Kia ora and welcome to Anthem’s July newsletter. It is hard to believe we are already entering the second half of 2022 – it’s certainly been a jam-packed year so far, with the past few weeks being no exception.
Cure Kids released its annual State of Child Health report, highlighting the worsening impact of high-burden diseases on Aotearoa’s tamariki. In June, Cure Kids also launched a special collaboration with Otis Frizzell and BLUNT, a consumer campaign in the name of driving funding towards children’s health research in New Zealand.
Exsurgo and Chapter Zero New Zealand both facilitated important conversations: Exsurgo’s CEO Richard Little participating in a panel at Health Tech Week, and Chapter Zero facilitating a webinar for directors looking to make decarbonisation a priority in their boardrooms.
As we enter July, we inch closer to an exciting milestone for Education New Zealand as borders open to 5000 international students – to celebrate, we’ve compiled some special stories of students who have remained in New Zealand over the past two years.
In recent weeks, Anthemites shared inclusivity insights at a Diversity Works webinar, welcomed students into the office for the day as part of AUT’s #ShadowALeader programme, and celebrated several special birthdays. Plus, we share the news of our move!
Best wishes from the Anthem team. Ngā mihi nui
CURE KIDS REVEALS STATE OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH IN AOTEAROA
In June, our friends at Cure Kids had a busy month releasing the second annual State of Child Health report. The report garnered huge media interest given the spotlight of inequalities in health outcomes which require our most urgent attention to ensure Aotearoa’s tamariki can thrive. The report confirms the worsening impact of high-burden diseases on New Zealand’s children, with Cure Kids urging for implementation of preventative strategies at a national level to reduce risk factors tied to various equity-based health concerns. To help drive funding for Cure Kids’ research into improving, extending and saving the lives of Kiwi kids living with serious health conditions, the charity also launched a special collaboration with a beloved Kiwi artist. Cure Kids receives a $20 donation from each purchase of a limited-edition BLUNT umbrella, inspired by Cure Kids’ ambassador, Eva Mitchell’s strength and resilience, and iconic Kiwi artist Otis Frizzell bringing the umbrella to life with his youthful design. To support the heart-warming collaboration and Cure Kids’ work, visit ShopGood.co.nz
To learn more about Cure Kids’ latest State of Child Health report, click below.
EDUCATION NEW ZEALAND WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
July marks a special month for the international education sector, as Aotearoa New Zealand’s border reopens to 5000 international students on 31 July. These students will return to centres across the country, bringing positive outcomes for our regions and communities. We have been honoured to work alongside Education New Zealand over the past year to share stories of how international education benefits New Zealand. This has involved collaborating with economic development agencies across the country to highlight the broad range of social, cultural and economic benefits international students bring to our communities. Whether it is nurses in Northland, international student-host family bonding in Southland, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff speaking to the benefits of international education, Whanganui’s International Commercial Pilot Academy training India’s upcoming pilots, or an international student finding a passion for horticulture in Manawatū; there are endless stories of international students making an impact in New Zealand. We’re looking forward to sharing even more stories of international education as New Zealand continues to reopen to the world.
EXSURGO WEIGHS IN ON NEUROTECH CONVERSATIONS
It’s fantastic to see our clients being recognised for their contributions towards important conversations that better the lives of New Zealanders. As New Zealand’s annual Health Tech Week kicked off at the Cordis Hotel last week, Richard Little of Exsurgo was invited to join a highly skilled panel to discuss the latest innovations and collaborations in neurotech. While the panellists agreed that New Zealand is punching above its weight in neurotech given the resources that are available, they also stressed the importance of these necessary discussions and that further collaboration will be needed to help all Kiwis live longer and healthier lives.
MAKING DECARBONISATION A BOARDROOM PRIORITY
We’re proud to be the official communications partner of Chapter Zero NZ supporting the Institute of Directors to make climate change a boardroom priority. Chapter Zero hosted a webinar last month, where Air New Zealand Chair Dame Therese Walsh and fellow director Dean Bracewell shared detail about Flight NZ0 – Air NZ’s commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In addition, Chief Executive and Secretary for the Ministry for the Environment Vicky Robertson talked about key governance implications from the recently released Emissions Reduction Plan and how they will impact New Zealand businesses. Follow the link below to watch the session on demand and read the key highlights.
ANTHEM WELCOMES SHADOW A LEADER STUDENTS
Anthem was honoured to take part in AUT’s #ShadowALeader programme in the final days of June. Two students joined us at our offices for the day, getting the opportunity to join meetings alongside Carolyn and the team and learn more about the world of communications. We loved having Hayden and Aashna join us and were honoured to give them some valuable insights into the world of communications, entrepreneurship and business. We cannot wait to see what the two get up to throughout the remainder of their studies.
UNDERSTANDING THE INCLUSIVE CONSUMER WITH DIVERSITY WORKS
What is behind the rise of the ‘inclusive consumer’? Why are customers and employees increasingly voting with their feet when it comes to brands? And how can organisations both meet and lead shifts in consumer demand authentically?
Carolyn was recently a guest on Diversity Works’ webinar ‘Are you ready for the inclusive consumer?’ in which she answered these questions alongside Martin Wylie of Altus Enterprises and Oliver Mander of the New Zealand Shareholders’ Association. The webinar was an opportunity to share insights into social responsibility and inclusion, as well as how businesses and organisations can best position themselves to be more authentically inclusive.
Carolyn thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to speak alongside such talented industry leaders, and welcomed the questions from attendees. It was a sign of the exciting developments to come as New Zealand organisations look to embrace inclusivity and authenticity.
ANTHEMITES OUT AND ABOUT
June was a busy birthday month at Anthem, with many of our Anthemites celebrating a special day. We marked Nalika, Anna, Sarah, Hannah and Chanelle’s birthdays in a team huddle, complete with cake and a sing-along!
Anthem is also on the move! Having welcomed several new team members, we were after a bit more space to come together. We’re excited to say that from this week, you can find us on a new level in the same Alberts building. Come and say hi to us on level five, when you’re next in the city.