March-April 2016

Issue #61, March-April 2016

The inside story on Stolen's $21 million US investment | Why health IT is taking so damn long to find its feet in New Zealand | AUT and Spark's big collaboration focused on finding real solutions to real-world problems | Titanium 3D (From the sides! From the back!) | How to work from anywhere | New Zealand's best artisanal craftsmen | 'Buy it Once', the ultimate guide to buying cool stuff, without buying into mindless consumerism | Plus the best in emerging local talent, small foot-print housing, elevator pitching, world rankings, and ... a TPPA cocktail?


Elevator pitch

To mark it being a gold pin winner at the Best Awards 2016 last Friday, Idealog is republishing this story on Serious Popcorn's Roger Holmes.


The Southland town of Gore was not named after some nasty medical emergency, but after an early Governor of New Zealand, Sir Thomas Gore Browne. Perhaps appropriately given its name, however, the rural hub has developed an unexpected reputation as an early adopter of health IT and technology.


Our government spends billions on health every year. The cloud gives us access to our data from almost anywhere. Mobile devices and wearables have given rise to the ‘quantified self’. So why is it that health IT is taking the scenic route to its destination? Catherine Murray books in for a check-up.


Idealog featured Kendall Flutey, the co-founder of financial capability tool, Banqer, in the emerging talent section of the last issue. Since then, Kiwibank has given more backing to the tool and, through its sponsorship, is paying to put it into 1000 classrooms. Here's how she got to this point.

The Idea Log

Hi, I’m the Idea Log. Did you know wood products are New Zealand’s third biggest export earner? You did? Well, that ruins my intro. Given your surprising knowledge of our industry sectors, you’ll also know that it is a low value commodity. Speaking as a log, it’s also murderous and barbaric. So I’m here to propose a few new high-value ideas to help get our country’s A into GDP.


There’s nothing New Zealand likes more than punching above its weight (although, the question remains, exactly how much does New Zealand weigh? Those mountains and glaciers would surely add some heft). And to punch above said weight and to confirm our suspicions of brilliance, we require independent, foreign validation. Thankfully, a number of recent studies have placed us in the upper echelons. So let your sense of humble superiority swell, fellow Kiwis.

Branded Content

Intellectual property

Fed up with clunky proofing and approvals processes, two Kiwi software experts worked out a way to do it better.

Work from home

Most modern jobs require you to turn up. And that leads to a whole range of issues, from traffic at peaktimes to decreased productivity in distraction-filled open-plan offices. But some are harnessing technology to fight against what they think is an inefficient, antiquated approach. Henry Oliver talks to an executive, a consultant, a solicitor, a manager and a research professor about the pros (and a few cons) of working from anywhere


Max-o-matic, is a Barcelona-based “illustrator of collage and organised chaos”. He combines vintage magazine clippings, paper waves of colour, digital ltering and erratic, often angry illustration, and his collages alternate between delicate beauty and brash social critique. We asked Max-o-matic about his process, collaborating with commercial partners and the collage renaissance on the internet.