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Gary Rohloff’s BNPL Outfit Laybuy Soars on ASX

Gary Rohloff’s BNPL Outfit Laybuy Soars on ASX

New Zealand-based buy now, pay later (BNPL) outfit Laybuy pulled off a stellar landing on the Australian Securities Exchange, with its shares shooting up 45 per cent on its maiden trading day as a…

New Zealand a food producer of global scale

New Zealand a food producer of global scale

New Zealand’s credentials as a global food and meat producer are highlighted in an op-ed in leading U.S. trade publication The National Provisioner by Matt Luxton, Director of Sales, USA at Silver Fern…

Why Everyone Wants A Piece Of Shift72

Why Everyone Wants A Piece Of Shift72

Many film companies have taken a battering during the pandemic. The opposite is true of New Zealand-based video streaming platform Shift72, which has grown by 400 per cent. Andreas Wiseman reports for Deadline. Business for…

Fix & Fogg Opens First Outpost in Houston

Fix & Fogg Opens First Outpost in Houston

Wellington-based gourmet peanut butter company Fix & Fogg has set up shop in Montrose, Houston in the US and you can get it at a walk-up window. Fix & Fogg was founded in 2013. After…

Eric Watson Breaks Own Wheat Yield World Record

Eric Watson Breaks Own Wheat Yield World Record

Ashburton farmer Eric Watson has taken the Guinness World Record for the highest wheat yield for the second consecutive time, with a staggering 17.398t/ha crop, Andrew Swallow reports for UK magazine, Farmers Weekly. Watson (pictured…

New Zealand Live Lobster Exports to China Surge

New Zealand Live Lobster Exports to China Surge

New Zealand exports of live lobster are surging as Chinese gourmets return to restaurants, Bloomberg reports. More than 300 tons of the crustaceans were airfreighted to China in May, up 53 per cent on…

Maps Reveal New Details About Zealandia

Maps Reveal New Details About Zealandia

New Zealand’s research institute GNS Science has published two maps revealing new research about the underwater continent Zealandia, where dinosaurs once roamed – and is allowing the public to virtually explore it on an…

Fix & Fogg Spreads to Houston

Fix & Fogg Spreads to Houston

High-end peanut butter company Fix & Fogg has achieved enough success in its native New Zealand that it has established its first American retail presence in Houston, Eric Sandler reports for US lifestyle web…

US Investors Eye Mellonsfolly Ranch

US Investors Eye Mellonsfolly Ranch

Set in the heart of the North Island in the Ruatiti Valley, Mellonsfolly Ranch is a detailed replica of an 1860s Wyoming frontier town, with a successful manuka honey business on the side. Owner…

Narrative Founder James Broadbent on NZ’s Covid-19 Response in Fast Company

Narrative Founder James Broadbent on NZ’s Covid-19 Response in Fast Company

In a Fast Company story, internationally renowned photographer and the CEO of Auckland-based Narrative, James Broadbent describes how New Zealand efficiently executed its pandemic response. He argues this same efficiency makes the country an…

Allbirds and Adidas Team up on New Carbon-Zero Shoe

Allbirds and Adidas Team up on New Carbon-Zero Shoe

Footwear competitors Adidas and Allbirds, co-founded by former All White, Tim Brown, are setting aside strategic and intellectual property concerns and embarking upon an unusual collaboration to quickly and jointly develop a high-performance athletic…

Whispir’s Jeromy Wells Likes a Challenge

Whispir’s Jeromy Wells Likes a Challenge

New Zealander Jeromy Wells, the chief executive and founder of listed cloud communication platform and workflow software company Whispir, denies COVID-19 is the best thing that has ever happened to him, Patrick Durkin reports…

From TV to Hot Sauce Charlie Page Looks Ahead

From TV to Hot Sauce Charlie Page Looks Ahead

Radical job switches are daunting, but they have the power to rewire entire careers and lives, according to Ed Peters in as story for the South China Morning Post. Peters interviews Ho Chi Minh-based…

Robotic Spot Put to Work Shepherding Flocks

Robotic Spot Put to Work Shepherding Flocks

A collaboration between New Zealand-based cloud-based software platform Rocos and American robotics company Boston Dynamics, has been heralded as the future of farming, Luke Andrews reports for the Daily Mail. The two companies have developed…

