MEttle 17

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    14 December 2022

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MEttle, a collection of stories and interviews with influential business leaders.


As we emerge from two and half years of pandemic-powered pandemonium, the questions begin to materialise. Questions like ‘what have we learned from it all?’, ‘what’s next?’, ‘what sort of correction is coming?’ and ‘how will our business environment adapt as a result?’. 

As energy and inflationary cost of living crises grip the world and climate change demands attention, New Zealand begins to look ahead to an election year in 2023, which will prompt even more questions for the business sector.

Fortunately, MEttle is able to direct these questions to a phenomenal pool of people at the forefront of New Zealand’s business world. First, we asked New Zealand’s top corporate leaders to identify lessons from their own pandemic experience, drawing out insights that will drive future growth and organisational success. 

We also discuss the economic forecast with Sharon Zollner, ANZ’s Chief Economist, Sean Keane, Founder  and Managing Director of Triple T and non-executive director of Jarden, and Mark Averill, CEO and Senior Partner at PwC New Zealand. They share their views on the factors behind the current economic environment, what they anticipate is next, and how New Zealand businesses should prepare.

Climate change litigation cases continue to rise around the world, and organisations are treading a careful line between setting targets and reporting on ESG progress while avoiding greenwashing. MEttle talked to Lloyd Kavanagh, Senior Partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, an acknowledged expert on the governance requirements  of ESG statements, processes, outcomes, and risks. We also asked Nick Traber, Chief Executive of Fletcher Building Concrete, about how this all works in practice for one of the most scrutinised materials on the planet: concrete. 

As we head towards the 2023 General Election, the stage is set for co-governance to be a keenly debated. MEttle spoke to notable director and Chair of Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, Rob Campbell CNZM, and former Attorney-General and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Chris Finlayson KC, to gain their understanding, views, and insights.

And if that were not enough, MEttle posed questions on the front-burner topic of New Zealand’s energy resilience to four exceptional sector leaders: Vince Hawksworth, CEO of Mercury NZ and former CEO of Trustpower, Fraser Whineray, Chief Operating Officer of Fonterra and previous CEO of Mercury NZ, Simon Mackenzie, Group Chief Executive of Vector, and Amy Barrett, New Zealand Country Manager for Fortescue,  a large Australian iron ore miner on a mission to decarbonise. 

We hope this issue of MEttle answers a few questions you might have and provokes thought for the future.

This issue is available in a PDF and six digital articles.

The view ahead above the storm

Energy: A topic on the front burner

Concrete clarity

Greenwashing: The new due diligence environment

Co-governance: The misunderstood political hot potato and likely election dominator?

Lessons from the pandemic for future success