Press Release – The Kapiti Company
In what’s believed to be a regional first, Kapiti will host a Massey Executive MBA paper in October. The course will be held at the new Kapiti Airport from October 18-21 and is part of a regional growth initiative spearheaded by Electra, the Kapiti and Horowhenua District Councils and The Kapiti Company.
The paper will bring 30 Massey MBA Executives together with 4-6 local businesses in an intense three-day program (Friday to Sunday) resulting in credits for the executives and a free educational opportunity for local businesses.
Program Leader, Professor Hamish Gow says executives will visit participating businesses on the Friday to analyse and evaluate problems and brainstorm possible solutions. The class will then divide into teams with 4-5 executives, their management teams and program mentors, working with each company to develop and deliver a “business pitch” by Sunday afternoon.
The executives will then develop and write a comprehensive report for each business including: a business restructuring plan, a feasibility analysis and implementation plan.
Executives participating in the Kapiti-based initiative already have substantial work experience as professionals, managers or senior executives. When they graduate they will join an Alumni of over 3,000 executives who’ve earned a Massey MBA over the past 41 years.
Kapiti Company CEO, Chris Barber, says the course is a “milestone for Kapiti and a significant opportunity for both districts”.
“This is a great way to develop depth and maturity in our business sector. Having a major New Zealand business school partner with us is a real coup,” he says.
Electra Chair Trish McKelvey says Electra has “a vital long-term interest” in business and employment growth in Kapiti and Horowhenua and has long supported business excellence and growth through the Business Awards and monthly Business Breakfasts.
She says the course will provide a “great opportunity for Kapiti and Horowhenua businesses willing to come forward and open themselves up to outside input from MBA executives”.
Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan says the project is an “excellent initiative” that will build the kind of business capacity currently needed in Kapiti/Horowhenua.
“Developing a long-term relationship with a prestigious university like Massey is exciting – and certainly part of us lifting our game. Growing our economy and creating more local jobs are both central to our future,” she says.
Horowhenua Mayor Brendan Duffy is delighted to see Massey University expertise be meaningfully utilised in the Kapiti/Horowhenua to build and underpin sustainable regional growth in the area.
“Massey University and the Kapiti/Horowhenua have a common community of interest with a general interest in increasing productivity and profitability of our primary economic base,” said Mr Duffy.
Businesses interested in attending the workshop should email an expression of interest to the Kapiti Company summarising in no more than 400 words, their success to-date, the reasons why they want to attend, and three things they’d like to get out of the course: email@example.com