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  • 29 Nov 2022 10:30 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    The 2022 AmCham - DHL Express Success & Innovation Gala Awards event was staged tonight at the Pullman Hotel.

    AmCham President Jonathan Mason commented “that after three years of disruption it was good to be back holding these awards in their original format, as well as being back at the Pullman Hotel”. He went on to say that the diversity and quality of the entries and finalists shows that New Zealand companies continue to be world leaders.

    New Zealand’s goods trade with the USA has been growing at around 6% per annum over the last decade and we are seeing more technology and services companies doing business with the USA.

    Minister Damien O’Conner was the keynote speaker and presented the three exporter awards.

    Commenting on the 2022 AmCham-DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, Mark Foy, Managing Director, New Zealand & Pacific Islands, DHL Express, who announced the supreme winner said: “Oritain Global has established itself as a leading innovator with their focus on continuous improvement a testament to their achievements. Oritain’s successful growth into the US market is a reflection of their market research and DHL congratulates them on this award.”

    The judges’ comments were “that from humble beginnings in Dunedin, Oritain has become a world leader in its field. With most of its revenues being tied to the US, Oritain has done much to enhance the reputation of New Zealand as a trusted partner among many firms as well as with government agencies in the United States. The company impressed the judges with the uniqueness of their customer value proposition, the integrity of their brand and the trust it engenders, and the potential the firm has to become a household name as the industry benchmark for provenance in both the United States and more broadly”.

    The winners were:

    Bilateral Connections Award with the USA & Supreme winner – Oritain Global Ltd
    Oritain provides excellence in product traceability to protect businesses reputations and build trust in their brands.
    US Company of the Year – Investor of the Year to or from the USA –
    DCI Data Centers
    DCI Data Centers is a data center owner and operator that is challenging the way facilities are built and operated.

    Best Emerging Exporter of the Year to the USA -
    Market2x Group Ltd Technology platform to optimise transport across supply chains, increase efficiency and reduce both costs and carbon emissions.        

    High Growth Exporter of the Year to the USA – Fileinvite Ltd
    The simplest, most secure, document collection software for professionals. Request files, forms, data and e-signatures all through a secure document portal.

    Best established Exporter of the Year to the USA –
    Buckley Systems Ltd
    Manufacturer of precision electromagnets including magnetic systems design, engineering and integration. 

    Nigel Murphy from Auckland University of Technology won the 2022 AmCham Supporter of the Year award.

    At the dinner four of our long standing members were presented with their 25-year membership plaques:
    General Electric International Inc.
    Meat Industry Association of New Zealand
    PAE (New Zealand) Ltd
    The University of Auckland

    In addition to AmCham’s lead awards sponsor DHL-Express and our airline partner, United Airlines, the awards are also supported by ANZ Bank, Ironside McDonald Intellectual Property, Lockheed Martin NZ, media partner The Business and wine supporter Constellation Brands.

  • 29 Nov 2022 7:23 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Marriott International, Inc. has announced it has signed an agreement to introduce its JW Marriott brand to New Zealand.

    The property, currently known as Stamford Plaza, is slated to be fully converted into Marriott’s JW Marriott brand by mid 2024. The hotel is co-owned by Archipelago Capital and CP Group and will undergo a NZ$20m refurbishment in phases.

    JW Marriott Hotel Auckland is expected to bring its signature luxury brand, inspired by the principle of mindfulness, to Auckland. The 286-room hotel will delight guests with warm and thoughtful service and encourage them to be fully present - taking mindful moments that help them revitalize mind, body and spirit, and celebrate with family and friends.  

    “There are now more than 100 hotels in 35 countries and territories that carry our founder’s name, JW Marriott. This latest signing is another example of Marriott’s dominant expansion in the region and a testament to our confidence in the recovery of travel, particularly the luxury market which we believe is set to thrive in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific region,” said Richard Crawford, Vice President of Hotel Development for Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific, Marriott International.

    Alvarium Investments Founder and global Co-Chair, Andrew Williams agreed it was an opportune time to capitalise on current market conditions.

    “We see New Zealand as a secure real estate market, buoyed by a rebounding hospitality and tourism sector, and well-positioned post the peak of the pandemic. This co-investment aligns with our long-term approach of working with teams that have a proven high-performing record to drive returns for our clients and our firm through timely investment opportunities. We are proud to introduce the iconic JW Marriott brand into the Auckland market with our partners CP Group and Archipelago Capital."

