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  • 26 Jun 2018 4:36 PM | Tessa (Administrator)

    A New Zealand company is aiming to revolutionise the way Hollywood makes movies.

    Born out of a need to find a way to share and store video securely and efficiently, Moxion allows film-makers to view and edit footage almost immediately after they have shot it.

    ​Now living in Los Angeles where he's trying to drum up business for the Auckland-based company he co-founded with Michael Lonsdale in 2015, Hugh Calveley said the two Kiwi film industry veterans had seen how frustrating it was to have to wait for at least a day to see footage captured on-set.

    Source: Stuff

  • 26 Jun 2018 11:17 AM | Tessa (Administrator)

    Naked Brand Group Inc., an innovative fashion and lifestyle brand, and Bendon Limited, a global leader in intimate apparel and swimwear, announced that they have completed their business combination.

    Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Naked and Bendon became wholly-owned subsidiaries of a newly formed company, Bendon Group Holding Limited, which has been renamed Naked Brand Group Limited (“Holdco”), and exchanged their securities for ordinary shares of Holdco.

    Source: Naked Brands

  • 22 Jun 2018 3:47 PM | Tessa (Administrator)

    Baxter Healthcare was presented the award for the HDx enabled by Theranova haemodialysis (HD) therapy by James & Wells Partner, Jonathan Lucas at the James & Wells Health Tech Week Gala Dinner.

    More than 1700 New Zealanders receive haemodialysis treatment. Patients with end-stage renal disease on haemodialysis are at increased mortality risk compared to the general population.

    Conventional haemodialysis is effective at removing small toxins, such as urea, but is ineffective at removing a class of uremic toxins known as large middle molecules. Large middle molecules may affect a range of biological functions, including inflammation, secondary immunodeficiency and cardiovascular (heart disease) risk.

    Theranova is an innovative dialyser. It more closely mimics the natural kidney compared with other dialysis membranes. Theranova extends the range of toxins that can be filtered from the blood during haemodialysis for the first time without significant albumin loss. Once these toxins have been effectively removed, the patient is at less risk of infections and hospitalisation.

    Source: James & Wells

  • 22 Jun 2018 11:03 AM | Tessa (Administrator)

    New Zealand has long been a major agricultural producer, often lampooned by visitors in the past for having more sheep than people. Today, it is dairy and horticulture that dominate Ag and Food exports in excess of US$37B. Moving up the ranks, technology has become the third most important export sector by GDP value at US$11B according to Infometrics and Callaghan Innovation. And the intersection between the two, Agritech, is becoming a hotspot of innovation activity.

    Source: LinkedIn

  • 20 Jun 2018 3:07 PM | Tessa (Administrator)

    In recent years the Portland area has welcomed an influx of tech companies from New Zealand. Starting with WhereScape in 2009, followed by EROAD in 2014, and now Wipster and AskNicely more recently.

    And then there is CoverUS, a company that started in New York and Portland and is expanding to New Zealand.

    Source: Portland Business Journal

  • 14 Jun 2018 10:40 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    New Zealand Secret, luxuriously natural and sustainable skincare from New Zealand, has confirmed its appointment as one of the only Australasian beauty brands exhibiting at Discover Beauty, the prestigious curated area of Cosmoprof Worldwide North America (29-31 July 2018), where only the world’s most exclusive and innovative beauty companies showcase their unique brand propositions.

    As the only premium Kiwi skincare brand chosen to exhibit at Discover Beauty, New Zealand Secret Founder; Mona Masouminia is extremely proud to be a part of this special exhibition, as she relishes the opportunity to share her anti-aging “secret” with enthusiastic retailers and consumers who share her vision of effective, meaningful and natural skincare, that is also environmentally sustainable.

    This prestigious trade show entry demonstrates that the brand is determined to position itself onto the world stage and poised for success, as this appointment comes shortly after New Zealand Secret’s incredibly successful launch in the Singaporean market, and only two months after a lavish vineyard launch in the brand’s home country of New Zealand.

