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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….

Minister Blasts Department Over China Meat Export Bungle

Minister Blasts Department Over China Meat Export Bungle

A bungle by the NZ Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) was responsible for NZ meat exports being held on Chinese wharves for up to two weeks, says stuff.co.nz. The hold-up was caused by MPI…

Huawei Founder Choses NZ to Speak to Media for First Time

Huawei Founder Choses NZ to Speak to Media for First Time

Huawei Technologies Founder Ren Zhengfei chose New Zealand for his first ever media briefing, The Wall Street Journal reports. ‘New Zealand may be a tiny market for most global companies, but for Chinese telecommunications…

Michael Fischer Mines Gold on Top of the World

Michael Fischer Mines Gold on Top of the World

New Zealander Michael Fischer mines gold at the top of the world. He heads the Kumtor Operating Company in Kyrgyzstan, a nation of 5.5 million people located half way between Moscow and Beijing. Mining…

New Zealand’s Boating Industry Keeps Winning Awards and Customers

New Zealand’s Boating Industry Keeps Winning Awards and Customers

New Zealand’s luxury boat builders have always made boats that ‘defeat the odds, break records and collect awards,’ writes Maria Alafouzou in the New York Times. You might think, at first glance, that a…

Gulf Cooperation Council and NZ to Ratify Trade Agreement

Gulf Cooperation Council and NZ to Ratify Trade Agreement

New Zealand is likely to ratify a trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) within the next 12 months, according to Steve Jones, NZ Consul General to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Negotiations…

Eastbourne Sisters Enjoy Giltedge Success

Eastbourne Sisters Enjoy Giltedge Success

Eastbourne (Wellington) Giltedge Publishing directors and sisters Ann Husmann and Kate McFlinn have publishing in their blood, writes Jazial Crossley in the Dominion Post. Their father, Gil McGhee, published primary school children’s…

Harvard Studies Telecom Split

Harvard Studies Telecom Split

NZ companies Telecom and Chorus are being used by the Harvard Business School to teach its MBA students, writes Tamsyn Parker in the New Zealand Herald. In 2011, the Government split New Zealand telecommunications…

China Overtakes Australia as NZ’s Biggest Export Market

China Overtakes Australia as NZ’s Biggest Export Market

China has overtaken Australia as New Zealand’s biggest export market for the first time, buying more meat, dairy products and pine logs, while shipments across the Tasman have fallen, says the Sydney Morning Herald. …

Delegat’s Snaps Up Aussie Winery

Delegat’s Snaps Up Aussie Winery

Auckland-based Delegat’s Group has bought the assets of Australia’s Barossa Valley Estate out of receivership for $24.7 million, according to Australia’s Courier Mail. The winemaker, whose stable includes the Oyster Bay brand, will acquire…

Fiji-NZ Trade Benefits Both Countries

Fiji-NZ Trade Benefits Both Countries

New Zealand exports more than $300 million worth of goods to Fiji. This is more than New Zealand exports to Russia or South Africa. And Fiji can benefit from programs focused on expanding the…

China and New Zealand Trade on Track for  $20 Billion by 2015

China and New Zealand Trade on Track for $20 Billion by 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister John Key have reconfirmed the target of doubling two-way goods trade between their nations to $NZ20 billion by 2015. ‘Businesses are on track to achieve this, and…

Bastion of the Boat Building Industry

Bastion of the Boat Building Industry

New Zealand is “a bastion of hard-nosed sailing and boating knowledge,” according to The New York Times. “Being so far away from all places except for Australia, they’ve had to make amends generationally, and…

Wireless Contract for Chinese

Wireless Contract for Chinese

At least one small nation in the South Pacific isn’t too worried about China’s Huawei Technologies Co. posing a national security risk, writes Fox Business. New Zealand’s biggest telephone company, Telecom Corp. of New…

Exports Soar to China

Exports Soar to China

New Zealand’s food and beverage sector is experiencing a boom with demand from Asia, particularly China, New Zealand’s second largest export destination country, buying $2.9 billion worth of products. The Investor’s Guide to the…

Integrating Sound in E-books

Integrating Sound in E-books

New Zealand-based company Booktrack is redefining reading in its traditional sense by synchronizing sound to e-book reading in much the same way that movies synchronize sound to images, chair of New…

Chinese infant formula maker to open in NZ

Chinese infant formula maker to open in NZ

Chinese infant formula giant Yashili International Holdings will invest $NZ230 million in a New Zealand milk processing plant, according to the People’s Daily. The plant will be built just south of Auckland. Zhang Lidian,…

NZ protects Asian tourists from exploitation

NZ protects Asian tourists from exploitation

New Zealand will ‘not tolerate’ Asian tourists being ripped off, Associate Tourism Minister Chris Tremain is reported saying by the New Straits Times. His comment follows the fining of two New Zealand firms by…

NZ and Taiwan ‘on track’ for trade agreement

NZ and Taiwan ‘on track’ for trade agreement

New Zealand’s top trade official in Taiwan, Stephen Payton, told the Taipei Times that the two countries are ‘ on track’ to ink a trade pact that will leave people ‘impressed’. Taiwan and New…

Fonterra to launch infant milk formula in China

Fonterra to launch infant milk formula in China

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra will enter China’s ‘lucative branded infant formula market’ in mid-2013, according to the Straits Times. Fonterra also plans to build its own China milk processing plant in 2014-2016. …

10,000 NZ light bulbs help the Cook islands become energy efficient

10,000 NZ light bulbs help the Cook islands become energy efficient

The Cook Islands wants to generate 100% of its energy supply from renewable sources by 2020. Encouraging the more efficient use of existing energy resources is a vital part of this transition. Recently, Te…

Shot at Movieland

Shot at Movieland

The New Zealand company behind Queenstown’s Shotover and Hukafalls jet boat tours is collaborating with Italy’s theme park Movieland in Verona to create a one-of-a-kind ride with a theme based on the…

Leader of the Pack at Google

Leader of the Pack at Google

New Zealander Craig Nevill-Manning, Google’s engineering director in Manhattan, was the impetus behind the company’s decision to hire a cadre of engineers in New York, and he led an exodus to Chelsea from what…