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Antipodes® CEO Joins PM in Sydney at Leadership Forum


Elizabeth Barbalich, CEO and founder of Antipodes®, was honoured to accompany New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF) in Sydney in early March.

Mrs Barbalich was one of 250 business and political leaders from both sides of the Tasman who attended the forum with Ms Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and seven Cabinet ministers. 

The New Zealand business delegation consisted of 34 leaders, both from the corporate and small business sectors – among them Christopher Luxon from Air New Zealand and Adrian Littlewood from Auckland Airport.

The forum addressed how Australia and New Zealand could work together to take on the world in pursuit of economic growth and productivity.

“It was certainly a privilege to be invited to this event alongside other key business leaders,” Mrs Barbalich says. 

The New Zealanders flew to the event with the Prime Minister onboard a VIP Air Force Boeing jet, which Mrs Barbalich described as a "retro experience". The plane has “beautiful leather seats, lots of legroom and very cool cabin crew dressed in vintage uniforms”.

All that was missing was the Antipodes’ Botanical handwash used by Air New Zealand in its Koru Lounges and onboard its planes, but Mrs Barbalich is going to solve that.

“I’m going to send our handwash to the New Zealand Defence Force to make sure everyone who travels on that magnificent aircraft can enjoy the experience of lifting the lid of an Antipodes’ product to Connect with Nature in New Zealand.”