How New Zealand Genetics Make Milk in Brazil

How New Zealand Genetics Make Milk in Brazil

New Zealander Craig Bell, co-founder of premium Brazil-based milk company Leitíssimo, likens his product to a time machine. “We have a lot of consumers who told us that ‘this stuff actually tastes nice, this…

AI and Bias Removal a Herculean Task

AI and Bias Removal a Herculean Task

“Google’s algorithm for detecting hate speech tended to punish tweets written by African Americans, classifying 46 per cent of non-offensive messages as hate language, even if they were not, according to a report by…

UAE Roaster Kim Thompson Looks on the Bright Side

UAE Roaster Kim Thompson Looks on the Bright Side

New Zealand-born Dubai-based Kim Thompson, the founder of Raw Coffee Company, tells local English-language newspaper, The National that looking after her employees is her priority during the COVID-19 crisis. The boutique roastery supplies cafés, restaurants,…

Diana Baker’s Online Baby Photography Class a Hit

Diana Baker’s Online Baby Photography Class a Hit

For new mothers across the world the coronavirus crisis has thrown a major spanner in the works of what should be a time of celebration and bonding with their newborn child, Conor Matchett writes…

Pink Tiger CEO Raewyn McBain Feels the Rush

Pink Tiger CEO Raewyn McBain Feels the Rush

Connecting over the phone with three-year Discovery Bay resident New Zealander Raewyn McBain, Around DB journalist Elizabeth Kerr discovers that the inspirational CEO of Pink Tiger Media is also a dab hand at feng…

Our Entrepreneurs Who Have Made Forbes 30 Under 30

Our Entrepreneurs Who Have Made Forbes 30 Under 30

If you’re looking for reasons to stay optimistic despite what is promising to be a challenging year, look no further than the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia class of 2020, which includes five young…

Corby Lovell Berlin’s Peanut Butter Provider

Corby Lovell Berlin’s Peanut Butter Provider

Auckland-born Corby Lovell is introducing Berliners to the delights of peanut butter, selling his Twisted Nut brand to locals at the famous Saturday market at Kollwitzplatz, in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. “ produces ‘handmade…

Wayve Genius Alex Kendall Makes Forbes 30 Under 30

Wayve Genius Alex Kendall Makes Forbes 30 Under 30

New Zealander Alex Kendall, 27, who went to the University of Cambridge to pursue a PhD in Computer Vision and Robotics, and today serves as the CTO (and co-founder) of London-based Wayve, an AI…

Charles Ma, City Maker, Leads Thinking in Knight Frank City Wellbeing Index

Charles Ma, City Maker, Leads Thinking in Knight Frank City Wellbeing Index

Auckland-born Charles Ma, 29, is working on an ambitious project to reimagine the way we live with its development of an entire city – Auranga, in southern Auckland at Drury – which will…

New Zealand 32nd in Global Rankings for Children Surviving and Thriving

New Zealand 32nd in Global Rankings for Children Surviving and Thriving

While New Zealand tops global rankings for natural beauty, an absence of corruption and business competitiveness, it ranked only 32th for “flourishing children” according to a just-published report from the WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission, “A…

From Smart Cities to Fintech, Jannat Maqbool CPA, Hamilton, advances many initiatives

From Smart Cities to Fintech, Jannat Maqbool CPA, Hamilton, advances many initiatives

“It’s not every day that you hear about an Australian woman of Punjabi descent with a CPA qualification who has scaled New Zealand’s burgeoning financial technology sector,” writes Adam Courtenay for INTHEBLACK, the…

Studiocanal Names Anna Marsh Its CEO

Studiocanal Names Anna Marsh Its CEO

New Zealander Anna Marsh, the newly appointed CEO of leading European film and TV group Studiocanal, comes off as self-contained and mild-mannered, but her bullish track record at the company and relationships with big-name…

Former Equinox Head Sarah Robb O’Hagan in New Role

Former Equinox Head Sarah Robb O’Hagan in New Role

Former Equinox president New Zealander Sarah Robb O’Hagan, who has been advising fitness brand Exos’ board since September of last year, will take the reins as chief executive officer, Fast Company reports. Robb O’Hagan, a…

