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  EDS offers Maori scholarship
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Making the most of young Maori minds
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By Adam Gifford
When Steve Murray moved from heading Tainui Group Holdings to running New Zealand's largest IT company, EDS, he looked around and didn't see many Maori in his new workplace.

So he's done something about it, setting up a scholarship programme within the company. The plan was for one post-graduate and four undergraduate scholarships but, on launch day, Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia gave matching funding, doubling the places on offer.

The programme is administered through the Maori Education Trust, which has been using bits of private and public funding to put Maori through secondary and tertiary schooling since 1961.

"We take a holistic view of scholarships, so it's not just financial but mentoring and paid holiday work, so that at the end we get well-rounded, talented individuals," Murray says.

Ideally, the scholarship recipients will end up in EDS's large graduate programme.

Murray says they'll be looking for a mix of students doing computer science and technical subjects, business, finance and management.

  Entrepreneurship is knowing when to sell
Published Sunday Herald January 13, 2008

Know yourself. That's about the most fundamental piece of advice serial entrepreneur Tom McKaskill can give people who want to follow in his footsteps.

"Being willing to admit what you don't know and ask for help is really important," says McKaskill, who is now, after building and selling four businesses, the professor of entrepreneurship at Swinburne University in Melbourne.

"You need to understand what your strengths and weaknesses are and understand you cannot build a business without other people. You have to learn to work with other people and in a sense empower other people. You've still got the vision, you've still got the passion, you've still got the energy, but you will not do it by yourself."

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