Magazine article New Zealand Management

Leader, Chair and Corporate Strategy. (Top 200)

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Leader, Chair and Corporate Strategy. (Top 200)

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Graeme Dingle has many outstanding personal qualities but uppermost among them is his resolute determination. He accepts the setbacks and challenges life presents and refuses ever to be cowed by them. He is the consummate optimist, intensely curious about life and a student of the way in which people play the game.

Dingle applies to life what he has learned on his various outdoor adventures and expeditions. They have taught him the reality that, life is 95 percent hard work and five percent joy. Life's adventure is about the search for and the experiencing of the joys honest endeavour brings.

Dingle returned from the Arctic with his partner Jo-anne Wilkinson in the early 1990s. They visited many Arctic countries and returned to discover afresh just how much New Zealand had to offer. But he also discovered that as a nation we were negative and despondent about the future and in particular, about the prospects for our youth. He decided to do something about it. And Project K was born.

Dingle wants to enhance the chances of teenagers succeeding in life. He wants to reduce the chance of their lives failing to deliver some of the joy. By providing an outdoor experience, one that New Zealand is perfectly positioned to deliver, Dingle planned to give kids the confidence to succeed. He and his team at Project K work to give young people the skills to live effective and rewarding lives. Using the outdoor experience, a community challenge and the guiding hands of mentors they deliver our youth a more certain personal future.

Dingle is driven by single-minded appreciation of the reality that our youth are our future, our leaders of tomorrow. He understands that we need to make life more hopeful for them if they are going to be effective as individuals and as leaders. We need our youth to help deliver a better world.

Dingle has successfully taken his dream to the corporate world. In turn they trust him to deliver. Project K is a full-time challenge but Dingle has proved his point and now private enterprise and the Government are listening. His work with Carter Holt Harvey has delivered two-way benefits with his Project K team helping the company train its employees as mentors--upskilling people not only to mentor the Project K youth but also to add value to the workplace. Graeme Dingle is in every sense a Visionary Leader. A man who inspires people, inspires confidence and who acts on his convictions and understanding of the importance of our youth.




There is nothing milksop about Tatua's attitude toward its relatively small size and ability to be an outstanding Top 200 enterprise. This company does it right. The strategy is simple. Specialise in manufacturing top quality products, invest heavily in research and development and technology and use capital efficiently. There are no low value lines in Tatua's award-winning range of specialist milk products and the company knows the value of its brands. Its strategic commitment to branded products is central to its market success and is at the heart of the company's ability to properly reward its small but loyal band of dairy farmer suppliers.



Fisher & Paykel, in its previous manifestations, has featured many times in these awards. …

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