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Branding Expert Oksana Tashakova Making Her Mark

Branding Expert Oksana Tashakova Making Her Mark

New Zealand branding expert Oksana Tashakova, 35, is the founder and managing director of Wealth Dynamics Unlimited, a training, events and e-learning company focusing on entrepreneurship. Tashakova has just run the second annual Millionaire Summit…

Bagpipes the Penguin Gets 3D Printed Foot

Bagpipes the Penguin Gets 3D Printed Foot

Bagpipes the Little Blue penguin, who had his left leg amputated in 2007 after it got stuck in a fishing line, has received a custom-made 3D printed foot. Having wriggled his way around his home…

Kiwi’s Genius Solution to London Jams

Kiwi’s Genius Solution to London Jams

Fancy speeding down the Thames in London to get to your hotel? “Your speedy dream could be about to come true, thanks to Kiwi entrepreneur Alan Gibbs whose amphibious vehicles are being tested this…

Martin Jetpack Turns Science Fiction Into Reality

Martin Jetpack Turns Science Fiction Into Reality

Australia-listed Martin Jetpack will begin manufacturing its P-14 aircraft next month, as reported in an article in The Financial Times. “We are at the start of the journey,” said Peter Coker, Martin Jetpack’s chief…

Auckland Airport’s New Electric Vehicle Initiative

Auckland Airport’s New Electric Vehicle Initiative

“Auckland Airport has installed two new Electric Vehicle (EV) rechargers at its domestic valet car park and is set to add a further two in its public car parks,” writes Joe Bates for

Ian Taylor to Speak at Inaugural Magnify Conference

Ian Taylor to Speak at Inaugural Magnify Conference

Ian Taylor, founder of Dunedin computer graphics design and production company Animation Research Ltd (ARL) will be one of the speakers at the inaugural Magnify Conference on immersive technology application, during the Auckland Tourism,…

John Lord a Pioneer of US Commercial Pot Industry

John Lord a Pioneer of US Commercial Pot Industry

Former Waikato dairy farmer John Lord never really wanted to sell pot. It just sort of worked out that way. Now, one of Denver’s early pioneers of commercial marijuana growing and sales is among…

Rory Fallon’s Ice Cream Business Hits Plymouth

Rory Fallon’s Ice Cream Business Hits Plymouth

Bristol Rovers football player Rory Fallon’s award-winning ice cream business The Cowlick Creamery is setting up its trike on the Plymouth waterfront just in time for the arrival of the first boats sailing into…

NZ Adopts Jet And Battery Power For Buses

NZ Adopts Jet And Battery Power For Buses

“When it comes to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, we’re increasingly hitting the law of diminishing returns when it comes to cars and other light duty vehicles,” according to Sam Abuelsamid writing…

GoPro Poaches Apple’s Design Man Danny Coster

GoPro Poaches Apple’s Design Man Danny Coster

California-based action camera manufacturing company GoPro has poached a member of Sir Jonathan Ive’s design team at Apple, New Zealander Danny Coster, who will become vice-president of design, reporting to Nick Woodman, chief executive. Coster…

Yashili Unveils New Zealand-Made Infant Formula

Yashili Unveils New Zealand-Made Infant Formula

New Zealand based dairy giant Yashili has launched its premium New Zealand-made infant formula on the local market on Thursday. The product is available in selected New World and Pak’n’Save North Island stores. Yashili said…

Bank of China New Zealand Signs Agreement with Immigration NZ

Bank of China New Zealand Signs Agreement with Immigration NZ

Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited has signed a partnership arrangement with Immigration New Zealand, which will simplify visa application processes for their high net worth customers wishing to study or visit. “In addition to…

Bank of China (NZ) to Hold Agribusiness Investment and Trade Conference

Bank of China (NZ) to Hold Agribusiness Investment and Trade Conference

Bank of China (NZ) Limited will hold an inaugural China-New Zealand Agribusiness Investment and Trade Conference on 25 May at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland. The conference, supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise…

Kourtney Kardashian Ambassador for Manuka Doctor

Kourtney Kardashian Ambassador for Manuka Doctor

Kourtney Kardashian has been selected as the new celeb ambassador for New Zealand brand Manuka Doctor. “Sooooo excited to announce that I’m the NEW ambassador for Manuka Doctor skincare!” she shared via Instagram. “I have…

