

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