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Weta Digital Receives Significant Investment

Weta Digital Receives Significant Investment

Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker has invested in film director Peter Jackson’s Wellington-based visual effects studio, Weta Digital, Fortune magazine reports. Weta Digital has contributed work on a number of blockbuster films…

Otago Scientists Explain Loch Ness Mystery

Otago Scientists Explain Loch Ness Mystery

The most famous photo of the Loch Ness monster has long been discredited as a hoax, but University of Otago scientists have come up with a new explanation for other sightings of the elusive…

New NAB Chief Ross McEwan Faced With More Repairs

New NAB Chief Ross McEwan Faced With More Repairs

Sitting in the Royal Bank of Scotland’s revamped offices near London’s Liverpool Street station last month – days after accepting the top job at National Australia Bank, having given 12 months’ notice at RBS…

Rocket Lab Aims to Catch Boosters with Choppers

Rocket Lab Aims to Catch Boosters with Choppers

New Zealand-founded California-based Rocket Lab wants to use a helicopter to “catch” the first stage of its Electron rocket as it floats toward the ground with a parachute, according to Robert Mogg reporting for…

Statistician Hadley Wickham Wins Global Award

Statistician Hadley Wickham Wins Global Award

Hadley Wickham, a statistician from Hamilton who is now based in Houston, Texas, has won the international 2019 COPSS Presidents’ Award. The prize is awarded annually to a statistician under 40 in recognition of…

New Zealand Study Looks At Robot Racism

New Zealand Study Looks At Robot Racism

The reason for shades of technological white in the creation of robots may be racism, according to new research undertaken by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and published…

Entrepreneur Steve Ashby Helping Others Start Up

Entrepreneur Steve Ashby Helping Others Start Up

New Zealander Steve Ashby tells Dubai-based newspaper The National that he launched his start-up Businessmentals in the UAE in 2017 with one clear ambition: to provide other would-be entrepreneurs with everything they needed to…

National Australia Bank Hires RBS Head Ross McEwan

National Australia Bank Hires RBS Head Ross McEwan

National Australia Bank (NAB) has appointed the New Zealander who oversaw Royal Bank of Scotland’s lengthy restructuring as its new chief executive, Daniel Shane and Jamie Smyth report for the Financial Times. Melbourne-based NAB,…

New Culture Making Cow Cheese Without Cows

New Culture Making Cow Cheese Without Cows

Head of Silicon Valley-based food startup New Culture, New Zealander Matt Gibson, founded the company because he didn’t like the non-dairy options on the market, according to a story by Larissa Zimberoff published online…

How the Gig Economy Worked for Sue McLachlan

How the Gig Economy Worked for Sue McLachlan

New Zealand-born mother-of-two Sue McLachlan is pursuing her passion in the gig economy and making a comfortable amount of money after the collapse of her cloth nappy company business. Yahoo Finance reports on how…

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon Resigns

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon Resigns

Seven years to the day since Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon was appointed to the job he has resigned flagging a possible career in politics. Stuff business reporter Susan Edmonds reports on…

Modulation Effects Man Lee Nicholson Talks Business

Modulation Effects Man Lee Nicholson Talks Business

Dunedin boutique effects maker Lee Nicholson has earned a reputation for creating innovative modulation-based analogue effects with digital brains that blend sonic experimentalism with ease of use. Josh Gardner at Guitar.com spoke to him…

Barbara Rae-Venter’s Revolutionary Cold Case Crime Breakthrough

Barbara Rae-Venter’s Revolutionary Cold Case Crime Breakthrough

Auckland-born genetic genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter has become the go-to expert for law enforcement agencies hoping to crack the cases that defy traditional investigative methods, according to a profile in the San Francisco Chronicle by…

Hilton Boss Alan Watts Sets His Sights on India

Hilton Boss Alan Watts Sets His Sights on India

Alan Watts, Asia-Pacific president of iconic hotel brand Hilton, which turns 100 this month, is bullish on India, Ashish Gupta writes for Fortune. New Zealand-born Watts joined Hilton in January 2018 after a 20-year…

