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Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

With the digital revolution upon us changing the way we work, live and play, the employment outlook for digital professionals is bright. The 2017 Digital Remuneration Report breaks down the incomes of different roles within the industry in Aotearoa, as well as how we fare against our Australian counterparts.

On the tools

As existing products, companies and, in some cases, entire industries are disrupted, the world of business can seem fairly chaotic. But there are ways to prosper. Peter Lee, consulting professor, commercialisation and entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland and chief technologist at the New Zealand Defence Force, explains how businesses old and new can use the tools at our disposal to adapt, innovate and find new opportunities. 


Hip-hop artists requesting non-existent five-star hotels in Gisborne, pie and petrol shortages, sound systems falling off cliffs in the gorge - there's never a dull moment in the music festival business. In light of the 2017 lineup being released, we're republishing this piece from June, where Rhythm and Vines founder and creative director Hamish Pinkham talks us through the wild ride of 15 years at the helm of New Zealand's award-winning New Years festival.


Wish we'd thought of that

The 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards are open for entries. If you've got an amazing product, service, process or venture – or you know someone who needs to be shoulder-tapped – now’s the time to get it out there. And to help encourage entries and showcase the categories, we’re going to be regularly showcasing the best innovations we come across.

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How to innovate (and how not to)

Different approaches to innovation, ranked for your pleasure.

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The human face of Auckland

What will cities like Auckland look like in the future? How can we design smarter cities to fit evolving needs? TRA tackles these questions and more by observing human behaviour.

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These are a few of our favourite things

As part of Idealog's Design Month, we've picked the brains of some of the most interesting individuals in the industry to find out their favourite design-related things, their not-so-secretive side hustles and what inspires them creatively.

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Idealog's Guide to Wellington

A panoply of impressive information about our well-paid, smart, highly caffeinated, well-fed, fit, tech-savvy, design-led, environmentally-conscious, entertained, happy capital city.

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Wrestler's AR/VR World Tour

Wellington content producer Wrestler recently travelled around the real world to look at the future of the virtual world.

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Best Design Awards 2016

All New Zealand's best design from the Best Awards.

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The art of projection

No longer is the modern canvas confined to being flat. Fostered by the advent of powerful projectors and more advanced methods of mapping, large-scale walls, sharp edged buildings and peculiarly-shaped objects have all become receptacles for today’s ambitious creatives. As photographers, designers and directors increasingly dabble in the world of video projection, Jihee Junn talks to three different artists to discover their take on the intersection between technology and visual art.

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25 things with Vaughan Rowsell

Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things.

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From fixed to floating

How Kiwibank is changing its approach to development and banking on partnerships.

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Design Thinking

Expertise from Insight Creative

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Idealog #65: The Technology Issue

Reality Check: The tech sector is booming in New Zealand and new technologies continue to amaze us, entertain us and improve us. But as we step into the unknown, are we in danger of losing our humanity?

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The future of finance

Seven ventures, three months and a whole lot of great ideas that have the potential to change the financial sector. We look at how FinTech is a good thing for the consumer and the New Zealand economy.

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The great food disruption

Milk without the cow, meatless burgers that bleed, chicken and shrimp made from plant matter, and now foie gras without a force-fed goose in sight. A new food revolution enabled by science and biotech is brewing and, if it succeeds, animals will have little to do with the future of food. For some, that future looks rosy, but, as Dr. Rosie Bosworth writes, the implications for New Zealand’s agricultural sector could be less than palatable.

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Year in Review 2016, brought to you by Kiwibank

Idealog chats with the movers, shakers, visionaries and future captains of industry about the year that was and the years that could be.

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Reality check

As part of Idealog's Technology Month, we've picked the brains of some of the movers and shakers in the industry to find out their favourite tech-related things and what other companies and individuals inspire their work. But for every action, there also is an equal and opposite reaction, so we've also quizzed them on their biggest fears surrounding tech.

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Block party

We regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But for our Design Issue, we wanted to showcase some of that brilliance in a slightly different way. So we got some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business to play with Lego.

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The smart money

How clever Kiwi businesses are reducing costs and carbon emissions and increasing productivity with the help of EECA Business

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Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Almost 10 years ago, Sir Paul Callaghan challenged New Zealanders to think of their economy as more than just a farm. Progress has been made, but there's still more work to be done. Here, director of Te Pūnaha Matatini professor Shaun Hendy shares why laser scientists should be talking to dairy farmers and the fintech sector should be talking to mathematicians.

Virtual realities

A new VR and mixed-reality centre has launched in Wellington. That, by itself, is not news. But what is news: the fact that Projectr is being launched with the help of Victoria University of Wellington and other high-profile supporters for far more than just making immersive games.

Idealog + Salted Herring

While an increasing number of companies are pushing design to the forefront, many clever companies are still missing out on the opportunities afforded by the benefits of creative design-led thinking. But as Wellington-based digital agency Salted Herring has found out, pushing web apps that provide rich human experiences and highly crafted design is proving to be the best way forward.

Idealog + Fisher & Paykel

We tend to take our appliances for granted and expect them to keep on working, no matter what. But, if you’re a manufacturer, how do you ensure your product can stand up to the real world? If you’re Fisher & Paykel, you give the DishDrawer a proper battering, try your best to make it fail, and ensure the often strange behaviour exhibited by unpredictable and demanding humans is taken into consideration.

Idealog + Insight Creative

The New Zealand Drug Foundation believes that the way we currently deal with drugs doesn’t work for Māori and that our criminal justice approach to minor offences causes more harm to those caught up in it than drug use itself. A series of hui was established to discuss the issue with the community most affected, so it created a brand, marketed these events and helped draw some bigger than expected crowds. 

Problem solving

With Wellington on the brink of a housing crisis like that of Auckland, local charity DCM helps around 1000 people a year find and stay in housing, while also offering everything from dental and health clinics to a banking service. Wellington mayor Justin Lester and DCM director Stephanie McIntyre bust open some common misconceptions around homelessness and what’s needed to end it.

Muy bien

Popular foodie destination, The Lucky Taco, now offers customers home delivered ‘ready to assemble’ bundles under its new brand, Lucky Street Meal Kits. Owners Sarah and Otis Frizzell are the masterminds behind both ventures, we spoke to Sarah about the new offerings and what fans of The Lucky Taco now have to look forward to.


The TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards are back to celebrate the talent and success of the New Zealand marketing industry. Now in its 26th year, it is the only awards programme that recognises the business benefits of strong marketing strategies.