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Could Additive Kowbucha Reduce Methane Emissions?

Could Additive Kowbucha Reduce Methane Emissions?

Agriculture is the largest anthropogenic source of this gas, accounting for about 40 per cent, leading innovators to offer new solutions to tackle its bovine source. “You’re seeing much more industry involvement,” director of…

Dr Jane Goodall Endorses Brand Emma Lewisham

Dr Jane Goodall Endorses Brand Emma Lewisham

New Zealand-founded skincare brand Emma Lewisham and Jane Goodall have teamed up to take a stand against beauty waste, Jessica Ourisman reports for Harper’s Bazaar. The eponymously named luxury green beauty brand founded by Emma…

Intelligent Investors Should Look to LanzaTech

Intelligent Investors Should Look to LanzaTech

“LanzaTech, a wholly innovative and unique company originally hailing from New Zealand and now based in Skokie, Illinois, is using a combination of cutting-edge genetic engineering, state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, and innovations in mechanical and…

World-First Biodegradable Shoe the Orba Released

World-First Biodegradable Shoe the Orba Released

New Zealand’s first street sneaker specifically designed to biodegrade, the Orba Ghost, which has just been launched, is made almost entirely of natural materials, Kāpiti News reporter Rosalie Willis write. The shoe formula is…

Growing Wave of NZ Firms Set up Shop in Colorado

Growing Wave of NZ Firms Set up Shop in Colorado

More than two dozen New Zealand firms, many start-ups, have set up shop in the Colorado cities of Denver and Boulder in recent years, making the region a launching pad for their American ambitions,…

Fashion Store Owner Jan Patu Promotes the Plunge

Fashion Store Owner Jan Patu Promotes the Plunge

The owner of a fashion boutique in Australia’s biggest outback city, Kalgoorlie, New Zealander Jan Patu has urged people dreaming of starting their own business to take the plunge, saying it is worth the…

Allbirds Puts a Label on Fashion’s Climate Impact

Allbirds Puts a Label on Fashion’s Climate Impact

Allbirds’ sustainability lead Hana Kajimura talks to The Guardian’s Nadra Nittle about why the company, founded by New Zealander Tim Brown and American Joey Zwillinger, uses carbon labelling to raise consumer awareness about the…

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck Living His Space Dream

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck Living His Space Dream

Rocket Lab’s founder Invercargill-born Peter Beck talks to Al Jazeera about moon shots, deep space exploration and overcoming dream crushers. Beck, who dreamed of launching rockets ever since he was a child, is a major…

Wool Plus Aid Plus Big Investors Equals Expansion

Wool Plus Aid Plus Big Investors Equals Expansion

Early on in Lucas Smith’s researching, patenting and manufacturing of merino Wool+Aid bandages, Stuff’s Marta Steeman reports, a local lawyer told him there was no other product in the world like it. But the…

4-Day Week Spurs Productivity

4-Day Week Spurs Productivity

In 2018, New Zealand company Perpetual Guardian gave each of its 230 employees a day off each week. After the eight-week trial, it reported a 20 per cent jump in productivity and made a…

Super Choice NZ-Style Ice Cream Hits Boston

Super Choice NZ-Style Ice Cream Hits Boston

When American August Radbill visited New Zealand for the first time a few years ago, he became enamoured with our real fruit ice cream, “a simple, ultra-creamy style that swirls together a scoop of…

See-Level Harnesses the Power of VR for the Seasick

See-Level Harnesses the Power of VR for the Seasick

Christchurch-based start-up See-Level may have found a seasickness cure using virtual reality to provide relief for sufferers. Yachting World’s Will Bruton reports on the innovation. See-Level founder Dudley Jackson, originally from the Isle of…

Toymaker Zuru Makes Big Sales with Mini Brands

Toymaker Zuru Makes Big Sales with Mini Brands

There were sceptics in 2019 when New Zealand-based toy company Zuru unveiled its toy line featuring miniature grocery store items, replicated in exact detail, but shrunk to a tiny fraction of their normal size,…

Howick Partners with US Construction Company

Howick Partners with US Construction Company

Together with New Zealand-based steel framing machinery designer and manufacturer Howick, Massachusetts company Windover Construction are renovating a century-old YMCA building in the US city of Beverly. By way of an Autodesk programme, Windover…

