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Inaugural DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship

DHL Announces Inaugural DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship


Auckland, 1 September 2008 - DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, is seeking emerging fashion exporters to enter the inaugural DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship.

The scholarship aims to identify New Zealand's hottest up-and-coming fashion exporter and assist them in achieving international growth. Entrants are asked to complete an official application and submit a design portfolio, which will be judged by fashion industry leaders.

DHL Express NZ, general manager, Derek Anderson, says: "We are pleased to continue our support of the fashion industry in this way. This is an important sector in New Zealand's exporting landscape and we are excited about the opportunity to work with a designer and expand their international exporting potential."

The recipient of the scholarship will receive a prize package that includes international freight to the value of NZ$10,000 and coaching in freight and logistics from DHL Express; as well as an individually tailored export mentoring package from Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ) and annual FINZ membership.

The three finalists will be showcased in a fashion show at an awards function to be held in Auckland in December, where the winner will be announced. The evening will conclude with the annual FINZ Christmas Party.

FINZ, executive officer, Mapihi Opai, says: "This scholarship presents an invaluable opportunity for one very lucky emerging fashion exporter; providing export services and industry-specific intelligence at just the right time to help grow their business internationally."

The DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship is open to New Zealand fashion designers, who have been exporting for less than four years. Entries will be judged across a variety of categories, including: design, marketing, business and export.

Entries for the DHL Express: Fashion Export Scholarship open on Monday, 1 September, 2008, and close on Friday, 31 October, 2008. Application forms are available from the FINZ website (http://www.finz.co.nz/DHL%20EXPRESS%20Fashion%20Export%20Scholarship%202008-09.php).


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