Business Archive

Meet the DOC dogs protecting New Zealand’s native wildlife

Since 2016, the department has partnered with Kiwibank to develop the conservation dog programme and, by proxy, raise the profile of conservation as a whole. 

Notes from New Richland: Nine takeaways from the NBR Rich List

Today, the National Business Review, New Zealand's most prestigious and weirdly-run business publication, published its annual Rich List. Here are our biggest takeaways.

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.

Business confidence is bullshit. But that doesn’t mean the economy isn’t in trouble.

Business confidence has fallen off a cliff. Economist Cameron Bagrie says its meaningless, but other bad indicators can't be ignored. 

Why ignoring plant proteins and hoping for the best isn’t an option for NZ farmers

Late last month, John Hart attended the PrroteinTech 2018 conference and got thinking about New Zealand's agricultural future.

How to stop construction companies going under when they should be busy building

In the middle of a building boom, construction companies keep going out of business. Leonie Freeman explains why it's happening and what we can do about it.

The business of smart city disruption

How can private enterprise help local governments innovate?

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. 

Apple reaches $1 trillion – and you’re an investor!

Youth of New Zealand rejoice: Apple has become the most valuable company to ever exist, and we're all investors. 

Can Allbirds (and Leo DiCaprio) handle the jandal?

Allbirds has a brand new product and investor – one from Brazil, the other from Hollywood.

How is a major contractor going bust in the middle of NZ’s building boom?

Why major contractors keep going bust just as the construction industry is supposed to be ramping up.

Prefab building, the great hope for the housing crisis, is teetering on disaster

Prefab building, the great hope for the housing crisis, is teetering on disaster

At NZ’s premier event on alternative proteins, where were the vegan voices?

Vegan Society NZ's Claire Insley went along to ProteinTECH 2018 last week and left confident that a plant-based future was closer than we think, despite the day's lunch offering leaving a lot to be desired. 

The million-member campaign giving power to the people – at a discounted rate

Global consumer campaign One Big Switch has arrived on Kiwi shores, hoping to harness the power of the collective to unlock special group discounted energy offers and drive competition in New Zealand's electricity industry.

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.

A fierce argument for and against Eat My Lunch

Henry Oliver and Henry Oliver debate the efficacy of Eat My Lunch’s social enterprise model.

Elon’s Auckland outpost: a visit to the Tesla showroom on K’ Road

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today: the newly opened Tesla showroom on Auckland's Karangahape Road.

The Happy Cow Diaries, part 2: Yes I want to make money, but no I won’t use plastic bottles

In part two of his series documenting his attempts to launch Happy Cow Milk 2.0, Herud talks about single-use plastic in the dairy industry and the plan to get farmers to adopt the "Happy Cow way". 

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'.

A new citywide compost service is taking on Auckland’s coffee drinkers

Almost 30% of organic waste goes straight to landfill, sparking the launch of the first citywide compost collection of its kind in New Zealand. 

The vegans are coming! Why the end of meat could be closer than we think

In a time of shifting consumer tastes, mounting health trends, environmental issues and the rise of alternative proteins, are we facing a vegan future?

As the provinces go from strength to strength, will Aucklanders up sticks?

Auckland has long been NZ's economic engine, but these days the rest of the country’s doing pretty well too – and maybe even better, says Kiwibank’s Jarrod Kerr.

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.

What’s it like to work in New Zealand’s largest shared working space?

Gareth Shute checks in on the B:HIVE's progress since opening its first two floors in December. He chats to two B:HIVE tenants and Smales Farm CEO Paul Gunn to get an insider's perspective.