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Georgina Harris

Smile wide

Grin Natural, a 100 percent natural New Zealand made toothpaste brand, recently launched a nationwide campaign to help Kiwi kids in need. Idealog spoke with Grin Natural marketing manager Paul Stokes and general manager and co-founder Tara Tan about its eco-friendly toothbrushes and natural toothpaste, how the company came about, and the urgent need to improve the dental health of kids around the country. 

Zipping along

Forest-based, eco-tourism business Rotorua Canopy Tours has gone from strength to strength since it opened in 2012. It recently opened a second tour – an experience that is a step-up in terms of adventure. Idealog spoke with co-founders, James Fitzgerald and Andrew Blackford, about the design of the new course, the importance of conservation and pushing through challenges. 

Media

The Spinoff's founder and managing editor Duncan Greive has gone from two to over 20 employees in just a few years as the "mid-shelf red wine of New Zealand journalism" has grown and evolved. He discusses the whirlwind time the team has had of late after moving into the television realm, launching another new section and doing the grown-up business thing and relocating to a bigger office. 

More than a Koru

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? In the final part of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with Māori designers, educators and architects. 

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? In part three of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with craftsman Carin Wilson and RCG Limited associated director Andy Florkowski and director John Lenihan.

More than a Koru

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? In part two of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with Threaded design editor Kyra Clarke.