Welcome to Kaizen Institute New Zealand
We don't simply sell "Lean tools" training. We offer comprehensive consulting and coaching to support our clients to transform themselves to achieve a true and lasting 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, excited by the possibilities but unsure where to start?
Already on your lean journey, at a performance plateau, facing new obstacles, or not sustaining your improvement gains?
Advanced on your lean journey?
Our decades of lean implementation experience equips us to challenge and support you to transform your organisation and your team to achieve daily KAIZEN - better every day, everywhere, by everyone.
Our ABM is an inspiring gathering where we also share and reflect on the latest developments in the Kaizen approach. It is an enriching experience to listen to the Kaizen journeys of some of our long-serving consultants, like Euclides Coimbra (in the photo with Peet) and Alberto
Bastos from Portugal. This exposure to Continuous Improvement thought leaders, challenges one’s own thinking and practices. Numerous ideas on how to create a sustainable Kaizen culture of excellence has been shared. It leaves one with a richer experience of the beliefs, principles, values, and behaviours of the Toyota Production System. The respect for people amongst our colleagues, as well as humbleness, once again confirmed our shared Kaizen values. It has been uplifting and inspirational.
Kaizen Institute Consulting Group is growing and influencing organisations globally more than ever before. It is an honour to be part of a team continuously improving so many regions of the world; everybody, every day, everywhere.
The Kaizen Institute New Zealand public training schedule for the first part of 2017 is available on our website with detailed information about these Kaizen Practitioner courses. Our courses focus on “learning-by-doing” by providing you with practical “Lean” tools to implement sustainable improvements immediately in your workplace. However, attention is also given to the often-forgotten “respect for people” pillar of Kaizen. This approach fits naturally with our experienced facilitators.
Kaizen Institute New Zealand held a very interesting Kaizen Lean Essentials course from 14 to 15 September in Auckland with people from several government departments attending.
The discussion about creating a Kaizen culture within an organisation created insightful discussion. We also explored the linkage between culture and the Kaizen tools and techniques. Various simulations (group work) assisted the participants to gain a deeper understanding of how to be Kaizen by using the Continuous Improvement methodology. Even though the Kaizen approach has evolved mainly in a manufacturing environment, we facilitate the learning of the principles, beliefs, and values underpinning Kaizen so that it can be applied in any industry and sector. Hence our varied customer base: manufacturing, food processing, government departments, healthcare, education, horticulture, to name a few.
This is one of the feedback comments from a people manager:
“I enjoyed the group discussions. Highly recommend this course. Thanks, Peet, for an awesome few days.”
Please contact us if you require more information about how to improve your workplace. We are enthusiastic about making work (and life in general) easier, faster, better, and financially sustainable through motivated people.
Lean in New Zealand horticulture
Ardmore Nurseries Ltd started its Kaizen transformation journey late 2015. This family-owned business was founded around 1933 in Manurewa as
Richard and his sister, Kara, gradually took over the reins from John and Susy just over three years ago. Under the enthusiastic eyes of Richard, they have made numerous improvements during the past 12 months. Shorter lead times, and making their information and work activities more transparent, have been the focus areas. A great effort has gone into 5S (workplace
This is what Richard had to say about their Kaizen transformation up to this point:
“The main purpose of implementing Kaizen at Ardmore Nurseries was to add greater value for our customers and to have better staff engagement. We needed Kaizen to help us lead these changes and give us the tools to efficiently implement change.”
Kaizen Institute New Zealand has been involved at all levels of healthcare for many years to support the betterment of people and processes. During September 2016 we certified another group of Kaizen Practitioners at Waikato District Health Board in Hamilton. To obtain this globally-recognised qualification they attended five training courses: Kaizen Lean Essentials, Lean for Office or Service, Value Stream Mapping, TPM Essentials, and Kaizen Lean Flow Essentials. On top of this, they had to provide evidence of their application of Kaizen in their workplace. Some excellent examples of the Kaizen principles and techniques showed that Kaizen is applicable to any industry, not only in car manufacturing where it mainly originated from.
These participants are all part of a team providing
Kaizen Institute New Zealand (KINZ) ran their latest Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) public training course at the manufacturing premises of Spiraweld Stainless Limited in Auckland. KINZ has been supporting this forward-thinking Small Medium Enterprise with their Lean journey and at the beginning of this year, the call was made to apply TPM in their plant to improve the performance of their value-creating assets. They decided to open their facilities to allow external participants to experience the application of TPM.
