Welcome to Kaizen Institute New Zealand

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We don't simply sell "Lean tools" training. We support and coach our clients to transform themselves to achieve a true KAIZEN Culture.

Our Auckland-based office was established in 1988 when KAIZEN Institute founder Masaaki Imai visited New Zealand with Toyota's Taiichi Ohno. Today we are part of a global team of 400+ professionals and more than 30 offices operating in over 40 countries.

New to the lean journey?

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

Already on your lean journey?

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

Advanced on your lean journey?

Our decades of lean implementation experience and wisdom will help to challenge and renew your vision.



Lean certification to achieve real culture change

Hayden RossHayden Ross from Advanced Aerospace Limited was issued with our sought-after Kaizen Practitioner certificate on 18 May 2015 after Danie Vermeulen and Peet Wiid visited his gemba. Hayden is the Quality Manager at the aforesaid company in Auckland and tasked with implementing Lean in their business.

He has been steadily working with the various teams during the last three years on improving the company. He has done an exceptional job due to his unwavering commitment and "can-do" attitude, showing Lean leadership during this time. We saw some very good examples of 5S, standardisation and visual mangement, achieved through disciplined hard work.

Hayden is a true student of Kaizen and is continuously upskilling himself; not only by attending our public Kaizen Lean courses, but also through continuously reading about Lean in his spare time. Kaizen Institute New Zealand is continuously developing people like Hayden to create an improvement culture within their workplace.

We wish Hayden a successful Kaizen journey and may his growing Lean expertise be an inspiration to others at Advanced Aerospace Limited. We look forward to our next visit.

Danie, Mike, Peet

Peet and I recently led a very interesting Lean Leadership Development training and coaching program in Melbourne with Mike Wroblewski from Kaizen Institute USA.

We’re delivering this proven format for a number of our KAIZEN Institute global clients. The intensive practical 2-week program is designed for Managers and Team Leaders to make the transition from Traditional Leadership to Lean Leadership.

Some of the traditional leadership paradigms that shifted for the participants included understanding that standards DO NOT limit creativity but that standards enable contiuous improvement (KAIZEN). Participants also shifted their behaviour to no longer hiding problems, to making problems visible and recognising it as opportunities to improve.

The course challenged ten other traditional leadership paradigms and it was great to see the many "lightbulb-moments".

It has been 30 years since KAIZEN Institute founder, Masaaki Imai wrote "Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success (McGraw Hill 1986)”, and the founding of Kaizen Institute. Our 30th anniversary also marks the launch of our new branding.

900 KAIZEN Institute NZ office live visitors

Kaizen Institute New Zealand hosted more than 900 visitors on our Lean Office tour to showcase some of the Kaizen principles in action in or own workplace.

It is a learn-by-seeing experience and can be very beneficial to help teams understand the benefits of a Lean approach to managing an organisation. It also helps to deepen insights about the Continouos Improvement objectives. (See a video on our Office Live Tour)

When we recently hosted staff from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) they surpassed the 900 visitor mark. A senior staff member, Peter Hasson, became a certified Kaizen Practitioner after attending our public training courses and being assessed in his workplace. Peter will be one of the initial group to be recognised in our Practicing KAIZEN Practitioner register.

29  Jan. 2015

One of the many advantages of working within a globally recognised brand like the Kaizen Institute, is that our horizons expand beyond the beautiful borders of New Zealand. The last few months we had the privilege to engage with a NYSE-listed hi-tech company in Penang, Malaysia.

Peet was a keynote speaker at the organisation’s Lean conference in November 2014 where he spoke about Kaizen culture transformation to more than 500 attendees. One of the vice-presidents opened the proceedings by emphasising the alignment between Lean and their organisational strategy. Afterwards Peet also had a fruitful discussions with the internal Lean champions about their organisation and about Kaizen’s approach to Continuous Improvement. Read the full article.

The Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) has been on the Kaizen journey since 2011. After the Kaizen Institute New Zealand completed an in-house training roll-out, the WDHB has been sending new staff members on a regular basis to our public training courses to complete their Kaizen Practitioner certification. This has enabled them to continuously develop their new people to function at the same level as their colleagues whom have already gone through our Kaizen Practitioner certification programme. At the end of 2014 another two dedicated staff members received their Kaizen Practitioner certificates during a gemba visit whereby they were certified.

April McFarland and Tina Wheatley have met our Kaizen Practitioner criteria with some great examples of the Lean foundations prevalent in their respective gembas. Both ladies show a strong commitment to the Kaizen philosophy with their implementation of the Lean tools. 

This gemba visit was a practical assessment to allow their registration as Practicing KAIZEN Practitioners. It was also an opportunity for further coaching while observing their processes and the way they create value for their patients in the wards.

We wish them both well with their efforts to apply “change for the better”.


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


Kaizen helps Solo Plastics to remain profitable in challenging manufacturing industry

“With Kaizen we are in control of the business. I can walk down and look at our boards and see that a job was going to be finished on a particular date. In the past a huge amount of time was spent wheel-spinning; the guys in the office spent half their time ringing up the production manager asking when work would be finished and he spent his time running after guys to find out – it was a serious time waster.” Bruce McCormick, Director, Solo Plastics.

Here is the team in the machine shop and below is the fabrication team. read the full article


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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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