High Hopes for the Town of Ruatoria

High Hopes for the Town of Ruatoria

New Zealand medicinal business, Hikurangi Cannabis is looking to secure its slice of the “cannabusiness”, all while empowering the marginalised community of Ruatoria and allowing it to create wealth from within. Anna Watanabe reports…

On the Anniversary of Ernest Rutherford’s Find

On the Anniversary of Ernest Rutherford’s Find

“In 1907, a New Zealander named Ernest Rutherford moved from McGill University in Canada to the University of Manchester. There, he conducted a series of experiments where he fired alpha particles at different materials,”…

New Zealand Responds to Alternative Protein Threat

New Zealand Responds to Alternative Protein Threat

In a report for The Japan Times, journalist Charlotte Greenfield talks to Dave Harper, a farmer in the scenic Canterbury region, where his painstakingly bred flock of lambs is grazing not on grass, but…

Allbirds Is Just Flat out Busy

Allbirds Is Just Flat out Busy

Allbirds’ first distinctly feminine silhouette has just been released. Shannon Fitzgerald reports on the new line, a brightly-hued ballet flat called The Tree Breezer, for Fortune magazine. The flat is constructed from an extremely light…

Pioneering Facial Reconstruction Work Of Harold Gillies Carries Graphic Warning

Pioneering Facial Reconstruction Work Of Harold Gillies Carries Graphic Warning

The pioneering work of Dunedin-born surgeon Dr Harold Gillies is graphically displayed in a Daily Mail spread featuring the facial reconstructions of soldiers wounded in WWI. Under the headline “The rebuilt faces of war:…

Mental Health Means Business for Hannah Hardy-Jones

Mental Health Means Business for Hannah Hardy-Jones

A new wave of female entrepreneurs who are using their own experiences of mental health to help others feature in Forbes, including New Zealander Hannah Hardy-Jones, founder of The Kite Program, “the world’s first…

Rachel Carrell Fixing Broken UK Childcare System

Rachel Carrell Fixing Broken UK Childcare System

There are a dozen different words that Rachel Carrell can think of to describe the challenges of finding childcare for parents in the UK. None of them are positive. “It’s exhausting, expensive, overwhelming, stressful…

Virgin CEO Josh Bayliss Reflects on Climate Action

Virgin CEO Josh Bayliss Reflects on Climate Action

New Zealand-born Josh Bayliss, CEO of multi-billion-pound brand the Virgin Group, which holds a stake in Virgin Atlantic, discusses with BusinessGreen journalist Michael Holder how corporates should respond to consumer outcry over climate change. There…

Ross McEwan Completes RBS Turnaround

Ross McEwan Completes RBS Turnaround

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc’s top banker, New Zealander Ross McEwan, will leave the state-backed lender within a year, Bloomberg reports. The bank will start searching for chief executive officer McEwan’s replacement immediately, according…

Software Startup AskNicely Moves to Portland

Software Startup AskNicely Moves to Portland

Auckland-founded software startup AskNicely has moved its headquarters to Portland, Oregon. The company’s technology is designed to help clients improve customer satisfaction and it opened its Portland outpost in 2017 and now employs 35…

Virgin Media’s Tom Mockridge to Step Down

Virgin Media’s Tom Mockridge to Step Down

New Zealander Tom Mockridge is exiting his role as CEO at UK cabler Virgin Media and will return to Italy to be with his family. He has had a long career in pay TV…

Rocket Lab Now Building Customisable Satellites

Rocket Lab Now Building Customisable Satellites

Small satellite launcher, New Zealand-founded Rocket Lab is getting into the business of making satellites in addition to launching them. The company has announced that it is offering a new service to customers: a…

Paul Clews in Legal Team Dealing to Risky Bonds

Paul Clews in Legal Team Dealing to Risky Bonds

A legal duo made up of New Zealander Paul Clews, 41, and American Sabrina Fox, 42, lead the newly formed European Leveraged Finance Alliance (ELFA), a group trying to raise standards in Europe’s junk…

Menstrual Company Hello Cup Expands into US

Menstrual Company Hello Cup Expands into US

New Zealand menstrual cup brand Hello Cup, co-founded by Robyn McLean and best friend Mary Bond, has signed a deal with American clothing brand Urban Outfitters. From the end of this month, Hello Cup will…