Andrew Barnes Makes The Case For A 4-Day Week Revolution on Greater Boston

Andrew Barnes Makes The Case For A 4-Day Week Revolution on Greater Boston

Appearing WGBH’s Greater Boston show to discuss his book The 4 Day Week with host Jim Braude, New Zealand entrepreneur and author Andrew Barnes laid out his compelling case that companies should switch…

Silver Fern Farms Targets Change In US Consumer Taste With American Retail Launch

Silver Fern Farms Targets Change In US Consumer Taste With American Retail Launch

Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand’s largest red meat producer, is fresh off of their U.S. market launch with a range of grass-fed beef, lamb, and venison products and has signaled that they are targeting…

How Our Space Industry is Causing Turbulence

How Our Space Industry is Causing Turbulence

Life on the Mahia Peninsula used to be quiet: surfing beaches, historical monuments, and good snapper fishing, Eleanor Ainge Roy writes for The Guardian. Then space came to town. Four years ago, Rocket Lab’s Peter…

Laybuy to List on ASX Boards

Laybuy to List on ASX Boards

Trans-Tasman rivalries are as old as life itself. And there’s another fierce battle brewing, this time in the hottest sector of the last few years: the buy now pay later space, Australian Financial Review…

Cruise CEO Dan Ammann Looks Beyond the Car

Cruise CEO Dan Ammann Looks Beyond the Car

Late last year, the former General Motors president wrote a blog post entitled, “We Need To Move Beyond The Car”. The statement wouldn’t be surprising if it came from the head of the Sierra…

Brand Allbirds Charting Climate-Positive Roadmap

Brand Allbirds Charting Climate-Positive Roadmap

The last four years have been a whirlwind for New Zealander Tim Brown and American Joey Zwillinger, the founders of Allbirds. The company has recently announced that it has filed a Series D round…

Farmer Matt Smith Furthers Deer Enterprise

Farmer Matt Smith Furthers Deer Enterprise

Cornish farmers New Zealand-born world shearing champ Matt Smith and his wife Pip are hoping to capitalise on soaring demand for British venison having recently launched their own branded meat company, Westcountry Premium Venison,…

Sky Shepherds a Vital Farming Tool

Sky Shepherds a Vital Farming Tool

Corey Lambeth, a New Zealand farmer, originally purchased a drone for photography, but he quickly realised the device had more practical applications. “I thought ‘I’ll just give it a nudge on the sheep and…

Banker Ross McEwan Receives OBE

Banker Ross McEwan Receives OBE

Former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) New Zealander Ross McEwan, whose job at the UK lender was labelled one of the toughest in banking, has been named in the Queen’s…

How Uni Dropout Nick Mowbray Built a Toy Empire

How Uni Dropout Nick Mowbray Built a Toy Empire

The BBC’s weekly ‘The Boss’ series profiles different business leaders from around the world. Last week, the broadcaster’s Virginia Harrison spoke to New Zealander Nick Mowbray, 34, co-founder and co-chief executive of toymaker Zuru. A…

In Dublin Caroline Gardner is Making Good

In Dublin Caroline Gardner is Making Good

The brainchild of New Zealander Caroline Gardner and Irish woman Joan Ellison, Dublin’s We Make Good teams designers with people who face social difficulties and challenges, to create lovely things that everyone can feel…

Rocket Lab’s Virginia Launch Pad Opens

Rocket Lab’s Virginia Launch Pad Opens

Rocket Lab recently celebrated the opening of a launch complex on the Virginia coast in the United States, half a world away from its first launch pad in New Zealand, award-winning science writer and…

Families and Investors Love Koru Kids

Families and Investors Love Koru Kids

Koru Kids is a London startup, founded by New Zealander Rachel Carrell, trying to help busy parents. They help parents find a local after-school nanny who will do the school pickup, help with homework…

Guilt-Free Coffee With Air New Zealand

Guilt-Free Coffee With Air New Zealand

“You might think that all airplane food tastes like plastic packaging, but good news: In a twist of fate, you can now eat airline packaging that actually tastes like food. Because it is food…

Dyslexia Entrepreneur Matt Strawbridge Heads to US

Dyslexia Entrepreneur Matt Strawbridge Heads to US

When Matt Strawbridge was a boy growing up in New Zealand, school became difficult. He couldn’t read given his dyslexia, and his grades suffered. Looking back, the experience isn’t filled with joy, he told…

Four-day Work Week At A Tipping Point, Says Andrew Barnes

Four-day Work Week At A Tipping Point, Says Andrew Barnes

“I think we’re now at a tipping point,” says Andrew Barnes, author of the book The 4 Day Week to be published in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand in early 2020….

