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International Exposure for Local Brew

International Exposure for Local Brew

This year’s Oscar nominees sipped on organic coffee supplied by Hawkes Bay company Kea Foods at the pre-awards banquet held at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Kea Foods won the contract ahead of suppliers from all over the…

BECA at the Helm

BECA at the Helm

NZ engineering company BECA International has won a lucrative contract from the Marshall Islands government to oversee US-funded construction projects worth US$14 million. Most of the funding has been assigned to new educational and healthcare facilities.

Opus Goes Trans-Atlantic

Opus Goes Trans-Atlantic

NZ firm Opus International Consultants has expanded its business in Canada with the purchase of Geoplan Consultants Inc. Opus already has offices in the UK, Malaysia and Australia, and in 2002 won the Trade New Zealand Services Exporter of…

Trade Takes Off

Trade Takes Off

The successful launch of the Emirates air service in NZ is expected to dramatically increase exports to and from the Middle East. NZ exporters are now able to fly perishable goods such as seafood and flowers…

Inter-national Bank

Inter-national Bank

Australia’s ANZ Group has purchased the National Bank of NZ from Britain’s Lloyds TSB. The AU$5.4 billion deal is the largest takeover in the Asia-Pacific this year, doubling ANZ’s market share to make it NZ’s biggest…

Mad for Merino

Mad for Merino

A trip to NZ “pulled the scratchy wool from  eyes” with the discovery of Kiwi staple, merino. “This is not your grandfather’s wool, most of which could have doubled as a Brillo…

Tips from the Top

Tips from the Top

Telecom NZ CEO, Theresa Gattung, interviewed in the SMH after figures from the second annual survey by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency show a “miniscule” improvement in the Australian corporate world’s gender imbalance….

Eric “Bueller” Watson

Eric “Bueller” Watson

SMH charts the enviable career of Eric Watson; from butcher’s apprentice to multimillionaire businessman and owner of the NZ Warriors, (who bowed out in the semi-finals of the 2003 NRL to eventual winners Penrith). “See Eric…

Fairydown Man Enough for Hillary

Fairydown Man Enough for Hillary

NZ outdoor label, Fairydown, is to be re-named ‘Zone,’ after market research revealed Australian men to be uncomfortable with the original tag’s effeminate connotations. Sir Edmund Hillary, who used a Fairydown sleeping bag on his 1953 ascent…

Snap, Crackle and Edge

Snap, Crackle and Edge

NZ-born David Mackay makes Time‘s list of ‘World Beaters: People to Watch in International Business.’ After 3 years at the helm of Kellog Co.’s US division, Mackay had brought the cereal company back to its status…

Pacific Powerhouse

Pacific Powerhouse

NZ’s Pacific Retail Group has purchased PowerHouse, the third largest electrical retailer in Britain. PRG is NZ’s major player in electrical appliances, with Noel Leeming, Big Byte and Bond & Bond all operating under its umbrella….

Kiwi Juice Goes Global

Kiwi Juice Goes Global

Auckland-based kiwifruit juice manufacturers – Nekta International Limited – have made a successful entry into the US market. Sales have “exceeded expectations” since the product was lauched there in June. Nekta is already sold in Australia, Asia,…

EasyNZ

EasyNZ

Air NZ has responded to increased and heavily discounted competition by introducing a no-frills Tasman Express service. So far, the cheap fares are proving to be a lucrative addition; by mid-August, Air NZ had tripled its average…

Pooling Resources

Pooling Resources

NZ’s Fisher & Paykel Appliances has formed a technology-sharing alliance with US white-ware company, Whirlpool Corporation. Fisher & Paykel managing director, John Bongard, predicts greater access to global markets to result from the union: “Whirlpool offers us…

Ringing Up the Profit

Ringing Up the Profit

Telecom NZ has made a NZ$703 million net profit for the past year, ending a four-year run of negative growth. The solid progress comes despite a troubled foray into the Australian market.

Once Were Panelbeaters

Once Were Panelbeaters

NZ’s 2003 “Rich List” is headed by billionaire businessman Graeme Hart, who last year accomplished a daring takeover of Australian food giant, Goodman Fielder. Hart was the subject of the Australian headline; ‘Once were panelbeaters, now cashed-up Kiwis.’…

Going Global

Going Global

NZ company Airways International is currently overseeing expansion plans for Iran’s Qeshm International Airport. “Strategically located in the Straits of Hormuz, in close proximity to Iran, the Gulf countries and Central Asia, Qeshm Island has a vast…

You Have the Right to Remain Nauseous

You Have the Right to Remain Nauseous

The smelly brainchild of Lower Hutt physicist Andrew Rakich has become an indispensable item for the LA Police Department. SkunkShot gel, originally sold in NZ to keep marauding dogs away from rubbish bags, is now being used…

