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Allbirds’ Co-Founder Tim Brown Speaks Simplicity

Allbirds’ Co-Founder Tim Brown Speaks Simplicity

New Zealander and former pro soccer player Tim Brown hung up his cleats in 2010 after going to the World Cup. His next move surprised everyone: He set out to make simple shoes that…

Japan-First for Lawyer Catherine O’Connell

Japan-First for Lawyer Catherine O’Connell

After 15 years in Japan, New Zealander Catherine O’Connell decided to found and launch her New Law business model in Japan. It was a challenging prospect for any foreign lawyer, let alone a woman…

MediCann Joins Forces With Dispensing Company

MediCann Joins Forces With Dispensing Company

Shares in Australian company Jayex Healthcare Limited have more than doubled after the medical software and devices company announced a deal with private New Zealand medical cannabis startup, MediCann. The deal gives MediCann the exclusive…

ANZ Introduces Digital Human Assistant

ANZ Introduces Digital Human Assistant

“If you are an ANZ Bank customer, chances are that your queries will be answered by ‘Jamie,’ the latest ‘Customer Services Officer’” and the bank’s new Digital Assistant, writes Venkat Raman in an article…

Air New Zealand Partners With Jetblue

Air New Zealand Partners With Jetblue

“Air New Zealand and JetBlue venture capital subsidiary JetBlue Technology Ventures have joined forces to help foster emerging technologies in the travel industry.” The two companies “are launching the International Innovation Partnership to seek…

World’s Largest Group Fitness Provider Turns 50

World’s Largest Group Fitness Provider Turns 50

“Marking half a century in the fitness industry this year, the family behind Les Mills, the world’s largest group fitness provider, have shared their remarkable story of struggle, success and striving for a fitter…

Ethique’s Brianne West Challenges Beauty Industry

Ethique’s Brianne West Challenges Beauty Industry

Self-taught green entrepreneur New Zealander Brianne West launched the zero-waste personal care brand Ethique to challenge the clean beauty industry to live up to its name. The company wants to stop millions of plastic…

Reform Studio’s Yvette McGaffin on Her Lifestyle

Reform Studio’s Yvette McGaffin on Her Lifestyle

New Zealander Yvette McGaffin, 32, runs Reform Studios in Belfast and Edinburgh. McGaffin talks to the Belfast Telegraph about her lifestyle choices. McGaffin says she trains at the boutique gym every day. “Ideally in one of…

Sir John Hood Join Blackstone’s Board of Directors

Sir John Hood Join Blackstone’s Board of Directors

New Zealand businessman Sir John Hood has joined Blackstone’s board of directors on May 14, 2018. Blackstone President and COO Jon Gray said Blackstone was looking forward to working closely with Hood and that…

Colorado’s Mountain Pie Co Expand Business

Colorado’s Mountain Pie Co Expand Business

New Zealander Matt Campbell and his wife Tara, owners of Mountain Pie Co, have vastly expanded their Colorado Springs-based meat pie production. “I bought a new pie production machine from Australia, which allows me make…

NZ Radio Station That Wants Listeners to Switch Off

NZ Radio Station That Wants Listeners to Switch Off

“John Watson is the first to admit that his DJ skills put people to sleep. Luckily for him, that is the point,” writes Charles Anderson in an article for The…

Rock Up’s Aaran Eade’s UK Climbing Walls a Hit

Rock Up’s Aaran Eade’s UK Climbing Walls a Hit

After growing 87 per cent year-on-year, sales of £2.5 million are expected for the British indoor climbing centre Rock Up in 2018, four years after climber, New Zealander Aaran Eade teamed up with private…

Air NZ and Qantas Sign Codeshare Agreement Isolating Virgin Australia

Air NZ and Qantas Sign Codeshare Agreement Isolating Virgin Australia

“Qantas and Air New Zealand will join forces in a codeshare partnership intended to isolate Virgin Australia, a former AirNZ ally but now common enemy to both airlines,” writes David Flynn in an article…

Koru’s Rachel Carrell Reinvigorates UK Childcare

Koru’s Rachel Carrell Reinvigorates UK Childcare

London nannying service Koru Kids has been created by New Zealander Rachel Carrell with the aim of tackling the UK’s “fragmented and backward” childcare market which results in complex arrangements cobbled together by frazzled…

