Welcome to Kaizen Institute New Zealand

Our Auckland-based office was established in 1988 when our founder Mr Masaaki Imai visited New Zealand with Toyota's Taiichi Ohno. Today we are part of a global consultancy with 400+ professionals and more than 50 offices across the globe.

 Are you new to the lean journey?

Are you excited by the possibilities but unsure where to start? We offer flexible training, coaching and support options. Our training is linked to practical application and can be delivered on your site at a suitable time and pace.

 Are you already on your lean journey?

Are you at a performance plateau, facing new obstacles, or not sustaining your improvement gains? We can support you and your team to break through and achieve real sustainable benefits.

 Are you advanced on your lean journey?

Are you satisfied, complacent or needing to see the next breakthrough improvement? Our decades of lean implementation experience and wisdom will help to challenge and renew your vision.


a morning with Mr Imai

Our two week Japan tour started in Tokyo with an amazing meeting with Kaizen Institute founder, Mr Masaaki Imai before we took the 300 km/hour Shinkansen Nozomi train to Nagoya where we visited the Toyota Motomachi factory and the Toyota Kaikan exhibition centre.

We had a informative presentation from professor Hideo Kunisawa about Japanese management.

Uokuni Food Services gave us an interesting insight into their customer-driven KAIZEN approach.

We visited the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.


Fourteen participants representing different industries from Belgium, Canada, Dubai, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic and Poland joined us at the beginning of the second week for the public tour around Kyushu.

A highlight of my July 2014 Kaizen Institute annual conference in Jaipur was joining Kaizen Institute founder, Mr Masaaki Imai to go to gemba ("the real place" or the place where value is added).

We visited a Kaizen Institute India client, NEI who was awarded the Deming Award in 2010 for Total Quality Management. It was a real treat.

Every time I see Mr Imai in action at the gemba is an opportunity to learn and to be inspired. I always enjoy how Mr Imai makes time to respectfully interact with the operators and team leaders, often at the expense of the assigned tour guide's carefully planned route and pace. Read more


Danie's trip report

We’ve just concluded our annual Kaizen Institute event at the impressive Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur dating back to 1745 A.D.  Kaizen Institute India were perfect hosts to leaders of our Kaizen Institute teams from around the globe. In this photo I'm joined by Kaizen Institute leaders from Mexico, Germany, Romania and India.

As usual, it was great to share learning and experience, review our latest best practice and plan ahead for our future.

We’ve reviewed and learned from very good projects and client experiences across a range of industries. Examples included manufacturing, retail, healthcare, mining, port operations, etc. Read more


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KAIZEN Institute New Zealand

Level 1, Fashion Pavilion, Botany Town Centre
Corner of Te Irirangi and Ti Rakau Drives
PO Box 64066,
Botany, Auckland, 2163
Tel +64 (0)9 274 0829

CEO - Danie Vermeulen

Mobile: 0274 366 664

email: dvermeulen@kaizen.com

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