Breakfast Event with Danish Ambassador

28 October 2017

Breakfast Event with Danish Ambassador

On the 25th October we held a Breakfast event with Danish Ambassador, Tom Nørring where he spoke about Technology and The Future of Work with insights into how Denmark is tackling the global challenge.

The well-known Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer & Lassen, who are designing the new library in Christchurch, shared some of their insight and projects which everyone really enjoyed.


 

 

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New Platinum Member - Electrolux

10 September 2017

New Platinum Member - Electrolux

We are delighted to welcome Electrolux to NZSBA as a platinum member.

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AGM 2017 at Duncan Cotterill

20 August 2017

AGM 2017 at Duncan Cotterill

NZSBA's 27th AGM on the 15th August 2017 was well attended and kindly hosted by Chris Linton, at Duncan Cotterill offices.

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New Member - ASKO Appliances: Inspired by Scandinavia

15 August 2017

New Member - ASKO Appliances: Inspired by Scandinavia

ASKO Appliances were introduced to the New Zealand market one year ago by the Jones Family Business and have quickly built a reputation as some of the world’s most sought after appliances. Inspired by Scandinavia, the functionality and design of every ASKO appliance represents the pinnacle in quality, and they remain true to the Scandinavian dedication to conservation and environmental protection with all of their products and ventures.

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Scandinavian Trade Event

30 May 2017

Scandinavian Trade Event

NZSBA hosted a trade event at Europe House earlier this year with special guests:

Danish Ambassador to Oceania, Tom Nørring
Mette Hoberg Tønnesen & Lone Ryg Olsen from 'Invest in Denmark' 

and key note speakers:
Robb Stevens from Fonterra,
Chris Hope from Claridges Organic,
Kleat Nepe from Sealord
Kiwa Whatarau from NZTE.

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General Collective + Scandinavian Christmas Market

3 November 2016

General Collective + Scandinavian Christmas Market
The Scandinavian Christmas Market is an annual event and is a collaboration of  Danish, Swedish, Finnish and Norweigian cultures supported by NZ Scandinavian Business Association to celebrate their countries food, craft and design.  The event has grown in popularity over the past five years, and this year the expertise and collaboration with General Collective will kick off a brand new era for the Christmas Markets.

 

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Member Profile - Duncan Cotterill

1 November 2016

Member Profile - Duncan Cotterill

Our valued committee member and secretary Chris Linton is a partner at Duncan Cotterill. Duncan Cotterill is one of New Zealand’s leading national firms, with offices in Auckland, Welington, Nelson and Christchurch. It’s our enterprising attitude – taking opportunities when they arise – and our strong commercial and pragmatic approach that attracts enterprising people and organisations to work with us.

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Torsten Valeur's Latest Design for Bang & Olufsen

26 October 2016

Torsten Valeur's Latest Design for Bang & Olufsen
Feels like coming home.
 
The question I often get is what is special about nordic design. A question I try to avoid since I feel my design is more globally oriented. When talking design at The Norse Code arrangement in Auckland by New Zealand Scandinavia Business Association, I felt almost likeI was home although I was exactly at the opposite side of our earth.

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Harvard Business Review 2016 summary by Frank Olsson

12 October 2016

Harvard Business Review 2016 summary by Frank Olsson

Our New President, Frank Olsson, has a new website where he shares his thoughts on Humanising Business and regularly writing notes on the Harvard Business Review.

Here is a brief summary of the whole 2016 year in HBR.

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A New Social Enterprise in our Midst

23 September 2016

A New Social Enterprise in our Midst

Committee member Claire Conza, who has been behind our marketing & comms for over 3 years, has been busy re-inventing herself and her purpose in life and business with a new way of doing business - Social Enterprise that is 100% purpose driven and places just as much importance on people & planet as profit. We are proud of her taking the win in the Idealog Creative Kickstart Competition on her birthday in August - check out the little video here.

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Nordic Networking Unplugged + AGM at Cult

21 September 2016

Nordic Networking Unplugged + AGM at Cult

We had another AGM 11th August 2016, this being AGM number 26 , with good attendance. We were hosted by Paul Rinke-Mailman in Cult Design's premises at The Strand in Parnell.

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Volvo to treat 40 Kiwis to the Volvo Experience in Sweden

13 April 2016

Volvo to treat 40 Kiwis to the Volvo Experience in Sweden

Volvo ran a Sweden promotion in the first quarter of this year. They offered customers a free trip to Sweden for any new Volvo purchased between the 1st January and 31st March. This was a successful campaign and they are sending approximately 40 people over to Sweden. These customers will experience a tour of the museum, factory and brand experience centre, all covered by Volvo Car New Zealand!

