Interviews

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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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The Intrepid Introvert

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The Intrepid Introvert

Stepping outside of society’s norms can be discouraging for many. Intrepid Introvert, Hannah Martin, was no exception to this feeling. After spending four long years studying to become an accountant you could imagine the reaction, from her family and peers, when she decided to give up that dream and travel the world for a living. Overcoming the immense feeling of guilt that she wasn’t living up to the expectations society had placed on her was the hardest part of her decision and breaking the news to her family was, in her words, “a little...

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ANTEATER – Bex De Prospo and Peter Randrup’s Startup

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ANTEATER – Bex De Prospo and Peter Randrup’s Startup

  If you were asked to name a classic Kiwi meal – what would come to mind? Would it be meat and three veg? A steaming hot Sunday roast? Or would it be the Friday night steak and chips with a side of tap beer – you can’t get more Kiwi than that. Eating meat has become part of the Kiwi culture and most people would rather die from over consumption than dream of giving it up; unfortunately, the rate at which we are eating meat is not sustainable. Thankfully a pair of young entrepreneurs believe they have come up with a solution that...

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The Accidental Comedian

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The Accidental Comedian

  Rhys Darby: well-known soldier, sports fanatic and budding journalist – wait, what? You’d think for someone as naturally gifted in the comedy department as Rhys Darby, performing would have been something that he’d planned all along, but having a hit TV series, sought after stand-up acts and starring in many a movie was never in the pipelines. In fact, as a child his mother’s main concern was to keep him out of trouble. Rhys says growing up he had no time to think of anything other than school and sport, let alone becoming, arguably,...

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Money Talks

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Money Talks

  Too often we see people burying themselves in debt, making bad financial decisions, living paycheque to paycheque and passing that on to future generations.  One woman is putting a stop to all that and is starting with children from as young as six years-old. Banqer chief executive Kendall Flutey was an accountant turned software developer when she was inspired to develop Banqer. At just 26 years of age Kendall has achieved more than most will in a lifetime and she is now leaving her mark on the next generation thanks to a simple...

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Beneath the Surface – What Makes World-Record Free Diver Tick

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Beneath the Surface – What Makes World-Record Free Diver Tick

  One hundred metres beneath the ocean surface would be a torturous place for many, but it’s where you’ll find William Trubridge in his element. It’s where he’s chosen to make his living.  “I have a relationship with the depths, they beckon me beyond my means, cold dark vacant pressure, forever night, endless dreams,” the world-record free diver scribed. Only a short time ago, any New Zealander representing their sport at a national or international level did so outside earning a primary income. Today, being a professional athlete is...

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Jorgen Ellis – The Kitset King

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Jorgen Ellis – The Kitset King

  There’s something in the water in New Zealand. Something that’s producing a fleet of young entrepreneurs willing and able to take on the world. Jorgen Ellis is such a specimen.  At the age of 18, Jorgen dropped out of university to found a company on a whim with $310 in his pocket. Jorgen’s now 21 and that company is now a million dollar empire. “The key to going from an idea to a company is sales; the day customers begin buying your product or service is when it changes from an idea to an operating company.” – JORGEN ELLIS...

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Taking Charge – Kieran Read’s Role of a Lifetime

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Taking Charge – Kieran Read’s Role of a Lifetime

  Ask any New Zealand boy what they want to be when they grow up and chances are they’ll say, ‘An All Black’.  It’s a noble dream shared by many youngsters throughout our nation including, circa 2000, Kieran Read, the man now at the helm of our men in black.  All Blacks captain Kieran Read needs little introduction, but for the sake of it here’s one anyway. Kieran is about as Kiwi as they come. Raised on the rural fringes of South Auckland, he’s described by those close to him as unassuming and down to earth, a real team player who is...

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How Bernard Powell Made Premier Group the Best Place to Work in NZ

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How Bernard Powell Made Premier Group the Best Place to Work in NZ

  “Everyone’s ultimate goal in life is to be happier.”  You can ask anyone what their goal is. It could be to lose weight, to make more money, to have another child, but the underlining point to all of the above… to be happier. Premier Group International founder and ambassador, Bernard Powell, is dedicated to making sure everyone who works with him is on the right path to achieving that ultimate goal. Overall Winner at the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Awards, Premier Group places a high importance on workplace culture. “We are a ‘culture...

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