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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