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  • 20 Jun 2018 3:07 PM | Creative Agency Secrets Ltd (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.

    ENDS

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

    https://newzealandsecret.com

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

    http://cosmoprofnorthamerica.com/exhibition/special-areas/discover-beauty/

    For further information, contact:

    Frankie Favero – Marketing and Communications Manager

    Mob: +64 21 146 9183

    Email: sales@newzealandsecret.com

     

  • 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. https://www.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz/news-and-events/silicon-valley-agritech-2018

    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 http://www.restaurantbrands.co.nz



  • 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 https://icecastles.com/new-zealand/ 

     

     

    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 corey@canuckiwi.com

    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 | Creative Agency Secrets Ltd (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 www.FVAP.gov.  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.  FVAP.gov 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 (vote@fvap.gov).  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebookand Twitter.

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

    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!

  • 12 Jun 2018 2:46 PM | Creative Agency Secrets Ltd (Administrator)

    Airline Update:

    • The coveted ‘world’s longest flight’ is about the change again with the front-running Qatar Airways Auckland to Doha 17 hour 40min flight being usurped with Singapore Airlines announcement that they will reinstate the Singapore non-stop to New York route from October this year, which is 400 nautical miles longer than AKL/Doha.  SQ operated the route previously until the GFC; with a flight time of 18 hours 30 mins the flight will depart from Newark daily and will be operated by the latest generation Airbus A350-1000ULR (ultra-long range) for which Singapore Airlines is the launch customer. The aircraft has 63 Business Class (1-2-1 config) and 94 Premium Economy seats (2-4-2 layout) and so is designed for space and comfort for long-haul premium travel. 

    • Also US – bound is Cathay Pacific which will operate between Hong Kong and Washington from later this year. They will also use the Airbus A350 on this route.  Cathay already serves a number of US destinations. Asia to the US connections with Cathay (One World) and Singapore Airlines (Star Alliance) are used as a part of the various Circle Pacific airfares from New Zealand.

    • Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines power around 25% of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet and so the scheduling challenges with engine repair requirements in play at present are not exclusive to Air New Zealand. Key airlines we use a lot such as Thai, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, ANA and LATAM have also experienced similar disruptions, which of course our team of experts here at BWT work to keep a step ahead of. In Air NZ’s case the most constantly affected routes to the US seem to be Houston and so our Travel Consultants are no longer booking connecting US travellers northbound with Air NZ via Houston, opting instead for SFO,  LAX or Vancouver, or via Honolulu to New York JFK with Hawaiian Airlines. If you are staying in Houston or overnighting (try it – Houston is fun!) or flying southbound on your way home,  Houston is fine. This issue will go on for some time. In the meantime Air NZ is using the chartered Hi-Fly Airbus A340 between Auckland and Honolulu. In the near future they are deploying a leased Boeing 777-200 which their own crew are licensed to operate.

    • American Airlines has improved the value proposition of its popular Main Cabin Extra service (extra leg room Economy Class) by including additional benefits such as complimentary beer, wine, spirits and early boarding for US domestic and Caribbean routes. Main Cabin Extra comes with a slight surcharge over any Economy Class airfare. 

    • Delta and Los Angeles Airport Authority has given the go ahead for a US$1.8billion dollar rebuild of LAX Terminals 2 & 3 to become Delta’s LAX home and also provide full connecting walkways into the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

    Hotel update:

    We’ve taken a sneak peak at Auckland’s newest hotel, the US-based Marriott owned Four Points which is on the corner of Mayoral Drive and Queen Street. Constructed within a former office building, the Four Points is a straight forward business hotel which has the attraction of being crisp,  new and having a Queen Street address! Rooms range is size from 29sqm and up. A show-stopping roof-top bar could be a star-attraction when it opens in a few weeks. We have some very good opening rates available –ask our Domestic team!

    The Sheraton brand, more upscale sister chain to the Four Points within the Marriott family is going through a transformation vision. There are 450 Sheraton properties around the world and the brand has lost its way slightly in recent years. Many of the US based Sheraton’s are quite basic but many international ones are more upscale.  Sheraton will be pitched above Four Points toward the 5-star market but short of other Marriott brands St Regis, JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton.  Your old SPG award programme is merged in with Marriott and points can be used at all of these properties.

    US brand Best Western’s head office is taking over the Australia/New Zealand franchise operation. There are currently 115 hotels, apartments and resorts operating under the Best Western brand in Australia and New Zealand (only a handful are in New Zealand) – all independently owned and managed. BW which has lost significant market share in this region will have a property-direct relationship with its owners and as with Sheraton will work to re-define its positioning in a saturated market.

