Push for Pasifika in corporate leadership
(Picture caption: The 2016 PMPYA Commercial and Corporate Award winner Manako Nemaia.)
Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) has a proud history of supporting diversity initiatives and has recently turned its attention to providing opportunities for, and to encourage, Pasifika in the corporate sector.
This year the BNZ will sponsor the BNZ - Commercial and Corporate Award (supported by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, MPP) at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards (PMPYA) on March 28.
The award recognises someone who has shown significant academic achievement or business activity in the fields of commerce, accounting, and marketing, international business or similar.
The winner will receive a $5,000 contribution towards study, and a three-month paid summer internship with MPP, commencing December 2018.
It is the second time BNZ has supported the PMPYA initiative after working with the MPP to establish the award category last year.
“We are committed to creating opportunities for our future Pacific leaders and PMPYA ties in well with our support of the TupuToa programme,” said Mark Carrick, BNZ’s diversity expert.
Through TupuToa, BNZ has provided 10 internships to exceptionally talented Māori and Pasifika students.
“The Prime Minister’s Awards give us the chance to talk about the opportunities and resources that are there to encourage and help young Pacifica students reach their full potential.”
“The award can go some way to help ease the financial burden of study, making it easier for the student to focus on learning and serving their families and communities,” Mark says.
Other benefits include invaluable work experience in a corporate environment at MPP; increased self-confidence to continue to excel in their studies and to aim high in their future careers; and a strengthened resume to help kick-start their careers.
“The more talented young Pacific students we help graduate, with valuable pre-employment work experience and the confidence to aim high, the bigger the pool of potential future talent there is,” Mark says.
“From our experience with TupuToa, we learnt that recipients have a positive influence on their younger family members, and they too are inspired to look at study and career options in new areas.
Mark says the recipient of the Corporate and Commercial category well need to show they are well-rounded, has outstanding academic achievement and a makes a genuine contribution to their Pacific community.
“We have high hopes to find the future leaders of the Pasifika communities and corporate New Zealand.”
Finally, Mark says BNZ is looking for a recipient who is open to sharing elements of their identity and culture in a corporate world, to ensure there is a genuine Pacific perspective into how our organisations are led in the future.
The selection process for successful recipients of the 2018 PMPYA is underway and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 28.