    Managing Director of CP Group, Prakash Pandey, said, “we couldn’t be happier to be commencing a partnership with Marriott International. As the world’s largest hotel company, they have the proven power to deliver the very best commercial outcomes for this landmark asset. Importantly to us, Marriott are the global leaders in luxury hotels and I am confident that together we will deliver a new standard of hospitality excellence in the Auckland market.”

    JW Marriott Hotel Auckland is anticipated to feature an executive lounge and lobby bar, 100-seat buffet restaurant and a smaller speciality dining venue that will extend a culinary offering to truly nourish the body. A 320m2 function space and four meeting rooms will allow guests to connect socially over meaningful gatherings. In addition, the property will include an indoor heated swimming pool, large fitness centre, spa and sauna. There are also plans to introduce the brand’s signature JW Garden, a thoughtful, multi-sensory experience, that will support the hotel’s culinary programs.

    Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International noted, “Marriott International is committed to growing our luxury portfolio, with New Zealand being one of our top priorities.  The introduction of the JW Marriott brand in New Zealand reflects our confidence in the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific luxury market, and follows the success of the JW Marriott Gold Coast, as well as the forthcoming openings of W Sydney, The Ritz Carlton Melbourne and the St Regis Gold Coast.”


  • 28 Nov 2022 7:09 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    The American Association for the Indo-Pacific, the region’s only Indo-Pacific-focused U.S. business coalition, stated in its submission to the U.S. government that ensuring openness and cooperation with business is key to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’s success.

    The submission, which consolidates views from members of AAIP’s IPEF Taskforce, effectively argues that ensuring regulations are transparent and that governments provide open conditions for businesses of all sizes across the region must be a priority.

    AAIP Interim President Jackson Cox said, “The IPEF’s 14 members can take concrete steps toward an agreement that will ensure a level playing field across the region, which will lead to greater economic integration and prosperity for all.”

    Mr. Cox also said the agreement can help address emerging, next-generation issues, such as supply chains, digital innovation, and ESG, including support for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are essential to many economies in the region.

    Mr. Cox welcomed the move to the negotiation phase of the IPEF process, encouraging negotiators to make concrete progress in the year ahead.

    “The IPEF can build on the good work already done in other agreements, such as USMCA, CPTPP, and RCEP. It is important that governments move forward where they can on issues based on previous agreements, perhaps with some early harvest announcements next year.”

    Mr. Cox also emphasized how important it will be for the U.S. government and other IPEF members to consult with businesses going forward, noting that the agreement covers a range of novel policy areas and initiatives.

    “Businesses have important and unique perspectives on the IPEF and understand what will and won’t work in the new global trade environment. AAIP is committed to supporting the IPEF and greater regional economic integration over the long term.”

    AAIP represents U.S.-headquartered businesses with operations across the Indo-Pacific, including technology, transport, healthcare, finance, and manufacturing firms. AAIP is the only U.S. business association with a dedicated IPEF Taskforce, which was launched in August and comprises AAIP corporate members, AAIP advisors, and many of the AmChams from IPEF economies.

    Read submission

  • 23 Nov 2022 9:10 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Mobile Mentor, a rapidly growing technology services company and Microsoft partner, is pleased to announce their contract award with the GSA (General Services Administration). The award allows the Mobile Mentor team to provide federal, state and local government agencies with services to modernize IT operations and improve cyber security using the latest in Microsoft security technologies.

    Mobile Mentor, a rapidly growing technology services company and Microsoft partner, is pleased to announce their contract award with the GSA.

    GSA (General Services Administration) is the procurement and contracting vehicle for the United States Federal Government. The award allows the Mobile Mentor team to provide federal, state and local government agencies with services to modernize IT operations and improve cyber security using the latest in Microsoft security technologies.

    Mobile Mentor was officially granted vendor status to the GSA as a small business in late October. In 2022, the federal contracting goal for small business reached 27.2 percent of total federal contracting funds.

    “Partnering with the GSA to provide services to the federal government is a huge privilege,” said Denis O’Shea, CEO and Founder of Mobile Mentor. “It opens the door for our team of industry-leading experts to make a real impact and allows us to do our part in ensuring the security of crucial federal agencies.”

    Since the founding of the company in 2004, Mobile Mentor has partnered with a variety of government agencies internationally to modernize IT operations and improve security for the mobile workforce. In 2021, Mobile Mentor won Microsoft’s international partner of the year award for modern endpoint management, positioning the company as a global leader in securing the modern hybrid workforce.

