Connexionz wins contract to manage New York ferry service

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Press release: Connexionz, NZ/US, 10-Apr-17:  New York commuters eagerly anticipating the launch of the new NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower starting service next month, will be boarding a new transport service integrated with technology developed by Connexionz.

The contract, awarded to Connexionz in a competitive international procurement process, commenced roll out in February and will be completed next month, with on-going service and support until 2022.

Read the press release

Read the coverage in ITS Australia, IT Brief, The Press, Scoop, Exporter Magazine, Computerworld, TourismTicker, Infrastructure Build, Export and Trade, and NZ Manufacturer.

Hornblower’s New York Citywide Ferry service

Hivemind crowdfunds affordable bee surveillance for hive health

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Smart hive minder helps beekeepers #savebees and maintain #healthyhives

  • Hive Strength Monitor with WiFi alerts beekeepers of early signs of trouble
  • Tracks and reports changes in bee activity, hive temperature and humidity
  • Enables proactive just-in-time beehive protection
  • Helps reduce bee and honey loss from pests, disease, hunger, and swarming

Hive vets aren’t real. Good tools help.

New Zealand’s smart hive innovation company, Hivemind, is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help beekeepers check their hives remotely, and take proactive action to keep their bees safe and happy.

The “Hive Strength Monitor with WiFi” campaign aims to develop and commercialise an affordable and accessible WiFi version of Hivemind’s flagship satellite-based Hive Strength Monitor for all beekeepers.

It is targeted at responsible beekeepers, commercial pollinators, and honey lovers alike around the world who are committed to keeping all bee colonies happy and strong.

Read the press release

Read the coverage in The Press, National Business Review, Australasian Beekeeper, AgriHQNZ ManufacturerScoop, Idealog and ManukaHoneyUSA, and shared on beekeeping forums around the world.

Christchurch can become a transport city of excellence

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016

Lots of people have opinions, but very few actually bother to put pen to paper. We secured the opportunity with the Sunday Star Times and polished an opinion article for Connexionz about Smart Cities and Intelligent Transport Systems, and it’s already stimulating conversation. The business editor said she wished more people did the same.

Christchurch can become a transport city of excellence

Recently, Rod Oram criticised Christchurch for “failing to use its $50 billion investment to build a very distinctive, 21st century city” and said one of the great gaps between achievement and potential was that “Christchurch has no plans to be a leader in integrated urban transport, or being a data-driven smart city.”

To put this into perspective, Christchurch public transport was not only affected in a major way by earthquake damage to the infrastructure, it also had the challenge of re-routing services, while navigating roadworks and diversions to meet the changing needs of city residents. Considering the recovery and rebuild has dumped so much on their plates, is being a “smart city” a priority for city planners to be focussing on? Yes, it is.

Being a smart city means readying for the growth challenges ahead through technology, creativity, and collaboration.   Read the full article here.

 

Kiwi entrepreneur raises over NZ$1.2m seed funding to launch Plattar augmented reality platform

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016

News Corp Australia lead investor – first ever seed investment

Steve(GM)Rupert(CEOFounder) Option 2 - webRupert Deans, Founder of Christchurch mixed reality agency, One Fat Sheep, has raised over NZ$1.2m in seed funding for his new startup Plattar (www.plattar.com).

Plattar will offer a world first augmented reality (AR) platform that will enable brands, publishers and agencies to create, manage and distribute augmented reality content in a simple, cost-effective way. It is a cloud-based platform that consists of two parts: an app builder that comes with customisable templates, and a content management system for AR content.

Read the press release.

Read the NZ coverage in StopPress, NBR (for NBR subscribers only)Christchurch Press, Stuff, Herald, Idealog, Geekzone, iStart

Medicinal power of NZ’s Kolorex Horopito extract in big demand

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Natural health product innovation company, Forest Herbs Research, is experiencing growing demand for its clinically proven anti-fungal products made from a single variety of New Zealand’s ancient Horopito plant.

The company owns the world’s only sustainably managed commercial plantation of 30,000 native Horopito plants on the edge of the Kahurangi National Park in Golden Bay, and is preparing a third piece of land with the aim to quadruple the number of mature plants by 2020.

Read the Forest Herbs Research press release.

Read the coverage in the National Business Review, Nelson Mail, Morning Report, Radio NZ, Pharmacy Today, Scoop, and the New Zealand Listener.

Mango advises on the new laws governing workplace health and safety

Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

From 4 April, 2016 new laws governing workplace health and safety will come into effect in New Zealand.  Glenn Baker, Editor of NZ Business, interviewed our client Mango on what business owners must do to be safe and compliant. Below is an excerpt from NZ Business’s March 2016 article “New Lines of Responsibility“:

NZ Business Mar16Another company in a good position to help business owners comply with the new legislation is Christchurch-based Mango, which markets a proven cloud-based Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE) Management solution.

