News @ ICNZ
Aug - Sept 2014 Issue

The Waves

We welcome our readers to enjoy our August-September edition. As always, we have packed up a lot information to provide you with a glimpse of our student's life at the college. We hope that this will be an interesting read.

Inside this issue

  • Guest Speakers
  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Story

Guest Speaker

Pathways to Bachelor's Degree - Unitec ____________________

ICNZ believes in providing quality education to our students. One of the crucial outcomes for our graduates is to be able to study further after completion of Level 6. We at ICNZ are very proud to be associated with Unitec. Keeping this in mind, Deborah Camplin - Pathways Manger at Unitec presented various options available to our students to pursue Bachelors degree at Unitec.


Students can avail cross-credits at Unitec for the work they have done at ICNZ. Deborah gave background information about Unitec and the various pathway programmes they offer. She also gave lot of valuable information around application process, assessment methods, learning delivery, recognition of previous learning, multi-culture and future benefits.


Students were very keen and interested during the presentation. They took notes and asked her a number of questions about the various pathway programmes available. Students found the session to be very informative and helpful. Lot of them very interested and were planning to attend open days organised by Unitec.

Invitation to Participate in a Research: _____________________

Deborah and Yakshika from Infield-International Market Research Company visited our students to inform them about an exciting opportunity to participate in product research. Both the ladies gave a short presentation on what the product is and how the research will be done. Those students who would participate in the research will be given $100 for their time and effort.

This opportunity served two purpose for our students, firstly they learned how real-life product research is conducted and its core processes; secondly they were given an opportunity to earn and establish connections in the industry for any prospective employment outcomes.

New Zealand Immigration System & Domestic Violence _______

in the month of August and September, Mr Maddox Ahuja from Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law office (GNLO) informed our Level 5 and 6 batch about the Immigration system in New Zealand and Domestic Violence. Majority of our students are from different countries therefore educating them on the countries immigration system is very essential. This information empowers our students with current legislation and after completion of their studies various pathways available to them. Domestic violence is a major human rights issue across the world, and one of New Zealand's most serious social issues. According to a study by Janet Fanslow and Elizabeth Robinson , between 33 to 39% of New

Zealand women experience physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Informing students on such topics is under our Pastoral Care process therefore we ensure that students are aware of their surroundings so that they are able to make informed decisions and react accordingly.

Fanslow, J & Elizabeth Robinson (2004) Violence against Women in New Zealand: Prevalence and health consequences New Zealand Medical Journal 117

EID Celebrations at ICNZ

ICNZ has a culturally and religiously rich and diverse student body. We aim to celebrate all festivals of different communities represented at ICNZ. Students in the month of August got together and organised the event for celebrating EID. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire Holy month of Ramadan. Students were dressed in traditional attire, gave information on the significance about the festival, organised light refreshment and performed various solo and group dances.


Class Focus

At ICNZ, we want to accustom students both to participating in group discussions and giving formal oral presentations. It thus complements and extends the skills acquired through written exercises such as essays and assignments by emphasising the importance of developing techniques of oral communication. Level 6 students presented to the class on "Envisioning the future of the organisation".

Class Focus

Students enjoyed the presentation and had interactive sessions with lot of questions and answers for the presenters. As very rightly said by Winston Churchill, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

Birthday Celebrations

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.
~ Ogden Nash ~

Most of our students are away from their families and hence once a month, we celebrate students' birthdays. Level 5 and Level 6 (Monday - Tuesday batch) celebrated birthdays of Abhinandan, Alysha, Shanaz, Akshi, Ajay, Deepak, Asween, Anuj, Sarandeep and Sarwar, whereas Wednesday - Thursday celebrated birthdays of Cynthia, Dylan, Sharon, Anajani, Parul, Neha, Tamara, Sharika and Atika.

Student's representatives of each batch play a key role in making these birthdays memorable. Pranil Prasad (Level 5) Deepak Khillian (Level 6) are mainly responsible for student's birthdays.

At ICNZ, we believe it to be home away from home. Student's having fun and enjoying food!

Birthday Celebration

A great success story about Philip Mills Les Mills International

As a kid in the 60s, Phillip Mills loathed working in his parents' gym after school because he found it boring. So when it came time to consider a career, he headed overseas, courtesy of a track and field scholarship to UCLA. At one stage, he was ranked fifth in the world in hurdles, but couldn't represent New Zealand in

the Olympics because he was by then a US resident. So he decided instead to become the manager of legendary Kiwi rock band Hello Sailor. (His sister was married to the band's lead singer, Graham Brazier.) But when that didn't work out, either, he finally joined the family's gym business. In a desperate bid to make it more interesting, he hired some cheap dancers. The rest, as they say, is history.

Three decades later, fitness programmes developed by Les Mills International are used in more than 10,000 gyms throughout the world. The classes aim to make exercise much more fun, through loud music and a theatrical, motivating environment. The company records its own covers of the latest pop songs for its programmes, making it the largest employer of musicians in New Zealand. According to Mills, this also makes it the biggest producer of cover versions in the world. Like most successful entrepreneurs, Mills agrees he's been lucky. "We got into a booming industry that 50 years ago didn't exist." But he has also faced plenty of challenges.

His first major failure was as a band manager, when Brazier got busted for drugs and went to jail (ruining his chances of becoming the lead singer of the Doors, who Mills says had been seriously considering Brazier to replace Jim Morrison). Mills dropped out of university twice, and his first attempt to break into the Australian market was a disaster. Listing the Les Mills business on the sharemarket in 1984 also ended badly. Just a few weeks before the '87 crash, the company was taken over by corporate raider Equiticorp. It took him five years to clean up the mess. "Fortunately, my father had already taken his money out, but I got the last laugh as he invested it in property." But he also did some things right. After he finally paid off his debts, he went into partnership with his previous rivals in Australia. The Les Mills concept gradually took off.

The business book he has found most valuable is Good Strategy/Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt. "It's about identifying the real obstacles. Strategy is how you get around the obstacles." His advice to other entrepreneurs is to be careful who you choose as distributors for your products, and review the relationship regularly. "Over time what happens is you do start to lose alignment with distributors." It's also vital to get the best legal advice about contracts, he says. "We made some big mistakes that came back to bite us later." Mills admits his latest competitor, Zumba, is currently beating Les Mills at its own game. But he is determined to fight back. He has lived in lots of countries, but has now settled for good in New Zealand. "This is where I like to be. When you're a little Kiwi firm that's trying to take on the world, you get a lot of cool help."

Source-Taken from - on 25.09.2014

Lastly, something for our students to think upon - What's your AHA Moment??