Executive Update

Executive Update eNewsletter

The weekly newsletter for thought leaders 10th December 2010

Going global

In this issue, two of New Zealand’s most esteemed business leaders, Sir Stephen Tindall and Sir Ron Carter, discuss what they think are the key ingredients required for New Zealand businesses to be successful internationally …  the NZ Institute’s latest chapter in its “Plugging the Gap” series adds its thoughts and suggestions on this subject … and we discover many of our fast growing tech companies are already punching above their weight globally.
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Sir Stephen Tindall on the power of NZ’s global community

Business leader and chairman of Kea, Sir Stephen Tindall, wants to do more to harness the full potential of the powerful global network of Kiwi expatriates – not only abroad but at home as well. Kea has searchable database of more than 25,000 expats working in 187 countries around the world. “But not many home-based Kiwi businesses know about that,” he says.
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Our management talent gap

New Zealand’s shortage of management talent is major constraint on it successfully competing globally. That is key finding of the latest in the New Zealand Institute’s series of “Plugging the Gap” discussion papers on internationalising New Zealand business.
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Kiwi tech companies more than match it with the best in the world

New Zealand businesses have again punched above their weight in the annual Asia Pacific Deloitte Technology Fast 500 index of the region’s fastest growing tech businesses, with 50 making the list. Leading the list of New Zealand’s businesses was online accounting system provider Xero, headed by high profile entrepreneur Rod Drury, which was ranked eighth on the index, with staggering 2,250% growth. The is the first time Kiwi business has made the Asia Pacific Tech Fast 500’s top 10.
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Government needs to take the lead on savings

Advice to the Government on savings was included in yesterday’s Monetary Policy Statement from the Reserve Bank. Essentially, it was that it’s easier for Government to clean up its act in the savings department than it is to persuade the public to change their savings behaviour, says economic commentator Bob Edlin.
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A more settled workforce but challenges remain

Workplace unrest in New Zealand, described as alarming six mont

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