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 KAIZEN study tour started with a day of sightseeing in Tokyo followed by a meeting with Masaaki Imai before we took the 300 km/hour Shinkansen Nozumi train to Nagoya where we visited the Toyota Motomachi factory and the Toyota Kaikan exhibition centre. We had an interesting presentation from professor Hideo Kunisawa about Japanese management. Uokuni Food Services gave us an interesting insight into their customer-driven KAIZEN approach. We also visited the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

We had two days sightseeing in beautiful Kyoto and a brief stop in Hiroshima on our way to Kyushu to meet everyone who joined us on the public KAIZEN study tour. Keep an eye on our blog for regular more detailed trip reports.

Kaizen Institute NZ is ready to launch an improved kaizen culture transformation consulting and coaching approach

At our recent annual conference in India leaders from more than fifty Kaizen Institute offices from around the globe applied PDCA to our own consulting and coaching delivery approach.

We’ve adopted this improved approach at Kaizen Institute NZ and we look forward to putting it into practice with selected clients.

Until now we were primarily focused on transferring knowledge to clients (ideally team leaders or supervisor level) and then supporting them to lead and train their own teams in their own work areas through “learning by doing”. This remains an effective approach to ensure sustainable culture change that is powered from within.

However, sometimes there is a need to start with a stronger “stepped change” improvement project to “get early runs on the board”. Please get in touch with Danie if you would like to find out how our improved approach can work for you.


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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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