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Maru Nihoniho One of Forbes’ Top 50 Women in Tech

Maru Nihoniho One of Forbes’ Top 50 Women in Tech

Metia Interactive founder and managing director, Maru Nihoniho, has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Technology by Forbes. “Founding Metia Interactive in 2003, Nihoniho…

RBS Boss Ross McEwan Addresses Brexit

RBS Boss Ross McEwan Addresses Brexit

Ross McEwan surprised markets in October when Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc made a provision related to Brexit. With Theresa May’s divorce deal from the European Union potentially days away from being defeated,…

124-Year-Old Telescope to be Restored in NZ

124-Year-Old Telescope to be Restored in NZ

One of the world’s most famous Victorian telescopes will be restored and available for public viewing in autumn 2019 at Lake Tekapo after spending five decades in storage. Dallas Poll, who is restoring the 124-year-old…

Laybuy Founders Take Company to New Heights

Laybuy Founders Take Company to New Heights

New Zealander Gary Rohloff had a great life working in corporate before he co-founded Laybuy, a retail payments platform he started with his son Alex. So why ‘go it alone’? The UK’s Real Business…

Hong Kong-based Anthony Somerset Loves the Outdoors

Hong Kong-based Anthony Somerset Loves the Outdoors

Making highly urbanised, bright young people feel uncomfortable outdoors is what 52-year-old New Zealand-born Anthony Somerset has done for the last three years, having taken over A Team EdVentures in…

How Allbirds Became a $1.4 Billion Company

How Allbirds Became a $1.4 Billion Company

“If you started a company that was valued at $1.4 billion after just two years, you’d probably be pretty proud–of the valuation, your product, and yourself,” writes Cameron Albert-Deitch in an article for

Flying Pioneer Richard Pearse Never Claimed Honour

Flying Pioneer Richard Pearse Never Claimed Honour

New Zealander Richard Pearse may have beaten the Wright brothers, but never claimed the honour. Jeff Glorfeld reports for Australia’s Cosmos magazine. “The story of human flight is filled with many daring characters, and even…

Amy Maslen-Miller a Force for Samoan Scientists

Amy Maslen-Miller a Force for Samoan Scientists

New Zealander Amy Maslen-Miller is a new kind of researcher focused on indigenous agriculture. Young and passionate about what science can bring to food security, she is also keen to understand traditional approaches to…

Xero Hits 1 Million Subscribers in AU & NZ

Xero Hits 1 Million Subscribers in AU & NZ

“Listed cloud accounting software provider Xero has hit its next major milestone, surpassing one million subscribers in Australia and New Zealand,” writes Yolanda Redrup in an article for The Australian Financial Review. “Speaking to…

Dan Ammann to Lead Cruise Self-Driving Car Unit

Dan Ammann to Lead Cruise Self-Driving Car Unit

“Days after General Motors CEO Mary Barra unveiled a major restructuring”, “the auto giant said President Dan Ammann will be the new head of its Cruise self-driving car company, which she says is key…

Can Marijuana Save Ruatoria?

Can Marijuana Save Ruatoria?

As New Zealand prepares to legalise the production of medicinal cannabis, companies are racing to secure the first and biggest slices of a market that has proved lucrative in the United States and Canada….

Chicken Magnate Morgan McGlone Looks to Asia

Chicken Magnate Morgan McGlone Looks to Asia

New Zealand-born chef Morgan McGlone, 44, owner of Belles Hot Chicken, a chain of seven fried chicken shops in Sydney and Melbourne, was recently in Singapore promoting his wares in a pop-up restaurant at the city’s…

Rocket Lab the FedEx of Space Industry

Rocket Lab the FedEx of Space Industry

A small rocket from a little-known company lifted off last weekend from the east coast of New Zealand, carrying a clutch of tiny satellites, New York Times journalist Kenneth Chang wrote last week. That…

NZ is a Nice Place to be a Female Entrepreneur

NZ is a Nice Place to be a Female Entrepreneur

“During my trip to New Zealand, from Queenstown in the Southern Alps all the way north to the Bay of Islands, I felt like I was on journey to discover successful women in business….

