Innovation

Billion-dollar hope for 'Death Star' molecules

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Molecules with an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star could hold the key to a billion-dollar business.

Sustainable 60 finalists announced

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Construction company Mr Box and Eco timber company Adobo Wood and are among the finalists in this year’s Sustainable 60 Awards.

CEOs Uncovered: Victoria Crone

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Xero's multi-sport-loving managing director is ready to steer the company towards a US listing.

Peeking behind the scenes

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A look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Wound repair firm scales up

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Biomedicine firm Mesynthes is preparing to take on the world again with a new tissue and wound repair product.

Does NZ need a Tech Commissioner?

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OPINION: The country doesn’t need another technocrat. But what about a Tech Commissioner?

'Experiential' marketing on rise

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An Auckland agency is taking advantage of increasing global demand for ‘‘experiential marketing."

Scientific innovation and certainty

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OPINION: The confidence of the scientific world stems from a long road of self doubt.

Mapping out the job market

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REVIEW: A new book looks at why some regions offer career opportunities and become innovation hubs while others falter.

Yearning to be free

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OPINION: Have Auckland Transport stumbled upon a truth universally acknowledged?

Conquering the C word

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Kiwi oncologist Murray Brennan realised he could really only do his work offshore.

Why your friends are more popular

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OPINION: Analysing social interactions is now a science.

Exporting with cold pasteurisation

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Hi-tech cold pasteurising is allowing food companies to deliver fresh products further afield. But it also requires capital, and a firm focus on premium markets.

Finding the right niche

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Engineering firm Metalform is capitalising on niche export markets with everything from a world first fertiliser distribution system to a geese pooper scooper.

Big data is big business

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Real-time “big data” analytics and machines that learn are poised to transform business. New Zealand companies are in on the action.

Pull your socks up, Auckland

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OPINION: The regions are giving the City of Sails a run for its innovation money.

Mary Quin: The Innovator

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Callaghan Innovation boss Mary Quin talks about the agency’s first year of life.

Kiwi universities should target Australian students

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OPINION: New Zealand universities should capitalise on research that shows it's cheaper for Australian students to study here.

Pay-as-you-go recruiment rises

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Pay-as-you-go recruitment services for SMEs are a growing trend, as small firms look for ways to beat the big boys to the talent.

Advanced titanium project wins award

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A New Zealand collaboration achieving world-firsts in titanium technology has won at the KiwiNet awards.

Making bovine gold

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A Napier business is turning icky cow byproducts into high value medicinal collagen.

Sustainable success for banana business

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Learn about one sustainable business and tell us who you think NZ's best is.

Leadership in a minute

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OPINION: Time-poor managers can learn to integrate leadership messages into conversations.

Partnership success for HamiltonJet

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Finding the right partners has been key to significant Asian success for the Hamilton jet.

The character of Kiwi innovation

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Kiwi innovators have some specific traits but there's a question mark over whether these characteristics are enough to get us where they have in the past.

Trampoline firm gets jump on competition

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An academic’s desire to make a safe trampoline for his children sparked a successful Kiwi enterprise.

Kiwis howling for healthier hotdogs

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Giving the humble hotdog a makeover is opening doors nationwide for a Canterbury food business.

The dark art of science policy

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OPINION: There are less metaphysical ways to allocate innovation funding.

KiwiNet Award finalists announced

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Springfree Trampolines is one of the finalists for the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.

Rating university 'spinouts'

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Kiwi universities are getting better at spinning commercial success out of their academic work. But there's a way to go.

The science of communication

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OPINION: The country needs scientists to step up and communicate in a crisis.

Tackling a killer

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Improving the detection of prostate cancer was scientist Richard Forster’s last quest. Caldera Health continues in his memory.

Indonesia Calling

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The enormous Indonesian telecomms market abounds with opportunity for Kiwi firms.

Failing fast

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Employers may be loving the 90-day rule, but it pays not to fire people too quickly.

Oysters put to the test

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A New Zealand research group is pitting 50,000 specially bred oysters against a virus that has devastated New Zealand's oyster farm industry.

The dark side of search

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Making Google work for you is a reality of modern business but few firms know their online presence can be abused.

True Grit

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Ice and snow have proved to be good business for UK-based Kiwi entrepreneur Alastair Kight.

What's in a name?

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Truly turning a business around requires more than a new name, logo and font.

Seeking IT talent in Texas

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A joint government and tech industry delegation is heading to Texas in search of IT talent.

Winning off the water

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Does New Zealand need a Yachting Centre for Excellence to fully capitalise on its America’s Cup know-how?

Supermarket warfare

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OPINION: New Zealand exporters are a casualty of an Australian retail war, with pressure from Coles and Woolworths being a massive concern.

Walking the talk

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Wellington Zoo has been recognized for practicing what it preaches on the environment, winning the Sustainable 60 Marketplace Award.

Debating the dollar

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OPINION: When it comes to establishing a point of difference, companies should be wary of competing on price.

Backing the space you're in

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New Zealand Post's support for communities and environmental projects has won it the Sustainable 60 Community Award.

Doco maker awarded

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Documentary maker Simon Lamb has taken a top prize at the NZ Association of Scientists' 2013 awards.

An Australasian currency?

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Kiwi SMEs would love to see a trans-Tasman currency, but they’re unlikely to get their wish anytime soon.

Sustainable at heart

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Soar Printing's focus on sustainability produced a resilient business and won them this year's Sustainable 60 supreme award.

Fashion's rocky road

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OPINION: Internet fashion retailers are putting pressure on more traditional designers, who may need to get back to their roots to survive.

Cleaning up NZ's act

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Stormwater360 has made a successful business from an environmental issue, winning the Sustainable 60 overall small business prize for 2013.

Getting off the grass

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OPINION: Knowledge, not nature, should drive our economy, writes Shaun Hendy.

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