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

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.

Software Summit 1 October 2015

Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2015


On Thursday, 1 October 2015, Canterbury Software will again be hosting the popular Canterbury Software Summit at the Airforce Museum of New Zealand. This must-attend event has grown hugely over the years with now over 500 attendees amongst NZ’s growing tech sector – from techies to senior management, to investors, HR, marketers, and students alike.

As well as learning about new technology developments, gaining insight into success stories and exploring new business opportunities, the Summit provides delegates with plenty of opportunity to connect and engage with industry peers.

This quality half-day conference guarantees great value for attendees. Twelve accomplished speakers will present across two streams – business and technical – plus a range of Master Classes and technical deep-dive sessions. There’s also a large networking and exhibition area where companies will be showcasing their latest innovations in products and services.

To see the full programme and details visit and follow the Twitter hashtag #CSSummit.

NZ Innovators Awards

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Put a note in your diaries that entries for the NZ #InnovatorsAwards open on 15 June.

The New Zealand Innovators Awards celebrate New Zealand’s emerging high growth businesses and places them on a national stage, profiling their innovative, products, services and ventures. It has helped organisations across many industry sectors to get connected to a wide range of partners, multinational organisations and private investors searching for great kiwi companies to work with.

Monday 15th June is when the Awards officially open for entries and nominations, and we recommend you nominate yourselves and/or all other deserving innovators you know. The Innovation Council is encouraging all Kiwi innovators and organisations to enter the Awards; particularly those who have invested in developing new products, services and ventures as well as improving the performance of their people & teams.

Key Milestones 2015:

  • Entries Open – 15 June 2015
  • Entries Close – 4 August 2015
  • Finalists Announced – 10 September 2015
  • Awards Ceremony – 21 October 2015

Congratulations to three of our clients for being Awards finalists

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Congratulations to our amazing clients Reuben Bijl of SmudgeApps and Madeleine Martin of Ossis for being named finalists in the Young Achiever category of the NZ Hi Tech Awards 2015. And big congratulations also to our awesome client Canterbury Scientific for reaching finalist position in the NZ International Business Awards 2015.

Ossis’s pioneering 3D titanium implants revolutionising orthopaedic surgeries

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Custom-designed implant innovations are helping patients with severely damaged bone and joints, or facing permanent disability or amputation, to regain mobility and independent lifestyle

Press release, 10 December, 2014, Christchurch, NZOssis Ltd is revolutionising orthopaedic surgeries by using advanced 3D technology to custom design and manufacture world leading titanium bone and joint implants. These implants are not only breaking new ground, they are beyond the research stage, proven, accredited, and with over 55 successful operations to date.

Read the press release

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Ossis website