New Zealand Launches First HIV Positive Sperm Bank

New Zealand Launches First HIV Positive Sperm Bank

The world’s first HIV positive sperm bank has been launched in New Zealand in an effort to reduce the stigma experienced by those living with the virus, the Press Association reports in an article…

Air New Zealand Does It Again

Air New Zealand Does It Again

Our flagship carrier has knocked Singapore Airlines off its throne to reclaim the title of world’s best airline for the sixth time, the Jakarta Post reports. AirlineRatings.com released the latest edition of its annual…

Physicist Stephen Parke Makes Maths Discovery

Physicist Stephen Parke Makes Maths Discovery

Three physicists, including one New Zealander, wanted to calculate how neutrinos change. They ended up discovering an unexpected relationship between some of the most ubiquitous objects in maths, Natalie Wolchover reports for online publication,…

Young CEO Jamie Beaton Inspired by Chance Encounter

Young CEO Jamie Beaton Inspired by Chance Encounter

When New Zealander Jamie Beaton, 24, was in his first year of high school, he happened to bump into the dux of his school on a train, Alexis Carey writes for Australian news site,…

Silver Fern Farms Enters US Retail Market in NYC

Silver Fern Farms Enters US Retail Market in NYC

Silver Fern Farms, the largest red meat producer in New Zealand has announced their entry into the U.S. market. The company launched its products in 14 Fairway Market stores around the New York…

Jewellery Brand Monarc Good for the Planet

Jewellery Brand Monarc Good for the Planet

“Ethical jewellery is defined as jewellery that has no negative impact on the people who make it, or the environment it’s produced in, Naomi May writes for London’s Evening Standard. “It may sound like…

Walmart’s Greg Foran Flies Home to Air NZ

Walmart’s Greg Foran Flies Home to Air NZ

Big-box giant Walmart Inc. has announced that New Zealand-born Greg Foran, the CEO of its US division – which makes up the bulk of its sales and operating income – is leaving to become…

NZ Performs Well in World Energy Trilemma Index

NZ Performs Well in World Energy Trilemma Index

An analysis of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index shows New Zealand ranks highly in comparison to other countries, but has slipped in terms of security and sustainability, industry bulletin NZ Energy and…

Skipp Williamson Tops Influential Consultant List

Skipp Williamson Tops Influential Consultant List

The Australian Financial Review magazine’s “hotly anticipated” annual power issue includes lists of the key players across six different industry sectors. At No 1 on the top five most powerful people in consulting is…

Kathmandu Buys Legendary Surf Brand Rip Curl

Kathmandu Buys Legendary Surf Brand Rip Curl

The iconic Australian surfing equipment and apparel company Rip Curl has agreed to a $368m takeover offer from New Zealand-based retailer Kathmandu, Peter Wells reports for the Financial Times. The deal marks the first major…

Four NZ Tech Superstars Bound to Become Global

Four NZ Tech Superstars Bound to Become Global

New Zealand is a country that immediately brings to mind a number of images upon its mention, London-based music and culture magazine The 405 reports. Jaw-dropping nature, a beacon of stability and commonsense governance…

Honouring the Historic for Business Sake

Honouring the Historic for Business Sake

“Even if you’re familiar with the All Blacks, you probably still weren’t aware of their dominant 77 per cent winning percentage against the planet over the last century. What you’re probably familiar with is…

Allbirds’ Tim Brown on Team Dynamics

Allbirds’ Tim Brown on Team Dynamics

New Zealander Tim Brown, 38, didn’t have the typical resume of a hotshot Silicon Valley entrepreneur when he co-founded his shoe startup Allbirds in 2016, but he knew firsthand how to put together a…