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Business
May 18, 2019

Little Yellow Bird: From the military to making ethically-produced clothes

This week we talk to Little Yellow Bird founder Samantha Jones whose social enterprise makes sustainably and ethically-made uniforms and basics. 

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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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Business
Apr 6, 2018

The Kiwi duo championing high-end carry-on luggage

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Jimmy Hayes, co-founder of innovative carry-on luggage company Minaal.

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Business
Mar 29, 2018

The Primer: the care packages developed by students, for students

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to the founders of Kimera, a subscription box service that sends treats to your loved ones studying away from home. 

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Business
Mar 23, 2018

The Primer: the Kiwi beauty brand that wants you to #giveupthebottle and pick up the bar

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Brianne West, founder of sustainable, plastic-free cosmetics company Ethique. 

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Business
Mar 14, 2018

The Primer: the car-sharing service putting electric vehicles on Wellington’s roads

We talk to Mevo CEO Erik Zydervelt, whose company provides Wellingtonians with app-based, on-demand access to electric vehicles.

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Business
Mar 10, 2018

The Primer: the gender-neutral clothes freeing kids from stereotypes

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Freedom Kids' Rachel Hansen.

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Business
Mar 1, 2018

The Primer: the NZ underwear company employing refugee seamstresses

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Elisha Watson, who quit her full-time job as a lawyer to start Nisa — an organic cotton underwear company that employs women from refugee backgrounds.

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Business
Feb 22, 2018

The Primer: why Little Bird Organics wants to sell you shares

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Megan May, founder of whole foods company Little Bird Organics which today launches its first-ever equity crowdfunding campaign with fellow Kiwi company EcoStore.

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Business
Feb 15, 2018

The Primer: NZ’s first cold brew-only coffee company

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Harpoon Cold Brew's Arjun Haszard who's in the business of brewing one of the trendiest coffees out there this summer.

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Business
Feb 7, 2018

The Primer: the app that puts you in touch with local tradies

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Alex Vaz and Nik Ellis, founders of an app that links up builders, plumbers and other tradespeople with jobs that need doing around the house.

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Business
Jan 25, 2018

The Primer: the company behind packaging made of plants, not plastic

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Tony Small, founder of plant-based packaging company Innocent Packaging.

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