Justin Tomlinson, a former corporate CTO, is the founder of Delivery Craft, a digital consultancy and advisory company that helped the re-launch of Pottermore, the digital heart of the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling. Here, he questions why New Zealand isn't leading the world in agritech R&D and in all fields where our market size, but physical space, represent an advantage, like energy, food and infrastructure, as well as whether appointing one person as CTO to tackle all this is the right solution.
Taika Waititi, Flight of the Conchords, William Waiirua – New Zealand has a very particular brand of humour when compared to the rest of the world, so how can brands best harness this? TRA head of strategy Colleen Ryan breaks down what's so different about it, and how companies can use it to form an emotional connection with their audiences.
Stuff senior product manager of experience Justine Kotkin has just returned from the Ideas & Innovation Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in San Francisco. Now in its sixth year, The Catalyst Conference attracts a powerhouse audience from every corner of tech. Kotkin shares some thoughts on what she loved, what she learnt, and what Kiwi women in tech should do more of.
Shona Lyon sold her successful businesses and left the corporate world behind and pursue a career in the creative arts by becoming a bronze sculptor at 44-years-old. When no one in New Zealand could teach her the art form, she journeyed further abroad to be privately taught by Martine Vaugel, a master sculptor in France. Here, she writes a letter to her younger self about this career pivot – but also emphasises it's never too late to pursue a creative passion.
In a new series, Vend and OMGTech! founder Vaughan Rowsell discusses designing the future and how we can make New Zealand the innovation centre of the world. In part one, he outlines why the future is all up to the kids – or tomorrow's leaders.
The Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees over 10 years to tackle climate change, enhance natural landscapes and create jobs. Landscape architect Di Lucas says the initiative is a good one, but will require planting the trees in a planned and thoughtful way. Here, she outlines what needs to be done.
The Register and NZ Retail editor and associate publisher Sarah Dunn is a big ol’ geek who got on a waiting list at the library to read Talking to My Daughter about the Economy for free as soon as it came out. When her younger co-workers asked for advice on getting their money under control, she wrote the below.
Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is co-director of The Workshop, a think and do tank that uses values, research, and story to build a more inclusive New Zealand. Here, she explains why poverty is a delicate, intricate issue, like that of a spiderweb – and how New Zealand has to be brave in its approach to tackle it.
Mark Elmore, Fisher & Paykel’s general manager of design, has just returned from EuroCucina FTK – Technology for the Kitchen, the world’s leading showcase for high-end kitchens, held biennially in Milan. Fisher & Paykel exhibited for the first time, presenting its latest products at a 250 square metre standalone exhibition within the Salone de Mobile. Elmore shares some thoughts on what impressed him there, where design is heading, and more of what New Zealand designers need to start doing.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has called climate change this generation's 'nuclear free moment'. Greenpeace communications specialist Sophie Shroder outlines what must change in order to work towards this goal, including investment in renewables, sustainable transport, and regenerative farming.