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CEO Richard Wyeth has been awarded one of the Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships.  These scholarships, awarded to ten of New Zealand’s brightest business minds, were launched in 2010.  They enable the recipients to study at prestigious international institutions around the world, including Stanford Business School, London Business School and the INSEAD Business School. 

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the caliber of the applicants was extremely high.  “These scholarships recognize the skills, achievements and potential of some of New Zealand’s up and coming business leaders. The study they undertake will have many flow-on effects for Kiwi businesses” says Mr Joyce.

For Richard there is the opportunity to study in Abu Dhabi at the renowned INSEAD Institute which has been the highest ranked one-year MBA programme by the Financial Times for several years in a row.

It’s not just CEO Richard Wyeth who has been rewarded for business acumen.  Miraka Chairman Kingi Smiler has also been in the news, named Agribusiness Person of the year by Federated Farmers.

Kingi joins an illustrious list of recipients that includes Dr.John Penno (Synlait), Sir Graeme Harrison (ANZCO), Andrew Ferrier (Fonterra) and Craig Hickson (Progressive Meats).

Kingi’s accomplishment, following numerous other achievements, has been to pull together the support base, and drive the establishment of Miraka Ltd, the largest collaborative new venture undertaken in the Maori agrarian sector, indeed in the entire Maori economy over the past five years, as was noted in the Federated Farmers press release following the award.

Posted: Tue 18 Feb 2014