Sir Richard Branson boosts New Zealand business

Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images/Image-NetSir Richard Branson has tried out what is described as ‘one of Auckland’s most innovative products’ when he took to testing out the latest in marine craft from Sealegs.

“It’s great to be back in Auckland. I love coming here and can’t think of a better time to be here than during the Rugby World Cup,” said Sir Richard.

Branson tested a Sealegs amphibious marine craft on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour last Friday. The popular entrepreneur hit the water for a trip from Takapuna Beach on Auckland’s North Shore, against the picturesque backdrop of Rangitoto Island.

“The people I have met here have really reaffirmed what I have always thought about New Zealand. There is a wealth of talented and unique businesses in Auckland that are thriving both domestically and on the international stage. For a small country, New Zealanders are certainly pushing the boundaries on the innovation front.” Branson adds.

Since its launch in 2004 Sealegs has become the world’s largest manufacturer of amphibious boats with over 600 craft in more than 12 countries and offices in USA and France. Branson is in Auckland to host his first ever publicly ticketed dinner event for New Zealand’s business elite.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the visit would inspire further innovation from Auckland businesses. “Sir Richard clearly has an affinity with New Zealanders, sharing the same entrepreneurial spirit that Kiwis are so well-known for.”

As a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Richard Branson founded companies including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Blue, and Virgin Active, which employ over 40,000 people across 30 countries.

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