Business Archive

Vice NZ looks set to close as part of a massive wave of global redundancies

Sources suggest the New Zealand editorial arm of the global youth media giant is shutting down.

The online workshop helping startups on the cheap, in a single day

On this week's Primer, we talk to brand strategist James Hurman whose latest venture, Storytech, wants to help small businesses work out their elevator pitch in a single day.

The NZ autonomous vehicle company changing the transport game

Simon Pound talks to Mahmood Hikmet, research and development coordinator for Ohmio.

Why social media influence is a lot harder to measure than you think

Last week, a survey attempted to measure the impact of more than 30 local social media influencers on Instagram. One blogger, however, believes its results should be taken with a grain of salt.

The app will see you now: how technology is improving access to healthcare

What role can technology play in our overburdened, underfunded health system?

If one of NZ’s big Aussie-owned banks goes belly up, who pays the price?

Australian taxpayers could find themselves cleaning up the mess if an Australian-owned NZ bank collapses.

The bizarro world of the very young, very rich Jake Millar

He’s 23-years-old and runs a $9 million online company that interviews successful business leaders and then posts them online. Who is Unfiltered co-founder Jake Millar?

The luxury pre-mixed cocktail company making negronis for the road

On this week's Primer, we talk to the founders of luxury pre-bottled cocktail company J.M.R. Cocktail & Co.

Laneway’s Mark Kneebone on making music festivals safer for everyone

Simon Pound talks to Mark Kneebone, head of promotions at Live Nation and co-promoter of the Laneway Festival.

The Queenstown eco-project selling ‘million dollar view’ sections for $350k

A property developer and a restaurateur have spent $10m purchasing a Queenstown mountain they plan to turn into a commercially viable eco-haven.

To eat meat or not to eat meat – the future of the planet is the question

EAT-Lancet's edict that we should eat only half a bacon rasher a day and one egg a week has upset pretty much everyone. Where does it leave New Zealand's farming-based economy?

Which social media influencer is the most (and least) influential of them all?

Which New Zealand influencer gives you the best bang for your buck?

How a Matiere-based swing maker caught a Kardashian’s attention

On this week's Primer, we talk to Solvej (sool-vay) Swings co-founder Jenny Etherington whose business makes sustainable and long-lasting swings for babies and toddlers. 

The couple using natural skincare to help lift Papua New Guinea out of poverty

Simon Pound talks to Rebekah and Tamati Norman of local apothecary company Native Rituals.

Monstera madness and fiddle-leaf frenzy: why we go crazy for indoor plants

New Zealanders have been filling their homes (and hearts) with cool, trendy houseplants in recent years. But why are we all so obsessed? And why are some plants so expensive? 

Make Shakespeare Great Again: What voters can learn from Richard III

President Trump has been compared with Shakespeare's autocratic Richard III. New Zealanders watching their diminishing KiwiSaver balances should take note.

Transport’s dirty little secret: The truckers breaking the law just to survive

Drivers peeing into a bottle because they can't afford toilet stops and migrant workers sleeping in depots: The trucking industry is in a race to the bottom, a new study says.

2019 is our year of being grown-up about money. We mean it this time

Four Spinoff writers share their New Year financial resolutions and some tips on how to actually make them happen this time.

The vegans are coming, so Kiwi farmers need to give us something to believe in

Environmental limits, changing tastes and a redefined social licence are driving consumers away from animal proteins. In part two of a series on the rise of veganism, Daniel Eb looks …

How $14.99 plus ‘FREE’ can really mean $614.96

How honest do advertisements really need to be? Madeleine Chapman investigates a newspaper ad promising a price of $14.99 when the real cost is far, far more.

Female tech power finding tools to tackle sexual misconduct

A graduate of a women-only startup incubator is using crowdsourcing to gather usable data about patterns of sexual assault.

Summer Reissue: A newbie’s guide to buying your first e-bike

The number of e-bikes sold in New Zealand continued to rocket in 2018. So how do you buy one, and what do you need to know before you invest? Russell Brown has the lowdown.

Summer reissue: The Spinoff survey of corporate payment times

Imagine you didn't get paid for a month or two for your work. Big businesses have used this tactic to keep cash in the bank – but how long do our corporates take to pay?

Into the dragon’s den with New Zealand’s wealthiest investors

Hundreds of New Zealand’s wealthiest investors gathered for the 2018 Flux Demo Day for a night of wining, dining, and million-dollar business investments.