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Virgin Media Boss Building Company up from the Top

Virgin Media Boss Building Company up from the Top

The boss of Virgin Media, New Zealander Tom Mockridge, a former senior lieutenant in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, has been busy since he was installed as chief executive last June. For much of the…

Air NZ Soars Above Qantas

Air NZ Soars Above Qantas

The last time Air New Zealand invested in the Australian aviation market, the airline required a Government bail-out to stave off bankruptcy as its subsidiary Ansett fell apart. This time round, it’s Air New…

Promoting an Egalitarian Workplace with a Global Approach

Promoting an Egalitarian Workplace with a Global Approach

Originally from Hastings, Todd Lauchlan, 41, is Indonesia country head at property consulting company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). He talks with the Jakarta Post about his role at the firm and how an egalitarian…

Serial Entrepreneur Forging His Own Online Spice Routes

Serial Entrepreneur Forging His Own Online Spice Routes

New Zealand-born James Lillis, 37, is the founder of Black Milk, “one of the fastest-growing Australian clothing companies you’ve never heard of, selling more than 1000 garments a day,” Glenda Korporaal writes in a…

NZ Farm the Basis for Winning London Butchery

NZ Farm the Basis for Winning London Butchery

Nothing tastes better than grass-fed beef and lamb, as anyone raised on a New Zealand farm can tell you. But for those poor souls who flew the coop in search of a different life…

National Australia Bank Appoints Tech Whizz Geraldine McBride

National Australia Bank Appoints Tech Whizz Geraldine McBride

Victoria University-educated Geraldine McBride, founder and chief executive of software company MyWave, has been appointed director of National Australia Bank (NAB) and will join the board in March. McBride’s appointment is a clear demonstration of…

Insurance Boss Marks One-Year Anniversary at Helm with SE Asia Deal

Insurance Boss Marks One-Year Anniversary at Helm with SE Asia Deal

Chief executive officer of Britain’s second-largest insurer Aviva, New Zealander Mark Wilson, has marked his one-year anniversary at the company targeting high-growth markets in Southeast Asia. This month Aviva formed a joint venture with…

World’s First Flower Vending Machine Opens in London Tube Station

World’s First Flower Vending Machine Opens in London Tube Station

New Zealand-born film production designer Andrew McAlpine has launched Rockflower, the world’s first flower retail and vending kiosk on the forecourt of London’s Blackfriars Underground station. Trading has been going very well so far, says Rockflower founder and…

AJ Hackett Heads to Russia for Ever Bigger Thrills

AJ Hackett Heads to Russia for Ever Bigger Thrills

New Zealand bungy kingpin AJ Hackett will set multiple records in Russia this year, when the world’s highest swing, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge (550m) and a double-ended flying fox open as part…

London Investment Bank Chief has Never Lost Ties to NZ

London Investment Bank Chief has Never Lost Ties to NZ

Investment bank chief executive New Zealander Kent Gardner, who runs London-based Evans Randall, has been living in the United Kingdom for more than a decade and says he never lost ties to…

Make Your Customers a Promise Says Entrepreneur

Make Your Customers a Promise Says Entrepreneur

New Zealand-born business speaker and global entrepreneur Carl Bates was recently in Cape Town addressing business owners at a Business Partners seminar on the difference between product and promise in business. “My favourite example…

Royal Bank of Scotland Head Gets Back to Basics

Royal Bank of Scotland Head Gets Back to Basics

Asked about possible job cuts for the 125,000 staff of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), New Zealander Ross McEwan turns the question to what jobs are needed for the bank to better serve…

New Zealand’s Ongoing Brain Drain

New Zealand’s Ongoing Brain Drain

New Zealand is no stranger to the ‘brain drain’ phenomenon, having experienced substantial losses of highly skilled talent for decades. The country is now at the point where the Organization for Economic Cooperation and…

