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The Top 10 Countries – Average Wealth Per Person

The Top 10 Countries – Average Wealth Per Person

New Zealand has been ranked the country with the second highest average wealth per adult in mid-2015 according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s (CSRI) sixth annual Global Wealth Report. The…

3rd Spaceflight Ground Station in Invercargill

3rd Spaceflight Ground Station in Invercargill

Spaceflight’s third ground station in Invercargill, New Zealand is now fully operational, according to an article in Space Daily. “Bringing the ground station online in New Zealand is another step in executing on…

Virtual Reality Start-up Attracts NZ$20 Million in Funding

Virtual Reality Start-up Attracts NZ$20 Million in Funding

8i, a Wellington-founded virtual reality start-up has raised NZ$20 million (US$13.65 million) from technology investors including Samsung Ventures, Dolby Family Ventures and Sound Ventures, a fund owned by actor Ashton Kutcher. The virtual reality venture wants…

Adrian Orr on New Zealand’s  Super Fund

Adrian Orr on New Zealand’s Super Fund

“The sovereign wealth funds of Australia and New Zealand have much in common but the underlying holdings reveal a chasm greater than the Tasman Sea”, writes James Frost for the Australian Financial Review…

Martin Jetpacks Cleared for Takeoff

Martin Jetpacks Cleared for Takeoff

The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand has approved Martin Aircraft’s latest model jetpack, the Prototype 12, for manned flight, Business Insider reports. Martin Jetpacks, the world’s first commercial jetpacks with their distinctive mid-mounted fan…

New Zealand Sets 99% Connectivity Goal

New Zealand Sets 99% Connectivity Goal

By 2025 the New Zealand government is planning to connect 99% of its population to 50 Mbps broadband or better. The remaining 1% will be equipped with 10 Mbps broadband. “Our use of, and reliance…

New Role for ANZ CFO Shayne Elliot

New Role for ANZ CFO Shayne Elliot

New Zealander Shayne Elliot, 51, has been appointed CEO of ANZ Bank, the first internal appointment within the bank in 30 years. Shortly after the announcement of his appointment, Elliott said: “Obviously I know ANZ…

Fiona Mackenzie Ranked Seventh Most Impactful Public Investor Executive

Fiona Mackenzie Ranked Seventh Most Impactful Public Investor Executive

Fiona Mackenzie, Head of Investments New Zealand Superannuation Fund has been ranked seventh in The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s ‘Public Investor 100’ that lists the most significant and impactful public investor executives…

Air New Zealand Unveils New Auckland International Lounge

Air New Zealand Unveils New Auckland International Lounge

Air New Zealand has unveiled a new international lounge in Auckland, which can seat more than 375 customers comfortably and is significantly larger than the old lounge. The new modern Auckland lounge was designed by…

Air New Zealand’s ‘Sustainability Framework’

Air New Zealand’s ‘Sustainability Framework’

Air New Zealand has launched a new ‘sustainability framework’ in Auckland on Wednesday September 16. “You find the best companies in the world doing well commercially are also doing well in a sustainability sense, they…

Strengthening Trade Ties With India

Strengthening Trade Ties With India

“Amy Adams, New Zealand Minister of Justice, Courts, Broadcasting and Communications is leading a trade mission to India to strengthen trade ties between both the nations”, as reported in Businessworld. “India is our…

Kiwis Save Baby Humpback Whale

Kiwis Save Baby Humpback Whale

A rescue team have “saved the life of a baby whale which was entangled in buoy lines off the coast of New Zealand’s capital”, as reported in The Daily Mail. “It was entangled…

Researchers Identify New Fossil Whale Species of New Zealand

Researchers Identify New Fossil Whale Species of New Zealand

Researchers from the University of Otago have identified three new whale species that once lived in New Zealand. The “researchers’ discovery and description of the Tokarahia kauaeroa and Tokarahia lophocephalus whales helps to fill in an important gap…

Richard Branson’s Right-Hand Man Is Josh Bayliss

Richard Branson’s Right-Hand Man Is Josh Bayliss

Auckland-educated lawyer Josh Bayliss, 42, is the global chief executive of Virgin Group, spearheading a web of transport, telecommunications, lifestyle, healthcare and financial services businesses across 34 countries. He runs Virgin for Richard Branson…

