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Green Rush

The medical cannabis industry in New Zealand has taken another tentative step forward, with the first research license granted to Ruatoria-based social enterprise Hikurangi Enterprises. The company says it will now begin building high-tech greenhouses and processing facilities to breed cannabis strains and start conducting trials into New Zealand made medical cannabis products.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Daryl Briggs a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch Aquafortus, which removes water from waste. 

Māori 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.

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.

Opinion

Dan Heyworth is the CEO and founder of Box, the only combined registered architectural practice and registered master builder in New Zealand. Here, he outlines why despite advances forward in 3D printed housing, a shake up to the construction sector isn't imminent – yet. He also explains how the role of architects is changing, and construction companies are now leading the way in innovation.