Bosses Rebuilding

Bosses Rebuilding

A podcast series from Newstalk ZB hosted by Heather du Plessis-Allan. New Zealand is experiencing the biggest economic downturn in a century. But never waste a crisis! The country's biggest names in business are rebuilding their operations, re-thinking how we work, and pushing boundaries to become better, faster, and more sustainable. Raw, honest and personal - this podcast series tells the story of the bosses leading Kiwi companies out of the Covid-19 crisis.... Show More

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December 17, 2020 8 min
The final boss we're revisiting this week before this programme wraps up for the year is Auckland International Airport CEO Adrian Littlewood.
It was during the level three lockdown in May that Adrian appeared on Bosses in Lockdown.
Back then, as it is now, it was brutal stuff for his business.
He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan on Bosses Rebuilding to weigh in on where things are now. 
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It has been a rollercoaster year for one of our iconic retailers.
The first lockdown decimated revenue at Briscoes Group, but Kiwis more than made up for it with a shopping boom over the rest of the year.
Briscoes Group managing director Rod Duke returned to Bosses Rebuilding to reflect on the year with Heather du Plessis-Allan.
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First, we had Bosses in Lockdown, and then we had Bosses Rebuilding.
Now, it's coming to the end of this crazy, crazy, year and we thought it would be great to touch base again with some of the Kiwi bosses we spoke to earlier this year.
It was mid-May, during level three, that Eden Park's Nick Sautner told us his industry was in a bad place.
He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan on Bosses Rebuilding to look at where the industry ...
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If there's one story you might not have predicted during the thick of the Covid lockdown this year, it's the story of the housing market.
Back in April, headlines were talking about house prices coming well off the boil, as New Zealand stared down the barrel of what it was thought would be a serious recession.
Peter Thompson, the managing director of Barfoot and Thompson is our boss we're revisiting tonight.
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First, we had Bosses in Lockdown, and then we had Bosses Rebuilding.
Now, it's coming to the end of this crazy, crazy, year and we thought it would be great to touch base again with some of the Kiwi bosses we spoke to back in March and April.
Tourism Holdings boss Grant Webster is back to give us an update on how the industry is holding up post-Covid-19.
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First, we had Bosses in Lockdown, and then we had Bosses Rebuilding.
Now, it's coming to the end of this crazy, crazy, year and we thought it would be great to touch base again with some of the Kiwi bosses we spoke to back in March and April.
Jason Paris, the CEO of Vodafone, was one of the first guests on Bosses in Lockdown. He rejoined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss what's changed over the last months and how the compa...
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Covid threw a serious curveball to the world's movie industry this year, including local listed cinema software company, Vista Group.
But instead of retreating, Vista doubled down, and they believe it's now ending the year in a stronger and more competitive position
So how did they do it? Kimbal Riley is the CEO of Vista Group, and is tonight's guest on Bosses Rebuilding.
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Many of you will know Les Mills, the New Zealand gym chain.
But what many of you might not know, is that Les Mills is also a super successful export product.
Les Mills International exports workout programmes to 100 other countries and to tens of thousands of gyms around the world.
Naturally, in the post Covid world, home workout programmes have become more important than ever, and the company has just secured powerful backing.
ACC has...
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This time last year, the tourism industry was talking about needing an extra 40,000 workers.
Such was required from the influx of international visitors this country was basking in.
So Matt Stenton set up a new support service called 'go with tourism'.
He even got $5.2 million in funding from the new visitor levy to help attract people to tourism jobs.
They were all set to launch in March, hen lockdown hit, and the business was...
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November 26, 2020 4 min
The story of Waikato company Fiasco is nothing short of an extreme Covid pivot.
Before the pandemic, they were making those really cool road cases that bands use for all their stuff on tour, but then Covid hit, and they turned their attention to producing amazing flat pack home desks, and specialist screens to help businesses protect staff and customers.
Joe Bradford is the Head of Operations at Fiasco and is tonight's guest on B...
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Fisher and Paykel Healthcare said its first-half net profit shot up by 86 per cent to $225.5 million, driven by demand for its respiratory products arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company said that based on stronger hospital hardware sales to date its net profit for the full year was forecast to be $400m to $415m, up from its August forecast of $365m-$385m.
F&P Healthcare said the result was driven by increased demand for...
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One of the first businesses to fall victim to Covid in New Zealand was Bauer Media.
In early April, the German magazine giant closed iconic magazine titles, including North and South.
Now, like a phoenix from the ashes, the current affairs magazine is returning to shelves under new ownership.
Rachel Morris has returned to New Zealand after working for five years for the Huffington Post in Washington to take over the reins of the magaz...
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Like many sectors, the Covid pandemic has turned the global insurance industry on its head.
On one hand, there's been a surge in health, travel and business interruption claims.
But on the other, this new Covid-world has also brought opportunity.
Ian Pollard is the managing director of Delta Insurance and is tonight's guest on Bosses Rebuilding.
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Farmlands Co-operative has announced a $7 million net profit for the 2019-20 financial year - a result chairman Rob Hewett says could have been "a damn sight worse".
Profit was down from last year's $8.4 million result, while turnover was $2.6 billion and revenue was $1.1 billion.
The impact of Covid-19 was most keenly felt in April when there was a drop in revenue of more than 30 per cent, chief executive Peter Reidie sa...
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November 17, 2020 5 min
For almost 30 years, kiwi footwear exporter Bobux has laid claim to making the world's best shoes for little people.
The bobux brand is all about science and style and making podiatrist-approved shoes for babies and toddlers.
Bobux is finishing up this covid year with online sales up 65%. Their forward-order book is up 15%.
How have they done it? Andrew Sharpe is the CEO of Bobux and is tonight's guest on Bosses Rebuilding.
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During this rollercoaster of a year, it's no secret that many of us have probably had a few more drinks at home than usual.
Not least, of course, because hospitality has been hit hard by the lockdowns.
So how has all of this played out for Lion, New Zealand’s largest alcohol beverage company?
Rory Glass, the managing director of Lion, joined Chris Lynch on Bosses Rebuilding to discuss how lockdown has affected the alcohol market.
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An incredible milestone today for a Kiwi company that's crowdfunding its effort to make the world’s first biobead Covid vaccine.
This is the Covid vaccine corporation  - or CVC - and their campaign on Pledgeme has got off to a dream start today.
Dr Claire McGowan is the CEO of Pledgeme, and she is tonight's guest on Bosses Rebuilding.
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The story of Lewis Road Creamery is now the stuff of urban legend.
Back in 2014, the company caused a sensation when it teamed up with Whittaker's and made that chocolate milk.
Supermarkets had to employ extra security guards it was so popular and there was even a secondary market on Trade Me.
Fast forward to 2020, and the company has been growing its high-value exports, cashing in on the lockdown baking frenzy.
Nicola O'Rourke...
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It’s not often Bosses Rebuilding focuses on a global business giant, but Unilever has a big footprint in New Zealand.
The company owns household brands like Lipton, Dove, Rexona, Vaseline and Persil, amongst others.
But when Covid hit this year, the head of Unilever's New Zealand operation says suddenly, they had to think like a small business.
Nick Bangs, the managing director of Unilever New Zealand, joined Heather du Plessis-Al...
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Sometimes, success in business can mean being in the right place at the right time.
Enter the chnnl app. It's a workplace well-being app for medical staff that launched at the end of 2019.
And then covid hit, and suddenly, demand was off the charts.
Dr Liz Berryman is the founder and CEO of chnnl app. She joined Heather du Plesssi-Allan on Bosses Rebuilding.
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