Teen Ayla Hutchinson Impresses at US State Fair

Teen Ayla Hutchinson Impresses at US State Fair

Ayla Hutchinson, 16, may be the youngest and farthest-travelling entrepreneur to showcase at the Minnesota State Fair this year. Hutchinson, who is from Taranaki, conceived of a safer approach to splitting kindling in 2012…

Streaming Service Baboom Changes Tack

Streaming Service Baboom Changes Tack

New Zealand streaming service Baboom “has a refreshing, possibly promising, approach to its place in digital music – Baboom wants to give the independent artists its focused on courting chances at greater exposure, and…

Xero Scores New Strategic Partnerships

Xero Scores New Strategic Partnerships

New Zealand cloud accounting firm Xero has used its annual Xerocon conference to announce a host of new partnerships and tools, and says it has passed 250,000 paying customers in Australia. CEO and founder Rod…

FitnessLink’s Grant Goes Spreads the Word in Dubai

FitnessLink’s Grant Goes Spreads the Word in Dubai

New Zealander Grant Goes, 34, runs FitnessLink, a Dubai-based health and fitness website which is starting to expand into the wider Mena region. He tells UAE English-language newspaper the National about he spends a…

Turn off Your TVs and Get Rich Urges Glenn Martin

Turn off Your TVs and Get Rich Urges Glenn Martin

New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin, 55, sold his television to rid himself of distractions in his drive to create one of the world’s first human-controlled jetpacks. Thirty years on from that decision and prototypes of…

Artificial Intelligence Experts are Building the World’s Angriest Robot

Artificial Intelligence Experts are Building the World’s Angriest Robot

“It sounds like the beginning of an apocalyptic sci-fi film. A New Zealand artificial intelligence company” – the Touchpoint Group, “is building the angriest robot in the world in the hopes…

Startup GoodWorld Raises $1.65M in Series Seed Round for “#donate” Technology

Startup GoodWorld Raises $1.65M in Series Seed Round for “#donate” Technology

Financial tech startup GoodWorld, Inc. has secured $1.65 million in investment capital to close out a preferred series seed round for its #donate technology. The round is a co-investment led by Nyca Partners, with…

Rocket Lab Signs NASA Partnership

Rocket Lab Signs NASA Partnership

The New Zealand satellite launch company Rocket Lab has signed a Commercial Space Launch Act Agreement with NASA. The partnership enables Rocket Lab to use NASA resources and launch complexes in addition to its…

San Francisco Cops Flaunt Epic, Amphibious ‘Quadski’ at Giants Game

San Francisco Cops Flaunt Epic, Amphibious ‘Quadski’ at Giants Game

A Gibbs Quadski XL – a New Zealand invention has been sighted in San Francisco. An SFPD officer was spotted on his Quadski in McCovey Cove for the first time at Saturday’s clash between the…

NZ Global Leader in Registry Software Foster Moore Buys US Company

NZ Global Leader in Registry Software Foster Moore Buys US Company

Foster Moore International, a global leader in government registry software, has announced the acquisition of U.S. company FileONE LLC and the establishment of U.S. operations in the North Carolina research triangle. Foster Moore develops online…

Joan Murphy Is Reframing the Fitness Industry

Joan Murphy Is Reframing the Fitness Industry

New Zealander Joan Murphy (pictured left) and Briton Pip Black, founders of Frame gym, explain to the Guardian how they have revolutionised London’s attitude to exercise. It’s 8:30am on a Wednesday morning and Joan Murphy…

Cars in NZ Are Running on Beer-Flavoured Petrol

Cars in NZ Are Running on Beer-Flavoured Petrol

New Zealand brewers DB Export have turned their leftover slurry of yeast and grain into a biofuel. Brewtroleum is available for a limited time at Gull petrol stations throughout the country. One of the leftovers…

Sarah Ayala’s Businesses Thriving in Houston

Sarah Ayala’s Businesses Thriving in Houston

New Zealander Sarah Ayala is “living the American dream” in Houston where she and her husband relocated to a year and a half ago from Portland, Oregon. Ayala, who recently started The…

Harjinder Singh Receives IDFA Dairy Research Award

Harjinder Singh Receives IDFA Dairy Research Award

Harjinder Singh, Ph.D., has received the 2015 IDFA Research Award in Dairy Foods Processing at this month’s annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association. “This award recognises Professor Singh’s contribution to the dairy industry….

