Groundbreaking tool finds Pacific markets


A multifunctional device is giving construction crews the tools they need to finish the job.

Building a case for eco-friendly pine


An environmentally friendly way of turning pinus radiata into an exterior cladding material is driving growth for a Kiwi wood company.

Finding balance after cancer

John Bongard

After cancer forced John Bongard to step down from corporate life, the former Fisher & Paykel CEO has found a new equilibrium.

Not so virginal

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REVIEW: Two new books give very different accounts of Richard Branson’s businesses, writes Unlimited book reviewer Nevil Gibson.

Beating the staff poachers


Creating an appealing environment for key staff when you can't afford to pay big bucks is a conundrum many SMEs face.

Whittaker's secret weapon

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OPINION: Can celebrity chef Nigella Lawson help chocolate maker Whittaker's crack the Australian market?

Retailers find analytic solutions

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Hamilton firm 11 Ants Analytics is using big data to help international firms such as Tesco and Procter & Gamble understand their customers better.

Baby talk

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OPINION: Awarding SME owners who just happen to be mums is condescending.

Exporting with cold pasteurisation


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.

Political marketing or substantive policy?

David Slack

OPINION: Are home insulation and free doctor visits really policy-making, or are they about buying headlines?

Leading through feedback

Nick Sceats

OPINION: Providing staff with feedback to help them grow, but some methods of critiquing performance are more effective than others.

Finding the right niche


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


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

Out of cow muck comes magic

Geoffrey Bennett

Napier company transforming cow byproducts into miracle collagen that is worth its weight in gold.

Accelerated lessons

Dan Khan

OPINION: After years of tutoring startups the teacher learns to take his own advice.

How I keep well: Drew Gilpin


Sales and marketing director Drew Gilpin shares the secret behind his 12kg weight loss.

Growing Wellington with Australians


OPINION: Grow Wellington's campaign encouraging business partnerships with Melbourne is a clever strategy.

Kiwi toy firm aims to be next Fisher-Price


Auckland company has created a niche in the global educational toy market, inventing a toy which combines digital technology with physical playtime.

Gilmour girls spread their wings


"I think my mum nearly died when I left the law for chicken," says Sophie Gilmour.

Bigger than Ben-Hur


REVIEW: Spending gazillions on an epic film is a deliberate Hollywood strategy, writes Unlimited book reviewer Nevil Gibson

Call to rethink business plans


SME owners are rebelling against business plans that become out of date the minute they’re produced.

Pull your socks up, Auckland

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

Sixties child still creating beauty

Beauty Collective

Fashion-forward designs have helped The Beauty Collective land a deal to supply US department store giant, TJ Maxx.

Mary Quin: The Innovator

Mary Quin

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

Teacher recruiter's lessons in success

Nadine Tyro

Former West Coaster Nadine Tyro is putting her extensive overseas teaching experience to good business use.

The winds of change in Kiwi business


What headwinds and tailwinds are Kiwi firms facing in the next 12 months?

Kiwi universities should target Australian students


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

Pay-as-you-go recruitment on the rise


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.

Perfect Strangers


A marriage made in app development heaven has led to a firm at the forefront of retail technology.

Ingrid Starnes: How I keep well


Growing a fashion label while looking after three young children can be stressful.

Advanced titanium project wins award


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

The magic of starting up


OPINION: The key to startups is figuring out what customers want before they know themselves.

Asian leader-in-waiting


Wellington entrepreneur Zheng Li has big goals for leading businesses and making her mark in the New Zealand/Asian community

To lead is to fail

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OPINION: Failing is part of the job of being a leader, so strap on the boots and embrace it.

Making bovine gold


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

Leadership change an interesting time

Rob Fyfe

OPINION: The big news in New Zealand last week was Rob Fyfe's appointment as new CEO of Icebreaker.

Kiwi tech firm mapping out strong future

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Working with the New Zealand government’s open data policy has helped put software company Koordinates on the map.

Interning in the US off-season


Craig Elliott, named a Friend of New Zealand at the World Class New Zealand Awards, is behind an exchange helping Kiwi IT whizz kids gain experience in Silicon Valley.

Craig Elliott: The power of showmanship

Craig Elliott

In part two of our story on the US winternship exchange, American tech entrepeneur Craig Elliott teaches three Kiwi students the power of a good tale.

Harnessing writing talent


Initiatives such as Pukeko Pictures’ bid to upskill idealistic writers contribute to the greater good while being smart business.

Working collectively


Do the union movement and business really hate each other, or do they work effectively together?

Owning up to bias

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OPINION: We all have a tendency to cherry pick the facts.

Silence is golden for Kiwi firm


A Taranaki firm has a solution for brass instrument players driving their neighbours and loved ones mad.

If the shoe fits - buy online


Kiwi footwear brand Kathryn Wilson is finding new ways to entice customers to shop on the web.

The Brash papers


REVIEW: There’s better reading in former ACT leader Don Brash’s book than kiss-and-tell tales, writes Nevil Gibson.

Rethinking tech marketing


OPINION: New Zealand software company Vend has created an effective brand without using boggling tech jargon.

The timid side of history


OPINION: The answer to climate change is not to put out the welcome mat.

From Timaru to Turku


Seeing Cherie Blair on television has given Kiwi-Finn Marise Lehto the opportunity to put a unique set of experiences to use.

An open letter to Bill Jeffries

Maria Slade

OPINION: You've said you're sorry investors lost the better part of $100 million. Aren't we all?

Sustainable success for banana business


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