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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

Its all about the classics for Sean.

2019 hyundai sean 500

Sean joined the team in the early autumn of 2019, and comes with a local automotive industry pedigree stretching back a number of years. He is passionate about cars and customer service, and is very knowledgable in the aftersales space, so look forward to some excellent customer service!

Sean is one of the lucky few to own a Honda s2000. He is very enthusiastic about original state classics, infact his s2000 still has a cassette player in it even though he doesn't have any cassettes - lets see if we can rememdy that!

Come on down and have a chat, bring an old cassette tape, and have a fresh brewed coffee or cup of tea whilst getting your vehicle sorted. 

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