Oceanographer Kerry Black Helps Save India’s Beaches

Oceanographer Kerry Black Helps Save India’s Beaches

Puducherry in India is a seaside city of nearly one million people. This 40km strip of coastline, divided into seven zones, used to be home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. But…

WestJet CEO Ed Sims to Retire

WestJet CEO Ed Sims to Retire

WestJet Airlines chief executive officer New Zealander Ed Sims will retire at the end of the year. Sims, who joined the Calgary-based carrier in 2017 and became CEO in 2018, led the airline through…

New Zealand Signs Space Agreement with NASA

New Zealand Signs Space Agreement with NASA

New Zealand has announced it is the latest country to sign a space agreement with NASA, just as the country’s nascent space industry begins to take off, Associated Press correspondent Nick Perry reports. New Zealand became…

No Master Plan for Makeup Maestra Lisa Eldridge

No Master Plan for Makeup Maestra Lisa Eldridge

While two million-plus subscribers certainly earns her the label, ‘YouTuber’ doesn’t quite cover the laundry list of Auckland-born Lisa Eldridge’s professional accomplishments, Lela London writes for Forbes. As a makeup artist, Eldridge, 46, has spent…

Packaging Queen Rebecca Percasky Charms Cartier

Packaging Queen Rebecca Percasky Charms Cartier

New Zealand-based entrepreneur Rebecca Percasky launched sustainable packaging company The Better Packaging Co. after years spent working in e-commerce left her feeling disillusioned by the amount of plastic waste her industry was creating, Yeong…

Tom Wright Peddling Juice to NYC Fashionistas

Tom Wright Peddling Juice to NYC Fashionistas

Described as “the underground GOAT” by Supreme store manager and community organiser Aaron Wiggs, New York-based Tom’s Juice is the small-batch, cold-pressed fruit (juice) of 31-year-old New Zealander Tom Wright’s labour, Maggie McGlinchy reports…

Allbirds and Adidas Make Planet-First Running Shoe

Allbirds and Adidas Make Planet-First Running Shoe

“Competition between running shoe brands is never-ending. Successful products don’t just boost profit margins, they help win medals, too,” tech reviewer Kieran Alger reports for Wired. “This new, shared – and frankly formidable –…

Wool From NZ Makes Sheep Inc.’s Carbon Neg Hoodie

Wool From NZ Makes Sheep Inc.’s Carbon Neg Hoodie

The production of UK-based start-up Sheep Inc.’s 100 per cent carbon negative hoodie starts on three farms in New Zealand, where the business sources its wool, Adele Peters reports for Fast Company. By using regenerative…

Sweet Flower’s Tim Dodd Leads LA Cannabis Movement

Sweet Flower’s Tim Dodd Leads LA Cannabis Movement

New Zealander Tim Dodd left behind executive roles at Technicolor, Warner Bros. and Time Warner, and acquired Los Angeles cannabis boutique Sweet Flower with a long-time colleague. Together, they reorganised, rebranded and then opened…

Invert Robotics Relocates HQ to Dublin

Invert Robotics Relocates HQ to Dublin

Christchurch-founded Invert Robotics, a company that develops inspection robots, is relocating its headquarters to Dublin after recently raising €3.5 million from backers that include State-backed Finistere Ventures, Charlie Taylor reports for The Irish Times.

Tamara Singer Discovers the Truffle in Seaweed

Tamara Singer Discovers the Truffle in Seaweed

New Zealander Tamara Singer and her friend Norwegian Angelita Erikson harvest wild seaweed on the beaches of Norway’s Lofoten archipelago. It’s an inconspicuous plant, but one that can be used in many ways. One variety in…

Bob Valentine New President of Concord Music

Bob Valentine New President of Concord Music

Concord Music Publishing has named its CFO New Zealander Bob Valentine the new president of the company. According to Music Business Worldwide editor Murray Stassen, Nashville-based Valentine first began his association with Concord in 1999,…

World Holstein Appointment for Cherilyn Watson

World Holstein Appointment for Cherilyn Watson

General manager of our largest dairy breed association Holstein Friesian NZ, Cherilyn Watson has been appointed president of the World Holstein Friesian Federation (WHFF) Council, the first female president in the Federation’s 45-year history,…

Colorado-Based Tip Top Savory Pies Grows

Colorado-Based Tip Top Savory Pies Grows

Tip Top Savory Pies, a popular eatery in Lafayette, Colorado “will soon introduce its New Zealand-style cuisine to a new area of Boulder County as the company is set to expand into a new…