Surgeon Simon Talbot Heads World-Leading Team

Surgeon Simon Talbot Heads World-Leading Team

Harvard-based New Zealander Dr Simon Talbot M.D. leads a team of surgeons performing astonishing hand transplants and plays a part in operations that give patients a new face, reports Clare de Lore…

Laybuy Continues its Move onto UK Platforms

Laybuy Continues its Move onto UK Platforms

Laybuy, which was co-founded by Gary Rohloff and his son Alex, is a New Zealand company that’s trying to bring a new payment model to the UK. It’s based on a model known as “layby”,…

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck at TED in Vancouver

Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck at TED in Vancouver

Peter Beck is a space entrepreneur with a rocket and launch pad in New Zealand that has permission for flights “every 72 hours for the next 30 years”. Beck recently spoke at the TED…

Air New Zealand Voted Australia’s Most Trusted Brand

Air New Zealand Voted Australia’s Most Trusted Brand

“Qantas Airways has been beaten to the top spot once again by its New Zealand counterpart in the annual Australian Corporate Reputation Index. In the institute’s report, Air New Zealand took first position as…

Air NZ Uses 3D Printing to Install Spare Part

Air NZ Uses 3D Printing to Install Spare Part

“Air New Zealand’s exploration of 3D technology for parts and tools has ratcheted up a notch after it successfully ordered a 3D bumper protector for seats from Singapore and had it made and installed…

Māori Business Revaluing the Past

Māori Business Revaluing the Past

Global businesses should heed traditional, indigenous knowledge to better protect land, honour old customs and boost profits, participants at a Wakatū Incorporation conference in Wellington said last week. Instead of a wasteful “take, make and…

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

Your Apples May Soon Be Picked By Laser-Shooting Robots

Roboticists are creating crop-specific machines to harvest fruits and veggies. One of these inventions is “the apple-picking robot, a metallic farmer that just graduated from R&D and won a job in a New Zealand…

Travel the World Like Influencer Alex Gillespie

Travel the World Like Influencer Alex Gillespie

New Zealand-born Instagram travel guru Alex Gillespie has amassed over 54k followers on Instagram over recent years, and has made a living travelling the world. He’s one of those enviable people who seems to…

40,000-Year-Old Log Explains Earth’s Mystery

40,000-Year-Old Log Explains Earth’s Mystery

A 40,000-year-old 60-tonne kauri log discovered during excavations for a new power station in Ngāwhā could explain a mysterious global event, which may have dramatically changed the Earth’s climate. Scientists in New Zealand believe the…

New CMO Role at TRI Pointe for Linda Mamet

New CMO Role at TRI Pointe for Linda Mamet

One of America’s largest homebuilders, California-based TRI Pointe Group, announced last week that New Zealander Linda Mamet has been named chief marketing officer. In her role as vice president of corporate marketing for the past…

MinRes Head Chris Ellison Takes Top Honour

MinRes Head Chris Ellison Takes Top Honour

Mineral Resources boss New Zealander Chris Ellison has won a top honour at the Australian Institute of Management WA Pinnacle Awards. More than 450 people attended the glittering black-tie ceremony in Perth to acknowledge stand-out…

Tim Topham Drills Through Adversity

Tim Topham Drills Through Adversity

New Zealanders Tim Topham and his brother had little to show for their business dream in 2006, spending their nights on mattresses in their newly purchased yard in Boulder, Western Australia. By day they…

Lonely Lingerie One of the Labels Changing Lingerie

Lonely Lingerie One of the Labels Changing Lingerie

“Lingerie is set to become a $59 billion market globally by 2024, up from $38 billion in 2017, according to Zion Market Research. And as sales grow, tastes also appear to be shifting,” writes…

Laybuy Partners with Footasylum to Mark UK Launch

Laybuy Partners with Footasylum to Mark UK Launch

“New Zealand-based ‘buy now, pay later’ platform Laybuy has marked its official UK launch by announcing a partnership with high street brand Footasylum,” George Nixon reports for The Daily Mail. “Online…

Samuel Wilkes Rolls Out New Business in Manila

Samuel Wilkes Rolls Out New Business in Manila

Serving handcrafted ice cream in Bali, Indonesia since 2017, XOXO has now opened branches in Manila. “We opened here at Greenbelt 3 in October of last year,” says Samuel Wilkes, the New Zealand-born co-founder…

