Posts in Brands
Blurring the lines between business and charity

We tend to divide things into buckets. Some activities are charitable, others are commercial. But in reality, the lines between these things are a lot murkier than they first appear. Businesses don’t have to spend every single resource on their bottom line, and charitable activity can benefit from some solid commercial acumen.

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BrandsBrian Steele
Social License to Operate

No business operates in isolation. We all need suppliers, staff, financiers and customers. We impact on our communities. What we do matters not just to us but to many others. In my many years in business in a range of capacities I have met no one who really met the caricature capitalist who wanted only freedom to do whatever they wanted and only wanted profit.

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Insights, BrandsBrian Steele
Protecting New Zealand with education and technology

In 2016 Cyber Toa a Wellington Head Quartered ICT Security consultancy partnered with Victoria University to co-design a new Bachelor of Cyber. Designed to strengthen New Zealand resilience against an escalating threat of cybercrime and cyber attacks. The Bachelor is the first known collaboration by commercial and tertiary partners in New Zealand.

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BrandsBrian Steele
A shared passion for creativity

Starting in a shed on Vasta’s Reikorangi farm on Wellington’s Kapiti Coast back in 2000, Tuatara Brewery was born. Carl’s purpose was to brew beers that he and his mates enjoyed drinking. 17 years on, with significant growth in the NZ craft industry and two NZ Champion Brewery wins (the only brewery to achieve the accolade twice), the Brewery promise to “create memorable and uniquely Aotearoa beer experiences”.

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BrandsBrian Steele
Profile: Soar Print

SOAR print is a 3rd generation family owned business employing around 100 people in Auckland and Hamilton. They are leaders in print innovation and technology, and have won several awards for sustainability.

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BrandsBrian Steele
Profile: Hell Pizza

Hell Pizza is a franchisee group of 70 outlets across New Zealand that sells quality gourmet pizzas. The Hell brand is considered irreverent and edgy, although has evolved since it was founded in 1996 to become more associated with youth and community projects.

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BrandsNick Phillips
Profile: Pic's Peanut Butter

Pic’s Peanut Butter is a Nelson-based company manufacturing premium peanut butter and exporting it worldwide. Proprietor Pic Picot first made peanut butter for himself in 2007 and began by selling it at the weekly Nelson markets on Friday afternoons.

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BrandsNick Phillips