    “By embracing modern security practices like Zero Trust and Passwordless Authentication, we help government agencies to achieve the optimum balance between security and user experience,” continued O’Shea. “We believe security and user experience are equally important in today’s world where security threats are everywhere, and employees are increasingly working remotely, relying on their technology every minute of the day. This intersection of security and employee experience defines the workplace of the future, and we are proud to be leading the way with our government clients and strategic partners such as Microsoft.”

    About Mobile Mentor
    Mobile Mentor empowers people to achieve more by unlocking the full potential of their technology. With operations in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, Mobile Mentor is the remote partner for the remote workforce. Founded in 2004, Mobile Mentor has enabled millions of people to increase security and productivity with their laptops, tablets, smartphones, and apps. For more information, please visit


  • 22 Nov 2022 1:07 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Over the next 15 years, Amazon Web Services plans to spend $7.5 billion building cloud computing data centres in New Zealand.

    The investment will create a local AWS Region that’s due to open for business in 2024. It means customers who must store data locally will be able to run the same tasks available to AWS customers elsewhere.

    Tiffany Bloomquist, AWS New Zealand country manager for the commercial sector, says the large-scale technology infrastructure investment will create 1000 jobs and contribute $10.8b to local GDP over that period.

    The New Zealand AWS region will be one of 25 regions the company operates around the world — there are, at the time of writing, 81 availability zones.

    “An AWS region is a physical location where we cluster multiple data centres,” explains Bloomquist.

    “We call each group of these data centres an availability zone and each region contains a minimum of three isolated and physically separated availability zones. They’ll be placed around Auckland.

    “Each availability zone has its own independent power and cooling. The zones are connected by a redundant, ultra-low latency (the time data takes to travel between locations and back again) network. There are the highest levels of physical security, compliance and data protection.”

    There are four considerations AWS makes when designing availability zones.

    Top of the list is the environment. The company says it goes to great pains to invest in locations that are sustainable. Bloomquist says that means thinking about environmental threats such as floods, extreme weather events and, in the case of New Zealand, earthquakes.

    Another factor is the way the data centres are powered. AWS’ goal for its Auckland data centre is to use 100 per cent renewable energy. Says Bloomquist: “New Zealand has been investing significantly on that front which makes it an ideal location for us”.

    The second key consideration is physical security. It depends on the location, but it can mean making sure there are an appropriate number of security guards, and that there is the right kind of fences, video cameras and intruder detection. “Physical security is absolutely our responsibility and it’s something we take very seriously.

    AWS’s third consideration is the actual physical infrastructure: the building, the equipment inside and the ancillary equipment that keeps it running. This includes cooling — data centres can generate a lot of heat — and fire protection systems.

    The fourth consideration is around the data. That’s where AWS has to share accountability with its customers.

    It can keep its side of the deal by restricting access, maintaining clear separations and by using threat detection and security tools. But its responsibility can only go so far.

    Bloomquist says when the company builds a business case before making a significant investment, it works backwards from what its customers need: “We listen to what they ask for. Our primary focus is to understand what their key user cases are. Then we can look at the investment we need to make to ensure we address that customer demand.”

    For AWS’s New Zealand customers, who are mainly Auckland-based, a key demand is for lower latency.

    AWS has New Zealand customers that already use its Sydney, Singapore or even US data centres. It takes time for data to travel to those locations and come back again.

    This isn’t vital for every application, but there are tasks where low latency is essential, keeping everything in Auckland means latency is extremely low.

    Another New Zealand customer demand is for data sovereignty, that’s necessary when rules or regulations require data to be kept in-country.

    AWS is 20 years old and New Zealand companies have used cloud for much of that time.

    So why is the company investing here now?

    Bloomquist says the Covid pandemic accelerated companies thinking about how to scale businesses and manage costs better. They struggle with rising inflation and the scarcity or expense of talent. All these pressures combine to push companies to use more cloud computing. She says the local cloud spending is expected to rise 22 per cent this year.

    Although New Zealand companies have used cloud computing for as long as their overseas counterparts, they have been slower than those in other countries to adopt the more advanced services cloud technology offers.

    Bloomquist says: “We want customers to start thinking about the possibilities when the cloud is used with artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced data analytics and even 5G technology. These are areas where we see cloud really differentiating. This is why the work we’ve done with Spark is so exciting.”

