Arianna Huffington to visit NZ

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Last updated 12:30 12/08/2014
Arianna Huffington

HEADING THIS WAY: Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington will visit Auckland next month.

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Entrepreneur and business leader Arianna Huffington is coming to New Zealand next month for a series of invite-only events.

The Huffington Post founder and author, twice named in Forbes' top 100 most powerful women list, will be in Auckland on September 12.

She will speak to various business audiences and sponsor guests.

The Huffington Post news and blog site - now owned by US media giant Aol - is one of the world's most widely read internet media brands. It won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 2012.

PR practitioner Jane Sweeney and ASB Bank joined forces to bring Huffington here, with support from Stuff.co.nz, AUT University and The Briefing.

"[We are] thrilled to have secured one of the world's truly influential women to share her expertise with the New Zealand business fraternity," Sweeney, who launched PR firm Anthem in January, said.

"Her latest book, Thrive, is a must read, and I hope her visit will inspire local leaders to focus on what she calls the 'Third Metric' which includes wellbeing, wisdom, wonder, and a capacity for compassion and giving."

Huffington will 'speak to the ambition of ASB business customers", the bank's general manager of corporate, commercial and rural banking, Steve Jurkovich said.

"[She] is universally admired for her drive to succeed against all odds. Hearing about [her] personal ambition first-hand will be extremely motivating for our business customers as they aspire to realise their own ambitions and reach the pinnacle of their industries."

Simon Tong, managing director of Stuff.co.nz publisher Fairfax Media, said Huffington was a natural fit with Stuff, given the website's focus on user-generated content through Stuff Nation.

"Compelling content is paramount to us, as we seek to inform, engage and share with New Zealanders everyday."

Huffington's 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published in March and debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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