New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brands Revealed; Whittaker’s Chocolates Tops the List

New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brands Revealed; Whittaker’s Chocolates Tops the List

Whittaker’s has been chosen as New Zealand’s most trusted brand in the annual Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands survey, which ranked New Zealand’s top 10 trusted brands, 40 category winners and top…

Booktrack Attracts $5 Million in Funding

Booktrack Attracts $5 Million in Funding

The New Zealand e-publishing venture Booktrack has secured $5 million in funding led by investments from COENT Venture Partners and Sparkbox Ventures, which will be used to support recent overall growth. Booktrack offers publishers the…

Kiwi DNA Study Reveals Bird Lost Colour Vision

Kiwi DNA Study Reveals Bird Lost Colour Vision

Scientists at the University of Leipzig in Germany say they have sequenced the genome of the brown kiwi for the first time, revealing that the shy, flightless bird likely lost its ability to see…

Sir Edmund Hillary’s Name Taken to New Heights

Sir Edmund Hillary’s Name Taken to New Heights

A newly discovered mountain range on Pluto has been named Hillary Montes in homage to New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, half of the pair who first climbed Mount Everest in 1953. Tenzing Norgay, his…

Seb Chan Is Digitally Revitilising Museums

Seb Chan Is Digitally Revitilising Museums

New Zealand-born Seb Chan, lauded for his leading role in transforming the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York with a human-centred digital renewal, has been appointed chief eXperience officer (CXO) at the…

World Economy Model Inspires NZ artist Michael Stevenson in New York exhibit

World Economy Model Inspires NZ artist Michael Stevenson in New York exhibit

A hydro-mechanical computer that models world economic flows, invented in 1949 by New Zealander Bill Phillips, is the inspiration for artist Michael Stevenson’s installation at Long Island City’s SculptureCenter in…

People Age at Wildly Different Rates Study Shows

People Age at Wildly Different Rates Study Shows

Tests done in Dunedin on physiological markers in nearly 1000 38-year-olds has found that some had biological ages many years older than their birthdates would suggest. The research confirms that people grow old at…

Scientists to Study Silent Earthquakes off NZ

Scientists to Study Silent Earthquakes off NZ

Scientists have proposed a 2018 pioneering project beneath the seafloor off New Zealand aimed at understanding the mechanisms of silent earthquakes, also known as slow-slip events. “An important way to understand the true cause of…

Rocket Lab to Launch from Kaitorete Spit

Rocket Lab to Launch from Kaitorete Spit

New Zealand company Rocket Lab says it plans to build its own launch site – the world’s first commercial orbital launch range – on Kaitorete Spit in Canterbury by the end of the year. The…

Dean Hall Tackles New Game Post DayZ Success

Dean Hall Tackles New Game Post DayZ Success

Dean Hall was on stage at Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year to unveil a name and a teaser for his studio RocketWerkz’s brand new game, Ion. But despite his role in helping Microsoft…

Swiss-Belhotel Chief Gavin Faull Ever the Traveller

Swiss-Belhotel Chief Gavin Faull Ever the Traveller

New Zealander Gavin Faull, 63, has been living out of a suitcase ever since he decided to join a consulting firm in Hong Kong back in 1973. Now, as chairman and president of Swiss-Belhotel…

Kiwi Turbo-Charges Walmart’s Reinvention

Kiwi Turbo-Charges Walmart’s Reinvention

Walmart’s program to remain the world’s leading retailer has New Zealander Greg Foran in a driving role. In a Fortune profile of Walmart’s new CEO Doug McMillon, writer Brian O’Keefe reserves special…

NZ-Designed Waterslide Relocating to US Ski Trail

NZ-Designed Waterslide Relocating to US Ski Trail

The World’s Longest Waterslide, designed by New Zealander Jimi Hunt, is to be rebuilt in the United States on the slopes of Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey. After learning from Travel Channel producers about…

Artist Kristina Webb Prospering in Insta-Economy

Artist Kristina Webb Prospering in Insta-Economy

Kristina Webb, a 19-year old New Zealander, has built a full-time job on Instagram with colourful, Disney-like pictures, which are appealing to a huge teenage base of viewers. “It is sort of my perfect job…