New York Is a Genuine Tech Hub

New York Is a Genuine Tech Hub

“In 2003, Craig Nevill-Manning, a computer scientist at Google, wanted to set up an engineering outpost in New York. Google’s top leaders were sceptical, but they told him that he could go ahead if…

New Zealand Launches Testicular Cancer Booth Check

New Zealand Launches Testicular Cancer Booth Check

Ever thought of getting a health check but worried about having to? Well, drop your pants. Meet the Testimatic, a booth allowing New Zealand men to have their testicles checked without having to face…

Jake Millar & Yuuki Ogino Make Forbes ’30 Under 30′

Jake Millar & Yuuki Ogino Make Forbes ’30 Under 30′

Jake Millar and Yuuki Ogino, the founders of global education platform Unfiltered, “have been named on Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” list of individuals in education to watch in North America,” as reported…

Tim Brown’s Allbirds Now a Global Brand

Tim Brown’s Allbirds Now a Global Brand

“Coming from New Zealand, the land of 27 million sheep, the idea of wool in footwear seemed like one of those things that should have been done and never had been,” Allbirds co-founder Tim…

Epic Fly Rods in Demand All over the Globe

Epic Fly Rods in Demand All over the Globe

A fiberglass fly rod made by the Wanaka-based Swift Fly Fishing Company is in hot demand all over the world, according to a recent TVNZ report. “We’ve got rods in probably every continent of the…

Peter Beck Discusses Ambitious Space Plans

Peter Beck Discusses Ambitious Space Plans

In an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck discusses his company’s ambitious plans to tap the growing market for transporting satellites into space. He sees a bright future for…

Koru’s Rachel Carrell Says Invest in Women

Koru’s Rachel Carrell Says Invest in Women

Tech startups and investment remain fairly homogeneous, with ethnic minority and female founders still in the minority. One early-stage UK venture capital firm, Forward Partners, is releasing diversity statistics for its startups for the…

Air NZ and French to Develop Electric Aircraft

Air NZ and French to Develop Electric Aircraft

Air New Zealand and the French plane manufacturer Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) have signed an agreement to explore the possibility of using hybrid or electric aircraft on our domestic and regional routes. Under the…

Gibbs Amphibians to Establish Humdinga Assembly Subsidiary In Qatar

Gibbs Amphibians to Establish Humdinga Assembly Subsidiary In Qatar

“Gibbs Amphibians (Gibbs) is establishing a strategic partnership with the Madaeen Al Doha Group for the supply and assembly of the Gibbs Humdinga amphibian vehicles,” as reported in The Gulf…

Dropping in on Designer Wayne Sørensen

Dropping in on Designer Wayne Sørensen

“Content might be king, but hype is currently retail’s high priest,” according to Forbes contributor Katie Baron, who explores “drop culture” in a feature for the publication. “Luxury is caressing streetwear tactics to stay…

Avocado Farmers Fighting to Save Crops

Avocado Farmers Fighting to Save Crops

As the popularity of the avocado soars, growers in the Bay of Plenty have been forced to resort to extreme lengths to protect their crop from thieves Eleanor Ainge Roy reports for the Guardian. The…

How GM Went From Bankrupt to One of the World’s Best-Run Car Companies

How GM Went From Bankrupt to One of the World’s Best-Run Car Companies

“A decade after the financial crisis, General Motors is led by the best management team it’s ever had and one of the best C-suites in all of business.  CEO Mary Barra, President Dan Ammann…

John Llewellyn Calls Out Global Investment Climate

John Llewellyn Calls Out Global Investment Climate

Former chief economist of US investment bank Lehman Brothers, John Llewellyn, has issued a global warning and “has warned that the conditions for a ‘serious’ financial crisis are ‘intensifying’.” Llewellyn “told investors the combination…

Banker Ross McEwan Cuts to the Chase

Banker Ross McEwan Cuts to the Chase

When New Zealander Ross McEwan dropped in for a surprise visit to a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) branch in London last month, he was appalled by how scruffy it looked. “It needs a…

