New BusinessNZ Chief Executive

The BusinessNZ Council has appointed Kirk Hope as new Chief Executive of BusinessNZ. Mr Hope is currently Chief Executive of the NZ Bankers’ Association. A barrister and solicitor, he was formerly Executive Director of the Financial Services Federation and a member of the Commercial and Business Law Committee of the New Zealand Law Society. Announcing […]

RMA changes could do some good

RMA changes could do some good

BusinessNZ says draft legislation to amend the Resource Management Act is worthwhile. Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says business is disappointed that the political landscape has made it impossible to change the Act substantively to make it more fit for its purpose of promoting sustainable development. But he says the changes contained in the Resource Legislation […]

Offshore investment vital for manufacturing industries

Offshore investment vital for manufacturing industries

“A breath of fresh air in the business landscape and important new momentum for the economy to benefit every New Zealander”. That’s the description two partners of DLA Piper New Zealand gave to the Government’s investment chapter of the Business Growth Agenda, launched mid month. “The message was clear and the Government’s strategy couldn’t be […]

Find your 8 hidden marketing assets to attract your ideal target audience

Find your 8 hidden marketing assets to attract your ideal target audience

By digging for the gold right under your nose, you can tap into your full business potential. David Frank specialises in communications for engineering, technology, and manufacturing firms – both external (marketing) and internal (technical documentation). He uses interviewing to tap into the ‘heartbeat’ of his client’s target audience, using counselling experience and training by […]

NZ gluten-free boom prompts new testing service

NZ gluten-free boom prompts new testing service

New Zealand’s largest privately owned testing laboratory, Hill Laboratories, is offering a gluten testing service with the fastest turnaround-time in the Country. The company has introduced the service in response to the rapid increase in consumer demand for gluten free products, which according to Coeliac New Zealand Incorporated, is increasing in NZ by an estimated […]

Reporoa feed company taking on the world

Reporoa feed company taking on the world

After exporting its equine feed products into Asia for many years, Reporoa-based company Fiber Fresh has also now launched its calf feed products into the international marketplace. Fiber Fresh is New Zealand’s largest animal nutrition export company, specialising in high nutritional equine and calf feed products. It celebrated 30 years in business earlier this year. […]

Steel Industry in Crisis

Steel Industry in Crisis

by Gary Hook, CEO Metals New Zealand China steel chief says demand ‘evaporating at unprecedented speed’. If anyone were in any doubt about the magnitude of the crisis facing the world’s largest steel industry, listening to Zhu Jimin would put them right. Demand is collapsing along with prices, banks are tightening lending and losses are […]

Revolutionary wind energy conversion system

Revolutionary wind energy conversion system

The novel cross-axis-wind-turbine (CAWT) is a new type of wind turbine that has the capability to extract energy from multi-directional wind that is commonly found in urban areas due to the interaction of airflows between high-rise buildings. Its ability to operate in areas with complex wind pattern and low wind speed overcomes the weaknesses of […]

Offshore boost

Offshore boost

New Zealand’s manufacturing sector continued its expansionary path for October, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for October was 53.3 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining). Although this was 1.7 points lower than September, […]

Profits lift for New Zealand’s biggest steel distributor

Steel & Tube, New Zealand’s biggest steel distributor, posted sales of $502 million for the year ending June 2015, with after-tax profits up by 20% to $21.4 million. “It’s been a significant year for S&T,” CEO Dave Taylor told shareholders at the Company’s Annual Meeting. “We have focused our efforts on enhancing efficiency and strengthening […]