    Earlier this year, Spark worked with AWS on two proof-of-concept projects for standalone 5G. While mobile phone networks have upgraded to 5G technology, the carriers have yet to see all the benefits of the upgrade because many of their background systems still run on older systems and rely on 4G infrastructure. AWS joined Spark, Mavenir and Nokia to show where the technology can go.

    Bloomquist sees the potential for virtual and augmented reality along with real-time video analytics.

    “We wanted to reduce latency; Spark has said that in some cases they have reduced latency by up to 70 per cent”.

    Another possibility cloud offers is for, say, a manufacturer to build a digital twin of an entire manufacturing line.

    “You’d be able to see all the physical systems represented virtually and customers would be able to go in and troubleshoot problems without touching anything.”

    Getting advanced projects off the ground requires a pipeline of skilled talent.

    Bloomquist and AWS are in the process of developing the Hāpori Wāhine programme which is a four-week, community-based programme for Kiwi women looking for the kind of cloud skills careers that are in demand. The programme includes a network of professionals to help participants kick-start careers in technology. Specifically, Hāpori Wāhine aims to reach women who might not have previously considered working in technology.

    Other programmes from AWS include Cyber Skills Aotearoa which aims to give intermediate and high school students the skills they need to stay safe online and, in some cases, inspire students to consider careers in cyber security.

    The AWS re/Start programme aims to prepare unemployed or under-employed people for careers in cloud computing. It’s a full-time 12-week course that, on completion, will connect students with potential employers.

    AWS in New Zealand

    • $7.5b investment from AWS.
    • 1000 jobs will be created.
    • $10.8b will be added to the local GDP.
    • 100% renewable energy goal.
    • 22% expected rise in local cloud spending this year.
    • 12-week AWS re/Start programme to prepare unemployed or underemployed people for careers in cloud computing.
    • Amazon Web Services is an advertising sponsor of the Herald’s Infrastructure report.

  • 17 Nov 2022 6:45 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    The New Zealand Game Developers Association and the US Mission to Aotearoa New Zealand are partnering together to create Koia Jam, a game jam competition devised to stimulate New Zealand to think about anti-bullying, anti-harassment, and anti-disinformation online.

    While there are long-standing policies, infrastructure, and regulations in place to ensure the safety of children on playgrounds and in vehicles, there is little in the way of safeguards for online places where young people are spending an ever growing amount of time. This has led to a proliferation of disinformation, misinformation and online cyberbullying over the past few decades, and has had innumerable consequences for mental health.

    Video games have long been a place for learning, social exchange, and building connections with people online, and its potential for driving social change has only recently been explored. Games like “Concrete Genie” and organisations like Games for Change have empowered a new generation of game creators and social innovators to combat toxic online cultures.

    “Stimulating social change through media is incredibly difficult, but there are few mediums more suited to the challenge than games. Koia Jam will provide an opportunity for people to explore the themes of misinformation and online safety in an engaging way and to spark critical thinking on complex issues” says NZGDA Chairperson Chelsea Rapp.

    Koia Jam is a 48 hour game jam, a time-limited hack-a-thon where small teams attempt to create a playable game over a single weekend. Game Jam competitions can be intensely social experiences, relying on close, functional teamwork.

    “Bullying and the spreading of disinformation are global challenges, including in the gaming world. These are some of the biggest obstacles to being online nowadays in both Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States. We are proud to partner with NZGDA for Koia Jam 2022 to spread a message of positivity and inclusion online. Let’s play games and have fun together,” says U.S. Ambassador Tom Udall.

    Taking place from November 25-27, Koia Jam also features a series of web interviews with New Zealand game developers who discuss the idea of driving social change through game development. These can be found on the NZGDA facebook page. Learn more about Koia Jam or register your team by visiting

  • 11 Nov 2022 10:52 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Westgold butter produced at Westland Milk Products’ new Hokitika plant, is on the shelves of 550 Walmart stores across 19 states in the United States.

    The launch of Westgold butter into the potentially lucrative United States market follows Westland’s $40 million investment last year in the new Hokitika butter manufacturing plant which has doubled capacity of the company’s consumer butter production to a total of 42,000 tonnes a year. The new plant was officially opened in July this year.  

    Westland’s General Manager Sales and Marketing, Hamish Yates, says the launch of Westgold butter into Walmart stores is significant and the first step in the company’s global expansion into the United States market.

    “The United States market for our Westgold butter has huge potential. We know that consumers in the United States are butter users, often having multiple brands and types of butter on hand for different purposes,” Hamish Yates says.