Many of the attendees are on their Kaizen Practitioner certification pathway and found value in experiencing this proven methodology to improve reliability and stability in processes. It was interesting to observe how people from the service sector started to
A TPM workshop identifies the problems and losses related to the assets employed in creating value (products or services). Furthermore, it shows up the potential losses you might experience in the future. Improvement projects are identified at the end of the workshop that will ultimately lead to new standards to be followed. The TPM methodology also creates a framework of discipline to sustain the improvements initiated during and after the workshop. In other words, this KAIZEN™ project turns into daily KAIZEN™ habits.
We wish all participants well with applying their newly acquired KAIZEN™ skills in their pursuit of creating better customer value.
Should you require an analysis of your plant, equipment, and other assets, why don't you contact us?
She has since joined Well Networks in Hamilton and wanted to complete this globally-recognised certification. She submitted evidence of the work she has done within her
During May 2016 we ran a very successful Value Stream Mapping course in Auckland. City Councils and various government departments, healthcare, and stainless steel manufacturing were represented, as well as educational software developers, and various private service providers. The attendance register is enough proof that Lean is surely not only applicable to manufacturing (where it mainly originated).
A strong desire to become more efficient was evident among the participants and this project-focused Lean approach was regarded by all as crucial to meet the improvement objectives of their respective
We want to congratulate every participant who attended this two-day course. They have partly fulfilled the criteria to become Kaizen Practitioners.
Don’t miss our next VSM training to be advertised in the “Training” section on our website. Contact us for further information on Value Stream Mapping or on our other KAIZEN™ services.
Kaizen Institute New Zealand hosted a successful Value Stream Mapping workshop at NZWindows Tauranga Limited during May 2016. The organisation has been on their Lean journey for a while and is making good progress. Positive staff engagement could be “sensed” when we entered their premises, based on a humbleness and willingness to learn and improve.
They wanted to increase their Continuous Improvement expertise and brought in the team from Kaizen Institute to assist them to achieve breakthrough results. It was also an ideal opportunity to invite public participants to learn about this high-impact, project-focused, Lean technique. Participants represented public health, manufacturing, consulting, and the food industry - indicative that Lean is not only applicable to manufacturing (where it originated).
The current state of affairs was mapped and displayed with valuable input from the involved staff members. Identifying the percentage of non-value-added activities was an eye-opener for everyone and the realisation that dramatic improvements can be achieved and sustained through the Kaizen approach. Value Stream Mapping is more than tinkering with current practices to improve a few “pockets” within an organisation. It brings a holistic focus on producing better products and/or services through engaged people.
Andrew Smith, Lean Facilitator at NZWindows, had this to say about the workshop:
“For me, the Value Stream Mapping workshop came at the perfect time on our Lean Journey. It allowed us to truly see the waste in our operations and allowed us to develop the tools to tackle these as a team, with the aim of adding more value to the customer. The Kaizen Institute NZ team empowered the participants to see and develop a Value Stream Map, in a clear and logical way. Even though we had people from different industries, the learnings from the course were understandable and easy to take back to their own workplace. I look forward to seeing the results we can achieve through our newfound knowledge.”
It was a great privilege to run this practical training course/workshop at a gemba of a respected client. If your organisation can benefit from a similar arrangement, contact us for a no-obligation discussion.
Office Live Tours hits another century!
"Don't tell me, show me" (how you are doing) is a popular saying in the Lean world implying that to improve organisational performance and to development people, we all need to see (i) our performance against targets, (ii) the ensuing gaps, and (iii) the solutions to bridge these gaps.
In our own training facility/office in
This tour is also a Kaizen Institute standard across our global offices and is an effective and efficient way for our clients to gain a better understanding of the Kaizen approach. It also showcases how the Lean methodology is relevant to the service sector and the office environment, regardless of its manufacturing roots.
Over the years we have hosted numerous organisations ranging from healthcare, banking, steel processing plants, manufacturing, bakeries and other food processors, wineries, the dairy sector, agriculture, councils, government departments, and the list continues.
We were privileged to celebrate 1,000 visitors to our workplace recently and we want to encourage the following people to continue with their journey to "change for the better" (the root meaning of "kaizen"): Leonie, Rachel, Laura, Sarah, David, Sandra, Craig, Vignesh, Carol, Marlon, and Ariff.
We wish you a path of personal enrichment by living the Kaizen approach in your workplace and also in your personal lives.
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