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

We can’t believe that the first week of our Japan study tour is already over! So far we’ve explored Tokyo and met with Mr Imai.

The Shinkansen Nozumi train took only 100 minutes at 300 km/hour from Tokyo to Nagoya where we visited the Toyota Motomachi factory and the Toyota Kaikan exhibition centre. We also 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.

Our last stop in Nagoya was the impressive Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

Toyota Kaikan KAIZEN

On Thursday we moved on to beautiful Kyoto for a couple of days of sightseeing. We even found a pub in Kyoto where we enjoyed watching the All Blacks beat the Wallabies live.

Today we’ll make a brief stop in Hiroshima on our way to Kyushu to meet everyone else who will join us on next week’s KAIZEN study tour. 

Keep an eye on our blog for regular more detailed trip reports.

Japan October KAIZEN tour - Masaaki Imai

Japan October KAIZEN tour - HOKS

Join us in Japan to experience Kaizen/Lean best practice

Kaizen Benchmark Tour to Japan excelent companies

Danie and Peet will be on the Kaizen Institute Japan study tour from 14 - 24 October. This tour will include several amazing examples of lean in action and will give insights into the host companies' culture. keep an eye out for regular updates of the tour highlights on our blog.

Apart from legendary Lexus and Honda, we'll also visit a new Diahatsu plant where we'll see the latest application of Toyota's flow and lay-out principles. We'll also experience Saishunkan Cosmetics' open plan office with more than 500 contact centre workers (or as they refer to themselves as customer pleasers).

Contact Danie if you're interested to join us.

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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