Mango’s chief marketing officer Craig Thornton agrees that business owners will no longer be able to gamble with employee’s safety as the regulators have more powers to apply a financial penalty to the employee, management and owners. He says the Mango solution provides an overview of what’s going on and delivers all due diligence information on one system.

His advice for business owners right now is to first engage with staff on health and safety. “With their staff they should be doing a gap analysis on their systems with the new legislation. Gaps should be looked at closely and action plans put in place to fill those gaps.”

Business owners should also attend briefing sessions with industry associations, Institute of Directors or Chambers of Commerce, he adds. And if they need technical advice, they should engage a suitable consultant.

“The first agenda items on board or management meetings should be on health and safety performance,” he says. “Business owners need to be visible and repeat the same H&S message to their staff; they need to show employees this is important. Don’t look at H&S as a problem or an overhead/compliance cost. Accept it and see how you can get value from it.”

Thornton believes business owners must take authority and responsibility for H&S and not outsource to a consultant ‘because that’s easier’. Going forward, the biggest challenge will be the engagement and participation with staff and building a safety culture, he says.

“Having a safety culture is key to having a workable, sustainable and manageable health and safety system. Constantly talking about health and safety with staff will, over time, help make H&S just business as usual. It’ll become ‘this is what we do around here’ and standards will be set that everyone will comply to.”

Read the full article here.

Want some free PR?

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016

A really great way to get some free quality PR is to share your expertise in an opinion article, as our client Annette Dow of Binary Resource has recently done.

We placed two of her opinion articles (see links below) in one of NZ’s top business publications – the National Business Review. Then we shared the links to relevant groups via social media. There are lots of publications keen to accept authoritative contributions, so give it a go. The results can be well worth the effort.

NBR opinion article 1:  Seven fallacies about managing virtual/remote teams
NBR opinion article 2:  Recruiting remotely – can it work?

Oh yes, and if you read the articles and you’re struggling with your remote managers or workers, Annette Dow of Binary Resource is running a series of seminars across NZ from February 2016 on how to build and maintain an effective remote work environment. Find out more at www.binaryresource.com

NBR opinion1

US media coverage for Canterbury Scientific

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

We’re very proud to have successfully coordinated key media placements for our client Canterbury Scientific in two of their top laboratory media in the US.

After introducing the scientific directors and their consultants to the science editorial teams, two feature articles and an interview on the subjects of diabetes and HbA1C were lined up for the respective November and December 2015 issues of MLO magazine and ADVANCE for Laboratory.

In addition, to commemorate Canterbury Scientific’s 30th anniversary, we coordinated advertising in both publications (a mix of print, web and enewsletter) to complement the articles.

Read Dr Maurice Owen’s article on ‘Glucose vs HbA1c controvery‘ in MLO Magazine, and his feature article that explores the ‘Common Pathways linking obesity and Type 2 Diabetes’ in Advance for Laboratory. Canterbury Scientific Consultant, Prof Chris Florkowski, was also interviewed by Advance for this ‘Diabetes Trends‘ feature.

Advance diabetes feature Nov15

Diabetes Trends

Advance diabetes feature Dec15b

Not All Calories Are Equal

MLO article Nov15

The glucose vs. HbA1c controversy

 

TE Connectivity celebrates the opening of its new Christchurch facility

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015

New building incorporates features designed for staff wellbeing and future flexibility

Press release, 11 December, 2015, TE Connectivity, Christchurch, NZ: TE Connectivity Christchurch, one of 80 plants owned by TE Connectivity worldwide, has been supporting local industry with contract electronic manufacturing services for many years.

On Thursday 10 December 2015, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt. Hon John Key, officially opened TE Connectivity’s brand new facility at 14 Mary Muller Drive, Hillsborough, Christchurch.

TE Connectivity Plant Manager with the Rt. Hon John Key. Photo Copyright Neil Macbeth

TE Connectivity Plant Manager with the Rt. Hon John Key.
Photo Copyright Neil Macbeth

Copyright Neil Macbeth

TE Connectivity’s New Christchurch Facility.
Photo Copyright Neil Macbeth

The building has been custom designed to meet very high standards and to enhance employee health and wellbeing with a light, airy, flexible, and futureproof fit-out. It also takes advantage of its spectacular surroundings, with huge windows that enable all staff to enjoy a breath-taking view of the Port Hills.

Read the TE Connectivity Press Release.

 

Canterbury Scientific finalist in NZ Bio Awards 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

We’re very excited to announce that Canterbury Scientific has been nominated one of three finalists in the Company of the Year category of the NZ Bio Awards 2015.

The awards will be announced at the NZ Bio conference on 23 September at the St James Theatre in Wellington, NZ. We wish all the very best of luck to all the finalists.