Interviews

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Bartercard’s Big Move

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Bartercard’s Big Move

    Bartercard New Zealand CEO John Scott takes on Australia, combining trans-Tasman operations, bridging the gap for networking across the ditch. Contrary to his new title, John Scott is taking off his CEO cap and stepping back into his apprentice shoes as he enters a new market. “As with anything when you take over a new business, or get involved in it, you have to go in with an open mind and open eyes,” he explains, “You have to be present, spend time with people, listen to their concerns and watch and learn.” Though John...

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Leeann Watson – The New Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce CEO

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Leeann Watson – The New Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce CEO

  Leeann Watson has always taken great pride in seeking out opportunities, putting herself forward and giving it her best — climbing the ladder rung by rung. Her latest opportunity got her to the top. Stepping into 2018 as the new CEO of The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Leeann admits, is a humbling feeling. “I am proud to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation. We have an incredibly talented team at The Chamber who work extremely hard to support our members and I’m very lucky to lead that team.” Taking the place...

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Driving the Digital Revolution

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Driving the Digital Revolution

  Global tech giant Cisco has built its culture around giving. So when Mark Cathro, creator of Auckland-based emergency services charity fundraising event series, Rescue Run, approached Cisco’s New Zealand country manager, Dave Wilson, about sponsoring the event, it was a natural coming together of two likeminded visionaries.  To sum Cisco up fleetingly is the antithesis of its nature, but simply put, Cisco created the technology that enabled the internet and constructed the digital world we live in today. Founded in San Francisco in...

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Catalysing People Power

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Catalysing People Power

  Just when you thought he’d reached the pinnacle, Derek Handley pulls another rabbit out of his hat. I would list all that he has accomplished since he began his entrepreneurial journey, but my word count won’t allow it. However, I won’t demean its relevance, all is well worth the mention. In more recent times, you may recognise Derek from his appearance with John Campbell and Nigel Latta on their television show What’s Next, what you may not recognise Derek for, is all the work he does behind the scenes. Currently, Derek is an adjunct...

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The Brutal Truth

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The Brutal Truth

  The business of water: A conversation about conservation. Name one thing you enjoy doing and I can guarantee it requires water. No matter your occupation, vocation, lifestyle necessities; everything depends on a clean supply of quality H2O and such a supply, contrary to popular belief, is not everlasting.  It falls from the sky. It collects in pockets underground. Its runs off mountainsides into streams, rivers and lakes. But treating New Zealand’s fresh water as an abundant and endless resource is seeing it become abundantly damaged,...

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The Electric Revolutionaries

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The Electric Revolutionaries

  Jamie Bennett and Patrick Broadbent are proof that you don’t need a tuxedo to be successful. They are about as laidback as it gets, but laidback with just the right mix of tenacity and stubbornness- which Jamie says is the reason their business Snap Rentals is going from strength to strength. The two lad’s friendship blossomed the same way most good friendships do – by finding mutual ground. This mutual ground was discovered whilst studying at Canterbury University. Jamie created a club dubbed Currysoc – a club for all things curry and...

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The Martz Effect

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The Martz Effect

  Like the gift that keeps on giving, a single piece of advice that Martz Witty’s father imparted on him has steered Martz through a succession of businesses, a divorce and two retirement attempts, to the head of an empire he built from scratch.  To top it off, he’s done it all while refuting the notion that there’s no place for fun in the realm of the professional elite. The piece of advice in question? That it’s the journey, not the destination. And as Martz adds, “Destinations have a habit of being a moveable feast, which is just...

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Ecoware

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Ecoware

  In 2011, New Zealanders sent more than two million tonnes of waste to landfill as stated on the Ministry for the Environment’s website. And that number is increasing. It says “The amount of packaging consumed by each New Zealander is growing. Reasons for this include design and marketing, safety/food standards, demographics and lifestyle.” An island of plastic waste, expanding 2.5 million sqkm, has been discovered in the South Pacific, much of that waste is believed to have come from New Zealand. Ecoware co-founders James Calver and...

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The App-Venture

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The App-Venture

  What happens when a self-taught businessman meets a self-taught computer programmer? The blokes behind prosperous start-up Wherewolf may be jacks of all trades but they are masters of one: automating business processes. In a coupling comparable to that of America’s Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, programmer Wulf Solter and businessman Ben Calder are a dynamic Kiwi duo – responsible for delivering to the global adventure tourism industry inconceivably innovative automated procedures, which, as a heads up for keen investors, will be...

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Walking Tall

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Walking Tall

  From kicking goals for the All Whites to designing footwear that Time Magazine called “the world’s most comfortable shoe”, Tim Brown is a man of many talents.  Wellingtonian Tim Brown burst onto the international sporting scene as a young, rambunctious midfielder for the NZ U-20 and U-23 teams, before debuting for the All Whites against the Solomon Islands in 2004. He went on to become vice-captain of the Wellington Phoenix and one of seven foundation players signed in 2007 for its inaugural season in the A-League. He was an...

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