India-NZ forum a first Dairy, tourism, commerce, and agribusiness are all on the agenda for the first India-New Zealand Business Forum at Waikato University on Wednesday. The forum will bring Waikato and Indian business people together to discuss and explore trade opportunities with India, an emerging economic powerhouse. Key speakers include the Indian high commissioner to New Zealand, Avanindra Kumar Pandey, Cliff Fuller from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Fonterra's Todd Muller and Prashanta Mukherjee from the India-New Zealand Business Council. The forum will become an annual event with the next in Delhi next year, Hamilton in 2014 and in Mumbai in 2015.
Athletes hone business skills A new Waikato Chamber of Commerce initiative will see the group link with elite athletes to help develop their business skills. Called World Class Waikato, the pilot programme will match high achieving sportspeople with employers. The chamber will oversee the programme which will help athletes expand their business networks, secure a future outside of sport and spot other career opportunities. The pilot athletes include Blacksticks player Clarissa Eshuis, world champion silver medal winning rower Graham Oberlin-Brown and BMX world champion semifinalist Kurt James. The chamber wants business people to sign up and aims to have six businesses matched with six athletes by mid-2013. World Class Waikato will be officially launched on December 4. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waikato tops line awards Waikato-based WEL Networks has taken out the top prize at the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation line mechanic competition for the second year. WEL had two teams in the annual event at Mystery Creek where line mechanic teams competed against each other in crane operation, pole installation, pole-top rescue, safe electrical testing and first aid. The WEL "Blue" team won top prize. Team member Brad Carthew also won the Ross Archer Memorial Line Safety Mechanic Award and the award for the overall best ESITO Trainee of the Year.
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