A Kiwi Original

A Kiwi Original is a video series, sharing uniquely Kiwi stories from people contributing to New Zealand's future.

New episodes are released on YouTube. Subscribe to get notified when new episodes are released.

Share Your NZ Made Story

Each episode is approximately 3-5 minutes long. While each interview is unique, there are key themes that come up each time including:

  • The origin story behind your business.
  • What your business makes.
  • The people and skills your business relies on.
  • The products that have been created and the problems they solve.
  • How this business is positively shaping New Zealand's future. 

There is no additional appearance fee for being featured on A Kiwi Original. This service is included as part of your NZMade or NZCode licence fee. For licence holders, the best moments of the episodes are shared with our 30,000 NZ Made fans across LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

A Kiwi Original - Shane Rhodes | Aspiring Safety

Aspiring Safety is a manufacturer of recreational and industrial height safety equipment. Whether it's caving, canyoning, climbing, performance, rope access, or working at heights, Aspiring is sure to have the gear to have you safe and covered. Aspiring was originally formed in 1980 to make climbing harnesses, which at the time was expensive and cumbersome. The business expanded during the 1980s to manufacture outdoor equipment for climbing, tramping, and caving. During the 90’s the company evolved to make harnesses in the industrial world as well as a large number of custom harnesses for the ever expanding and evolving adventure tourism and performance sectors. Shane Rhodes would eventually take over the business, and after weathering the storm of Covid-19, he remains optimistic for where the business will go next as the country opens up more to adventure tourism.


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