FLINT is our Future Leaders programme for individuals at the beginning of their careers within the TUANZ membership and other supporting organisations.  Our Vision for this programme is to facilitate the development of knowledge and exposure of members to senior people and ideas within the industry so that in years to come FLINT members will be in executive roles with communication technology responsibility.

Want to join FLINT?  There's an application form at the bottom of this page...and scroll down for news of our exciting first event in November.

Where did FLINT start?

Back in 2013, four recent graduates who were working at Chorus and Vodafone, had the thought that it would be great if there was a forum where people like themselves could share experiences and learn about the industry they found themselves working in.  This led to the launch in October 2013 of the Future Leaders in Telecommunications (or FLINT) group which was all about creating opportunities to meet, talk, and be inspired about the future leaders of a diverse, dynamic and exciting industry.  

Over the first year in 2014, FLINT hosted a number of events where graduates, apprentices and school leavers within the industry came together.  Unfortunately over 2015, FLINT was unable to maintain the momentum although there was a continued commitment to the concept.  That year, TUANZ began trialling a leadership programme which was aimed at aspiring leaders with our member organisations.  Earlier this year (2016) both groups decided it made sense to bring FLINT in under TUANZ and utilise our resources to ensure the programme continues to develop.

The Relaunch

Since TUANZ has taken over running FLINT, a leadership group made up of 10 young leaders working with the CEO of TUANZ, have developed the relaunch of the programme.  FLINT members are also able to attend TUANZ events at member rates while they are part of the group.

The FLINT programme was formally re-launched on Monday 4th July 2016 at an evening event hosted by MyRepublic.  Nearly 200 students, young leaders and TUANZ member representatives attended the evening and heard Vaughan Baker (MD of MyRepublic) and Sophie Stanley (Head of Rural at Figured) talk about their leadership journeys and the lessons learned along the way. 

The Auckland Leadership Group

The current Auckland leadership group in is made up of the following volunteers:

Karen Myburgh - Chorus

Mikhael Afon - Downer

La'Sasha McCutcheon - UCG

Miria Royal - Vodafone

Rohit Tiwari - Chorus

Adele Good - Vibe Communications

Alex Powell - Vodafone

Evan Fong - Vodafone

Joshua Nicholson - Vodafone

Supported by Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ

FLINT Wellington

We are now working with a volunteer group in Wellington to bring FLINT to the capital before Christmas this year.  

"Be ready for your future" Event

Registrations are now open for the BE READY FOR YOUR FUTURE conference.Our aim at this event is to introduce you to the skills you need to develop your future career. Come along and we'll give you an intro into topics like:

  • 'The Future of Work'

  • The ins and outs of planning your career

  • Should you get a mentor?

  • Get better at networking

Some of our Speakers who all come from a wide and diverse background are:

  • Antony Welton - HR Director from Vodafone New Zealand

  • Lillian Grace - Founder of Figure.NZ

  • Keren Phillips - Co-Founder and CMO at Weirdly

This is going to be an interesting and engaging afternoon, full of tips to keep you moving ahead in your career.

Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Time: 2pm - 6:30pm

Event includes networking drinks after the serious bits…

Venue: Vodafone Head Office, 20 Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland

For more details and to register, check out the FLINT Facebook page (remember to like your page when you’re there) or directly through Eventbrite.

Other Upcoming Events

While FLINT members can attend the more general TUANZ events, there will be three specific to FLINT events over the next 6 to 9 months:

  • End of Year Celebration
  • Wellington Launch
  • Team Challenge Day


Apply to join FLINT

Fill in this form below to apply to join the group in your city (only Auckland and Wellington at this point)

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