Safety first

If you’ve ever been involved in an emergency in a public space, you’ll know that privacy is often desired for both the person under duress and the first aid responder trying to help. Three Dunedin retail workers had seen it happen all too often, so they’ve created the First Aid Pod – a pop-up tent that provides shelter and all the medical gear necessary to deal with such a situation.

Logging on

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But, just as we did in 2017 with our Block Party experiment, when we sent a whole bunch of Lego to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business and asked them to do something interesting with it, we want to showcase that brilliance in different ways. So, once again, we’ve tapped into the talents of the Idealog community for the 2018 Design Issue 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 to see what they could do. Here's what Isthmus came up with.

Green Rush

Marijuana has been legalised or decriminalised in a number of countries and states and a whole heap of entrepreneurs and savvy marketers have jumped on the hashwagon. In fact, some commodity traders have called marijuana ‘the next coffee’, such is its potential as a consumer good. In New Zealand, it may not be too long before the same thing happens, with those wacky-backy-loving liberals from Labour close to letting medical marijuana through in some form and a number of local go-getters ready to light the fuse and fly high. It seems like a slippery, smoky, skankin’ slope to a free-market free-for-all (and, according to Family First, the inevitable downfall of society). So, given this likely shift, here are some brands that might soon exist.

Who are we?

Sea-faring explorers. Suffrage. Sheep. Fencing wire. ‘Rugby, racing and beer’. New Zealand’s national identity has been linked to a number of things over the years. But the culture is constantly evolving and, in 2018, it feels as if the country has reached a tipping point. We’ve shaken off most of our colonial ties, we’re embracing our multicultural society, we’re working in new industries, we’ve lost our inferiority complex and we’re deciding what path to forge when it comes to big global issues like climate change. Societies aren’t born. They’re made. So, how do we design ours? And are we being bold enough with our policy ideas? Elly Strang takes the pulse of the nation.