Will Bowman


Over two days from 12 August, Semi-Permanent will descend on New Zealand for the 14th consecutive year, bringing together a curated series of panels, discussions, networking, and parties for the creative industries. We spoke to Simon Velvin about the Semi-Permanent events and the effect that creative sectors have had on the wider business community. PLUS: win a double pass!

Sk8 or die

Marlborough-based makers-of-beautiful-things The Paper Rain Project cruised though their Kickstarter campaign target in the hope of keeping up with demand for their locally inspired, sourced, and produced goodies.

Wish we'd thought of that

The 2016 round of the New Zealand Innovation Awards is open for entries so if you've got an amazing product, service or venture—or you know someone with a great idea who needs to be shoulder-tapped—now's the time to tell your story. And to get you thinking about entering—and to do as we always do and celebrate innovation of all stripes—we'll be showing our jealousy and regularly showcasing the best and/or wackiest ideas we come across. Next up, some of the more interesting ideas that could fit into the health and science category.

Recipe for success

Chocolate is one of those omnipresent and adored culinary delights we’re very fortunate to enjoy as humans. It’s also increasingly subject to a lot of bad press surrounding how it’s grown, by who, and the treatment of the people that do. Kiwi company Wellington Chocolate Factory is doing its best to improve the world of chocolate and educate consumers at the same time.


Visa has been relatively dormant in the tech-driven payment space for a few years. Although its 2007 introduction of Visa payWave, using RFID technology, was a great step, the likes of Apple Pay and Google Wallet have more effectively improved the classic payment pain point. Visa does have a solution, though, and it wants local tech wizards to help make it happen.