Prominent leaders speak at NES’s Strategy Day

The NES 5-year strategic framework is centered on shifting the organisation to a culture of high performance and ultimately leads to effective environmental management and public engagement.

Prominent leaders speak at NES's Strategy Day

As NES scales up action in 2023, its management team delivered an internal Strategy Day for the staff to reset its focus on organisational performance and success. The NES 5-year strategic framework is centred on shifting the organisation to a culture of high performance and ultimately leads to effective environmental management and public engagement.

The highlight of the NES Strategy Day was a line-up of prominent local leaders who inspired the NES team with their first-hand experience in leadership, operational excellence, and organisational success. Vaine Nooana-Arioka, CEO of the Bank of the Cook Islands, Addrienne Hosking-Tinirau, Country Manager of Air New Zealand, and Claire Wilson, founder of Kia Orana Collective, presented to the NES team key learnings from their sectors but also as leaders and members of a high-performing team.

Addrienne Hosking-Tinirau discussed what organisational success looks like and how the team can contribute effectively. Vaine Nooana-Arioka conducted a survey on the NES staff regarding what high performance mean to them and how can NES break down barriers to encourage high performers to thrive. Claire Wilson talked about infusing high energy to the team and how to stay motivated as individuals and as a team. The guest speakers’ invaluable advice and localised leadership experiences gave tremendous value and insights to the NES team.

The Strategy Day focused on enhancing performance and introducing a development plan for the team. Strategies were discussed on how to overcome challenges and to unleash the team’s potential. These are critical tools for the NES team to achieve an ambitious work plan.

The NES Director, Halatoa Fua, stated “we’re deeply grateful for Addrienne, Vaine and Claire’s time to share their knowledge and experiences with the NES team. This has given the NES team a boost for the new year and the goal settings required for upcoming commitments such as business planning and implementing of the National Environment Policy 2022-32.”

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