Other project outcomes

The business history project incorporated a number of separate but complementary elements.

The Business Wall - Sir Owen G Glenn building

Business Wall on Level 0 of the University of Auckland Business School's Owen G Glenn Building

The Business Wall, located on Level 0 of the University of Auckland Business School's Sir Owen G Glenn Building, was completed in December 2008. The 50m-long installation presents students with a visual celebration of New Zealand's enterprise culture, from the first Māori-European contact and colonisation to the sophisticated South Pacific nation of today.

In a series of illuminated panels the Wall documents the transformations resulting from technological innovation, advances in knowledge and the globalisation of business.

Featuring companies active in a range of industries – from DB Breweries, Farmers Trading Company and Zespri to Tait Electronics, Fletcher Construction and AJ Hackett – it charts New Zealand's evolution into a land of confident, creative enterprises making their mark on the world stage.


"City of Enterprise: Perspectives on Auckland Business History"

City of Enterprise: Perspectives on Auckland Business History by Auckland University Press in March 2006

Key scholars from New Zealand and overseas have gathered and produced an exciting new book: City of Enterprise: Perspectives on Auckland Business History by Auckland University Press in March 2006.

The book, richly illustrated and written in a lively and accessible fashion, aims to attract a wide and diverse readership, from students and academics to the general public. It will explore among other themes how and why Auckland has emerged as a dynamic and multi-cultural "commercial capital".

The book comprises of fourteen chapters about various aspects of Auckland's business past written by leading national and international authorities in New Zealand/Australasian economic history including Auckland's pre-eminent business historian, Emeritus Professor Russell Stone. The book details Māori enterprise, maritime history, leading companies such as the Auckland Gas Co, the Farmers Trading Co and Ross & Glendining, the Timber Trade, the stock and station industry, newspapers, and accounting.

For more information or to order the book:

Visit the Auckland University Press website


Business Hall of Fame

"There can be no finer home for this gallery of business achievers than a facility dedicated to shaping the next generation of leaders." – John Withers, CEO of Fairfax New Zealand Limited

Established in 1994 by the Enterprise New Zealand Trust, the Fairfax Media New Zealand Business Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates individuals who, through enterprise, have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development of New Zealand.

In June 2008, the Business School worked closely with both Enterprise New Zealand Trust and Fairfax Media, and launched the Business Hall of Fame in the University of Auckland Business School. The country's greatest visionaries, innovators, entrepreneurs and philanthropists of the past 200 years were honoured.

The Hall stretches along a 12 metre wall on Level 0 of the Sir Owen G Glenn building and includes two LCD screens featuring photos and biographies of 100 business laureates. The Hall currently situates opposite the Business History Wall. It is a Hall that celebrates and commemorates business leaders and charts the history of New Zealand business, recognising the businessmen and women that have shaped our economy and country.

Each year, new laureates are admitted to the Hall by the Governor-General at an annual dinner and their stories of hard work will be adjoined in this Hall. Such inclusion in this Hall is a celebration of his or her success but also an inspiration for others to follow.

View the Business Hall of Fame website


The University of Auckland Heritage Trail

The University of Auckland Heritage Trail was created as part of the Business History project and as a gift to the City of Auckland in 2005, in its Centenary year.

The Heritage Trail profiles a number of buildings and sites that are registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust or scheduled in the Auckland City Council's District Plan as being of heritage value. The Heritage Trail incorporates over 25 locations, such as the Old Synagogue, the Old Barracks wall, the Princes Street merchant houses, the Laidlaw Clock in Albert Park, Old Government House and the newly opened Sir Owen G Glenn Building (the site of the Phoenix Foundry, at one point the largest employer in Auckland).

The University of Auckland believes it is important to comprehensively present the remarkable journey that has seen our city grow from a collection of small villages to the country's commercial powerhouse. Capturing the history of the people and buildings of our own University through the Heritage Trail will enable us to begin to understand the rich history at the doorstep of the University of Auckland.

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Relevant resources

  • Business History in the Auckland Region: Assessment, Aims and Sources (1993-2003). A report for the University of Auckland Business History Project by Dr Diana Morrow.
  • The Centre for International Business History at Reading University, Europe.