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Revolutionary Gibbs Quadski Something Epic

Revolutionary Gibbs Quadski Something Epic

“As its name suggests,” the Gibbs Quadski “was an exciting mix” of a jet ski and a quad bike, Vlad Radu writes for car and automakers database, Autoevolution. It was “the first of its…

Sustainability is Abel’s Top Note

Sustainability is Abel’s Top Note

Artisanal companies from Britain to New Zealand are putting environmentally sensitive production, practices and packaging at the centre of their business models, Isabella Kwai reports for The New York Times. Based between Wellington and Amsterdam,…

Richard Chandler Aims to Build Tesla of Aeroplanes

Richard Chandler Aims to Build Tesla of Aeroplanes

Futuristic electric vertical-takeoff air taxis have grabbed all the headlines – and billions in venture dollars – but Singapore-based investor New Zealand-born Richard Chandler, 63, thinks he has a better idea: conventional battery-powered aircraft…

Allbirds’ Tim Brown Reflects on Career Change

Allbirds’ Tim Brown Reflects on Career Change

Many entrepreneurs will tell you that what they’re doing now is not what they initially set out to do. Each month in a series called, The Pivot, Canadian Business speaks to founders, business leaders…

Simran Kaur Is a Girl That Invests

Simran Kaur Is a Girl That Invests

When Simran Kaur, creator and co-host of the podcast Girls That Invest, and author of the bestselling book of the same name, was growing up in New Zealand, there was no resource for young…

Edinburgh Tech Jobs Boost with StretchSense Landing

Edinburgh Tech Jobs Boost with StretchSense Landing

New Zealand firm StretchSense, the brains behind “the world’s best motion capture glove”, is launching a “centre of excellence” in Edinburgh as part of a multi-million-pound global expansion of its capital operations. Scott Reid…

CEO James Parr Searching Universe for Signs of Life

CEO James Parr Searching Universe for Signs of Life

As a Lower Hutt schoolboy James Parr won a scholarship to NASA summer camp. Worried he wouldn’t fit in, he turned it down. Three decades later, he works alongside the space agency as chief executive…

Inside New Zealand’s Clean Green Beauty Scene

Inside New Zealand’s Clean Green Beauty Scene

Kaeā, founded by conservationist Suzan Craig, is one of a handful of sustainable skincare brands to come out of New Zealand in recent years. Financial Times contribution editor Jessica Beresford interviews the entrepreneurs. Craig’s mission…

Massey Scientists Reduce Cow Burps to Save Planet

Massey Scientists Reduce Cow Burps to Save Planet

More than a dozen calves wait at a research farm in New Zealand to be fed “Kowbucha”, a probiotic that studies show reduces methane emissions – or burps, Lucy Craymer writes in a Reuters…

Pagerie Kitting Out Pets in Designer Accessories

Pagerie Kitting Out Pets in Designer Accessories

Reports show that the number of pet owners in the US and UK increased after Covid-19, and that people, especially millennials without kids, are willing to spend more on pooches, shopping for boutique accessories…

Air New Zealand’s Greg Foran Profiled in Fortune

Air New Zealand’s Greg Foran Profiled in Fortune

Greg Foran’s decision in 2019 to step down as CEO of Walmart’s $300 billion-a-year US business and lead Air New Zealand took retail industry observers by surprise, Phil Wahba writes in a profile for…

Xero Founder Rod Drury Back with New Start-Up

Xero Founder Rod Drury Back with New Start-Up

Xero founder and former CEO New Zealander Rod Drury is back in the tech scene with a new venture, Atomic.io. It is his first software-as-a-service investment since stepping down from the top job at…

Launch Market Leaders Rocket Lab Count Down

Launch Market Leaders Rocket Lab Count Down

New Zealand-founded Rocket Lab stock is ready for take-off, according to US investment bank and financial services company, Cowen. Carmen Reinicke reports for CNBC. The firm recently upgraded shares of the company to outperform from…

How Our Climate Fight Threatens Iconic Farmland

How Our Climate Fight Threatens Iconic Farmland

As New Zealand puts a growing price on greenhouse emissions, investors are rushing to buy up pastures and plant carbon-sucking trees, Serena Solomon reports for a story published in The New York Times. So-called carbon…

