Category Archives: International Growth

Air NZ Propels Dreamliner Services Further

Air New Zealand advanced it’s Dreamliner services to China and the United States. This is in the form of daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operations to China and introducing North American routes.

The 787-9 has propelled further by operating on the Auckland-Shanghai Pu Dong route from August 24 instead of from October 25. The airline currently operates Boeing 777-200ER and 787-9 aircraft on this route.

According to the National Business Review, “Air New Zealand will also operate Boeing 787-9 aircraft once a week on Sundays to the Auckland-Los Angeles route from September 27 to October 18 only. The airline has also expanded its codeshare partnership with Air Canada to destinations within the Province of British Columbia, as well as to the Province of Alberta.”

Air New Zealand isn’t just expanding it’s global flights! Today they have also delivered on their promise to offer a $29 Night Rider service to Palmerston North.

Gattung Savours Latest Business Success

Business whizz and foodie Theresa Gattung has managed to combine her two passions into one delicacy of a business. And it’s all mixed together perfectly to form one very successful business. Gattung chairs My Food Bag, a business dedicated to delivering ingredients and recipes approved by Nadia Lim.

Gattung puts every moment of her time to good use. When she’s not heading the succesful business witha  turnover of $30 million, she’s an award winning philanthropist. Last year the company tapped into the Australian market and plans to continue doing so in the foreseeable future.

Meringue Queen Says Let Them Eat Cake

Self proclaimed meringue master Stacey O’Gorman supplies meringues all the way across the world to London. However at her wedding celebration she insists her loyal subjects (read: wedding guests) will just need to eat cake.

O’Gorman’s company Meringue Girls doesn’t create puffy delicacies for just anybody. Upmarket stores Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Harvey Nichols and Jamie Oliver’s Recipease all get to supply and enjoy such posh pleasures as lemongrass and ginger, pistachio and rosewater, honey and salsa peanut, and watermelon meringues.

Unfortunately O’Gorman is all puffed out. She told Stuff, “thought of whipping up a batch for her big day “is all too stressful, really – so my wedding is going to be cake-ified”. After making up to 10,000 meringues a week, it’s easy to see why she wouldn’t want them staining her big day!

Meringue Girls follows a “quality over quantity” model that has seen it embraced by top food stores and the London in-crowd. Its soft-hued meringues are sought after for society weddings and press and fashion PR events. The best seller is a vintage wooden apple crate of 170 rainbow meringue kisses in 11 flavours, which costs £140 (NZ$270).




Great Achievements By Businesses in 2014

This year has been a year of great achievements. With a combination of a recovering economy, improved technology and innovation and a can-do attitude, local businesses have done well. Here are a few of our top successes in 2014:

Guest Nights Rise to a New Height 

Because of Queenstown’s booming tourism, New Zealand guest nights have risen to new heights in October. Guests have been both locals and eager tourists. Kiwis in particular have been eager to explore our land. Great for our hospitality businesses!

Urban Homes Sweeped Up Seven Awards

The Hamilton master builders proved they don’t just have brawns – they have brains! At the Annual Awards Gala, they won gold in the categories new homes $600,000 – $1 million, Gib show home and builders own home. They won the categories for Gib Show home and Builders own home and won two lifestyle awards – Bathroom excellence and the Interior Style and Finish award.

A Big Save Expanded Immensely 

A Rotorua Big Save got so big that it couldn’t fit it’s old premises. In fact, it needed to take up a whole block just to fit it’s expansion! More people needed to be employed to both build the new building and work in the bigger building.

Heat Pump Specialist Claims Special Title

Goldstar Heat Pumps claimed a pretty big title: the #1 Fujitsu Heat Pump Distributor in the Waikato. Considering Fujitsu is New Zealand’s favourite air, this is a very impressive title. They also sell and install heat pumps in Auckland and Tauranga.

3D Brain Company Succeeds Internationally 

Nothing like good Kiwi ingenuity! Scientifically minded creatives decided to begin selling 3D printer replicas of actual brains. Little did they know the rest of the world would take interest.

Goldstar Heat Pumps Expands in Tauranga

Yet another success for Goldstar Heat Pumps! The installer of Hamilton and Auckland heat pumps decided to set their sights bay-ward. Tauranga was a market they thought of once things got quiet, and have been excited to expand that way.

So altogether it’s been an incredibly successful year for New Zealand businesses. Let’s hope this new year goes just as well.