New Zealand Firm Develops Robotic Legs

New Zealand Firm Develops Robotic Legs

Rex Bionics, a company in New Zealand, is developing robotic legs for people who have lost the ability to move their legs. “The self-supporting exoskeleton is secured to a person’s leg with straps. A console found in…

Makelight’s Joanna Alpe Winning High Tech Praise

Makelight’s Joanna Alpe Winning High Tech Praise

Co-founder and creative director of Makelight, a mobile device platform for live events, New Zealander Joanna Alpe, who is based in London, is included in a Huffington Post feature on tech femmes as part…

Meet the Real-Life Tech Wizards of Middle Earth

Meet the Real-Life Tech Wizards of Middle Earth

Have you ever heard of No. 8 wire? In the 19th century, farmers used the wire to build fences for sheep and later on turned it into a jack-of-all-trades material for getting work done….

Wellington: World’s Most Feminist Tech Ecosystem

Wellington: World’s Most Feminist Tech Ecosystem

Australian tech and media geek Mat Beeche was surprised during a visit to Wellington to sit in front of so many women in tech. “The reason I found it surprising is because although…

Rocket Lab’s Rutherford Engine Lifts Off

Rocket Lab’s Rutherford Engine Lifts Off

A video has been posted of New Zealand-founded company Rocket Lab launching their new Rutherford engine. The burn lasts for a full two minutes and 40 seconds, completing an important flight qualification test. The company…

New Zealand & Domino’s Working on Driverless Pizza Delivery Trial

New Zealand & Domino’s Working on Driverless Pizza Delivery Trial

The New Zealand government is working with Domino’s to explore the possibility of testing a driverless pizza delivery service, as reported in an article on Enterprise Innovation. New Zealand is one of the…

Kiwi Founded a2 Milk Outperforms Major Global Producers

Kiwi Founded a2 Milk Outperforms Major Global Producers

A2 Milk – an organisation based in Sydney but founded in New Zealand, have not only challenged conventional wisdoms in regards to milk consumption, but also outperformed many major global dairy producers with their…

First Look: Air New Zealand Brisbane Lounge

First Look: Air New Zealand Brisbane Lounge

The Australian Business Traveller stopped by for a sneak peek of what’s in store at the new Air New Zealand Brisbane Lounge, which is to open on March 16. In the article the new lounge is…

Sarah Robb O’Hagan Leaves Equinox to Go Extreme

Sarah Robb O’Hagan Leaves Equinox to Go Extreme

New Zealander Sarah Robb O’Hagan has left her “dream job” as president of luxury American fitness company Equinox Holdings to devote herself to pursue a new passion. Robb O’Hagan describes the project in a blog…

Aviva Boss Mark Wilson Preys for Growth

Aviva Boss Mark Wilson Preys for Growth

“Kiwis are meek creatures, prodding in the leaf litter for worms. But Mark Wilson, the New Zealander who runs Aviva, is a bird of more raptorial kind. Seizing the chief executive’s job three years…

Goat Milk Promises Cheap Cancer Treatments: New Zealand Scientists

Goat Milk Promises Cheap Cancer Treatments: New Zealand Scientists

“Genetically modified goat milk has been used to create a new biotechnology process that promises cheaper anti-cancer drugs, New Zealand scientists said Wednesday.” “Milking goats have been used to produce mono-clonal antibodies (MCA) in their…

Joseph Lawrence’s Business Looks Beyondhealth

Joseph Lawrence’s Business Looks Beyondhealth

Joseph Lawrence, a 35-year-old New Zealander and trained musculo-skeletal physiotherapist, thinks he has the answer changing the underlying health issues that could give us a better life, London’s Evening Standard reports. Arriving in the UK…

Kiwi Entrepreneur Makes Forbes Under 30 List

Kiwi Entrepreneur Makes Forbes Under 30 List

Law and commerce graduate Shay Wright has been listed on Forbes Under 30 Asia list in the magazine’s social entrepreneur category as co-founder of Te Wharre Hukahuka, an organization that aims to rebuild the…

