Bosses In Lockdown

Bosses In Lockdown

A new podcast series from Newstalk ZB hosted by Heather du Plessis-Allan. New Zealand is facing the biggest economic downturn in a century. But from their home offices, the country's biggest names in business are plotting how to rise from the ashes. Raw, honest and personal - this podcast series tells the story of the people leading Kiwi companies in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.... Show More

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Sport returns under level two, but business life is still very tough for the large events industry.
ZB’s Boss in Lockdown tonight is Nick Sautner, the CEO of Eden Park. He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss their plans for level two, how they'd adapt to having no crowds, and life under lockdown with a newborn.
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In-store retailers are preparing to open their doors, but that doesn't mean its over for online shopping.
While physical shopping was off the cards, many Kiwis moved online to satisfy their retail craving.
Hallensteins and Glassons boss Mary Devine told Heather Du Plessis-Allan there will be a shift in New Zealand toward online shopping.
"Any retailers moving forward, you really have to be conscious of what your digital expert...
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Level 2 will mean back to business for Skyline's luge and gondola operations - but it'll be smaller operation.
The Rotorua and Queenstown tourism operator is planning to open by this weekend.
But chief executive Geoff McDonald says they're having to rethink staffing, shifts, and operating hours.
He told Heather du Plessis-Allan they're expecting a short spike in business - which will level off after a few weeks until t...
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Netball New Zealand has confirmed that the ANZ Premiership will return when the country moves to Covid-19 alert level 2 – but all games will be played at one venue.
The Government has confirmed that professional sport, including netball, will be allowed to return at level 2 with necessary public health guidelines in place – including no crowds being allowed.
Netball NZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie welcomed the Government's decis...
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The time is nearly hair for you to head along to your local hairdresser or barber and finally get that long-awaited tidy up.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given the green light to reopen but only after the country made the move to alert level 2.
However, your local would not look the same as the last time you were able to get a trim more than a month ago before the lockdown began.
Staff would be forced to wear appropriate protecti...
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ZB’s Boss in Lockdown tonight is Frances Benge, the CEO of Cure Kids.
Cure Kids is a charity which is one of New Zealand’s largest funders of child health research.
Benge joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how the lockdown has affected donations and how the impending economic recession will affect them.
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Auckland Airport's boss says exploring options for a trans-Tasman bubble is critical.
Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison have confirmed Australia and New Zealand are committed to introducing a trans-Tasman travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so.
Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood says it's up to officials to estimate when it could be introduced.
But he told Heather du Plessis-Allan more people are recognising the eco...
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The office lights are off, but Kiwis are still using almost the same amount of power.
Energy companies have been forced to adapt as power usage migrates from the inner cities to the suburbs.
Our Boss in Lockdown tonight is Vector Chief Executive Simon Mackenzie.
He told Heather du Plessis-Allan they had to reconfigure their entire field crew operation so they could still respond to power outages.
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Our Boss in Lockdown tonight is Freightways chief executive Mark Troughear.
He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how the company's work has changed under levels 3 and 4.
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ZB’s Boss in Lockdown tonight is Tim Lightbourne, CEO of Invivo Wines.
The wine business was assigned essential status during level four, and appears to be holding up pretty well.
Lightbourne joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how they’ve adapted to the lockdown.
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A large chunk of the construction industry is finally back on the tools, getting used to a new normal at level three.
Our Boss in Lockdown tonight is Peter Reidy, the CEO of Fletcher Construction. He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how they are keeping building sites safe and how it feels to have work underway again. 
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The latest entry in ZB’s Bosses in Lockdown series is David Banfield, the CEO of Comvita.
The Manuka honey company is perhaps one of few which has seen some good silver linings from the Covid-19 crisis.
Banfield joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss life in lockdown and how it has affected his company.
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It’s no secret that one of the sectors doing it toughest during lockdown is retailers, and that’s even if you've got the privilege of having being able to sell essential items.
Our boss in lockdown tonight is Briscoe Group Managing Director Rod Duke.
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The head of NZME is welcoming the government's media relief package, but wishes more had gone to print and digital media.
$50 million has been put aside to help the industry stay afloat.
A massive drop in advertising revenue has caused job losses and closures.
NZME chief executive Michael Boggs told Heather du Plessis-Allan he is pleased the Government has recognised the support the media needs.
"While we employ the most number...
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Gym giant Les Mills has asked those who have put their memberships on hold during lockdown to start making payments again.
Headlined "Back us to restart", an email to customers says the company is "facing the biggest hurdle of its 52-year history" and while it was hoped the clubs, which boasted some 60,000 members in March last year, would only be closed for a month, "that's regretfully not to be".
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In ZB Drive’s Bosses in Lockdown series, Al Keating, CEO of Coffee Supreme, joins Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss what effect the lockdown has had on one of the country's most iconic coffee brands.
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In ZB Drive’s continuing Bosses in Lockdown series, Heather du Plessis-Allan spoke with Tony Burt, CEO of East Imperial, an artisan beverage company.
Burt is a former CEO of M&C Saatchi, and has a unique perspective on the hospitality industry during this Covid crisis.
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SKY Television are reporting steady subscriber numbers despite the absence of live sport. 
CEO Martin Stewart has told Heather du Plessis-Allan streaming services Neon and Lightbox is keeping the company afloat. 
Meanwhile, ensuring that sports subscribers stay entertained, remains a top priority.
"We have worked hard with our sport subscribers to make sure they are getting some compensation from us with our entertainment channels...
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The story of tourism during the Covid crisis reads like a nightmare.
With our borders effectively closed for the foreseeable future, the industry is planning for zero tourists - and zero revenue.
Our Boss in Lockdown tonight is Grant Webster, the CEO of Tourism Holdings. He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how he and the company are dealing with such a seismic change to their industry.
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New Zealand’s property market has shifted quite dramatically in the past two months, with forecasters moving from predictions of a lift in house prices, to warnings of a downturn.
Our Boss in Lockdown tonight is Peter Thompson, the managing director of Barfoot and Thompson Real Estate. He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how real estate can still function during the lockdown and what this all means for the property market.
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