Matariki magic: meet the businesses embracing New Zealand’s unique New Year

Māori New Year

Matariki magic: meet the businesses embracing New Zealand’s unique New Year

Matariki is the word on every New Zealander’s lips this winter. From Auckland Council’s three-week Matariki festival to Wellington managing to summon a whale into the harbour, naming it Matariki and having to postpone the first annual Matariki fireworks display because of it, people are starting to celebrate the Māori New Year more than ever before. Here's how several local businesses, including ANZ and Isthmus, are marking the occasion.

Logging on

At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our community’s brilliance. But, just as we did in 2017 with our Block Party experiment, when we sent a whole bunch of Lego to some of our favourite humans from the fields of art, design, architecture and creative business and asked them to do something interesting with it, we want to showcase that brilliance in different ways. So, once again, we’ve tapped into the talents of the Idealog community for the 2018 Design Issue and, in honour of our spirit ‘animal’, The Idea Log, we sent a few hunks ‘o wood out to some friends of the Idealog family to see what they could do. Here's what Isthmus came up with.

On yer bike

Isthmus CEO Ralph Johns recently went on a 140km tiki tour of Auckland city via its cycleways and discovered that it is the best way to enjoy a city. Here, he discusses the rise of bicycle urbanism.

Get connected

The modern world was meant to make us more connected. But, increasingly, it seems to be making us unhappier and more isolated. Helen Kerr, a landscape architect, master plan expert and principal at Isthmus, explains how good urban design and compact communities can limit loneliness and increase happiness.

Urban design

Isthmus, the multidisciplinary design studio behind public projects as diverse as Auckland’s planned neighbourhood Hobsonville Point, the development of the New Plymouth foreshore, and the extension of Wellington’s Oriental Bay, release 'Coast. Country. Neighbourhood. City.', an immaculate book showcasing a selection of its work on the occasion of the studio's 27th anniversary.