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Joining the Pinnacle Programme, and tips to be successful

How to join

If you are aged between 15 - 18 years old, and consider yourself to be talented in your respected field, and a New Zealander or permanent New Zealand resident, you can put in an application to join the Pinnacle Programme.
If you are under 17 years of age you will need parental consent forms signed.

How will I get selected?

Firstly, you should register on the website.

Tell us a bit about yourself and why you think you should be one of the lucky young Kiwis to make the grade.

Play other young Kiwis in an online game in real time to demonstrate your general knowledge. Based on what you say and how you play, the selection panel will decide whether to take you through to the next stage.

Pinnacle Programme mentor, actress and presenter Toni Street has some words of advice.

Keep on reading to go through the steps to be a part of this exciting programme, and start the journey!

 Take a few minutes to consider what Pinnacle Programme selector Peter Urlich has to say.


Step #1
Register on the website

Tell us as much as you can about yourself. Write and upload a letter saying why you think you should be one of the lucky young Kiwis to make the grade. Provide pictures of your artwork or achievements or links to 'You tube' or presentations you have done. Based on what you say the selection panel will decide whether to take you through to the next stage. The trick is to sell yourself and make your application stand out from the crowd. Then if you choose play other young New Zealanders in an online game in realtime to demonstrate your deneral knowledge. The game is not compulsory but is an opportunity for you to interact with other students around the country.


Step #2
Take the Challenge

Sail on board Spirit of New Zealand with 39 other people like you; learn what makes you tick; see if you’ve got what it takes to lead the pack. You’ll dock at the end of 10 days with new skills, self-confidence, a sense of achievement, new friends and great memories. Based on how you performed as an individual and as part of the team, the selection panel will decide whether you go on to the next level.

Step #3
Take the Physical

Outward Bound: Sailing, kayaking, bushcraft, rock climbing, navigating: 21 days when you’ll discover what you’re made of. Once you’ve stepped out, you’ll be asked to step up and convince the selection panel why you should be one of the few to go on to the next stage.


Step #4
Brain Work-Out

What you did with your body you’re now going to do with your intellect: Spend six months to a year working with a mentor that has been chosen to match your particular talents; Ensure your success with regular high performance workshops, developed specifically to help you grow both personally and professionally.


Step #5

Of the few who reach this stage, there may be one or two who stand above the rest – at the very pinnacle of their abilities. Those individuals will graduate the Programme.


Meet the Bowater Hyundai Team

James Duncan. Very good at horsing around....

2015-isuzu-james500xOur Sales Team Leader James has been with Bowater Hyundai & Isuzu since early in 2014, having come through the industry since his first job as a vehicle groomer back in 2002. Over that time he has certainly seen technology change, and is able to point you in the right direction with matching you up with the vehicle that will best suit your needs. He has his finger on the pulse and knows how to take control of the reigns!

Born and bred in Nelson, James grew up in Wakefield and attended Waimea College. He has kept true to his country roots, having competitively ridden horses since he was 5. He now competes on a national level, often travelling to events such as the Horse of the Year with his horse and his executive horse float. Got a question about towing a horse float - James is your man! He has towed more horse floats in his time than most, and has got the full run down on towing statistics. 

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