Richard Kavanagh’s Smart Mirror Adopted by L’Oreal

Richard Kavanagh’s Smart Mirror Adopted by L’Oreal

The interactive invention of top New Zealand hairstylist, Sydney-based Richard Kavanagh is set to transform salon visits here and overseas. Kavanagh’s smart mirror allows customers to shop for their style on screen and provides…

Mark Wilson Steps Down as Aviva Chief

Mark Wilson Steps Down as Aviva Chief

New Zealander Mark Wilson, the “straight-talking” chief of the FTSE 100 British insurer Aviva, leaves with immediate effect after six years at the helm. Wilson, 52, will remain at Aviva until…

GirlBoss Founder Wins Facebook Leadership Award

GirlBoss Founder Wins Facebook Leadership Award

“GirlBoss New Zealand founder Alexia Hilbertidou is the first and only Kiwi to be selected for the social media network’s Community Leaders Program,” writes Brittany Keogh in an article for

Air NZ Partners with Larry Page on Electric Air Taxis

Air NZ Partners with Larry Page on Electric Air Taxis

Air New Zealand has announced plans to “partner with Zephyr Airworks, a flying car startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, ‘to make autonomous, electric air travel a reality for all New Zealanders,’” writes…

Rocket Lab Unveils New Production Facility

Rocket Lab Unveils New Production Facility

“Rocket Lab has expanded its global footprint with the unveiling of a new production facility that ‘rethinks the way orbital rockets are built’”. Space Tech Asia reports. “The new 7,500 sq/m…

Air NZ Debuts Magic Leap Virtual Reality Game

Air NZ Debuts Magic Leap Virtual Reality Game

“Air New Zealand has ventured into the world of virtual reality marketing with its Fact or Fantasy concept game that features a world where people witness a giant kauri tree grow, meet a grumpy…

Farmer Doug Avery in Scotland Speaking On Drought

Farmer Doug Avery in Scotland Speaking On Drought

New Zealander Doug Avery, known as ‘The Resilient Farmer’, recently spoke about having endured the worst drought “in living memory” at a tour jointly organised by The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland…

How Magic Leap Is Making the Magic

How Magic Leap Is Making the Magic

“When I met Rony Abovitz at Magic Leap’s Developer Conference (aka LEAPCon) in downtown Los Angeles yesterday, I told him it was like meeting all four Beatles at once. He’s defined for me and…

Startup Soul Machines Puts Human Face on AI

Startup Soul Machines Puts Human Face on AI

New Zealand-based startup Soul Machines has so far created 15 humanoids – disembodied screen presences – like Lia, employed mainly as customer service assistants. They work in seven countries for companies including Royal Bank…

Milk from Deer Causing a Stir

Milk from Deer Causing a Stir

Excitement is building among New Zealand’s high-end chefs over a new world-first. Deer milk is now being sourced from 70 hinds in Southland to make cheese, desserts and even yoghurt. The company behind the…

Claudia King’s Automio Shaking Up Tech World

Claudia King’s Automio Shaking Up Tech World

New Plymouth-based legal tech startup Automio, which was founded by Claudia King, has made the Forbes’ list of 60 women-led tech companies, “shaking up” technology across the world. Allyson Kapin, a contributor at Forbes, recommends: researching…

Peter Beck is Changing the Launch Equation

Peter Beck is Changing the Launch Equation

Rocket Lab is aiming high. The California-based company, founded in New Zealand by Peter Beck, plans to make space much more accessible via its 17m Electron rocket, which can loft about 225kg of payload…

Four-Day Work Week Trial Run Finds ‘No Downside’

Four-Day Work Week Trial Run Finds ‘No Downside’

New Zealand financial services firm Perpetual Guardian “has made a four-day work week permanent protocol after a trial run found “no downside,” company founder Andrew Barnes announced this week,” writes Marisa Dellatto in an…

Kester Black’s Anna Ross Designs for Disney

Kester Black’s Anna Ross Designs for Disney

Ethical nail polish company Kester Black has created a one-off custom range in partnership with Disney to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. Australian city guide Broadsheet talks to founder, New Zealander

Investigating the Visionary Inventor Richard Pearse

Investigating the Visionary Inventor Richard Pearse

“Richard Pearse, a New Zealander, is remarkable for very nearly being the first to fly under power and control. The more remarkable for also designing and making the engine for the aircraft,” Joseph May…

