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Business
Dec 2, 2018

How a local vegan ice cream brand is sweetening the deal for Chinese kids

On this week's Primer, we talk to the co-founder of vegan, low calorie, halal certified ice cream brand WāHiki Creamery which has recently signed a deal to enter the Chinese market. 

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Business
Nov 24, 2018

Kids are doing big things for the books industry – just ask little Unity

On this week's Primer, we talk to Jo McColl about Unity Books Auckland's new offshoot just down the road: children's bookshop little Unity. 

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Business
Nov 16, 2018

How a Wellington photo store plans to get more people shooting with film

On this week's Primer, we talk to Sean Aickin whose Wellington photo store Splendid is hoping to revive film photography in today's digital world. 

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Business
Oct 13, 2018

Self-employed? There’s a platform now that will do your taxes for you

On this week's Primer, we talk to James Fuller whose tech platform, Hnry, takes the admin out of being self-employed.

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Business
Oct 6, 2018

Beach in summer, Bali in winter: How smoothie bowls gave two friends a dream lifestyle

On this week's Primer, we talk to Alexandra Bell, co-founder of smoothie bowl business Soul Boul.

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Business
Sep 29, 2018

How Flo is helping feed kids through fashion

On this week's Primer, we talk to the founder of clothing company Flo which donates a free school lunch to a child in need for every product sold. 

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Business
Sep 7, 2018

The B Corp certified agency driving the biggest campaigns to save the arts

On this week's Primer, we talk Jo Blair from Brown Bread – a marketing and communications agency from Christchurch that focuses on championing the arts, philanthropy and social good. 

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Business
Aug 31, 2018

Click, scroll, zoom: making 3D printed jewellery with a tech-inspired touch

On this week's Primer, we talk to Human Interface Jewellery founder Amelia Diggle who's melding fashion and technology together to create a new form of ‘wearable tech’.

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Business
Aug 23, 2018

How does a drink say no to ‘ugly’?

On this week's Primer, we talk to Aaron and Jo Taylor, founders of wellness drink No Ugly.

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Business
Aug 17, 2018

How Trickle tracks your beer down to every last drop

On this week's Primer, we talk to Adrian Wills, the man behind a technology that manages every aspect of the beer’s lifecycle and flow from keg to customer. 

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Business
Aug 10, 2018

The Wellington couple making raincoats from plastic bottles

On this week's Primer, we talk to Nick Leckie, co-founder of rainwear company Okewa which is raising money for its newest product line – raincoats made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Business
Aug 4, 2018

The pureed food restoring appetites to the sick and elderly

On this week's Primer, we talk to co-founder of The Pure Food Co, Sam Bridgewater, whose business makes nutritionally dense and visually appealing food for people who have a hard time eating. 

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Business
Jul 27, 2018

The Kiwi invention that makes Lego bounce, flex and spring

On this week's Primer, we talk to Mark Stolten, the inventor of flexible, Lego-like brick toy, Flexo.

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Business
Jul 20, 2018

The walking billboards of Nopesisters

On this week's Primer, we talk to sibling entrepreneurs Brittany and Johanna Cosgrove of Nopesisters, the social enterprise championing 'fashion for a cause'.

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Business
Jul 14, 2018

How Fresh As is adding crunch to cuisine

On this week's Primer, we talk to Fresh As founder Tommy Roff whose company freeze-dries everything from mandarins and feijoas to liquorice and Red Bull.

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Business
Jul 7, 2018

Could Zippy the squirrel be New Zealand’s Dora the Explorer?

On this week's Primer, we talk to Abhi Kala of Titan Ideas who's reimagining cross-cultural storytelling through augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed reality (MR) technology.

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Business
Jun 29, 2018

Glass jars and paper bags: Shopping for food without the plastic

In this week's Primer, we talk to James Denton, owner of plastic-free supermarket GoodFor.

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Business
Jun 21, 2018

Method Recycling proves that rubbish bin design doesn’t need to be rubbish

This week on The Primer we look at Method Recycling which looks to encourage better waste disposal habits by making beautifully designed rubbish bins for modern workplaces.

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Business
Jun 15, 2018

The agency tracking social media sentiment in real time

This week on The Primer, we talk to David Bowes, CEO of insights agency Zavy, which helps businesses understand in simple, visual terms what all this social media fuss is about. 

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Business
Jun 12, 2018

The Kiwi behind the ‘cheaper, faster, more eco-friendly’ alternative to Bitcoin

Craig MacGregor is one of the founding developers of NavCoin, an alternative cryptocurrency that's gaining steam around the world.

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Business
May 17, 2018

The postnatal nurse pushing back on watered-down, nutrient-void baby food

Every week on The Primer we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Little Angels founder Heather Baker.

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Business
May 11, 2018

How Parkable is helping drivers make the most of Auckland’s wasted space

This week on The Primer we talk to Parkable co-founder Brody Nelson whose business is using technology to shake up traditional parking.

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Business
May 4, 2018

The waste-busting business that wants to help you reduce household rubbish

In this week's Primer, we talk to Kristy Lorson, the founder of popular Facebook group Zero Waste in NZ!, about her latest business venture, EarthSavvy.

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Business
Apr 26, 2018

The AI-powered chatbot that can help you learn te reo Māori

Jihee Junn talks to Jason Lovell of Reobot, an IBM Watson-powered chatbot that allows you to practise conversational Māori via Facebook Messenger.

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Business
Apr 20, 2018

How Goodnest wants to be the Uber for home cleaning

We talk to James MacAvoy, co-founder of Goodnest, which is a lot like Uber, but for getting your house cleaned.

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Business
Apr 12, 2018

The company taking your unwanted paper and upcycling it into notebooks

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Kareena Harris from The Misprint Co, makers of bespoke upcycled paper notebooks.

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