New Zealand’s cows come home in its own commodities boom

New Zealand’s cows come home in its own commodities boom

The Chinese consumer market’s demand for quality milk products is fuelling New Zealand’s economic growth. Senior Australian economics correspondent Michael Pascoe outlines 2014 economic prospects for New Zealand, based significantly around a “one commodity…

Fonterra takes Anchor brand to China

Fonterra takes Anchor brand to China

Four months on from August’s botulism scare, New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has launched their Anchor brand into the Chinese market. The brand, which is endorsed by Chinese actress Hu Ke, is being touted a…

Strong Brand and the Product’s the Real Deal

Strong Brand and the Product’s the Real Deal

Lewis Road Creamery, located at Green Valley Dairy, Mangatawhiri in the Waikato, is included in the “The Monocle 100” list as one of the “innovative minds behind global food production.” “Until last year, the…

Ammann named GM President

Ammann named GM President

New Zealander Dan Ammann, 41, General Motors’ Chief Financial Officer, has been promoted to President of GM. He will manage the company’s regional operations around the world, as well as the Chevrolet…

For a Vessel You Can Trust

For a Vessel You Can Trust

Three “nautical pros” of New Zealand’s multi-million dollar boat building industry feature in “The Monocle 100” special supplement of “things to sample experience and discuss.” “While Emirates Team New Zealand lost the America’s Cup in…

NZ Innovation Shines on World Stage

NZ Innovation Shines on World Stage

New Zealand’s reputation for world-leading innovation has been significantly burnished in the latest Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific Index, which ranks the top 500 tech companies across the region based on triennial revenue…

One of the World’s Top 99 Greatest Investors

One of the World’s Top 99 Greatest Investors

Sir Ron Brierley has been included in Swedish hedge fund manager Magnus Angenfelt’s book, The World’s 99 Greatest Investors, which will be released in Australia later this year. The New Zealander is named alongside many…

By the Pricking of my Bubbles …

By the Pricking of my Bubbles …

The Reserve Bank’s new loan value ratios restricting bank mortgage lending has, it’s fair to say, got a mixed press back home. But internationally, the policy initiative is generating excited commentary about the correct…

Driving the Kiwi Economy

Driving the Kiwi Economy

Many strange things are used to measure economic growth and decline: the lipstick economy, the horse-trading economy, the Playboy economy (curves in recession, skinny in boom times) and even underwear, as Fed chairman Alan Greenspan…

Don’t Beat the Currency War Drums Yet

Don’t Beat the Currency War Drums Yet

The drums of war have been beating for two years now. With America, Britain and Japan printing money and the Euro zone considering unprecedented zero interest rates, the other tradable currencies – especially New…

Sweet News for NZ Winemakers

Sweet News for NZ Winemakers

Global demand for wine is outstripping supply, meaning prices for New Zealand wine in export markets are likely to increase, according to a new report by US financial services firm, Morgan Stanley. Production of…

Aussies Envious at NZ’s Hot IPO Market

Aussies Envious at NZ’s Hot IPO Market

There are not many things in which New Zealand enjoys a marked superiority to Australia. Rugby and … It’s a short list. But for the last year, the trans-Tasman economic powerhouse has been casting…

Kiwis Make Accounting Sexy

Kiwis Make Accounting Sexy

The accounting software industry is not known as the sexiest business sector. But New Zealand cloud accounting software provider Xero is, Reuters reports, bringing spice and drama to the world’s greyest profession. “Oh, yeah, we’re…

Xero Further Expands into US

Xero Further Expands into US

New Zealand-based online accounting software company, Xero has opened a Denver-area office as part of its US expansion. The local office, in the Denver Tech Center, will be Xero’s fourth in the US. The Wellington…

Kuala Lumpur’s Coffee Hero

Kuala Lumpur’s Coffee Hero

New Zealander Michael Wilson used to be in the British Army and even started a construction company in Scotland before finding his true calling: coffee, with the Artisan Roast brand. Wilson also co-owns two cafés…