    “Also in our favour is our point of difference based around our high grass-fed percentage, our unique West Coast of New Zealand origin and our Westgold attitude.’’

    Hamish Yates says Westgold’s challenge will be to stand out to shoppers in the United States butter market which is dominated by long-standing brands. Consumers are in a habit of purchasing the familiar brands they grew up with, he says.

    For the first time Westgold was launched into a new market supported from the outset by a full consumer-facing brand marketing campaign

    Westgold’s marketing team developed the campaign taking into account research findings to determine the drivers for purchase, how consumers learn about new food brands, where they shop, their household demographics, approaches to cooking with butter, and more.

    Key insights from this research show that a little over half of all “family chefs’’ in the United States bake weekly, that 67 per cent of these family chefs discover new foods from social media posts and that 65 per cent find out about new food from shopping in store.

    Around half these family chefs are highly likely to purchase global food brands, and 83 per cent of family chefs prefer organic and/or grass-fed butter.

    Hamish Yates says the insights were invaluable in developing a campaign which centres around positioning Westgold as a ‘Natural Champion’. Promotional activity to date in the United States has included sampling events to introduce consumers to the brand, underway currently in California with a 12-day tour of the ‘Butter Bar’, encouraging them to try the product. Also in play is advertising on Walmart’s online shopping platform, and digital channels, a social media influencer campaign across TikTok, Instagram, and email direct marketing.


  • 11 Nov 2022 10:23 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    James Corbett, Tom Batterbury and Phil Thomson, the founders of crime prevention and detection software Auror, have been named winners of the EY Entrepreneur of The Year award for 2022.

    The trio were chosen from a field of five category winners and will represent New Zealand at the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in June next year against winners from more than fifty other countries.

    Vaughan Fergusson, head judge for the category, said Auror has the potential to be a massive Kiwi global success story.

    “Entrants are typically strong across two to three aspects of the judging criteria, but Auror’s entry was strong across them all, and that’s what made them stand out,” Fergusson said.

    “What impressed us was the work they are doing to make the world a better place, and because the tool has been in use across multiple countries for a number of years, they had some really amazing stats to demonstrate the impact they’re making.

    “By changing the way we prevent crime, they are making people feel safer in the workplace and community, and that’s a really good thing. What’s exciting is that as Auror further establishes itself in bigger markets like the US.”

    Auror’s software helps retailers around the world reduce losses, and police prevent crime.

    More than 80 per cent of retailers in New Zealand use the platform and Auror saves NZ Police 200,000 hours a year in investigations.

    The Auror founders, who had won the Tech and Emerging Industries category, beat Lumin’s Max Ferguson (Young category), Dawn Aerospace’s Stefan Powell (Product), Brooke Roberts, Leighton Roberts and Sonya Williams of Sharesies (Services) and Stuart Wilson of Modica (Master).

    Other awards on the night included the Social Impact Award which went to Jennifer Del Bel from soy candle company Downlights New Zealand, and Carrfields Limited, which took home the Family Business Award for Excellence award.


  • 03 Nov 2022 12:30 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will allow the sale of a2 Milk infant formula in the US.

    A2 Milk's share price rallied today by 40c or 7.0 per cent to $6.15 on the news.

    In August, a2 Milk said the FDA had deferred its request to sell product in the States.

    Speculation earlier this year that a2 Milk would get the nod from the FDA prompted a spike in its share price.

    The FDA has been allowing product made overseas into the highly-controlled US infant formula market as a result of severe shortage.

    A product recall by Abbott Nutrition and the months-long closure of a major formula production facility in Sturgis, Michigan, prompted the shortage.

    "Today, the US FDA is providing an update on additional steps it has taken that will lead to more infant formula available in the US under the agency's increased flexibilities," it said in a statement.

    The FDA also said it would allow product produced in Ireland for French food group Danone into the country.

    Separately, a2 Milk said it believed the FDA's move represented a "significant opportunity" to develop its brand in the infant formula category over the long term but expected its margins to be lower than average.

    The FDA said a2 Milk's a2 Platinum infant formula for babies up to six months old, and a2 Platinum follow-on formula for 6-12 month would be allowed for sale.

    "Both products (Danone and a2 ) will be sold at major US retail outlets," it said.

    The FDA said it reviewed information about nutritional adequacy and safety, including microbiological testing, labeling and additional information about facility production and inspection history.

    "The agency continues to dedicate all available resources to help ensure that safe and nutritious infant formula products remain available for use in the US," it said.

