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Can We Fix it? Brought to you by Kiwibank

In a regular section in print and in a series of online pop-up sections throughout the year, Idealog and Kiwibank explore some of the world’s biggest – and, in some cases, most intractable – problems and then showcase some of the clever people trying to tackle them.

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25 things with Peter Haythornthwaite

Peter Haythornthwaite – industrial and creative design deity, Designers Institute of New Zealand fellow, owner of an ONZM for services to design, and current exhibitor of his life’s work at Objectspace Gallery in Auckland – knows things, loves things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things.

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More than a koru

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? We float down the country’s cultural currents.

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What Keeps You Up At Night

Idealog chats with the movers, shakers, visionaries and future captains of industry about what issues keep them up at night and also what gets them going the next day.

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A Day in the Life

How do you perfect the work/life balance? In an ongoing series, powered by Hummingbird, high-performing New Zealand entrepreneurs share how they handle the madness of business.

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All Electric

An ongoing series in partnership with Hyundai on the rise of electric vehicles and the future of transport.

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The Idea Log

Million dollar ideas and inspiring inspiration from Idealog's sassy spirit 'animal'.

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Green Rush

In a new series, we talk to entrepreneurs and investors about the challenges and opportunities in the emerging New Zealand cannabis industry.

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The Log Experiment

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. So for the 2018 Design Issue, we’ve tapped into the talents of the Idealog community and, in honour of our spirit ‘animal’, The Idea Log, we sent a few hunks ‘o wood out to some friends of the Idealog family from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business to see what they could do. These are the results.

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Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

Allbirds' co-founder Tim Brown stands awkwardly in an elevator and pitches his latest product, a comfortable, strong, customisable and carbon-negative jandal made from sugar cane.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Scott Day a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Vista, the no-sugar beverage startup looking to change the way Kiwis think about soda. 

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A day in the life, brought to you by Hummingbird

Dr Delwyn Moller is a prominent earth scientist, former NASA scientist, and current director of research at the Centre for Space Science Technology in Alexandra, New Zealand. Her ground-breaking work developing state-of-the-art earth and environmental radar imaging technology has played a massive role in advancing global understanding of climate change, including enabling new and advanced areas of study around ice sheets, glaciers and rising sea levels. In June, this work was acknowledged with a Kea World Class New Zealand Award, which honours Kiwis doing incredible things on the world stage. Here's how she gets through the day, how she organises her time and how she handles the madness of business.

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The Technology Issue: New Heights

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Making waves

Leading a coding workshop for underprivileged students on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in September. Hi-Tech Start-up Company of the Year runner-up at the 2018 NZ Hi-Tech Awards. More than two million users in more than 15,000 schools and universities in 14 different countries. An EdTech market that attracted more than US$89.15 billion from investors last year. It’s safe to say Aotearoa’s Code Avengers is well-placed to make waves overseas – and, more importantly, empower others to make waves.

Idealog + Method

Flashback to 2003 and it was a very different world. Some homes were still on dial-up internet, a lot of webpages were ugly and Nokia brick phones were the latest and greatest tech accessory. But 2003 was also the year digital-led creative agency Method opened its doors, paving the way for a new kind of digital storytelling in New Zealand. Co-founder and managing director Sam Ramlu reflects on how technology has transformed over the past 15 years in business, while Method’s goal remains the same: to deliver immersive and seamless experiences for the user.

Genius From Elsewhere

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Where’s Wally? American agency Redpepper programmed a robot to find the red and white striped shirt man, reports Adweek

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FastCompany reports that the first stage of the new San Francisco transit hub is almost complete, but the real attention is focused on the hub’s rooftop park.

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Author of Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari, goes deep into what could potentially be in store for humankind in 2050. While change is the only constant, he comes up with some interesting ideas and scenarios. 

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Heat will be the next big inequality issue, reports The Guardian. As climate change warms the planet, it will be the poor and isolated who suffer the most. 

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Architectural Digest looks at why travelers to Japan should head to the Setouchi region. From art museums to manicured gardens and Shinto shrines, it is an area of inspiration and relaxation. 

Gratuitous self-promotion

Bonnie Brown's award winning Blooming 'Brella's are selling like syrup-laden hotcakes, and news has it that there is less than one hundred left. So whether you're a selfish lover of design and want your own, or you're looking for a unique gift for family, friends, staff or clients, you'd better move fast and get your name on the pre-order list. These things will undoubtedly be worth millions one day. Don't live a lifetime of regret.

Plastic less purchasing

Idealog's sister title The Register recently held its Hotlist Awards. The judges chose James Denton from package-less grocery brand GoodFor as the winner of 'retail visionary'. It’s clear the New Zealand market was ready for a high-end, wellness-focused, plastic-free interpretation of Bin Inn’s core concept. And with the announcement by the Government last week of a plastic bag ban, that vision has become even clearer. 

A day in the life, brought to you by Hummingbird

Dr Delwyn Moller is a prominent earth scientist, former NASA scientist, and current director of research at the Centre for Space Science Technology in Alexandra, New Zealand. Her ground-breaking work developing state-of-the-art earth and environmental radar imaging technology has played a massive role in advancing global understanding of climate change, including enabling new and advanced areas of study around ice sheets, glaciers and rising sea levels. In June, this work was acknowledged with a Kea World Class New Zealand Award, which honours Kiwis doing incredible things on the world stage. Here's how she gets through the day, how she organises her time and how she handles the madness of business.