Magazine article New Zealand Management

Editor's Letter: What Does It Take?

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Editor's Letter: What Does It Take?

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Byline: Ruth Le Pla

What underpins the achievements of individuals, organisations or nations? And how can we generate more of whatever that may be? In this month's cover story we celebrate the winners of this year's Kea World Class New Zealand Awards. This is a group of individuals whose richly varied pathways to achievement have taken them out onto a world stage where they can easily hold their own as Kiwi global citizens.

They're innovators and entrepreneurs who have made significant contributions to the country's growth and development. They're out there building global connections, promoting New Zealand internationally, and helping exchange information, knowledge and skills from, and about, our country.

So, clearly, individual Kiwis such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa -- this year's Iconic New Zealander -- and the late Sir Paul Callaghan -- who won the Supreme Award -- are more than capable of doing all this and more besides. And, clearly, that's not where we're slipping behind as a nation.

For it seems to me that at the country level New Zealand still appears unsure of what it is and who we are. The analogy of the number 8 wire mentality, so frequently cited in the past as the epitome of Kiwi ingenuity, has not yet been replaced by a more fitting symbol for nationhood.

So for this issue we asked seasoned writer Nick Grant to explore the notion of what it would take for New Zealand to be world class as a nation. His article, which starts on page 26, throws out some interesting insights into what could be a shared vision for our country's reputation, brand and future prospects. …

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