Ocean Rower Kathy Tracey Speaks on Leadership

Ocean Rower Kathy Tracey Speaks on Leadership

In 2005, New Zealander Kathy Tracey, along with three women from the UK, pitted themselves against the might of the ocean on a 4700km historic journey. The now 56-year-old founding partner of

New Zealand to Get into the Space Junk Business

New Zealand to Get into the Space Junk Business

New Zealand is being drawn into the effort to tackle the space junk problem, Peter Griffin writes for Noted. Menlo Park, California-based space mapping start-up LeoLabs has applied for resource consent to build a…

AI Expert Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh Lectures in US

AI Expert Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh Lectures in US

St. Bonaventure University’s cyber security programme recently hosted artificial intelligence expert and STEM advocate, New Zealander Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh as its Lenna Visiting Professor. Mohaghegh is a professor at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) with a…

Take A Taste Of NZ With You When You Leave From Auckland International Airport

Take A Taste Of NZ With You When You Leave From Auckland International Airport

New Zealand chocolate maker, Whittaker’s, has opened their first ever store. Located at Auckland International Airport, just beyond the Customs area, it’s the perfect convenience for any traveler in need of an authentic Kiwi…

Oamaru Farmer Grant McNaughton an Award Nominee

Oamaru Farmer Grant McNaughton an Award Nominee

Six young agriculture professionals from both sides of the Tasman – including managing director of McNaughton Farms in Oamaru, Grant McNaughton, 34 – are in the running for the prestigious Zanda McDonald Award. Now in its…

Why NZ Is an Attractive Destination For Scientists

Why NZ Is an Attractive Destination For Scientists

Our country’s fertile research landscape, combined with a sustained funding drive, makes it a rewarding place to work, according to freelance journalist James Mitchell Crow writing for science journal, Nature. At high tide, the Cook…

Young Leader Chloe Fox Takes Organic Farm’s Reins

Young Leader Chloe Fox Takes Organic Farm’s Reins

New Zealander Chloe Fox, 31, can’t believe her luck. One minute she is living her life’s ambition, working in “the best job ever” growing fresh, healthy crops for an organic vegetable producer. Seemingly the…

Brad Brenneman Making Kyrgyzstan Coffee Connections

Brad Brenneman Making Kyrgyzstan Coffee Connections

New Zealander Brad Brenneman is often credited with kickstarting the coffee revolution in Kyrgyzstan. He opened the first Sierra Coffee shop next to the Russian Embassy in 2012, two years after another revolution that…

New Exec Role for Arts Leader Shelagh Magadza

New Exec Role for Arts Leader Shelagh Magadza

New Zealand-born Shelagh Magadza has been appointed the new executive director of the Chamber of Arts and Culture Western Australia and will take up the role from 23 October. Magadza, who was raised in Zimbabwe,…

Starbucks No Match for NZ’s Domestic Coffee Culture

Starbucks No Match for NZ’s Domestic Coffee Culture

Starbucks’ partner of 20 years in New Zealand is hanging up its apron. Restaurant Brands New Zealand Ltd. is letting its licensing deal expire in October to focus on its core fast food operations…

Kiwi Leadership Network USA Launch & Leadership Speaker Evening

Kiwi Leadership Network USA Launch & Leadership Speaker Evening

Save the date for the Kiwi Leadership Network USA’s official launch event on November 10, 2018 at 6pm at the Official New Zealand Residence in Los Angeles. Former NZ Tennis…

Air New Zealand Australasia’s Leading Airline

Air New Zealand Australasia’s Leading Airline

Air New Zealand has been named the Leading Airline in Australasia for the 10th consecutive year at the 25th annual World Travel Awards for the Asia and Australia regions. Sophie…

NZ Awards First-Ever Medical Cannabis Growing License

NZ Awards First-Ever Medical Cannabis Growing License

With the rise to power of a progressive government coalition of Greens and the Labour Party, cannabis policy is beginning to change in New Zealand, Adam Drury writes for the New York-based monthly magazine,…