    Aiming to host a truly unique experience, New Zealand Secret is excited about showcasing their unique skincare proposition which is based on four precious ingredients from nuclear-free New Zealand; Sustainably Harvested Wakame Seaweed, Premium Kiwifruit Extract, Pure Ancient Spring Water, and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Extract.

    Mona hopes that American women will embrace “New Zealand Secret’s unique blend of functionally bio-active products and discover, like I did, extraordinary skincare that doesn’t compromise on efficacy, safety and on the wellbeing of the planet”, she says.

    Cosmoprof Worldwide North America 2018 will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Convention Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Sunday 29 July until Tuesday 31 July.


    For a full list of products and ingredients, visit New Zealand Secret at:

    To view New Zealand Secret’s profile at Cosmoprof North America, log on to:

    For further information, contact:

    Frankie Favero – Marketing and Communications Manager

    Mob: +64 21 146 9183



  • 14 Jun 2018 10:34 AM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Agritech New Zealand is delighted to be working with Callaghan Innovation to once again support kiwi agritech businesses wanting to attend the annual Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference. This is the third year that New Zealand will be taking a major delegation of early stage and established agritech professionals to learn more about Silicon Valley’s rapidly expanding agtech innovation & investment space.

    Over the past two years, 40+ New Zealand agritech businesses have attending the Program and Conference. Many, including TracMap, Robotics Plus, GPS-it and Autogrow have gone on to establish a formal presence in North America to both grow their own footprint and generate increased export sales for NZ.

    Traffic has not been one-way. Investors such as George Kellerman from Silicon Valley-based Yamaha Motor Ventures; Driscoll, the world’s largest producer of berries; and other leading US agribusinesses & venture funds, led by Arama Kukutai of Finistere Ventures, have made the return trip (s) to New Zealand. I myself will be back in San Francisco in 10 days’ time, representing Agritech New Zealand at both the Mixing Bowl Food IT & Forbes Live conferences. Momentum is building as New Zealand’s agritech presence in the Bay area becomes more prominent and visible.

    From Monday 27 – Thursday 30 August, the New Zealand delegation will be joining an expected 100 other international delegates for the 3-day immersion program and 1-day conference. Callaghan & Agritech New Zealand have been working with our partners, Silicon Valley Forum, to help build this year’s program. On Friday 31 August, we are planning a New Zealand-only day, where we will discuss the opportunities for closer collaboration with partners from across North America.

    The focus of this year’s program is around horticulture and cropping.

    It’s great to acknowledge the commitment that the team at Callaghan continue to input into this initiative. The payback to New Zealand is immense, as new opportunities for investment into New Zealand agritech businesses become more apparent, and access to the North American market better supported.

    Callaghan has today released more details of the 2018 Immersion Program & Conference. Agritech New Zealand encourages you to view the information here.

    Agritech New Zealand will be joining the kiwi delegation at its base this year in San Jose. We very much hope that you will join us.

     Peter Wren-Hilton

  • 13 Jun 2018 1:52 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    13 June 2018 NZX ASX Restaurant Brands enters into new Franchise Model for Pizza Hut in New Zealand Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited (RBD) has, through its subsidiary Restaurant Brands Limited (RBL), entered into a Master Franchise Agreement with Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (Yum!) for the continued operation of the Pizza Hut brand in New Zealand.

    Under the Master Franchise Agreement RBL will become the Master Franchisee for the Pizza Hut brand in New Zealand for a 10 year term. As the Master Franchisee, RBL will be responsible for day to day administration of the Pizza Hut brand in New Zealand, including supporting existing (and developing new) independent franchisee-owned stores.

    RBL will continue to run marketing and operations for the brand in New Zealand and, following the novation to RBL of Yum!’s rights and obligations under existing independent franchise agreements, RBL will step into the position of franchisor to existing independent franchisees. RBL will also provide development support to new franchisees as they take advantage of the new store opportunities in New Zealand. In return, RBL will receive a portion of the franchise fees payable by independent franchisees to Yum!