Largest Glowing Shark Species Discovered Near NZ

Largest Glowing Shark Species Discovered Near NZ

During a month-long expedition in waters off the coast of New Zealand, researchers identified the largest glow-in-the-dark species with a spine – on land or sea – that has ever been found, the kitefin…

Dubai-Based Kim Thompson’s Business Success Story

Dubai-Based Kim Thompson’s Business Success Story

Top restaurants in Dubai spearheaded by female owners, founders and chefs are profiled in Time Out Dubai, and include an interview with New Zealander Kim Thompson, who owns RAW Coffee. RAW Coffee was set…

NZ Fintech Companies Have Sights Set on Hong Kong

NZ Fintech Companies Have Sights Set on Hong Kong

“As a small country and market by population, it is second nature for New Zealand businesses to explore and expand into new geographies,” New Zealand Trade Commissioner for Hong Kong and Macau Kiwa Whatarau…

Ancient Ngawha Kauri Witness to Great Change

Ancient Ngawha Kauri Witness to Great Change

About 42,000 years ago, Earth was beset with oddness. Its magnetic field collapsed. Ice sheets surged across North America, Australasia and the Andes. Wind belts shifted across the Pacific and Southern Oceans. Prolonged drought…

Jaimee Lupton’s Haircare Brand Monday Gets Global

Jaimee Lupton’s Haircare Brand Monday Gets Global

The brainchild of New Zealand-based beauty entrepreneur Jaimee Lupton, Monday Haircare made its stateside debut this month debut at Target and Ulta, Celia Shatzman reports for Forbes. Monday Haircare made quite the splash when it…

Trapped in Museums for Centuries, Maori Ancestors Are Coming Home

Trapped in Museums for Centuries, Maori Ancestors Are Coming Home

Writing for Atlas Obscura, Ye Charlotte Ming has taken an in-depth look at the ongoing process of repatriation of Maori remains from international museums, quoting poet and musician Hinemoana Baker, researcher Amber Aranui and…

Contact Tracing Company SaferMe Focuses on US

Contact Tracing Company SaferMe Focuses on US

Wellington-based contact tracing technology provider SaferMe, which played a role in helping New Zealand bring COVID-19 case counts down to zero, is setting its sights on Texas and the North American market, Dom DiFurio…

Cooee Keeping Tour Guides in Virtual Business

Cooee Keeping Tour Guides in Virtual Business

Cooee, a travel platform developed in New Zealand, is finding ways to keep tour guides in business during the pandemic – and let people get a view of somewhere besides their own house, Adele…

Tech Sector Humming with Mergers and Acquisitions

Tech Sector Humming with Mergers and Acquisitions

Specialist in the tech area, Mark Clare of Wellington’s Clare Capital, said the level of mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and general advisory work in the industry was busier than he had ever seen…

Weta Digital Looks to Become Content Producer

Weta Digital Looks to Become Content Producer

At a time when much of Hollywood is reeling from Covid-19, Weta Digital, the Wellington visual-effects company behind Avatar and Avengers: Endgame, is looking to pull a growth story out of its magic hat,…

Rocket Lab Launches Sixth Successful Mission of ‘20

Rocket Lab Launches Sixth Successful Mission of ‘20

Rocket Lab USA Inc. has completed another mission sending a satellite into space aboard one of the New Zealand-founded company’s Electron launch vehicles, Elijah Chiland reports for the Los Angeles Business Journal. It was…

Canada-Based Builder Rob Parsons Lauded

Canada-Based Builder Rob Parsons Lauded

New Zealander Rob Parsons a Victoria, Canada contractor known for building high-end homes and for integrity in his business dealings has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Victoria Residential Builders Association in recognition…

Unilever NZ to follow lead of Perpetual Guardian to Trial 4-day Work Week

Unilever NZ to follow lead of Perpetual Guardian to Trial 4-day Work Week

Unilever New Zealand will be trialling a four day workweek for one year, representing a fundamental change in the way the company views their workforce, reports Azi Paybarah for The New York Times. All 81…

Former Olympic Athlete Now Criteo CEO Megan Clarken Aims Ever Higher

Former Olympic Athlete Now Criteo CEO Megan Clarken Aims Ever Higher

Internet advertising company Criteo’s first female CEO, Megan Clarken, has had an illustrious career in business so far. For the past 15 years, the native New Zealander has been a champion of diversity and…