Researchers Unlocking Renaissance Beauty Secrets

Researchers Unlocking Renaissance Beauty Secrets

Associate professor of art history at the University of Auckland Erin Griffey is a bit of a beauty maven. “I’m one of those people who reads the backs of beauty products,” she says. That’s…

Rob McCallum a Big Deal in the Exploration World

Rob McCallum a Big Deal in the Exploration World

As a founding partner of EYOS Expeditions, New Zealander Rob McCallum, since 2008, has helped organise, guide and execute logistics for more than 1000 expeditions to some of the world’s remotest places, Forbes contributor…

Lindsay Lohan in Allbirds Running Shoe Campaign

Lindsay Lohan in Allbirds Running Shoe Campaign

American actress and entrepreneur Lindsay Lohan is fronting Allbirds new running shoe campaign celebrating the New Zealand-American sustainable brand’s eco-friendly bright pink sneakers. Lohan stars in the company’s new campaign promoting its new eco-conscious Tree…

Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Breaking the Mould

Ocado Retail CEO Mel Smith Breaking the Mould

Two “powerhouse women”, New Zealander Mel Smith (pictured left), Ocado Retail CEO, and Jomas’ Associates founder and managing director, Briton Roni Savage, share the secrets of their success with Harper’s Bazaar executive editor, Frances Hedges. Both…

Glassdoor is Ordered to Reveal Identities of Anonymous Zuru Reviewers

Glassdoor is Ordered to Reveal Identities of Anonymous Zuru Reviewers

A new lawsuit indicates that those Glassdoor reviews you’re writing may not be anonymous, Jane Their reports in a story for Fortune. Recently, Alex Tse, a magistrate judge in a Northern California district court,…

Ric Awburn’s Solution to Common Dairy Problem

Ric Awburn’s Solution to Common Dairy Problem

A spring-loaded ballcock arm is the invention bringing a New Zealand farming family to the world market by solving problems for farmers around ensuring a water supply for livestock, Stephen Cadogan reports for the…

Study Sheds Light on Mental Illness and Dementia

Study Sheds Light on Mental Illness and Dementia

“Certain mental conditions, particularly depression and schizophrenia, have also been linked to dementia. But because depression can itself be a sign of cognitive decline, the causality has been a bit muddy,” Claudia Wallis writes…

Hello Cup Number One in Cosmo Beauty Rankings

Hello Cup Number One in Cosmo Beauty Rankings

The women behind the flourishing New Zealand period product company Hello are ecstatic after their flagship ‘Hello Cup’ was named the “best menstrual cup” in the world by US-based fashion and entertainment publication Cosmopolitan, Lana…

Air India Welcomes Campbell Wilson as New CEO

Air India Welcomes Campbell Wilson as New CEO

Christchurch-born Campbell Wilson, 50, who spent 26 years in various leadership position at Singapore Airlines, including as the founding chief executive of no-frills airline Scoot, has been named the new CEO of Air India. “Air…

Brianne West Revolutionising Beauty Industry

Brianne West Revolutionising Beauty Industry

In a feature published by The CEO Magazine, Ethique’s founder and CEO New Zealander Brianne West reveals the logistics of getting a regenerative beauty business onto the world stage and the mass appeal of…

Rocket Lab Grabs Booster With a Helicopter

Rocket Lab Grabs Booster With a Helicopter

Rocket Lab aims to join Elon Musk’s SpaceX in reusing rocket boosters, which can lower costs and increase the frequency of launching to orbit, Kenneth Chang writes for The New York Times. The small…

GAIT’s Saurav Bansal Using AI in Real-Time Carbon Measurement

GAIT’s Saurav Bansal Using AI in Real-Time Carbon Measurement

New start-up GAIT Global claims its technology, using artificial intelligence and spatial data, is the only real-time measure of carbon in the atmosphere and will help catalyse the world’s efforts in combating climate change….

Hamish McKenzie and Substack Colleagues Chat Growth

Hamish McKenzie and Substack Colleagues Chat Growth

Subscription publishing platform Substack, co-founded by New Zealander Hamish McKenzie (pictured left), finds itself no longer a wunderkind but a company facing a host of challenges, Tiffany Hsu writes for The New York Times….