Kiwi Equities a Good Bet for Global Investors

Kiwi Equities a Good Bet for Global Investors

The New Zealand growth story is attracting strong international interest in Kiwi equities as investors seek to escape volatile markets in Asia and low global interest rates. The Wall Street Journal reports that the…

Kiwi Jetpack to Hit US Market

Kiwi Jetpack to Hit US Market

It can travel at speeds of up to 80km/h, ascend to heights of more than 2km in the air and has enough juice to fly for 30 minutes – the much promised science fiction…

First the Cup, Now the Flat-Bed

First the Cup, Now the Flat-Bed

Kiwis aren’t just beating the Americans on the water; they’re whipping them in the air too. Forbes’ travel correspondent Katie Kelly Bell put the new flat-bed business class to the test, comparing the Delta…

Double-Edged NZ World First

Double-Edged NZ World First

Kiwi homeowners won’t like it but the Wall St Journal is predicting New Zealand will be the first developed nation in the world to raise interest rates since the Global Financial Crisis hit in…

Good Management? Set Staff Free

Good Management? Set Staff Free

You could fill the American Library of Congress with books about good management and still have enough left over to stack a few aisles in Boston’s Public Library. Despite the plethora of advice, the…

Winning Off the Water

Winning Off the Water

There’s only one thing Americans love more than the underdog – and that’s winners. So says Leon Grice, New Zealand’s consular general in Los Angeles, who believes imminent victory on San Franciscan waters will…

Experts Behind the Global Yachting Scene

Experts Behind the Global Yachting Scene

“As the America’s Cup finals begin on 7 September on San Francisco Bay, the people of New Zealand will be watching most intently,” New Zealand Trade and Enterprise chair Andrew Ferrier writes for Forbes….

Global Consultancy Success Built Without a Plan B

Global Consultancy Success Built Without a Plan B

“As an Auckland schoolgirl, the first high school career advice Skipp Williamson received, was that she would be well suited to a life as a builder’s labourer,” Mathew Dunckley writes for The Australian Financial…

NZ is Beating Australia to the next Wool Bonanza

NZ is Beating Australia to the next Wool Bonanza

“As to why the New Zealanders beat Australia to a market that could – arguably should – have been ours, the story is complex, ranging from chutzpah to lost opportunities and marketing failures…

Icebreaker President Reflects on Path to Portland

Icebreaker President Reflects on Path to Portland

President and co-founder of Icebreaker, the Wellington-based merino wool clothing brand, Jeremy Moon recently spoke at the inaugural meeting of Athletic and Outdoor Young Professionals about the company’s roundabout route to their US home…

Smarter Together with Hill Holliday

Smarter Together with Hill Holliday

New Zealander Graham Ritchie, 48, has been named new strategy chief for American advertising agency Hill Holliday, overseeing a department of 38 strategic planners who work on brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Bank of…

How Wilson Plans to Revive Aviva

How Wilson Plans to Revive Aviva

Although the Aviva name will remain, New Zealand-born Mark Wilson is turning the British multinational insurer into is a very different company from that which his predecessor envisaged, The Telegraph’s James Quinn writes. This…

On a Mission to Advantage the Disadvantaged

On a Mission to Advantage the Disadvantaged

New Zealand-born Audette Exel, 50, lives a double life, Bloomberg Market Magazine reports. In New York, London, Bermuda and Sydney, she’s a company director and the owner and head of Isis (Asia Pacific) Pty,…

Fonterra “Imbroglio” Gets High Level Chinese Censure

Fonterra “Imbroglio” Gets High Level Chinese Censure

China Daily, the widest print circulation of any English-language newspaper in China, says New Zealand needs to start building trust in the long-term that “comes from regulatory systems that work.” This follows the identification…

McEwan Takes on Politically Charged RBS Leadership

McEwan Takes on Politically Charged RBS Leadership

New Zealander Ross McEwan, 56, has been named the new chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), “one of the highest-profile and politically charged roles in the banking world.” The Guardian’s city…