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Notes on Investment Criteria

21 March 2016

Notes by Frank Olsson - "Early January I read an interesting book called Charlie Munger, the complete investor by Tren Griffin. I think the book makes a lot of sense and of course the proof of the formula is in the tremendous successes experienced by Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger and all the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. Investment success will normally start out with a plan which you try to stick to. For this to be possible the plan needs to be rather general and simple so it can allow changes in the market place to harmonise with the long term plan. The plan should be more philosophical than sophisticated, i.e. take into account the broader parameters of investment policy."

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New Company Member - Mil-Tek

25 February 2016

New Company Member - Mil-Tek

Manufactured in Denmark Mil-tek provides a unique range of waste compactors to help deal with waste and recyclables. Mil-tek is one of New Zealand’s best known and respected waste management solution providers, with professional and experienced staff located around New Zealand.

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HBR and it's Contribution to Society by Frank Olsson

3 February 2016

HBR and it's Contribution to Society by Frank Olsson

I have been a keen reader of Harvard Business Review over many years and rate it highly. I find the magazine is trying hard in its choice of articles to act responsibly and contribute to build a better approach to business, and to moderate run-away capitalism.

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Christmas Party - Celebrating 25 years Norwegian Style

20 January 2016

We had a lot to live up to after an incredible Christmas Party in 2014, so of course we stepped it up a notch for 2015 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary! Our Authentic Nordic Christmas Party, Norwegian Style was be held on the roof-top of Next Generation Health & Lifestyle Club in Parnell on Thursday 3 December.  The evening was a great success due to the joy and participation of all those present including the honorary consuls of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.  

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Scandinavian Christmas Market

12 November 2015

Scandinavian Christmas Market

The magical allure of a Scandinavian Christmas culture was captured by the Scandinavian Christmas Market again held at Danish House in Penrose and co-hosted by The Danish Society and the NZ Scandinavia Business Assn (NZSBA) was the drawcard that drew thousands of Aucklanders out on one of the busiest Sundays of 2015. 

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NZSBA's Cafe Fika at the Scandinavian Christmas Market 1st Nov

22 October 2015

NZSBA's Cafe Fika at the Scandinavian Christmas Market 1st Nov
The NZSBA is working on creating an awesome atmosphere at our authentic Scandinavian Cafe - "Fika" at the much-loved Scandinavian Christmas Market at the Danish House on 1 November.  
 
It will be the place to mingle at our tables or lounge in our bean bags with an infamous Karajoz coffee and Line's genuine Danish ryebread / Knækbrød open sandwiches and sweets.  As Derek says... its a place where intelligent and lively debate, good music, food and coffee come together.
 
A number of our NZSBA members will be set up around the cafe scene showcasing their products including event sponsors Volvo and Lego, 
Cult, Day Home, Bungy Pump and Line's Knækbrød, so plenty of activity as well as gorgeous Scandinavian gifts to buy for Christmas.

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Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

9 October 2015

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

The October 2015 HBR issue comes with the cover message: The new rules for competition; be paranoid, disrupt yourself; go to war for talent. The third point could be changed to ‘finding, recruiting and retaining the best talent’ – or ‘intensify the quest for talent.’ (I think we should avoid war and war analogies - the war on terrorism, the war on drugs and the war on poverty have not been successful. Business is not about war – it is about service and competition – competition originating from Latin competere – to seek together). Please find below a few notes from this issue.

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New Company Member - Line's Knækbrød

7 October 2015

New Company Member - Line's Knækbrød

"It all started in 2011 when my parents came to visit from Denmark and brought this amazing recipe with them. I remember eating the Swedish Knækbrød as a child. With this recipe, it was love at first bite and we spent the rest of the summer & the following year baking and perfecting the recipe.

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New Company Member - Duncan Cotterill

28 September 2015

Duncan Cotterill

Our committee secretary, Chris Linton, is now a partner at Duncan Cotterill, one of New Zealand’s leading national law firms. Its clients include New Zealand and international corporates, public sector, local government, listed entities, insurers, banks and financial institutions, professional services firms, SMEs and private and institutional investors.

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NZSBA AGM 2015

22 September 2015

NZSBA AGM 2015

Intro from James's Presidents report: The quarter century milestone is quite an achievement and it’s an honour to be here and involved. The NZSBA began life back in 1990 as a Swedish Business Association by Hans and Pat Björkland, and later changed to capture the entire Nordic region. Hans sadly passed away in October 2012 but the spirit of what he wanted to achieve is alive and well here at the NZSBA.

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A Haven of Sustainable Living, København. Denmark

16 September 2015

A Haven of Sustainable Living, København. Denmark
Reuben Das who we are fortunate to have volunteering for NZSBA at the moment has recently been over to Scandinavia and Switzerland to attend a summer school course in International Relations and Trade at The Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations. While he was there at Copenhagen, he put together this story together for us about the leading edge Architecture that grabbed his attention.

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Members looking for Job Opportunities

27 August 2015

Members looking for Job Opportunities

A couple of our members are looking for job opportunities in the accounting and HR professions, and we'd be grateful for you to consider them for your companies.