    RBL will continue to own and operate its own Pizza Hut stores in New Zealand alongside the independent franchisees and the Master Franchise Agreement provides for a more streamlined and responsive process for continuing to build the brand under this mixed ownership model.

    RBD Chairman Ted van Arkel says: “Pizza Hut is the market-leading pizza franchise offering in New Zealand and the introduction of the Master Franchise model to Pizza Hut in this country positions Restaurant Brands to better respond to our customers’ needs and support our hardworking independent franchisees. Having Yum!’s active support behind our Pizza Hut strategy places Restaurant Brands in a position to continue growing the brand in the New Zealand market and delivering sustainable value to our shareholders.” For further information, please contact: Grant Ellis Company Secretary

  • 13 Jun 2018 12:21 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)

    Utah-based Ice Castles expanding to New Zealand

    MIDWAY, UTAH | June 4, 2018 - A popular winter attraction with six locations across North America is now expanding to the southern hemisphere. Utah-based Ice Castles is announcing its newest location in Queenstown, New Zealand.  The attraction, scheduled to open in early July, is currently under construction at Coronet Peak, a popular winter resort just 15 minutes from downtown Queenstown. 

    “We are excited to bring the magic of Ice Castles to New Zealand,” said the company’s CEO Ryan Davis, “With New Zealand’s winter occurring during North America’s summer, we are able to give more people around the world an inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors together and freeze time with their families year-round.”

    Ice Castles is a seasonal entertainment company that creates elaborate, frozen castles each winter in six cities across North America, but this is the company’s first location in the southern hemisphere.  The attractions include ice caves, tunnels, and slides made entirely from ice. Professional ice artisans hand-place 10,000 icicles a day to create the enchanting, interactive castles that are illuminated at night with color-changing LED lights embedded inside the ice.  

    Construction on the frozen wonderland in New Zealand began in late May with a projected opening date in early July.

    Tickets will be available soon at 



    For further information or to obtain high res images please contact:  
    Corey Marshall at Canuckiwi, PR firm for Ice Castles New Zealand on + 64 21 555 463 or email

    Ice Castles backstory 


    Ice Castles was founded by Brent Christensen, a Utah father of six who was looking for ways for his family to enjoy the outdoors together, even in winter. He created an ice cave in the front yard of their home, which ultimately brought out more than just his own children. 

    As crowds of locals flocked to see his front yard creation, Christensen realized he was onto something big. Ice Castles will have six locations in cities across Canada and the United States this winter.

  • 12 Jun 2018 3:29 PM | Tessa (Administrator)

    Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

    Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections:

    1. Request Your Ballot:  Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).  You must complete a new FPCAafter January 1, 2018 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2018 elections.  The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted.  The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.

    You can complete the FPCA online at  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.  If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.

    2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot:  States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

    3. Return Your Completed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may also drop off completed voting materials during regular business hours at the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland, Level 3, Citibank Building, 23 Customs Street East.  Place your materials in a postage paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials. 

    4. New this year – email to fax service by FVAP! - the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to States that do not accept emailed documents.  Get more information here.

    Researching the Candidates and Issues:  Online Resources.  Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues.  Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online.  You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information.  For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebookand Twitter.

    Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website,  If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Consulate General Auckland’s Voting Assistance Officer

    Primary Elections Are in Full Swing

    This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election.

     The following states have elections in the next 90 days:

     June - 30 Day Notice:

    • June 5: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota;
    • June 12: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia; 
    • June 19: Arkansas, District of Columbia;
    • June 26: Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah;
    • June 30: Texas 27th Congressional District Special Election.

     July - 60 Day Notice:

    • July 17: Alabama;
    • July 24: Georgia.

     August - 90 Day Notice:

    • August 2: Tennessee;
    • August 4: Virgin Islands;
    • August 7: Ohio 12th Congressional District Special General;
    • August 7: Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington;
    • August 11: Hawaii;
    • August 14: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin;
    • August 21: Alaska, Wyoming;
    • August 25: Guam;
    • August 28: Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma.

    Remember, your vote counts! Be absent but accounted for!