Auckland AI at Forefront of New Virtual Workplaces

Auckland AI at Forefront of New Virtual Workplaces

Auckland-based AI developers UneeQ and Soul Machines’ “array of digital colleagues act as advisors and assistants, doing much of the heavy lifting of work in the metaverse and, in theory, free up human workers…

New Tech-Forward Platform ZQRX Pushes for Regenerative Wool Across New Zealand

New Tech-Forward Platform ZQRX Pushes for Regenerative Wool Across New Zealand

ZQRX, a collective focused on the sustainability of New Zealand wool, is building what it calls the first regenerative wool platform, Esha Chhabra reports for Forbes. About 460 farms which sit across 3.7 million acres…

Miruku About to Disrupt Global Dairy Industry

Miruku About to Disrupt Global Dairy Industry

Founded in 2020 by former New Zealand dairy executive Amos Palfreyman (pictured left) and Israeli food tech innovator Professor Oded Shoseyov, molecular farming startup Miruku, which has been operating in stealth until now, is…

Andrew Barnes is Revolutionizing the Work Week

Andrew Barnes is Revolutionizing the Work Week

Andrew Barnes is speaking to Guardian journalist Tess McClure from one of his vineyards on Waiheke Island. On the scale of a globe, it’s a speck of land off the coast of a dot,…

Success for Allbirds’ Tim Brown Has Meaning

Success for Allbirds’ Tim Brown Has Meaning

Allbirds co-founder New Zealander Tim Brown shares his insights on fuelling performance with a higher purpose. Brown tells Inc. magazine that when he retired from professional football, he found himself searching for his next…

Wayve’s Alex Kendall Teaching Cars to Drive

Wayve’s Alex Kendall Teaching Cars to Drive

UK autonomous driving start-up Wayve, co-founded by New Zealander Alex Kendall, has been backed by a host of big name investors including Microsoft, Virgin and Baillie Gifford in a US$200 million funding round that…

Outdoors Vital for Children Agrees Rachel Carrell

Outdoors Vital for Children Agrees Rachel Carrell

Home Nursery, an offshoot of New Zealander Rachel Carrell’s Koru Kids childcare agency, has been launched to address the growing number of parents wanting their city-dwelling kids to learn while surrounded by Mother Nature,…

Invivo Launches World’s First Winery Airline

Invivo Launches World’s First Winery Airline

Before the pandemic halted in-flight booze service aboard a majority of airplanes, airplane drinks used to be something many passengers looked forward to. With select airlines slowly bringing that service back, New Zealand-based winery…

Tesco Picks Up Alistair King’s Pet Food Nood

Tesco Picks Up Alistair King’s Pet Food Nood

Co-founder of New Zealand pet food brand Nood, Alistair King, 22, who has just launched the premium product range at Tesco in the UK, speaks to Business Matters about the inspiration behind the brand…

Space Man Peter Beck Makes Annual Bloomberg 50

Space Man Peter Beck Makes Annual Bloomberg 50

“In high school a guidance counsellor told Peter Beck that a career building rockets was ‘absurdly unachievable’. And it did take the New Zealander a while to realise his teenage dream. For more than…

Floeting Rings In A Revolutionary Diamond Setting

Floeting Rings In A Revolutionary Diamond Setting

“A New Zealand jeweler has invented a way to put more sparkle in an engagement ring,” writes Forbes Watches & Jewelry contributor Carol Besler. The new Floeting Diamond created by veteran Wellington master jeweler…

Weta Digital Tech Sale has 1.65 Billion Special Effects

Weta Digital Tech Sale has 1.65 Billion Special Effects

Unity Software, a 3D game-development platform, is expanding its VFX footprint in a big way with the US$1.625 billion acquisition of the technology division of Peter Jackson’s New Zealand-based Weta Digital, Todd Spangler reports…

Big-Impact Books That Matter Most to Audette Exel

Big-Impact Books That Matter Most to Audette Exel

Reading for pleasure takes founder and chair of NGO Adara Group New Zealander Audette Exel to many places, but there’s one place it brings her back to most often. The regular Australian Financial…

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…