Welcome to Kaizen Institute New Zealand

Kaizen Institute New Zealand was one of the first business units established in 1988 when our founder Mr Masaaki Imai visited New Zealand with Toyota's Taiichi Ohno to support Fisher & Paykel Appliances to set up Just-in-Time manufacturing. 

Our Auckland-based team enables leaders to achieve their performance dreams through continuous improvement of people, processes and systems. We hep diagnose problems, create awareness, draw roadmaps, lead implementation, develop experts and coach leaders to sustain business excellence. We introduced the kaizen methodology to the world in 1985. Today we are a global consultancy active in all sectors. Our 400+ professionals work to advance the continuous improvement body of knowledge.

Are you new to the lean journey? Are you excited by the possibilities but unsure where to start? We can help you choose a successful path.

Are you already on your lean journey? Are you at a performance plateau, facing new obstacles, or not sustaining your improvement gains? We can help you reach the next level of Lean performance.

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.


Join other Kiwi's in Japan to experience Kaizen/lean best practice

Kaizen Benchmark Tour to Japan excelent companies

Join Danie and Peet from 20 - 24 October on this action packed tour to experience several amazing examples of lean in action and improve your understanding of the culture and underlying principles that make this possible. This tour offers an unique opportunity to visit and compare three legendary automotive factories, other mature manufacturing companies as well as impressive examples oaf lean in a service/office environment.

We'll visit a new Diahatsu plant where we'll see Toyota's flow and lay-out principles applied. I also look forward to experiencing Saishunkan Cosmetics' open plan office with more than 500 contact centre workers (or as they refer to themselves as customer pleasers).


Download the brochure or contact Danie if you're interested to join us.

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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