Meridian Puts the Wind up Australians

Meridian Puts the Wind up Australians

NZ’s Meridian Energy is poised to spend up to $600 million on developing wind energy facilities in Australia over the next 5 years. The project depends on the federal government’s renewal of its mandated renewable energy…

Dinner at the Gates

Dinner at the Gates

Telecom NZ head, Theresa Gattung, was in attendance at Microsoft’s 7th annual CEO summit held at Microsoft’s HQ in suburban Redmond, USA. She joined a high-powered collective, including Warren Buffet, Ross Perot, Bank One’s Jamie Dimon and…

Hart Food

Hart Food

Graeme Hart, edge entrepreneur and controlling stakeholder at Burns Philip, has completed his $2 billion takeover of Australian food group Goodman Fielder. Burns Philip is now a certified trans-Tasman superpower, with such iconic Aussie brands as Uncle…

Kuala Tarlton

Kuala Tarlton

NZ-based company Aquawalk is developing a state-of-the-art aquarium for the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. An innovative blend of natural and digital, the “discovery zone” will contain a computerised replica of the entire life-support system within the aquarium….

Telecom Top Performer

Telecom Top Performer

Trans-Tasman rivalry entered the field of telecommunication last month, as Australian Telstra and NZ Telecom battled for recognition as the best performer in their field for 2001-02. British consultants, IR Group, awarded top honours to NZ Telecom…

‘Queen of Literature’

‘Queen of Literature’

Easy Jet In-Flight profiles Liz Calder, co-founder of Britain’s most successful independent publishing house, Bloomsbury Plc. Dubbed the ‘Queen of Literature,’ Calder is credited with discovering the likes of Salman Rushdie, Anita Brookner and Julian Barnes. The…

Corporate Edge Makes Global Player

Corporate Edge Makes Global Player

Businessman Graeme Hart – “the New Zealander with aspirations to take on the world” – has joined the bidding war for Australia’s major food group, Goodman Fielder. If successful, he will helm a $4.3 billion combined…

Kiwi Gets Top Job

Kiwi Gets Top Job

NZ-born businessman John Buchanan has been appointed senior independent director of BHP Billiton, effective 1 February 2003. Buchanan was formerly chief financial officer at Britain’s BP.

Well-oiled

Well-oiled

Tauranga-based company, Avocado Oil New Zealand, has won a lucrative contract to supply Tesco –Britain’s leading supermarket chain. Avocado Oil New Zealand is a world-innovator in cold-pressing and refining extra virgin avocado oil – which is…

Ideas From the Edge

Ideas From the Edge

Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Kevin Roberts talks to The Times about his work guiding MBA students at Cambridge and to The Independent about the age of the idea: “He preaches love but hates management;…

Dick Hubbard: “Messiah of Muesli”

Dick Hubbard: “Messiah of Muesli”

Kiwi entrepreneur, Dick Hubbard, profiled in Independent. “A highly unconventional capitalist,” Cereal evangelist Hubbard is NZ’s chief advocate of social responsibility in business, joining international brands such as Benetton and The Body Shop in his claim to…

Gondwanaland Farming Co.

Gondwanaland Farming Co.

Trans-Tasman dairy giants Bonlac Foods (AUS) and Fonterra (NZ) have merged consumer food lines to create a new company – Australasian Food Holdings Pty Ltd (AFHL). AFHL will incorporate leading brands including Tip Top, Mainland, Ferndale, and…

Bus-class High Flyer

Bus-class High Flyer

Kiwi Ray Webster is Chief Executive of pioneering no-frills airline Easy Jet. Touching down in the market in a big way Webster works by the mantra that, “Airlines are about people, not about airplanes and airports.”…

Zespri Patriotism

Zespri Patriotism

In a fascinating 2-part feature the LATimes slices open the Kiwifruit and looks at the history of NZ’s No.1 horticultural product, from poor crop protection: “Even without a patent, the trademark “kiwifruit,” if copyrighted, could have become the…

Superyacht Supremos

Superyacht Supremos

“New Zealand is fast becoming one of the world’s biggest centres for superyacht construction, with its low-cost high-tech designs.” Alloy Yachts is the world’s 2nd largest manufacturer of superyachts: advantages that make the sailing smooth include…

Business Class Destination

Business Class Destination

New Zealand is ranked the fourth best place to do business in Asia, according to prominent think tank – the Economist Intelligence Unit. The rankings took into account 70 factors, including political risk and corruption, key…

Totem – Mind Your Own Business

Totem – Mind Your Own Business

An alternative to working at the end of the dining table or in the back of the car and holding business meetings in cafes, Totem on the Viaduct is Auckland’s newest business “meeting hub”.