Looking at the Top Figures

Looking at the Top Figures

New Zealand’s rich are getting richer, with the total worth of those who made it onto National Business Review’s 2013 rich list up $3.5 billion on last year, reports The Australian. Graeme Hart once…

Thinking Even Bigger from Google in Silicon Valley

Thinking Even Bigger from Google in Silicon Valley

Scotts Ferry, Harvard University, Wall Street, the White House – Victoria Ransom’s journey from rural Rangitikei to an executive’s chair at the Googleplex is one of New Zealand’s most stunning success stories, The New…

Ammann Testament to General Motor’s New Culture

Ammann Testament to General Motor’s New Culture

General Motors chief financial officer, New Zealander Daniel Ammann, talks with The Detroit News editorial board about how the automaker’s goal is consistent profitability in a cyclical industry. After a historic bailout and Washington-managed…

Gibbs Amphibians Expands Across US

Gibbs Amphibians Expands Across US

New Zealand-founded Gibbs Amphibians is on track to build 1000 Quadski amphibious all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in 2013 and expects to have more than 100 major powersports dealers authorised to sell and service…

Forging a Mining Career from Humble Beginnings

Forging a Mining Career from Humble Beginnings

New Zealand-born mining magnate Chris Ellison, 56, feels he has a lot to offer New Zealand migrants who come to Western Australia (WA) in search of opportunity. Ellison, who arrived in Australia almost 40…

Australian IT Workers Eye Up New Zealand

Australian IT Workers Eye Up New Zealand

Australian information technology works are increasingly searching for work in New Zealand when looking for the next step in the careers. According to a survey by recruitment company Absolute IT, there has been a…

Telstra-CEO Explains his Trans-Tasman Upbringing

Telstra-CEO Explains his Trans-Tasman Upbringing

Born in Australia and raised in New Zealand, Telstra CEO David Thodey is a product of both countries – a real Trans-Tasman hybrid. Speaking at the Trans-Tasman Business Circle luncheon in Sydney, Thodey explained…

Fisher & Paykel Patriotic Through and Through

Fisher & Paykel Patriotic Through and Through

A New Zealand woman has uncovered a unique feature of Fisher & Paykel washing machine – they sing the national anthem. Auckland woman uploaded a video to YouTube of her washing machine sounding the…

Tourism New Zealand Wins German Award for ‘100% Middle-earth’

Tourism New Zealand Wins German Award for ‘100% Middle-earth’

Tourism New Zealand’s 100% Middle-earth campaign has been named the best tourism and travel campaign in the German market at the Mairdumount Tourism and Travel Media Awards in Hamburg. 100% Middle-earth beat eleven other…

All Eyes on Air New Zealand at Paris Air Show

All Eyes on Air New Zealand at Paris Air Show

Air New Zealand was the centre of attention at the Paris Air Show with their new black livery on display and world first ‘sharklets’ on display. The airlines new Airbus A320 was officially presented…

New Paint Job for National Carrier’s Aircraft

New Paint Job for National Carrier’s Aircraft

Air New Zealand has unveiled a new livery for its aircraft, which will feature an iconic silver fern, to adorn its entire fleet by the end of 2014. The new look will phase out…

Berkett Joins Guardian Media Group as Chairman

Berkett Joins Guardian Media Group as Chairman

Departing Virgin Media chief executive New Zealander Neil Berkett has been named chairman of Guardian Media Group (GMG). During his six-year tenure in the same role at Virgin Media, New Zealand-born Berkett focused on…

Quantum Move with Australian Pharmaceutical Acquisition

Quantum Move with Australian Pharmaceutical Acquisition

New Zealand’s Ebos Group Ltd. has reached a $1.1 billion deal to buy Australian pharmaceutical supplier Zuellig Healthcare Holdings, in what would be the biggest acquisition by a New Zealand-based company in two years….