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Continued Support Of Kids Enterprise Urged

28 June 2002

Anderton Urges Continued Support Of Kids Enterprise

New Zealand children who won the international ‘Global Enterprise Olympics’ with their ‘Hug-a-bear’ environmental toy are exactly what Industry New Zealand’s Enterprise Culture Fund was established to promote says Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton.

The bears had different accessories and came with story books about environmental themes such as recycling and the ozone layer.

“Harnessing kiwi innovation and entrepreneurship is essential to New Zealand’s future and Industry New Zealand was set up to find ways to do this. Encouraging our children and supporting the Enterprise New Zealand Trust who work in schools is an excellent way to improve our regions and our economy.

“Innovation and business skills have never been core parts of our school curricula but New Zealand children are able to take on and win against kids around the world.

“The Enterprise New Zealand Trust who organised the event have done very well to get New Zealand involved.

The challenge to develop and present an educational game or toy with an environmental theme using recyclable materials was launched at 10 pm Tuesday New Zealand time by astronauts. There were nine countries involved and NASA judged the winners.

New Zealand had a preliminary competition of ten teams of eight to pick the best team to represent New Zealand.


For further information on the Global Enterprise Olympics: http://eo.gsc.org.uk/

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