New Zealand Black Currants Boost Brain: Study

New Zealand Black Currants Boost Brain: Study

A study conducted by scientists at the New Zealand Plant & Food Research center and UK Northumbria University has found that compounds in juice from New Zealand black currants increases mental performance, mood, and…

Benjamin Hadfield the Man Behind Hong Kong’s Junk Parties

Benjamin Hadfield the Man Behind Hong Kong’s Junk Parties

New Zealander Benjamin Hadfield is co-founder of a Hong Kong-based start-up company, which serves as an online marketplace where anyone can easily book a junk for the day. Junks.hk aims to bring the city’s…

Next-Gen Facial Animation with the Auckland Face Simulator

Next-Gen Facial Animation with the Auckland Face Simulator

A team located at The Laboratory for Animate Technologies at the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute, is developing multidisciplinary technologies to create interactive autonomously animated systems that will define the next generation of human…

New Zealand Salmon Industry Leads the Way in Sustainability

New Zealand Salmon Industry Leads the Way in Sustainability

The New Zealand Salmon Industry is leading the way in fish sustainability measures according to the recent global sustainability report Global Salmon Initiative Sustainability released by the Global Salmon Initiative. “Overall,…

Teenager Ayla Hutchinson Lands US Deal with Kindling Cracker

Teenager Ayla Hutchinson Lands US Deal with Kindling Cracker

Taranaki teenager Ayla Hutchinson’s science project has earned her a lucrative international business deal. Hutchinson, who invented the Kindling Cracker, recently entered into an agreement with America’s lead supplier of professional-quality tools, Northern Tool…

Day in the Life of Dubai-based Yoga Teacher Vanessa Dolan

Day in the Life of Dubai-based Yoga Teacher Vanessa Dolan

After a successful career in advertising in cities such as Melbourne and Amsterdam, New Zealand-born Vanessa Dolan, 44, decided to quit corporate life last year to start a yoga business in Dubai.

New Kind of Shepherd Rules over Hawkes Bay Sheep Station

New Kind of Shepherd Rules over Hawkes Bay Sheep Station

This photograph of sheep waiting to be shorn taken by Grant Sheehan has featured on the social network site Dronestagram. Sheehan captured the shot with a drone, which he flew over Kereru Sheep…

Dealmaker Audette Exel Harnessing Banking Power

Dealmaker Audette Exel Harnessing Banking Power

After decades brokering deals on opposite sides of the table, Australian bankers, including Sydney-based New Zealander Audette Exel, are coming together to help the world’s neediest – and tearing up their bills. Members of a…

Kiwi Company Promapp Opens US Office

Kiwi Company Promapp Opens US Office

New Zealand-owned and operated business process management software company Promapp has taken the first step towards international expansion and opened its first office in the United States at the Kiwi…

Trade Me – the Kiwi Auction Site’s Funky, Cool Office

Trade Me – the Kiwi Auction Site’s Funky, Cool Office

New Zealand auction house Trade Me’s office space has been featured in the Business Insider Australia as a “funky, cool office… full of surprises”. The company’s new headquarters are located right…

Farmer Uses Drone to Herd Flock of Sheep

Farmer Uses Drone to Herd Flock of Sheep

South Island farmer Brett Sanders uses a drone to herd his sheep across his 29,000 acre farm near Alexandra, New Zealand. Instead of using a sheep dog to herd the flock, the farmer attached a…

Joan Murphy of Frame Fitness collaborates with Whistles

Joan Murphy of Frame Fitness collaborates with Whistles

New Zealander Joan Murphy and her Frame fitness studio co-founder Pip Black know what women are looking for in sportswear, and are now collaborating with smart high street brand Whistles. “The whole collection is…

Dean Brettschneider Takes New World Baking to Singapore

Dean Brettschneider Takes New World Baking to Singapore

New Zealander Dean Brettschneider, 46, chief executive and head baker at Baker & Cook, has opened five outlets in Singapore since the artisan bakery was founded in 2012. Brettschneider draws a comparison between his homeland…

University of Otago Study Discovers Way to Boost Generation Reliability from New Zealand Wind Farms

University of Otago Study Discovers Way to Boost Generation Reliability from New Zealand Wind Farms

A recent study conducted by the Department of Geography, University of Otago, has proposed a way to boost generation reliability from New Zealand wind farms. After analysing New Zealand’s wind circulation patterns speed data from…