Kim Laurenson is the first contestant to be fired by ‘The Boss’ Terry Serepisos in the New Zealand version of The Apprentice.
Laurenson stepped up to project manage Team Athena in the first challenge of the series, in which the contestants were tasked with devising a strategy to raise the most money from a sausage sizzle, situated in central Auckland.
The boys team, Number 8 won the challenge, sending Team Athena to the boardroom, where Laurenson and team mates Catherine Livingston and Kirsty Parkhill were placed in the line of fire.
Laurenson was charged with not taking leadership of the team, letting them fall into disarray. She disagrees, saying she kept up clear communication and instruction at all times.
“I worked accordingly to the girls, and communicated with them very openly…every time I sought instruction from them to see how they were feeling and if they knew what their job was, I was told ‘yes’.”
However team mates Livingston and Parkhill successfully fought their case and Laurenson was fired, for what Serepisos cites as her in inability to follow through on the task.
Based on the highly successful American format, fronted by Donald Trump, The Apprentice New Zealand will give 14 contestants the chance to win themselves a six-figure salaried job with Terry Serepisos , and the potential to become his deputy.
A self-made entrepreneur, Serepisos has made his name in property development, with an estimated personal worth of 140 million dollars.
He is also the sole owner of the A-League Wellington Phoenix football club.
Serepisos is looking forward to meeting the 14 contestants. “I’ve worked hard to achieve what I have in life, be it in business or personally. I’m excited about meeting people who are also prepared to put in the hard yards to achieve their goals and be successful.”
Auditions were held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, with 1500 applicants narrowed down to a shortlist of 200, and in the first episode of the show the final 14 contestants will be revealed – seven men and seven women.
For more information on The Apprentice New Zealand visit www.tvnz.co.nz/apprenticenz.