Morality & money
Jul02

Morality & money

How ethical investing is making New Zealanders richer. Investor-turned-entrepreneur Sam Stubbs, the managing director and co-founder of Simplicity KiwiSaver fund, is on a mission to give more agency to everyday New Zealanders.  Born and raised in West Auckland, the son of two school teachers was bought up with a clear understanding of right and wrong. His working-class upbringing, combined with an insatiable desire to give back, has...

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Navigating the climate crisis
Apr01

Navigating the climate crisis

Building climate action into the DNA of businesses Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with organisations, Climate Navigator is on a mission to combat climate change through bold and innovative business strategies. Although polished and put together, if you bumped into Sam Elder on the street you would have never suspected that she spent over a decade working as an engineer and project manager on space missions like that which NASA claims...

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Sounding the alarm
Feb19

Sounding the alarm

Voices of Hope co-founders Genevieve Mora and Jazz Thornton are bashing through mental health stigmas to advocate for change An epidemic with deep-seated roots rots New Zealand from within, not brought in from overseas like COVID-19, but one our society has grappled with across generations: suicide.  While the media and society are finally ready to talk about suicide, it fails to address one of the causes of suicidal ideation in the...

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Ethique
Nov02

Ethique

The rise of Brianne West’Brianne West’s ethical When Brianne West, founder and CEO of Ethique, started the world’s first zero-plastic cosmetics company, she was still a student at University of Canterbury, concocting products in the kitchen of her small flat. Now Ethique sits on shelves worldwide, with stores throughout the US and UK and “massive expansion” plans about to happen across Europe. In just eight years they have...

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Keeping it kiwi
Aug21

Keeping it kiwi

Ben Kepes’ quest to return quality, ethical manufacturing to New Zealand At first glance, you wouldn’t guess that Ben Kepes, co-founder and director of Cactus Outdoor, was a high school dropout. Son of refugees to New Zealand and expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and study medicine, Ben chose to go against the grain and took on an electrician’s apprenticeship – until he figured out he didn’t like it one bit. From there, it...

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What Next?
Jun17

What Next?

  How much damage has the economy incurred and how do we lessen the impact? The Alert Level 4 and subsequent lockdowns were a public health necessity for New Zealand, there’s no doubt about that. Looking abroad at countries fraught with COVID-19 – from over 1.8 million cases and well over 100,000 deaths in the United States, to Sweden (often compared with New Zealand’s Covid response due to the similar size) with over 40,000...

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