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Caitlin Salter

Matariki magic: meet the businesses embracing New Zealand’s unique New Year

Māori New Year

Matariki magic: meet the businesses embracing New Zealand’s unique New Year

Matariki is the word on every New Zealander’s lips this winter. From Auckland Council’s three-week Matariki festival to Wellington managing to summon a whale into the harbour, naming it Matariki and having to postpone the first annual Matariki fireworks display because of it, people are starting to celebrate the Māori New Year more than ever before. Here's how several local businesses, including ANZ and Isthmus, are marking the occasion.

Everyday athletes

Stolen Spirits co-founder Jamie Duff has set up shop in the US alongside former Stolen creative director Kelvin Soh to found a venture studio in New York called New New. And now, the company has just debuted its most recent venture: Weekday Warriors, a direct-to-consumer nutrition company making premium fitness-related convenience products for busy people. Duff has a chat about the new project, as well as breaking into the US market.

The incubation equation

A Wellington-based business researcher’s latest findings suggest people who want to create new products shouldn’t automatically assume they also need to create a start-up.

From rubbish to ravishing

A Lower Hutt-based charity is making waves in the ethical clothing world with its children’s clothing range made from recycled clothing. Earthlink Apparel is trying to reduce the number of perfectly useable textiles clogging up landfills.