Siouxsie Wiles Makes BBC List of Inspiring Women

Siouxsie Wiles Makes BBC List of Inspiring Women

Scientist and public health communicator Siouxsie Wiles has been named on this year’s BBC list of 100 Women, a roll call of “inspiring and inspirational women from around the world”. This year, the BBC reports,…

Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Takes on M&S

Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Takes on M&S

Mel Smith is a plain-speaking, cheery New Zealander who joined online supermarket Ocado as CEO of Ocado Retail just over a year ago from Marks & Spencer, Harry Wallop reports in a story about…

Rocket Lab Welcomes Electron Back to Earth

Rocket Lab Welcomes Electron Back to Earth

In a major milestone, the New Zealand-based launch company Rocket Lab has successfully recovered an orbital-class rocket after parachuting it back to Earth from near-space – only the second company in history ever to…

The Caker’s Rondel Sisters Take Baking Kits to US

The Caker’s Rondel Sisters Take Baking Kits to US

Boxed cake mixes don’t have the most glamorous reputation, and that’s precisely why Jordan and Anouk Rondel think The Caker stands out. The two sisters have expanded the baking business from their hometown of…

Soul Machines’ AI Florence Helps Smokers Quit

Soul Machines’ AI Florence Helps Smokers Quit

With smokers at great risk of Covid-19 complications, Auckland-based Soul Machines, leaders in artificial general intelligence (AGI), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have developed Florence, an embodied AI who offers online counselling for…

Xero’s Steve Vamos Leads Staff Through Pandemic

Xero’s Steve Vamos Leads Staff Through Pandemic

Head of Wellington-based accountancy software group Xero, Steve Vamos, 62, strives to create an environment where staff do ‘great work’. The tech veteran recently spoke to Financial Times correspondent Jonathan Moules over a video call about…

Icebreaker Aims to Go Plastic-Free by 2023

Icebreaker Aims to Go Plastic-Free by 2023

Last year, Auckland-based outdoor brand Icebreaker sponsored French ultra-swimmer Ben Lecomte to swim across the Pacific from Hawaii to San Francisco through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. He swam 350 nautical miles over the…

Portland’s Twist on Classic NZ Dessert

Portland’s Twist on Classic NZ Dessert

What happens when it rains? A question especially pertinent for warm-weather businesses, like ice cream shops, many of which say they see a big drop in business during rainy weather, Katherine Chew Hamilton writes…

Billion-Dollar Start-Up Allbirds Launches Apparel

Billion-Dollar Start-Up Allbirds Launches Apparel

Allbirds, the San Francisco brand whose wildly popular £95 wool trainers and low-carbon ethos earned it a valuation of $1.7bn from investors earlier this month, is about to find out. The five-year-old company, co-founded…

Climate Change Graphics Made Simple by John Lang

Climate Change Graphics Made Simple by John Lang

New Zealander John Lang has just finished an unenviable task: taking a jargon-packed, number-heavy report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and turning it into a graphic the average person might read,…

Security Company Gallagher to Expand in UK and EU

Security Company Gallagher to Expand in UK and EU

Work is underway on the construction of a European HQ for New Zealand-based security giant Gallagher, Rachel Covill reports for UK media site, The Business Desk. Gallagher, a leading manufacturer in security and agricultural…

Allbirds Bets on Physical Stores Despite Pandemic

Allbirds Bets on Physical Stores Despite Pandemic

Allbirds, the wool shoe brand that closed a $100m fundraising round this week, is backing bricks-and-mortar stores in spite of the pandemic, according to Financial Times journalist Jonathan Moules. Moules writes that the new…

Dose & Co. Get the Kardashian Approval

Dose & Co. Get the Kardashian Approval

Good American founder Khloé Kardashian has invested in Dose & Co., a New Zealand-based company that sells a variety of collagen products throughout New Zealand and Australia. Kardashian is joining the company as a…

Attica’s Ben Shewry Flexes Other Creative Muscles

Attica’s Ben Shewry Flexes Other Creative Muscles

In Melbourne, coronavirus brought with it a challenge the scope and severity of which local restaurateurs have never seen before. With eateries collapsing around him, New Zealand chef and restaurateur Ben Shewry was forced…