Lorde’s Former Manager Scott Maclachlan to Warners

Lorde’s Former Manager Scott Maclachlan to Warners

Scott Maclachlan, the artist manager who guided the rise of Lorde from a teenage talent to a global star, has been appointed senior VP of A&R at Warner Music Australasia. Maclachlan, who relocated from the…

Eco-Friendly Startup Aims to Reduce Plastic Dumped Into Ocean

Eco-Friendly Startup Aims to Reduce Plastic Dumped Into Ocean

“80 billion plastic bottles from shampoo and conditioner alone enter our oceans every year,” writes Mara Leighton in an article for Business Insider. Ethique – a…

Irish Distillers Acquires Eight Degrees Brewing

Irish Distillers Acquires Eight Degrees Brewing

Pernod Ricard-subsidiary Irish Distillers has acquired Cork-based craft beer producer Eight Degrees Brewing for an undisclosed sum. Eight Degrees, whose brands include Sunburnt Irish Red Ale, is co-owned by New Zealander

Freer NZ-China Trade Brings Fresh Milk to Shanghai

Freer NZ-China Trade Brings Fresh Milk to Shanghai

Jason Ji, a New Zealander working in Shanghai, is picky about fresh milk. Ji insists on drinking milk from New Zealand, even though he spends most of his time in China. “I can tell nuances…

Zion Armstrong New Adidas North America President

Zion Armstrong New Adidas North America President

Adidas has appointed New Zealander Zion Armstrong, 43, as president of its North America arm. Armstrong’s successful career with the corporation spans many years and many countries. He first joined Adidas New Zealand as product manager…

Allbirds Shoe Brand Launches in Canada

Allbirds Shoe Brand Launches in Canada

New Zealander Tim Brown (pictured left) and American Joey Zwillinger, Allbirds founders, chatted with Postmedia News about launching their wool-focused footwear brand in Canada, what their footwear brand is all about – and why…

Popular London Chain Caravan to Trial Grab and Go

Popular London Chain Caravan to Trial Grab and Go

London coffee stalwart Caravan, founded by New Zealand trio Laura Harper-Hinton, Miles Kirby and Chris Ammermann, is looking to get a slice of the grab-and-go market. Caravan To Go, or (CTG), will be given its…

Air New Zealand Second in TripAdvisor Airline Ratings

Air New Zealand Second in TripAdvisor Airline Ratings

Air New Zealand has been named the world’s second best airline in TripAdvisor’s Top 10 airlines ranking, “in which Australia’s national carrier Qantas is notably absent,” writes James Fernyhough in…

Sam Stuchbury Makes Prestigious Forbes List

Sam Stuchbury Makes Prestigious Forbes List

Sam Stuchbury, 27, is co-founder of The Social Club, an influencer marketing platform in Auckland, and has made the annual Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list, which features 300 young innovators and disruptors across…

Allbirds Wants Your Next Sneaker to Come From Eucalyptus Trees

Allbirds Wants Your Next Sneaker to Come From Eucalyptus Trees

“Allbirds, the Silicon Valley startup behind a wildly popular wool sneaker, is pivoting from sheep to trees,” writes Kyle Stock in an article for The Financial Post. The sneaker brand is releasing two…

Smith and Sheth’s Ambitious Wine Plans

Smith and Sheth’s Ambitious Wine Plans

The Australian’s wine columnist James Halliday was introduced to self-made billionare, American Brian Sheth by New Zealand-born and bred Steve Smith MW (pictured right), who in 1996 had become the world’s first Master of…

Luxe Fisher & Paykel Appliances Appeal in LA

Luxe Fisher & Paykel Appliances Appeal in LA

“If you have a ‘Kitchen Porn’ board on Pinterest, and your idea of a perfect Saturday afternoon is drooling over showpiece ranges and luxe dishwashing drawers, then welcome to your new favourite place to…

Grant Phelps’ Chilean Hotel a Sustainable Paradise

Grant Phelps’ Chilean Hotel a Sustainable Paradise

New Zealand-born winemaker Grant Phelps has just opened WineBox, a wine-focused hotel in the city of Valparaíso, Chile constructed out of 25 decommissioned shipping containers. Set on a former micro landfill in Cerro Mariposa (or…