World’s Finest Fleece

World’s Finest Fleece

Canterbury-based Escorial Company, in conjunction with CSIRO (Australia’s Government science organisation), has produced the world’s finest bale of wool, registering a fibre diameter of 12.7 microns. “The finest bale up to now was 12.9 micron in raw…

Kiwi to Head Biggest British Milk Plant

Kiwi to Head Biggest British Milk Plant

A veteran of New Zealand dairy industry projects, Steve Satherley, will be at the controls when Britain’s single biggest milk manufacturing plant starts pumping its first milk in England next month. Mr Satherley as operations manager for United…

Kiwi Prof Named Head of International Federation of Accountants

Kiwi Prof Named Head of International Federation of Accountants

Professor of Accounting and Public Policy at Victoria University, Wellington, Ian Ball named chief executive of the world’s top accountancy body, the New York based International Federation of Accountants. “Ian is ideally suited to lead IFAC during…

Triple Bottom Liners

Triple Bottom Liners

Janet Street Porter gets down under with the finer points of NZ culture, including food evangelist Dick Hubbard and the socially conscious breakfast cereal. The Triple Bottom Line philosophy = the three Ps of People, Planet…

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver

NZ Post held up as successful post-liberalisation model which British Post could try to emulate. As a “beacon of public service in a privatised world”, NZ Post has remained dominant because, “it has the…

Man with the Hook

Man with the Hook

NZ-born Sam Chisholm, the man who spent more time in the boxing ring than class room at King’s College, who then went on to become deal maker and right hand man for both Kerry Packer and Rupert…

I See Red

I See Red

A New Zealand company, Knights of NZ, wins the contract to make the Australian Olympic team’s opening ceremony coats for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Worth more than $3000 each, the coats are made from 100 per…

South Sea’s Start-up

South Sea’s Start-up

Stephen “Warehouse” Tindall, (Forbes: “the Sam  Walton of the South Pacific”) backs NZ technology innovation in Red Herring. Citing do-it-yourself Kiwi advances in biotech, multimedia and software (the world’s leading agricultural bio-tech research and the…

Global Chief

Global Chief

Heineken names New Zealander Alan Gourdie its global brand chief.

Flooring the Market

Flooring the Market

Forty-one companies, mainly from the US, confirm they will exhibit high-end Wools of New Zealand branded carpets at Surfaces 2002. The giant US flooring trade fair, which last year attracted more than 60,000 trade visitors…

NZ’s Edge-provoking Entrepreneurial Spirit

NZ’s Edge-provoking Entrepreneurial Spirit

New Zealand has the second most dynamic entrepreneurial activity of 29 countries surveyed, according to a study conducted amongst others by the Kauffman Centre, IBM and the London Business School. New Zealand’s vibrant independent business culture composed of…

Frucor’s “V” for Victory

Frucor’s “V” for Victory

The fast-growing Kiwi success story Frucor is showing no signs of slowing. Forbes declares it among the top 20 small companies in the world – “the cream of the crop”. This international exposure garners international interest with…

Energetic Performance

Energetic Performance

Bringing energy to the Aussies, New Zealand super-drink V grows Frucor revenue 27%.

The New IT Kiwis

The New IT Kiwis

“We should be treating any skilled, IT-qualified immigrant to New Zealand like gold,” says Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett.

Where Everyone Gets Some Shares

Where Everyone Gets Some Shares

400 store managers at the Warehouse Group are to receive share options with a total value of $184 million, but Australian managers, working in newer, smaller stores will miss out.

Free Farming

Free Farming

New Zealand leads the world with a fully deregulated agricultural sector – but big players like the US still protect and subsidise farmers, talking the free-trade talk but not walking the walk.

Big Dollar Boys

Big Dollar Boys

New Zealand energy family the Todds become the first New Zealanders to make the Forbes 500 list of the world’s wealthiest people, coming in at 490 with a net worth of US$1 billion.

Big Cheese (and Milk)

Big Cheese (and Milk)

Taking on the world’s food ingredients multinationals, New Zealand farmers vote to merge NZ dairy Group and Kiwi Cooperative Dairies to form Global Dairy Co., a company that will be the ninth largest dairy company in…

Milking Size

Milking Size

Global Dairy Co. New Zealand’s newly-formed giant dairy company looks to the Australian industry for further expansion. Also, we want to be fifth in the world, size-wise, says Global Dairy Company chairman John Roadley.  

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

New Zealand farmer’s groups are a model of co-operation in preparing for the ups and downs of the agricultural sector.

Donuts to the World

Donuts to the World

Krispy Kreme donut king, Kiwi Don Henshall talks cautious expansion for the American icon.