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Ben Mack

Digital Editor

Best Awards: NZ Police Family Harm App by Smudge

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Best Awards: NZ Police Family Harm App by Smudge

A mobile app designed by Smudge for New Zealand Police helps tackle the single biggest social issue facing New Zealand today: domestic violence. This project was awarded the Public Good Purple Pin award at the most recent 2018 Best Awards.

Best Awards

In Māori culture, taonga are precious treasures that are passed down from generation to generation. The design team at Clemenger BBDO Wellington wondered if it could create a new type of taonga that could carry the stories of children who’d been cared for and thank the carers for their kindness in caring for them. This project was Ngā Aho Award Purple Pin at the 2018 Best Awards.

Best Awards

The first thing to know about creative digital agency Resn is they aren’t just famous in New Zealand. They’re renowned worldwide.But what are we saying? Anyone who knows anything about Aotearoa’s design community already knows what legends they are. Which is why it’s only fitting for global managing director and executive creative director Rik Campbell and Steve Le Marquand to win the John Britten Black Pin at the most recent Best Design Awards – because they are among the very best.

Best Awards

Serious question: is there such thing as a typographic accent? Something that speaks to our Aotearoa-ness and stands out amid a veritable sea of all sorts of typefaces evocative of almost anything and everything? The judges at the 2018 Best Awards decided yes, which is why the Purple Graphic Pin went to Alt Group and Klim Type Foundry for There is no such thing as a New Zealand typeface.

Change is coming

New Zealand’s tech sector is slowly becoming more inclusive, says a new report from MYOB – but there’s much work to be done before true equality is achieved. AUT lecturer and She# founder Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh, University of Auckland engineering student Mikayla Stokes, and MYOB country manager Ingrid Cronin-Knight discuss the achievements, and how we can continue striving forward.

Taking tourism to the world

Tourism may be Aotearoa’s largest export industry these days. Yet despite the many other accelerator programmes operating in New Zealand, there hasn’t been a Lightning Lab Tourism – until now. Here, we look at the six teams taking part in the accelerator, featuring : Road Guru, PowerTrip, Stay Native, Hidden Gems, AirGuides, CHU NZ and Tourism Ticker.

Māori business

Entries for this year’s NZ Hi-Tech Awards close on Monday. Among the highest-profile categories: the Hi-Tech Kamupene Māori o te Tau (Māori Company of the Year). Tech, science and Mātauranga Māori are a powerful force, but as Callaghan Innovation’s Vic Crone and Animation Research’s (and New Zealand Innovator of the Year) Ian Taylor say, greater representation for Māori and Pasifika in science and technology is the real key to the future.