Idealog Year in Review: New Zealand Innovation Council

In the latest edition of our series asking some of Aotearoa's best-known businesspeople and visionaries to take a step back and offer their insights on how the past year has gone ​and how the future might unfold, we chat with Jane Tohill, Louise Webster, Fiona Millar and Andy Blackburn of the New Zealand Innovation Council.

Favourite innovation that isn't yours?

The Pop-Up Globe Auckland…looking forward to the new version in 2017

Clever Kash – I love the idea of this as I never have cash!

Favourite innovation that is yours?

Disrupting ourselves…we will test it, iterate it with you personally in 2017.

Most interesting launch/innovation/trend/thing of the year?

The most interesting launch of the year was deferred to early 2017…the Rocket Lab test from Peter Beck and team from the Mahia launch site.

Lamest launch/innovation/trend/thing of the year?

The Mannequin Challenge…

Tech J…#Innovationismorethantech

Most promising New Zealand company/companies?

Shout out to Sistema

[And] ARANZ Medical are uber-cool


My mum. She rocks.

Every NZ Innovator…you rock!



Best stoush?

No one got hurt in the making of these comments

Your own biggest success?

My children are alive and well!

Being fit and well to enjoy the summer hols. Yay!

What’s the biggest mistake innovators/businesses will make in 2017?

Not believing in themselves enough

What do you expect to see in the next five years? 

The Crowd.

What will be dead in five years?


What should be invented and/or un-invented?

Max Key’s Instagram.

Favourite book/TV show/podcast/album/website/magazine/story/performance enhancing drug of the year?

Stranger Things.



One piece of tech you’d have on a desert island?

Solar powered phone with satellite internet access.

Drone delivery of Whittaker’s Chocolate.

My Kindle.

Will the robots become sentient and kill us all? (asking for a friend)

Trump is a robot stupid…but it’s ok we’re going to impeach it…or reset the empathy settings.

As you’re enjoying the great outdoors this summer, The Kiwibank Conservation Dogs will be out there too, hard at work, giving our nature a future. 

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