    Travel better! At ATPI/Business World Travel we’re a member of the prestigious US-based Virtuoso, an invited group of the world’s leading travel agents and where we achieve benefits over and above any other travel agent or booking site for our clients. For the same as any advertised rate including on the hotel site, Bookings.com or Expedia you’ll receive:

    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

    • Daily Breakfast for two

    • Food & Beverage or Spa services credit usually around US$100

    • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

    • Complimentary Wifi

    • Often some other kind of personalised in-room amenity

    • Take a look at www.virtuoso.com or call one of our BWT Travel Advisors

    Executive Leisure and Private Clients:

    We partner with All Blacks Tours and we have a reason to extend your business trip to the US in November for this triple header weekend on 03 November. Chicago’s famous Soldier Field sees three games – Black Ferns vs USA Eagles, Italy vs Ireland and finally Maori All Blacks vs USA Eagles.  Those of us who saw Ireland vs All Blacks will know that Chicago knows how to turn on a great party atmosphere. Combine business and pleasure! Tradeshows around these dates include SEMA/AAPEX Autoparts and Pool & Spa shows both in Las Vegas, FLIBS International Boat Show in Fort Lauderdale and Energy Storage in Pasadena. The medical fraternity is also well served that same week with Opthamologists, Neurosurgereons and Cardiologists all well served with Specialist Medical Conferences. Call our team to book your business and rugby trip! Call us to book your rugby trip this November (also Japan in 2019 is selling well! Be quick with that one!).

    Why give top performers cash when a memorable adventure away can deliver twice the benefit for less cost? Corporate travel experiential travel is a big part of what we do and we have the expertise to help you incentivise clients or staff member through travel  - choosing something they’re unlikely to do themselves and where the memory will last a lifetime. Research shows that giving cash bonuses is not nearly as effective as a non-monetary reward such as travel. Some steps to a successful incentive travel trip:

    1. Tie earning and selection criteria to your business objectives

    2. Be clear and consistent with communications about the programme and its progress

    3. Build a sense of anticipation with ticklers throughout the year

    4. We’ll design the programme to include a desirable destination, importantly that most wouldn’t go to themselves, include interactive sessions and leisure time.

    5. Have key executives and managers on the trip to act as hosts to reinforce the company’s commitment to the programme.

    6. Never let it be a ‘one-off’. Those who missed out will be extra-motivated to get on the trip the next year – assuming the participants were wowed the first time!

    7. Incentive trips range in the number of participants, length of stay and budget

    8. Always try to include spouses and even families


    For more details and bookings contact your BWT consultant on 0800-508 580 or 09-5293700


  • 11 Jun 2018 2:36 PM | Creative Agency Secrets Ltd (Administrator)

    MiMOMax Wireless is pleased to receive the prestigious Utilities Technology Council (UTC) Impact Award for Hardware, honoring the company's impact on the Utility industry through technological innovation.

    Announced today during the Telecom & Technology 2018 conference in Palm Springs, California, the award honors UTC member organizations for innovations which improve efficiencies, support sustainability and provide an immediate impact on the industry.

    Source:  MiMOMax


  • 11 Jun 2018 2:27 PM | Creative Agency Secrets Ltd (Administrator)

    Auckland-based Autogrow has created a talking automated growing system through the virtual assistant capabilities of Amazon Alexa, backed up by the provider’s IntelliGrow application programming interface (API).

    Headquartered in Mairangi Bay, Autogrow provides intelligent hardware, software and data solutions for single compartment environments through to large-scale fully-automated greenhouses.

    According to the provider, the technology ranks as a “first ever” in terms of a talking automated growing system.

    Source: Reseller.co.nz


  • 11 Jun 2018 1:39 PM | Creative Agency Secrets Ltd (Administrator)

    A group of four undergraduate business students from The Ohio State University have interviewed and analysed dozens of American and New Zealand firms who have expanded operations into both countries. With the objective of enabling Kiwi and American companies to better navigate the challenges of multinational expansion, the students released a detailed report with the guidance of AmCham NZ.

    This report aims to identify and explore the prominent challenges and opportunities of expanding operations and conducting business in the US and NZ. The findings address obstacles that may arise when developing a multinational venture and provide a comprehensive picture of both business landscapes and distinguish potential for growth in each country.

    Download the New Zealand Global Project 2018: Business Relations NZ & US report here.