Chartered Accountants and the business of innovation A Kirsten Patterson, NZ Country Head Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand s a nation, we have a history of turning innovative ideas into global success, from the humble eggbeater to the bungy cord. The digital age has ushered in a new age of innovators with companies such as Weta Workshop, and last year’s New Zealand Innovation Awards Supreme Winner Kode Biotech, leading the charge. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is proud to be involved with the New Zealand Innovation Awards. Recognising leading innovators not only helps to boost the profile of individual companies, it ignites the imagination of the next wave of innovators and shows them what is possible. Chartered Accountants (CAs) are skilled at helping businesses to see opportunities they may not have imagined and helping them to turn ideas into commercial reality. As a professional body, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is focused on providing our members with access to tools to help them continue providing trusted insight in the rapidly changing digital era. Our latest offering is CA Kairos, a ground breaking, cloud-computing platform that helps CAs to crunch big data down into usable conclusions for their clients. THESE DAYS, BUSINESSES ARE SWAMPED WITH DATA – AND RISK BEING OVERRUN WITH IT. These days, businesses are swamped with data – and risk being overrun with it. Being able to use data well can mean the difference between growth and flat lining. The difficulty is, as Gartner research head Peter Sondergaard puts it, is that: “Data is inherently dumb. It doesn’t actually do anything unless you know how to use it.” Most businesses don’t have the time to learn how to be data specialists. But they do need to leverage data to boost sales, improve customer experience and make the company more prosperous. Chartered Accountants - with CA Kairos behind them - will be able to help businesses make the best decisions and take the best course of action. In an information driven world, the business and finance expertise of a Chartered Accountant can help you turn big data into smart data and more importantly turn innovation into inspiration. Ask your Chartered Accountant about CA Kairos or check out our CA Kairos FAQs on the charteredaccountantsanz.com website. Where some see a flat white, Chartered Accountants see the opportunity to grow a prosperous business. Chartered Accountants are trusted business leaders who know the importance of the bigger picture and the value of every detail. To unleash the potential of your business, choose a Chartered Accountant. charteredaccountantsanz.com/AoP Copyright (c) 2016 Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand ABN 50 084 642 571. All rights reserved. This material is subject to our full terms and conditions, available at charteredaccountantsanz.com. 0816-80
INNOVATIONAWARDS.ORG.NZ 3 5 INNOVATION IN MAORI DEVELOPMENT SQUIGGLE YOUNG ENGINEERS CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO Although the media is talking about it more than ever before, there remains deep levels of inequality among people who study and later go into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This inequality isn’t just related to gender either (though let’s face it: we still need to get more young women into, and stay in, STEM). Large numbers of Maori and Pasifika students are also being disadvantaged. Squiggle co-founder and director Ariana Paul (pictured left) says that’s a serious problem – and her company is doing something about it with its Young Engineers programme. “We have a whole big concern around our kids in terms of STEM,” she explains. “When you look at the uptake levels of our kids going into STEM at tertiary levels, it’s very few. And it’s quite elitist.” Founded in 2014, Squiggle’s Young Engineers is a STEM-centred programme that runs in schools and Kaupapa Maori. Taught in Te Reo and English, the programme is taught throughout the term as part of science curricula, after school hours, and during the holidays at nearly 50 schools and Kaupapa Maori in the Waikato, South Auckland and Rotorua. “We’ve had to come up with a lot of new terms for engineering terms and concepts,” explains Paul of the challenges of running the programme in Te Reo Maori. “That’s been a challenge, but so rewarding.” The Young Engineers programme shows primarily primary school-aged pupils how fun, interesting, and rewarding a career in STEM can be, with engaging activities like using Lego and other materials to demonstrate engineering principles. Paul says it’s based on a teaching model used in Israel, where young people are exposed to STEM at an early age in a fun, interactive way. In getting the programme going and spreading it to schools and Kaupapa Maori, local iwi support has been critical, Paul explains. “They’ve been huge! We’ve been so fortunate to have iwi support. It’s been a game-changer.” With requests from all over Aotearoa to start Young Engineers programmes, Paul says she and fellow co-founder Jeanne Kerr have been thrilled at the interest from educators, parents and students. And while an Innovation Awards win is nice, she’s not shy about saying there’s a nobler purpose that people should be focusing on if they want innovation to continue in New Zealand. “Children are our future,” she says. “We’ve got a really big economy that’s bursting at the seams with an ageing population. It needs the people to keep going.” EVALUATOR'S COMMENTS Great to see an adaptation of an Israeli programme to Kaupapa Maori in Te Reo and other languages reflective of New Zealand’s diversity of cultures.