Company Puts Their Brains Together to Put Your Brain Together

New Zealand based Brainform have found an innovative way to use 3D printing: make replicas of people’s brains. The company accepts worldwide orders to send out multiple replica’s formed on each users unique brain.

Geek Tamin explained the technology best saying,

“MRI scans are used to map out contours of your grey matter. This map is then used to created a plastic nylon replica of your brain. So in layman terms, advanced photocopying your brain.”

The Wellington company didn’t initially start out to make money. Rather Will Brown started by making models for friends at Victoria University. Brown realised the potential for this product and it blossomed into a business.

However this isn’t for the mass market like building fiber optic cables for Christchurch is. Rather this is targeted to a very niche market. Although some would see a replica of a brain as art or intriguing, others would find it a bit bizarre.

Brainform has higher hopes for their company. In their mission they claim “We believe that science education is crucial for the continuing development of our global society… we want to play our part in helping create the scientific wonder that drives sustained science education. We want to add brain replicas to the list of iconic science models that help spark such wonder alongside models of the space shuttle, tesla coils, planets, and fossils.”

Very Kiwi bookshop in the heart of Hong Kong

The heart of one of Hong Kong’s main shopping districts is not a place you would assume would have a demand for kiwi books. Surprisingly there is an ample market there!

Garry Colely discovered while in Hong Kong that there was a lack of English-language education resources. Since he and his wife loved the city, they didn’t hesitate in filling that gap.

Demand was initially from schools needing the resources for primary children. Once Kiwik International opened a physical store, Kiwi and Australian teachers would visit because it reminded them of home. When Kiwis and Australians were sent to teach in schools, this allowed Kiwik International to break into mainstream schools.

However now Colely is selling up and moving back home. He told he will miss the energy of Hong Kong – “there would be more people walk past my building here in an afternoon than walk up Queen Street in a month” – but sees moving back to New Zealand as “one door closing and another about to open”.

“I’ve never been the sort of guy that sits and lets the grass grow around my feet.”


Building a Great Kiwi Brand in Australia

The answer to building a great kiwi brand in Australia may surprise you. Kiwi’s and Aussie’s are supposedly sworn enemies – well at least on the field! Many New Zealand businesses jump to ditch to get a share of Australia’s large market.

According to Stuff business writer Bella Katz, Australian businesses make a lot of noise but are slow to react to competition. She recommends New Zealander’s use this to their advantage. But Katz’s final conclusion about Aussie success is more surprising.

Imagine how well New Zealand companies can do here in combination with the right locals? A meeting of minds, if you will. The Aussie ruthlessness matched with the Kiwi perseverance. It’s a beauty.

With that professional cooperation in mind, last month I interviewed twelve Australian and Australia-based CEOs of New Zealand companies and asked them what it was like to work for Kiwi brands over here. I wanted to know if there was a magic formula to building a great Kiwi brand in Australia.

What came out clearly from those interviews, and from previous conversations I’ve had on the topic, is that New Zealand businesses thrive in Australia with great locals on board. Even more so when the cords are not cut – but handed over.

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PressureBall’s Inflated Sales

In September 2014 PressureBall achieved their biggest month of sales ever. And these sales weren’t just above their previous month – they were almost double.

A wide international market has picked up on PressureBall’s potential. Sales were around the world to countries including USA, England, Ireland, Sweden and Japan. This is just another example of a New Zealand business scoring big in the international market.

PressureBall is an alternative to pressureless tennis balls. It’s an innovation that makes sure new tennis balls never lose their bounce. It is also used to restore old tennis balls pressure.

It’s encouraging to see local businesses expand their markets. Even better to see a lot of overseas interest! Local businesses should be encouraged and see that living in somewhere geographically isolated is not such a disadvantage anymore. Thanks to the Internet.

NZ Business Scores Big in International Market

Moving operations from geographically distant New Zealand overseas can be tricky business. But a New Zealand manufacturer has proved with the motivation it is easy to excel. Even so, one has to ask whether it is for everyone.

Mid to high-end shoe manufacturer Minx Shoes successfully moved offshores to Canada. The manufacturer had humble beginnings in a shoe factory in Waikanae. Now they are flourishing in Canada with an expected 400 outlets. Minx has further plans of globalisation through expanding into the UK.

However Dan Khan from Unlimited digital business magazine warns that moving off shores is not for everyone. He points out that competition for engineers is fierce and so it you are a tech company it may just be better to find talent at home. He also warns that the competitive landscape in the US is intense.