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Calling all Kiwis to vote for AMP People’s Choice Award

3 September, 2012

Calling all Kiwis to vote for AMP People’s Choice Award

Kiwis across the country are now invited to vote for one lucky applicant to Do Their Thing in this year’s People’s Choice Awards as part of AMP Scholarships. The voting process also signifies the end of the applications for the annual AMP Scholarships for 2012.

The 15th annual AMP Scholarships saw 2490 applications successfully submitted, 1561 of these are now in the running for the chance to receive the coveted $10,000 People’s Choice Award, as nominated by public vote.

Blair Vernon, AMP General Manager – Marketing and Customer Sales, is highly impressed with both the ingenuity and calibre of this year’s applicants.

“I am blown away by the exceptional response this year. It is truly amazing and inspiring to see the incredible things that Kiwis are trying to achieve right here in New Zealand. We have applications ranging from those involved in positive social change projects through to very culturally-driven concepts and everything in between.”

“The benchmark has been set very high for this year’s voters and it’s not going to be an easy choice, so we hope the community can do their part and support these talented applicants by voting for whom they think is the most deserving of this year’s People’s Choice Award,” he concludes.

Voting for People’s Choice is open from September 1 to September 30 2012, meaning Kiwis have a crucial part to play in determining which applicant is awarded the People’s Choice Award.

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As a first within the financial services sector, a custom built Facebook application has been designed to facilitate public voting, making it easier for the public to engage with the applicants stories. AMP Scholarships are putting their technology smarts first - this Facebook voting application has never been used for a Scholarship of this type before in New Zealand.

The 2490 still in the running for other AMP Scholarships are now going through an extensive judging process with national finalists set to be announced at the AMP Scholarships – National Awards Dinner, hosted at the Auckland Museum on 22 November, 2012.

To date, AMP Scholarships has awarded more than $1.5 million worth of scholarships to Kiwis who have been doing great things. AMP is gearing up to help even more Kiwis this year, and with People’s Choice, Kiwis can do their part too.

Visit facebook.com/AMPDoYourThing for more information. Get voting today!

The Adviser Business Scholarships are being offered by eleven adviser businesses across eight regions, these include:

• AdviceFirst – Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury
• Altus Financial Services - Otago
• Amicus Group – Canterbury
• AMP Dynamics Financial Services - Northland
• Greenstone Insurance – Manawatu-Wanganui
• Kelly & Associates – Manawatu-Wanganui
• Roost Mortgage Brokers Queenstown - Otago
• Rothbury – Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury
• True North Investments - Auckland
• Vault Financial Group - Waikato
• Valley Financial Solutions - Wellington

AMP Scholarships include four scholarship categories:

• AMP National Scholarships – Open to all NZ citizens or permanent residents who are committed to achieving their dream
• Adviser Business Scholarships – 11 adviser businesses across the country offering more than $100,000 in scholarship funds
• AMP Study Start Scholarship – $15,000 for one Year 12 or 13 student towards their tertiary studies
• People’s Choice Scholarship – All applicants are eligible for a further $10,000 as voted by New Zealanders on facebook.com/AMPDoYourThing from September 1, 2012


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