Radmila and Johan have recently moved to New Zealand from Sweden with their family, Johan is an engineer working at SKF and his wife, Radmila is looking for a position in HR, preferably recruitment but open to various HR positions.  She has a 36 month work visa and is available for immediate start.

Yang has recently joined our committee and is looking for an accounting role since finishing her Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from AUT this year.  She also gained a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management in China and has experience working for IKEA and other international companies.

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Platinum Member - SKF Update

14 August 2015

SKF New Zealand Update

In January 2015, Alrik Danielson took up the role of President and CEO for The SKF Group.

Changes were made to our Global structure and this included the merge of SKF’s two Industrial business areas, Strategic Industries and Regional Sales and Service to form the Industrial Market Division. The changes were done to enable the benefits of the SKF asset life cycle to be applied to industrial customers in a more efficient manner, through a simplified organizational structure.

Delivering value at each phase of the asset life cycle During each phase of the asset life cycle, SKF technologies and services help customers to optimize machine design and performance, reduce energy use and lower the total cost of ownership.

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President's Brief July 2015

29 July 2015

President's Brief

In June we held our second Nordic Networking event hosted by ABB at their premises in Grafton, Auckland.

It’s a privilege to have such icons as members - companies steeped in history that play such a pivotal roll in keeping the world functioning. This of course allows for some fascinating insights imparted by the NZ MD’s. The Nordic Networking events also give members a great opportunity to get together and network.

Events coming up include the AGM on 18th August, the NZSBA Business Forum on 21st September with a fantastic line-up of speakers, the Scandinavian Christmas Market on 1 November - at which we will again have a presence - and the Christmas Function early December.

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Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

21 July 2015

Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson

This issue is about HR – “It’s time to blow up HR and build something new. Here’s how!” Some interesting observations even if I feel quite hesitant to the idea of strong central HR as I believe that HR should be the main focus of all senior managers. Developing and maximising the energy and competency within your team must be a direct responsibility of all managers and any suggesting that you can be a manager without such focus and skills is mistaken. The debate will no doubt continue. Please find below a few notes from this issue.

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Volvo XC90 Launch

16 July 2015

Volvo XC90 Launch

Our members were kindly invited to the launch of the new VOLVO XC90, and those that made it along were delighted. The new VOLVO showroom in Greenlane is stunning and testament to the rapidly increasing position VOLVO has in the luxury vehicle segment - the fastest growing luxury brand in the world. And like the new XC90, the showroom exudes Swedish design - minimalist, chic and downright cool.

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Success Story - Switch Utilities & Scan Global Logistics

29 June 2015

Success Story - Switch Utilities & Scan Global Logistics

We love a good networking success story so we thought we'd share this one with you from Paul Grubi, Business Dev. Manager at Switch Utilities who was able to reduce operating costs for Danish based Scan Global Logistics through his relationship with Richard Manson.

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Nordic Networking - Unplugged at ABB

24 June 2015

Nordic Networking - Unplugged at ABB

On 9 June 2015 NZSBA member ABB hosted a Nordic Networking event at their NZ Head Office in Grafton, Auckland. This provided a great opportunity to network and get to know this company that has over 80 years of history in NZ. On behalf of all members who attended I would like to thank Ewan and the ABB team hosting a wonderful networking event and the fascinating insight into the ABB business.

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Focus Denmark - Summer/Autumn Issue

4 June 2015

Focus Denmark

In this May issue of focus Denmark we found some informative articles we thought would be of interest to you, our members, particularly on the value of trust and sustainability.

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New Company Member - Sensorteknik

28 May 2015

Sensorteknik
Sensorteknik is a Danish company with 15 years of experience in web based data collection.
 
Our technology uses microprocessors to monitor, collect and send data to a webserver. The user can determine all important data parameters and has access to the webserver, alarms can be defined as well.
All kinds of processes can be monitored.

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Learning to Dance - Corporate Style with Frank Olsson

21 May 2015

Frank Olsson, Claire Conza, Michelle Euinton

Our very own vice president, Frank Olsson (Swedish Honorary Consul) has just released a new book "Learning to Dance - Corporate Style, how to humanise business and get more out of life". Anyone who has witnessed Frank's contagious joy and energy knows that he lives his life like a dance and we are in full support of promoting his approach to life and business. The design of the book was directed by our other vice president - Claire Conza's agency Future Village, and illustrated by her sister/designer Michelle Euinton. The small first run is selling fast so if you'd like a copy for $20, or a few for your staff, get in touch with Frank at frank@olsson.co.nz

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SCA Volvo Ocean Race Pavilion Tour

1 April 2015

SCA

Our most hygienic member SCA and the SCA Volvo Ocean Race Team kindly invited us to their pavilion in the Viaduct for a presentation from their all women team, as well as a private tour of the race village and Networking of course.

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