Kiwis in Business

Kiwis in Business

A podcast series featuring interviews with Kiwi business owners across a realm of industries, providing insights, ideas and inspiration.

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July 19, 2021 26 min

On this episode, we hear from co-founder and managing director of Aro Digital - Tim Dorrian in Wellington.

Tim started his digital marketing and SEO business from his flat four years ago when he was, in his words ‘dirt broke’.

Since then he’s grown the company to a team of 16, and has a prominent office presence in Oriental Bay.

In his spare time, Tim’s a parkour master and a blogger on some of the great walks of Wellington. He’s h...

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Ankita Dhakar moved to New Zealand from India in 2015 to study business and a few years later saw a gap in the market to create a company that provided affordable cybersecurity services for SMEs. 

So she launched SecurityLit in 2020 and since then has built a team of nine, with a growing pool of local and international clients.

She's here to talk to us about her personal journey towards becoming a business owner and shares with...

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Kiwis in Business host Linda is in Wellington to catch up with Sonya Williams, a co-founder and CEO of Sharesies. 

Sharesies is an online investment platform that makes it easy to invest and is one of the fastest-growing companies in New Zealand.

Sonya and her team at Sharesies is driven to creating a financially-empowered generation. They created the business to ensure that someone with $5 has the same investment opportunities as ...

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Selfstarters founder and growth coach Flavio Hangarter joins Linda to talk about the innovative sales programme he's created to help tech companies accelerate growth.

Since arriving in the market in June 2020, Selfstarters clients have generated millions of dollars in revenue, a figure that continues to grow.

Selfstarters helps tech companies streamline their revenue growth, and has been developed to give them tools, skills, re...

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Lorraine Maguire has overcome many personal challenges in her life and is now on a mission to help other people rise above the beliefs that are holding them back and know that they are enough.

The Aucklander, who, for nearly two decades, struggled with alcoholism, drugs, self-confidence and anxiety, would “fake it to make it” by appearing to be confident, but inside she suffered extreme turmoil.

Lorraine marked 20 years sober thi...

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Today we're joined by one half of a husband and wife business duo, Dawn and Dean, who founded Fiordland Furs late in 2020. Dawn is here to talk to us about the family owned and operated business, which produces a range of exquisite possum products personally sourced from the depths of the Fiordland beech forest. The family has been possum hunting for four generations and have created luxurious, and sustainable possum products f...

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If anyone understands the importance of business confidence, it's Belinda Thomas of Belinda Thomas Inc.

The self-described 'rockstar facilitator and professional coach' has a passion for neuro and brain-based coaching strategies. She says the power of the mind is what ultimately drives us to succeed.

Belinda loves nothing more than seeing people unlock their potential and achieve excellence, and she's here today to ...

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In this episode, Shuari Naidoo shares her startup journey with Kiwis in Business host Linda Shackelford.

Shuari started her social enterprise Moraka Menstrual Cups under the Young Entrepreneur Scheme.

Her mission is to sell a sustainable and affordable reusable product and counter the issue of period poverty and the stigma of periods in society.

Listen to the young entrepreneur share her purpose and drive in this episode!

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Turangi's best kept culinary secret is the Hare & Copper Eatery - a shared landed dream between husband and wife team, Andrew Wood executive chef and Liliana Calva operations manager.

Hare & Copper Eatery opened just a few months before the 2020 COVID lockdown, yet, despite the challenges, the hospo business has continued on, and is now a must-visit when travelling through the central North Island.

Andrew’s first introd...

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Join Andrew Ferdinando, co-founder of Ad Hoc marketing and Insightful, on this week's episode.
Andrew and his business partner Dom both grew up on farms in the South West of England and have worked in marketing and business ownership roles from London to Sydney and now Auckland. They have a business that provides virtual marketing director services to small business around NZ, plus a new service called Insightful to upskill soc...

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Join Vanessa Wards, Director & Guide at Kiwiness Tours, as she takes us on a beautiful journey of owning a business!
Born and bred on the Matakana coast, Vanessa (aka Ness) talks to Linda about her Kiwi bird spotting tours at Tawharanui Peninsula and the wine tasting tours she’s created in the region.“I grew up at Tawharanui Regional Park, as my dad is the ranger there. This area is so beautiful so I started offering a range of...

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Aucklander Sunshine Yates is one of the best placed people to talk to us about how we can take steps towards living more sustainable lives.

Today she’s joining us to share her journey – from her nomadic upbringing to setting up her business as a sustainability consultant in New Zealand.

In this interview she also gives information on the community she’s creating with the Pachamama Alliance Aotearoa to help make positive change and ...

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Energise is a full service marketing agency helping New Zealand companies grow, compete and achieve success through curious insights, smart thinking and action.

Specialising in brand strategy, search engine optimisation, digital strategy and digital marketing execution, while also taking a traditional marketing approach, Energise thrives on redefining what is possible and growing iconic Kiwi brands.

In this episode, Linda speaks to...

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In today's episode, Linda has a cup of 'Anxietea' with serial entrepreneur Tamarin Howse, founder of the Better Tea Company.

Having suffered stress and anxiety during a former job, Tamarin realised how comforting a cup of tea could be for both her and her colleagues. They they joked about taking their 'anxietea' time - this triggered a business idea for the Aucklander. So she started researching herbal teas and ...

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March 2, 2021 18 min

Plastic Free Pets launched in 2020 to offer New Zealanders locally designed products that will fit into your home and lifestyle, and are good for the planet - and that pets love!

In this episode, the e-commerce store founder Steph Kernot shares her business journey and drive to live more sustainably,  helping animal lovers do the same. 

The aim is to reduce each pet's plastic footprint all while giving animals fun, safe, educat...

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In this final episode of Kiwis in Business - Season 2, we speak to founder of Accountabill, Haylee Wrenn.

Napier-based Haylee discusses why it's so important for Kiwi businesses to have a good accountant/bookkeeper, now more than ever!

Having recently been crowned NZ's Bookkeeper of the Year, Haylee provides a wealth of knowledge for keeping businesses financials on track, and gives tips for New Zealand business owners as w...

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This week on Kiwis In Business we have Wellington-based, Stephanie Love. She runs Stephanie Love Consulting, a business and personal coaching consultancy which has developed a new framework called People First Index.

Stephanie supports business owners in measuring the extent of which their organisation puts its people first. She has over a decade of experience in Human Resources. In this podcast, Stephanie tells us how she has deve...

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In this episode of Kiwis in Business, Linda is joined by Wendy King from Wynyard Estate Saffron. She opens us up to the world of Saffron plant. The exotic plant has many benefits, including providing support for healthy eyes.

Wendy and her husband, Graham, started growing Saffron in Central Otago in 2012 and are now premium grade Saffron producers. 

They also offer free Saffron and garden tours all year round so people can learn al...

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This week we speak to event organiser, Natasha Thomas, about her newly founded event Battle of the BBQs. 

After launching the successful Tauranga Food, Wine and Music Festival in November 2019, Natasha decided to fill a gap in the market by creating a barbeque event, taking place in January 2021.

The family friendly festival welcomes teams from all over New Zealand to battle it out for Master of the Grill Tauranga.

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In this week's episode, Shontal Ritchie, owner and founder of Joyzie Boutique, shares with us how she turned her passion of craft and sewing into a business.

After Shontal had her first child decided to turn her passion for sewing into making baby bibs and burp cloths.

In this episode the first-time business owner discusses her startup journey and her career change from working in the travel and tourism industry to the children...

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