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Who let the dogs in
Opening amongst the bustling, eclectic mix of residents of Wellington’s iconic Cuba Street, Black Dog Brewery is moving into a new “kennel.” But there’s a whole lot more to it than just moving to a new location.
New Zealand’s “greenest” apartment building has opened - and doesn't have a single private car park. Here’s a look at what makes it environmentally-friendly.
About some boats
Design my life
One person's junk...
Same drop, different name
A new campaign by Rogue Society Gin declares they have ‘made a name for themselves’ and the New Zealand company doesn’t just mean figuratively. After an international scuffle with an American brewing company that had a beer called 'Rogue', the company has rebranded to be Scapegrace Dry Gin to better promote its product overseas.
Climate Week, brought to you by Kiwibank
Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines. So, in a regular section in print called Can We Fix It? and in a series of online pop-up sections throughout the year – Idealog and Kiwibank will 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. First up, the existential threat that is Climate Change.
Retail realities or possibilities
One person's printing error...
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.View articles (32)
The best sci-fi stories tend to focus on the battle between humanity and technology and the scenes they create in our imaginations are often close enough to the present to make you feel slightly uncomfortable about what the future might hold. For our Technology Issue, we asked some talented friends of the Idealog family to examine the role technology might play in our lives. We hope their stories get you thinking.View articles (4)
When Captain James Cook first laid eyes on the shores of Tauranga in the 1700s, he aptly named the town the ‘Bay of Plenty’ in reference to the many villages and bountiful produce he could see from on board the Endeavour. And there's still plenty on offer. In this series, Idealog showcases some of the forward-thinking people and businesses that are playing a part in helping craft the city’s future.View articles (9)
From drone technology to electric farm bikes and computer graphics, from space-age umbrellas to fitness trackers and the world's leading DJ software, New Zealand developers, entrepreneurs and companies are winning in areas where no one thought we could even compete. In this extract from No. 8 Recharged, the follow-up to the successful No. 8 Rewired, David Downs & Dr. Michelle Dickinson show how the creative thinking that New Zealand has become renowned for is being expanded and improved.View articles (5)
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.View articles (22)
Idealog chats with the movers, shakers, visionaries and future captains of industry about the year that was and the years that could be.View articles (15)
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.View articles (6)
While there have been numerous positives to be born from the creation of the internet, it's also had dangerous effects on the human population. From the influence of algorithms run by companies that hold enormous power, to the increasing threat of cybercrime, to the mental health of tech entrepreneurs, to signs of digital addiction among the general populace, to the lack of diversity in tech – technology's not all just beer and skittles. We give the digital revolution a reality check.View articles (2)
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.View articles (4)
A day in the life
Sheep to tree
Have you ever wondered why shoes don’t grow on trees? Well the team behind AllBirds did, their curiosity leading the company to ‘branch out’ with their new shoe collection made from eucalyptus pulp.
Iconic coffee company Kōkako has a new HQ – and refreshed brand identity to match. But that’s not even the biggest change: it also has a new name – one that better helps recognise the Māori culture as Aotearoa’s original culture.
Idealog + Insight Creative
Getting staff aligned and focused on the collective vision and purpose requires a very special sort of internal marketing and communication strategy. It takes enormous leadership authenticity and commitment to be successful.
Diversity in design
Sticking with them
A day in the life
The portfolio life doesn’t choose you. You choose the portfolio life. And that’s what serial entrepreneur, angel investor and general over-achiever Josh Comrie has done. This is how he balances everything.
Get to it
Louisa McClure dispenses sage wisdom about taking risks, not waiting, and giving things a go.
A day in the life
Sian Simpson is a dot connector, video creator and globetrotter who helps New Zealand firms take on the world through her role with the Kiwi Landing Pad. Here’s how she copes with her inter-continental schedule.
A day in the life
A day in the life
Hot or cold?
Air New Zealand is currently experiencing turbulence after its 'World's coolest safety video’ launched recently. However, despite the hiss and roar coming from some quarters, social media monitoring tool, Zavy, shows that it’s been a positive outing for Air New Zealand’s Antarctica campaign.
Our friends at Good magazine, in partnership with Ceres Organics, are proud to introduce their inaugural awards celebrating everyday New Zealanders making a positive difference in the world.
Think on it
The end is nigh