New Zealand, Chinese Telecom Firms Sign Pacific-Wide Internet Agreement

New Zealand, Chinese Telecom Firms Sign Pacific-Wide Internet Agreement

Spark and China Telecom Global have signed a deal to boost Internet traffic between the two countries and across the Pacific region, as reported on Xinhua News. “China Telecom Global has the technology,…

Timelio’s Charlotte Petris Helping Small Grow

Timelio’s Charlotte Petris Helping Small Grow

Large superannuation funds are preparing to enter the invoice financing market via the award-winning fintech start-up Timelio, which has created a peer-to-peer platform to provide capital to small companies seeking to expand. Timelio was…

Mike Anstis Flies for Rain over Middle East Desert

Mike Anstis Flies for Rain over Middle East Desert

At a remote airstrip outside Abu Dhabi, New Zealand-born pilot Mike Anstis is setting off to do something most would consider impossible in a desert. He’s hoping to make it rain. Anstis is cloud…

Richard Hall is Singapore’s new Iceman

Richard Hall is Singapore’s new Iceman

A four-generation family-owned ice business in Singapore has partnered with new local company Plink, founded by New Zealander Richard Hall, to launch what they call “the future of ice” – one filled many colours…

Banking Boss Ross McEwan Still up for the Fight

Banking Boss Ross McEwan Still up for the Fight

The Royal Bank of Scotland boss, New Zealander Ross McEwan tells the Telegraph about how the bank is helping UK’s small businesses and why trust is important. Opening a new business start-up “hub” on the…

New Zealanders Take over Australian Banks

New Zealanders Take over Australian Banks

“Congratulations to ANZ Banking Group’s tough new CEO, for both (partially) pulling the plug on the bank’s misguided Asian expansion strategy, which I have criticised since 2009, and for…

Beatrice Tinsley Acknowledged by Google Doodle

Beatrice Tinsley Acknowledged by Google Doodle

Beatrice Tinsley, “one of the least acknowledged – and most original – thinkers in astronomy is being acknowledged by Google Doodle”, writes Jess Staufenberg in an article for The Independent. The Doodle on Google’s…

Record New Zealand Wine Exports

Record New Zealand Wine Exports

New Zealand wine exports have hit a record high as the USA becomes New Zealand’s largest export market for wine. “Underlying the growth is the very positive reputation of New Zealand wine amongst consumers and…

Snowboarder Nev Lapwood Wins Big Dragon’s Den Deal

Snowboarder Nev Lapwood Wins Big Dragon’s Den Deal

New Zealand-born Nev Lapwood’s Snowboard Addiction training website has inked a US$100,000 investment deal with Canadian e-commerce maven Michele Romanow after wowing the panel on reality television show Dragon’s Den. Snowboard Addiction was…

Black Hole Expert Roy Kerr Honoured in Nice

Black Hole Expert Roy Kerr Honoured in Nice

One of the world’s most brilliant mathematicians, New Zealander Roy Kerr, 81, has been awarded the Crafoord Prize for his work on black holes. With an award of US$700,000 the prize is one of…

Here Comes My Jetpack

Here Comes My Jetpack

“Until now, the idea of flying your own jetpack has been largely fantasy. But 2016 could be the year when it takes off commercially”, writes Stuart Clark for The Guardian. According to the…

Lord of the Leaf

Lord of the Leaf

New Zealand native John Lord has built a wholly legal cannabis empire in Colorado over the past five years with annual sales that exceed $80 million. “We’re more than a dispensary, we’re leading a movement,”…

Maggie & Rose Kids’ Club Opens in Hong Kong

Maggie & Rose Kids’ Club Opens in Hong Kong

Exclusive private children’s club Maggie & Rose, founded in Kensington, London by New Zealander Maggie Bolger (pictured left) and Briton Rose Astor in 2007, has opened its doors in Hong Kong. The aim of the…

Air New Zealand Introduces World First Biometric Bag Drop

Air New Zealand Introduces World First Biometric Bag Drop

“Air New Zealand is speeding up the check-in process for customers departing from Auckland International Airport with new self-service bag drops featuring world-first biometric technology,” as reported in The Financial. “We can now…

New Zealand Joins Geothermal Alliance

New Zealand Joins Geothermal Alliance

New Zealand has joined the Global Geothermal Alliance at the U.N. climate conference in Paris. “As the world transitions towards a lower carbon future, the increased demand for renewable energy, coupled with the ongoing interest…

