Above are seven initiatives that are designed to help talent flourish. We do not expect this to be a complete list, but we hope that they provide a platform for an ongoing discussion. If you have a comment specific to one of the seven initiatives, or would like to share your thoughts, observations and ideas for new initiatives please email us at talentnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org. Together we can provide more clarity over what works and what does not. The below quotes are from kiwis interviewed in the 2013 TalentNZ Journal.

‘I would ask of them [young New Zealanders] to broaden their education, to read widely, to get the basic tools to analyse the world’s data rather than be at the mercy of it.’ 
– Jim Flynn

‘Honestly, school is so far removed from the actual skill sets you’re going to need,  unless you want to be an actual researcher or teacher.’ 
– Tim Nixon

‘If I could rewrite the school curriculum, I would say let’s forget French and let’s make sure that programming is a core language, because it is the language of the 21st century.’ 
– Francis Valintine