Karna Luke is GM – SME and Enterprise
Partnerships at BNZ. He currently leads the implementation of the bank’s
venture investment fund, test-and-learn innovation hub, strategic partnerships,
and digital activation for new channels focused on SMEs.
Connections are key in business – everything
from connecting your ideas with market needs, to connecting with suppliers, to
connecting with customers via the right channels.
Fieldays is back again and with so many changes on the horizon for farmers, our Associate Director of Natural Capital Agribusiness, Dana Muir shares her perspective on the future of agribusiness in New Zealand.
How New Zealand employers run their payroll is about to change in a big
way. From 1 April 2019, businesses will be required to submit employee
information to Inland Revenue on payday, rather than on the 20th of
each month as they’ve previously been doing. This change is part of a bigger
play by IRD, which is designed to make it easier for New Zealanders to stay on
top of their tax obligations.
The debate around Mycoplasma Bovis currently focusses on the efficacy of the eradication programme and whether the costs of the program will outweigh the benefits. Not long ago the dialogue was about the emotional stress of farmers watching their whole herds being slaughtered, some with generations of genetic improvement invested in them. Continue reading…
by Evan Veza, BNZ’s Head of International Business Development
In a quiet valley in Upper Hutt, a select group of global entrepreneurs and investors have spent the past week together, connecting and sharing their plans to change the world.
Front and centre will be the second cohort to join the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) – a New Zealand-based programme that’s aiming to build a global community of people creating ventures with positive social and environmental impact. Continue reading…
Six of the hottest names on the NZ start-up scene pitched their growth plans at BNZ Start-up Alley at the St. James Theatre in Wellington. The competition was tight, but together with fellow judges Derek Sivers, Anna Guenther, and Leah Culver I’m excited to announce that we have selected two winners this year. Continue reading…
Photo: Alpha Group General Manager Maggie Chen and BNZ Commercial Partner Franky Wang exchange mooncakes.
Jamie Rihia, BNZ’s Head of Growth Segments, explains the importance of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinese culture and how kiwi businesses can start to build valuable relationships in the Chinese market.
This year, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (or Mooncake Festival) takes place on October 4th, marking the time of year when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. It is the second most important festival to Chinese people after Chinese New Year, and is traditionally a time for honouring deities, ancestors and uniting families. Continue reading…
A disappointing statistic was presented by KPMG last week: around two-thirds of tech projects undertaken by New Zealand businesses fail. Only 29% of all projects are delivered on budget, 21% deliver on benefits and 33% end up meeting the business objectives.
Rugby players are in for quite a change after they leave the field, having to shift their focus from a world dominated by the sport to something new. As retirement from rugby is inevitable, it’s important for them to think ahead and plan their future, professionally and financially. Continue reading…