    "Important progress has been made toward improving the infant formula supply in the US and paving the way for a more robust and diverse marketplace for the future," it added.

    The FDA issued guidance in May 2022 outlining a process by which it would not object to the importation of infant formula products intended for a foreign market, or distribution in America of products manufactured here for export to foreign countries.

    "This guidance also may provide flexibilities to those who manufacture infant formula products domestically and may be able to further increase the quantity of domestically-produced product for the US market," it said.

    A2 Milk is supplied by NZX-listed Synlait, in which it has a 20 per cent holding.

    Separately, a2 Milk said the FDA's move was a major opportunity to develop its brand in the IMF category over the long-term, but it expected margins to be lower than average.

    A2 Milk said it was difficult to predict formula sales potential in the highly competitive US market.

    "In the near-term, and prior to confirming distribution plans, sales during 2023 are expected to be up to 1 million cans all within the second half of 2023, assuming enforcement discretion remains in place throughout the period," it said.

    "Actual sales will ultimately depend on customer demand, consumer offtake, supply shortages and market conditions at the time."

    In terms of 2023 earnings impact, while incrementally beneficial, the company expected gross margins to be lower than average, and distribution costs to be higher.

    A2 Milk's managing director and CEO David Bortolussi said the company was pleased with the US announcement.

    "We have scalable production capacity in New Zealand with Synlait plus existing a2 Milk US sales, marketing and supply chain capability that can be leveraged.

    "We are increasing our supply to respond to this situation, while importantly ensuring that we continue to meet the needs of our other infant formula consumers and trade partners in China and other markets. If the US requires further support over an extended period, we have the proven ability to scale up significantly."

    Jarden's director of equity research Adrian Allbon said the FDA approval was good news for a2.

    "I think people will perceive it as definitely positive news because it provides market access," Allbon said.

    "The only issue is the market access is temporary, they have to go through the full process and the US market structure is quite different."

    He said there was a rebate scheme, which effectively enshrined the monopoly status in each state of a particular brand "which is why they have such a concentrated situation to start with".

    Allbon said how positive the news for A2 Milk was dependent on how ultimately the FDA and the US government wanted to reset the industry structure.

    Over the last seven years, a2 Milk has been investing in its liquid milk business in the US, based in Boulder, Colorado.

    In September, the FDA announced new guidance providing a pathway for infant formulas operating under enforcement discretion in the US to remain on the market.

    "This will help ensure the US continues diversifying its infant formula market, and make families less susceptible to shocks in the infant formula market," it said.


  • 27 Oct 2022 9:34 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND,  October 26, 2022 - Boeing [NYSE:BA] has bolstered its regional sustainment capability and expanded its footprint in New Zealand with the signing of a Head Agreement with the New Zealand Defence Force to support its new fleet of P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

    Executed by Boeing Defence Australia vice president and managing director, Scott Carpendale and the New Zealand Chief of Defence Force, Air Marshal Kevin Short, the first contract under the agreement is for sustainment services for an initial six-year period.

    “The initial contract comprises engineering and supply chain services,” said Carpendale.

    “Subject to performance, it will extend through the life of the fleet in rolling three-year extensions.”

    Rob Whight, Integrated Project Team Leader for the New Zealand Ministry of Defence added that Boeing Defence Australia brought proven sustainment capability for the P-8A Poseidon platform and opportunity for knowledge transfer to the New Zealand Defence Force.

    “The partnership is key to the New Zealand Defence Force’s sustainment strategy and they are looking forward to Boeing’s contribution over the life of type,” said Whight.

    The contract comes on the back of Boeing Defence Australia’s recent contract award for P-8A deeper maintenance for the Royal Australian Air Force, with Australia becoming only the second country outside of the United States to undertake the complex and specialised sustainment services.  

    To support the New Zealand contract, Boeing has established a new business entity, Boeing New Zealand Limited, which will employ a local team backed by the strength of Boeing Australia and our international P-8 program teams.

    “Our long-term objective is to expand P-8A support in New Zealand in response to the emerging needs of our customer, while pursuing other campaigns and capitalising on synergies between Australian and New Zealand programs,” said Carpendale.

    “The Head Agreement acknowledges the importance of the relationship between the New Zealand Defence Force and Boeing in support of the platform, and provides a framework for future growth.”

    New Zealand’s fleet of four P-8As will be based at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea with the first expected to arrive in country in December 2022.

    The initial sustainment contract commenced in October 2022 and runs to September 2028.

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