Michael James Wong Helps Men Find New Masculinity

Michael James Wong Helps Men Find New Masculinity

Boys of Yoga founder New Zealander Michael James Wong, 32, is interviewed by Sunday Times correspondent Stuart Heritage for an article about the growing popularity of lifestyle sites for men. Wong describes himself as a…

Chris Liddell Named White House Deputy Chief Of Staff For Policy Coordination

Chris Liddell Named White House Deputy Chief Of Staff For Policy Coordination

“Christopher Liddell has been named the deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, the White House announced Monday morning,” writes Jenna Johnson in an article for The Washington Post. “Liddell, a…

Virgin Media’s Tom Mockridge Connects UK Homes

Virgin Media’s Tom Mockridge Connects UK Homes

Virgin Media, with New Zealander Tom Mockridge at the helm, has connected more than a million homes to its ultrafast broadband network, in the latest sign that the roll-out of high-speed internet services is…

London’s Frame Gym Finds Private Equity Backing

London’s Frame Gym Finds Private Equity Backing

Frame gym, founded by New Zealander Joan Murphy, 36, (pictured right) and Briton Pip Black, 35, offers pay-as-you-go membership and classes, from ballet-inspired barre workouts to kitsch 1990s-style aerobics – imagine headbands, neon and…

Neville Crichton has Transformed Sailing Industry

Neville Crichton has Transformed Sailing Industry

New Zealand born and bred, Neville Crichton’s humble beginning on a farm in the South Island is a far cry from where he is today, 72 years later. Crichton is the executive chairman of one…

NZ Women’s Fund Launched

NZ Women’s Fund Launched

“In a country celebrated for women’s leadership and where women were first to win the vote, it’s surprising to find a shortage of philanthropic funds by women, for women,” reports an article published in…

Aviva Fixer Mark Wilson on First Five Years in Role

Aviva Fixer Mark Wilson on First Five Years in Role

In 2013, New Zealander Mark Wilson, an insurance turnaround specialist hired from Hong Kong to fix a then-troubled Aviva, was wondering how he could overhaul its Irish business in a very difficult market. “When I…

Organisational Expert Beck Wadworth Shares Tips

Organisational Expert Beck Wadworth Shares Tips

Twenty-eight-year-old New Zealander Beck Wadworth founded her own stationery company and blog, An Organised Life, in 2013 – after a fruitless search to find a functional-yet-sleek diary left her with nothing. She shares how…

Journey Through Scent with Abel’s Frances Shoemack

Journey Through Scent with Abel’s Frances Shoemack

When Huffington Post contributor E. Nina Rothe was introduced to Amsterdam-based brand Abel at this year’s Pitti Fragranze, a fragrance fair held in Florence every September, she fell in love. Not just with their…

Cycle on Water with Manta5’s Electric Water Bike

Cycle on Water with Manta5’s Electric Water Bike

“New Zealand-based company Manta5 has created a hydrofoil bike that allows cyclists to glide atop water,” writes Lacy Cooke in an article for Inhabitat. Co-founder Guy Howard-Willis “glimpsed New Zealand’s coastline…

Allbirds, How To Take A Leap Of Faith To Success

Allbirds, How To Take A Leap Of Faith To Success

Former professional soccer star Tim Brown “was troubled by what he felt was a lack of sustainable practices in footwear materials and manufacturing,” as well as “the over-the-top nature of the branding landscape itself….

Graeme Hart’s Ulysses the Biggest Luxury Yacht Sale in 2017

Graeme Hart’s Ulysses the Biggest Luxury Yacht Sale in 2017

“2017 has been a strong year for superyacht sales with 369 yachts sold so far this year, already up nearly 5% from the previous year,” reports an article in Business…

Auckland Startup Fergus Raises $3.5 Million

Auckland Startup Fergus Raises $3.5 Million

Auckland-born job management software start-up Fergus has raised $3.5 million in funding from Australian fund Microequities Venture Capital Fund, a joint venture between Microequities Asset Management and Equity Venture Partners,”…

Confitex Launches in US

Confitex Launches in US

“For the 25 million Americans who experience bladder control issues, few underwear products have combined comfort, fashion and performance – until now,” writes Manoela Marandino in an article for The…

Sean Seamer is New Supercars CEO

Sean Seamer is New Supercars CEO

Top advertising executive New Zealand-born Sean Seamer has landed the role of Supercars CEO and will take up the position in Australia next year. Seamer joins the series following a 15-year stint with Mediacom,…

