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19 Nov 2018
Iconic Buy NZ Made celebrates 30th birthday
The Buy New Zealand Made Campaign is turning 30 and celebrating with events around the country to showcase member companies and the iconic kiwi...
17 Sep 2018
Making It New Zealand from Invercargill
Invercargill is in the midst of a southern renaissance as large future investments promise a further runway of growth. The upgraded airport is the...
12 Sep 2018
Regional eCommerce Growing Fastest.
31 May 2018
Buy NZ Campaign Gets New Executive Director
Experienced business, marketing and e-commerce specialist Ryan Jennings has joined the BusinessNZ team as Executive Director of the Buy New Zealand...
16 Mar 2018
Sign up now and go in the draw to get next year free
To celebrate 30 years, businesses who sign up for a licence between now and 22 June go in the draw to win one of five chances of having their next...
14 Mar 2018
Leader Wanted: We are seeking a new Executive Director!
After 11 years, our fabulous Executive Director is moving on to her next challenge. Are you good enough to replace her and lead the Buy NZ Made...
11 Dec 2017
Taranaki Engineering Company is NZ Ultimate Hero
Taranaki engineering specialist Carac Group has beaten hundreds of other New Zealand companies to secure the Buy NZ Made Ultimate Hero Award for 2017.
01 Nov 2017
Would NZ’s Ultimate Hero Step Forward…
November is the month the public get to vote for the first NZ Made Ultimate Hero from a pool of 12 exceptional companies who have been picked by the...
15 Sep 2017
Buy New Zealand Made Campaign tightens up Kiwi trademark licensing
A change in the rules governing the use of the Buy New Zealand Made trademark have been announced amid increasing awareness and demand for products...
09 Feb 2017
‘Made in New Zealand’ – what does it mean for food and dietary supplement manufacturers?
Country of origin labelling can have a big effect on sales. For quality, prestige or loyalty reasons, consumers often consider country of origin when...
04 Oct 2016
You Could Be Heroes
A new initiative launched this week by the Buy New Zealand Made campaign is set to turn some of the nation's top NZ Made companies into heroes.

Making It New Zealand from Invercargill

17 Sep 2018

Making It New Zealand from Invercargill
Invercargill is in the midst of a southern renaissance as large future investments promise a further runway of growth. The upgraded airport is the first sign that expansion plans are underway and it wasn’t unexpected to see Mayor Tim Shadbolt there embarking on a domestic trip to fly the flag for the city he has made home.

Making It New Zealand Slat Frame Beds
Robax Products — Slat Frame Beds — EPISODE 1


My reason for visiting was to visit businesses making it New Zealand Made from their Invercargill base. First up was visiting Ian Rosel from Robax Products who shared what it took to make a slat frame bed. Ian has helped New Zealanders get a great night sleep for 40 years and sells his products to retailers like the Bunk House and Beds ‘R’ Us.


While most beds are made offshore from unknown timber sources, Ian could show that the timber came from Niagara Sawmilling who manufacture all of their finished timber products in New Zealand. Being able to trust how a timber product is treated is important, particularly when it comes to a product you sleep on.

 
Making It New Zealand Grown Fruit & Vegetables
Morrifield Tunnelhouses — EPISODE 2

Growing the best fruit and vegetables can be a neighbourly competition or it can be a business edge for commercial growers. Morrifield greenhouses supplies both residential and commercial having individually made over 10,000 greenhouses according to Gordon Morris, the original founder.

While the story of how Gordon got started making polythene greenhouses forty years ago grew out of love, what has shaped Morrifield’s success comes from its ability to outgrow its equivalent glasshouse. They’re enjoying riding the trend of grow-your-own fruit and vegetables supplying 2m to 4m tunnelhouses for back yards throughout New Zealand.

Making It New Zealand Carrots & Parsnips
Southern Cross Produce —EPISODE 3
Not all of us are patient enough to wait to harvest our crop, so we rely on the supermarkets for our weekly shop, who in turn rely on what Southern Cross Produce harvests. CEO Matthew Malcolm knows what a sweet carrot should taste like and why parsnips are the new potato in 2018 and has picked up on both trends through his consumer brand So Sweet. What was a revelation on the visit to his processing plant was just why Southland offers the optimum growing conditions if you like your vege’s sweet.


Making It New Zealand from Invercargill Summary
It is easy to forget any location that is an end points rather than a traverse. Much like New Zealand is on the edge of the world, far from the commercial hubs of London, New York and Asia, Invercargill is our domestic equivalent. Yet that distance also gives Invercargill its advantages as seen through the businesses making it New Zealand from their base in the deep south.

This is just the beginning with a $300 million investment about to transform the CBD and the Invercargill airport will likely see more visitors.

 


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