A recent MYOB survey found 44 percent of small business owners don’t believe the New Zealand education system enables students to gain the right skills to work in business. This is no surprise to Dr Rachel Wright, who, as the Director of the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, is working to change that with several successful student start-ups.


Although Kiwi entrepreneurs are in good financial shape, they are less optimistic about their profit growth over the next six months. They also continue to lose sleep over the prospect of higher financing costs, and a volatile NZ dollar, among others.