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More than a koru, part one: What role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity?

More than a Koru

More than a koru, part one: What role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity?

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 one of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with designer Johnson Witehira.

Climate Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Trees are vital. They help us breathe, they’re fun to climb, give life to wildlife, provide shade at festivals and, as The Drawdown shows, they are also one of the answers to the beast that is climate change. Melanie Seyfort, marketing and communications manager at Trees That Count, speaks to Idealog about the project, its plans to help match supply with demand, and how New Zealanders – from an individual to the largest corporate – can get involved and reduce the country's carbon footprint. 

Idealog + Isthmus

Industrial scale development leaves little room for individual expression. But Vinegar Lane in Ponsonby is a notable exception. Georgina Harris speaks with David Irwin, creative director at Isthmus Group, about the unique project and the concept of ‘collective individuality’.