NZ Launches Healthier Lives Challenge

NZ Launches Healthier Lives Challenge

The New Zealand government recently launched the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge – a program that “will seek better prevention, diagnosis and treatment methods for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, with a burden…

Air New Zealand Named World’s Best Airline

Air New Zealand Named World’s Best Airline

Air New Zealand has been named the best airline in the world in a ranking by AirlineRatings.com for the third consecutive year, as reported in an article on The Daily Mail. “Air New…

NZ Scientists Bring Extinct Birds Back to Life

NZ Scientists Bring Extinct Birds Back to Life

A collaboration between scientists at Massey University, the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa bring extinct birds species back to life with 3D scanning. “Technology like 3D printing is the way of the…

Nadia Lim Cooks Up a Culinary Empire

Nadia Lim Cooks Up a Culinary Empire

New Zealand chef Nadia Lim has turned her passion for cooking into the profitable business My Food Bag, which she co-founded with her husband Carlos Bagrie  and business powerhouses Theresa Gattung and…

Meet GoodWorld, the Start-up Revolutionizing Online Charity

Meet GoodWorld, the Start-up Revolutionizing Online Charity

GoodWorld, a start-up founded by New Zealander Dale Pfeifer is revolutionizing the world of online charity. The start-up is a “fascinating–and extremely fast-growing–marriage of crowdfunding, philanthropy, and social media”, and allows people to donate money…

Martin Aircraft to Make Jetpacks for Dubai Firefighters

Martin Aircraft to Make Jetpacks for Dubai Firefighters

“Martin Aircraft has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Dubai to supply jetpacks and training to its civil defence and fire services”, writes Chris Pash in an article in The Business…

Gibbs’ Next Generation of Fast Amphibians

Gibbs’ Next Generation of Fast Amphibians

After bringing “three fast amphibian concepts to the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Fla.”, Gibbs Amphibians is “hoping to find to find a partner that would build the vehicles under license”, as reported…

Ron Butler Gets Behind New Emergency Vehicle

Ron Butler Gets Behind New Emergency Vehicle

The Cobra Litter is the brainchild of New Zealand-born racecar designer Ron Butler, who has spent countless hours working on the Ford Shelby Cobra, and retired Santa Barbara County firefighter Michael Schlags. “With Schlags’ real-world…

Hotel Maven Sean Macpherson Always Ready to Expand

Hotel Maven Sean Macpherson Always Ready to Expand

“There’s nowhere in Manhattan I wouldn’t open a hotel,” New Zealand-born California-raised hotelier Sean MacPherson tells the New York Post. In the past two years, MacPherson has seen two consecutive hotel openings: the 2014…

Dubai-Based Entrepreneur Rick McIntyre Looks Ahead

Dubai-Based Entrepreneur Rick McIntyre Looks Ahead

Founder of Dubai’s Mac Pack Removals Rick McIntyre, believes hard work, great service and a hands-on approach gives a customer service that people are happy to recommend. With no advertising and plenty of 80-hour…

New Zealand’s Fine Dark Ales

New Zealand’s Fine Dark Ales

In many countries dark beers are for the cold months, but not in New Zealand. “Lots of breweries in New Zealand have got stouts and porters among their best sellers,” said Stu McKinlay, one half…

Space Revolution Hatching in a New Zealand Paddock

Space Revolution Hatching in a New Zealand Paddock

The next revolution in space will be launching next year from a paddock in New Zealand’s remote South Island – a 16-metre carbon-cased rocket powered by a 3D-printed rocket engine. The rocket designed by Rocket…

Air New Zealand Named Australasia’s Top Airline

Air New Zealand Named Australasia’s Top Airline

Air New Zealand has been named Australasia’s Leading Airline for the seventh consecutive year at the 2015 World Travel Awards, according to an article in The Financial. “To win Australasia’s Leading Airline for…

New Zealanders Are the Best Forecasters of Australia’s Economy

New Zealanders Are the Best Forecasters of Australia’s Economy

New Zealanders are the ones to ask when it comes to predicting the fortunes of the Australian economy, according to an article in The Australian Financial Review. “New Zealanders looking for opportunity have…