GM’s Dan Ammann Sees the Future as Autonomous

GM’s Dan Ammann Sees the Future as Autonomous

New Zealand-born Dan Ammann, the president of General Motors, is boundlessly optimistic when it comes to the Detroit automaker’s role in the future of cars. “We are inventing a lot as we go. No one’s…

Icebreaker Cuts Deal with VF Corporation

Icebreaker Cuts Deal with VF Corporation

Merino wool clothing retailer Icebreaker, founded by New Zealander Jeremy Moon 22 years ago, has been sold to US-based VF Corporation, which owns The North Face, Timberland and Vans. Moon, who did not reveal how…

World’s Best Airline is Air New Zealand

World’s Best Airline is Air New Zealand

Aviation safety and product rating site AirlineRatings.com has just come out with its highly anticipated annual list of the best airlines for 2018, and the winner for the fifth year in a row is…

Manta5 Pedal-Electric Hydrofoil Takes To The Lake – Or Sea

Manta5 Pedal-Electric Hydrofoil Takes To The Lake – Or Sea

What’s the aquatic equivalent of the e-bike?  “That’s what New Zealand outdoors entrepreneur Guy Howard-Willis wondered back in 2010, when he conceived of the Manta5,” writes Ben Coxworth in an article for

Apple buys Wireless Charging Company PowerbyProxi

Apple buys Wireless Charging Company PowerbyProxi

Apple, which recently said it was including wireless charging in its latest iPhone X and iPhone 8 smartphones, has acquired Auckland-based firm PowerbyProxi that designs wireless power products for consumers and industry. Wireless charging allows…

Rodd and Gunn Takes NZ Style to LA

Rodd and Gunn Takes NZ Style to LA

New Zealand menswear label Rodd & Gunn celebrated the soft opening recently of its first Los Angeles store, which joins others in San Francisco and Newport Beach. The focus on California makes sense, said the…

Interview With RBS Chief Ross McEwan

Interview With RBS Chief Ross McEwan

Straight-talking New Zealander Ross McEwan has been at the helm of Royal Bank of Scotland since 2013, working to try and rebuild its tattered reputation and repay the £45bn of public money required to…

New Zealand’s Very Own Sex Witch Shaney Marie

New Zealand’s Very Own Sex Witch Shaney Marie

An exotic dancer from New Zealand has transformed herself into a “sex witch” and plans on putting her spell on disciples around the world. Melbourne-based Shaney Marie, 31, delved into witchcraft after spending years…

Winning Like The All Blacks

Winning Like The All Blacks

New Zealand “is small in size and population, but vast in talent and its position on the global scale,” writes Rajeev Gupta in an article published on

Australia’s Unlikely Cosmetics Mogul Anna Ross

Australia’s Unlikely Cosmetics Mogul Anna Ross

She doesn’t have a multimillion-dollar laboratory or a celebrity endorsement deal. But New Zealand-born Melbourne-based Anna Ross is a bona fide cosmetics queen, with her Kester Black nail polish selling around the world –…

Blue Maestro’s Pacif-i Takes the Heat off Parents

Blue Maestro’s Pacif-i Takes the Heat off Parents

Co-founder of UK-based Blue Maestro, New Zealander Kirstin Hancock knew from experience that attempting to take the temperature of a poorly child is no mean feat – whether you’re using an in-the-ear thermometer or…

How Air NZ Makes Airline Safety Videos Exciting

How Air NZ Makes Airline Safety Videos Exciting

Air New Zealand has taken a dull chore and turned it into a viral video phenomenon, complete with jaw-dropping shots from its home country and A-list Hollywood actors, Matt Meltzer reports for men’s digital…

New Legal Role for Josephine Van Lierop in Scotland

New Legal Role for Josephine Van Lierop in Scotland

New Zealander Josephine Van Lierop who relocated from one continent to another has now moved from London to Scotland to lead the employment law team at Slater and Gordon Edinburgh. Van Lierop will oversee the…

Silicon Valley Crazy About Allbirds Wool Shoes

Silicon Valley Crazy About Allbirds Wool Shoes

Silicon Valley goes through its own unique shoe crazes. There were Vibrams. There were Crocs. Now comes the Allbird, a knit wool loafer. Founded by New Zealand soccer star Tim Brown, 36, and clean-technology…