New Zealand Farmers Herd Sheep with Barking Drones

New Zealand Farmers Herd Sheep with Barking Drones

In New Zealand, farmers are using drones to herd and monitor livestock, assuming a job that highly intelligent dogs have held for more than a century, and though the robots have not replaced the…

Zero-Waste Advocate Kate Mercurio Starts with Soap

Zero-Waste Advocate Kate Mercurio Starts with Soap

Having grown fed up with watching her children play among plastic rubbish on Hong Kong beaches, New Zealand-born Kate Mercurio decided to tackle the issue head on – one bar of soap at a…

Allbirds Taking Viral Wool Tennis Shoe to China

Allbirds Taking Viral Wool Tennis Shoe to China

Allbirds Inc., the wool shoe startup co-founded by New Zealander Tim Brown that’s become a staple of Silicon Valley fashion, is opening its first stores in China, aiming to replicate its viral success in…

Virgin’s CE Josh Bayliss Brings Focus to Group

Virgin’s CE Josh Bayliss Brings Focus to Group

The first tickets went on sale last week for Virgin Voyages, a Miami-based cruise operator aiming to launch the first of the four ships it is building early next year. Followed by a group…

Deer Milk Heralds New Industry With Kōtia Skincare Brand

Deer Milk Heralds New Industry With Kōtia Skincare Brand

Offered some goat, sheep and cow milk cheese to accompany an early evening pinot on the deer farm of a friend, South Islander Graeme Shaw asked out loud “Where’s the deer cheese?” The response…

Entrepreneur Phil Richards Exchanges Ideas

Entrepreneur Phil Richards Exchanges Ideas

New Zealand-born Phil Richards, author of The Entrepreneurial Accountant, straddles two worlds. Part qualified accountant, part tech pioneer, he outlines his formula for success in both areas. Most would think anyone tagged with the moniker…

Luxury Hotel Manager Tapa Tibble Heads to Bahamas

Luxury Hotel Manager Tapa Tibble Heads to Bahamas

Late last year, New Zealander Tapa Tibble was named the Singapore-founded COMO Hotels and Resorts managing director of the Americas, meaning he’ll oversee operations in Turks and Caicos and Miami, and help lead spearhead…

Rachel Carrell Not Your Average Venture Capitalist

Rachel Carrell Not Your Average Venture Capitalist

New Zealand-born Rachel Carrell cut an unusual figure when touring venture capital firms to raise funds for her childcare company. “You’re quite a spectacle when you are nine months pregnant. And I suspect if…

Malware Doesn’t Sleep and nor Does Emsisoft

Malware Doesn’t Sleep and nor Does Emsisoft

Christian Mairoll is the CEO of malware protection business Emsisoft – a New Zealand-based company with no offices, where every single one of his 40 or so employees works remotely, including Mairoll who works…

Mining Boss Chris Ellison Set to Dig Deep in 2019

Mining Boss Chris Ellison Set to Dig Deep in 2019

After a year of frenetic deal-making, 2019 is shaping up as a year of execution for Mineral Resources boss, New Zealand-born Chris Ellison. The West Australian includes Ellison in a feature looking at mining…

CoAqua Snapped Up by Gywneth Paltrow’s Goop Store

CoAqua Snapped Up by Gywneth Paltrow’s Goop Store

New Zealand coconut water brand, CoAqua has caught the eye of actor Gwyneth Paltrow and her team at Goop, her international “lifestyle” store. The store, which offers “cutting-edge wellness advice from doctors, vetted travel recommendations,…

Ed Mumm’s Earthmoving Fun to Franchise

Ed Mumm’s Earthmoving Fun to Franchise

New Zealand-born Ed Mumm is the founder of Dig This LLC, a hands-on excavating experience in Las Vegas unlike any other where people from 8 to 108 can operate heavy machinery just as if…

New Zealand Wool Used to Redefine Surfboards

New Zealand Wool Used to Redefine Surfboards

New Zealand wool will replace fibreglass in revolutionary new surfboards that will hit the Australian market next year, under the Firewire Surfboards brand ‘Woolight’. The redefined art of making surfboards with the use of wool…