Mike Hutcheson

Budget wins and losses: Industry players react to the world's first Wellbeing Budget

Wellbeing Month

Budget wins and losses: Industry players react to the world's first Wellbeing Budget

After an eventful week, the government finally debuted what The New York Times has called 'New Zealand's next liberal milestone': the 2019 Wellbeing Budget, the first of its kind where spending is guided by what best encourages the wellbeing of the country's citizens, rather than just economic prosperity. We reached out to a range of industry players and asked them what the most important issue the budget tackled was, as well as where there was room for improvement. Here's what The Icehouse's Andy Hamilton, The Ground Breaking Podcast's Eli Smit, Swaytech's Bob Pinchin, education futurist Claire Amos, The Workshop's Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw and more had to say.

Creativity Month

Business is an inherently creative pursuit: ideas are had, actions are taken, experiments are conducted, failures occur, and the cycle continues. But while cultivating a great idea is one thing, how do you ensure the idea has legs to be commercialised? We sat down with advertising legend, Mike Hutcheson, to figure out just that.

Data don't lie

If Friday's attacks on two mosques proved anything, it's that one senseless act can leave a nation in despair. But what does the data tell us about human's ability to feel or commit acts of love, versus acts of hate? AUT professor Mike Hutcheson reflects on a Twitter experiment carried out years ago that measured just this – and says there's hope for us yet.

Arts smarts

There’s lots of ways to make a living as a creative, but often the focus is on the two main ways to do so: either by working as an artist, or by working in arts-adjacent roles. But according to Mike Hutcheson, adjunct professor at Auckland University of Technology, formerly one of New Zealand's leading ad executives and a mentor for TBI's Mentoring in the Arts programme, there’s a third way: applying your arts skills in a commercial context.

Year in Review 2016, brought to you by Kiwibank

In the latest edition of our series asking some of Aotearoa's best-known businesspeople and visionaries to take a step back and offer their insights on how the past year has gone and how the future might unfold, we chat with ICG director, former managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi NZ (and all-round all-rounder) Mike Hutcheson.

Vodafone xone innovators series

To mark the arrival of the Vodafone xone business accelerator, Idealog is interviewing a whole heap of established New Zealand innovators, as well as the founders of the 10 startups selected by Vodafone to receive mentorship, funding and the potential benefits of working with a global network. In this episode ICG director, former managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi NZ (and all-round all-rounder) Mike Hutcheson talks with Idealog's publisher and editorial director, Ben Fahy.


In a just-released 30-minute video, former Saatchis boss Mike Hutcheson examines how the Kiwi attitude both produces innovation and mitigates against its commercialisation.