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Ben Mack

Ben Mack

Digital Editor

Hacking humanity: The New Zealand companies altering life as we know it

Augmented humans

Hacking humanity: The New Zealand companies altering life as we know it

A slew of New Zealand companies are helping us to live longer, healthier lives through biotechnology and are breaking new ground in everything from gene editing, to organ transplanting, to bio-active paints. But what are the implications editing humanity as we know it? And where should we draw the line on how much of ourselves we are ‘hacking’?

Food for thought

Sustainability is something many food businesses are championing these days, but I Love Food Co is pushing sustainability in its products in a variety of new and innovative ways, such as replacing 20 percent of the sugar that would normally be used in its biscuits with date puree – a more sustainable and healthier alternative. We chat with co-founder Maree Glading about the company's latest moves, as well as its sale to Walter & Wild, the New Zealand-based food group owned by Harry and Graeme Hart.

Speak easy

As the proverb says, ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria (“my language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul”). And while there is plenty of attention being placed on our native tongue during Māori Language Week and more willingness to learn the language, the number of people who can hold a conversation in te reo Māori is still declining. Many are looking to new technologies for revitalisation – and in the hope that it could get new speakers on board, too.