Business & Finance

Idealog Issue 67

Idealog is New Zealand’s premier business magazine – with a twist. Idealog is all about providing insights and ideas for forward thinking executives. Awarded ’Best Business Magazine’ five years in a row, Idealog is aimed at passionate innovators and thought leaders who want to reimagine how we all do business.

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in this issue

3 min.
a coming of age

I first had an inkling I might end up forging a career in magazines when I took an internship with Idealog in 2014. I was in my last year of university and after being shipped out to regional newspapers and covering many a dull council stoush, Idealog felt like a breath of fresh air. I was out talking to entrepreneurs and creatives and being inspired by progressive ideas that might change New Zealand, and even the world. Four years have passed and despite countless doom-and-gloom predictions, Idealog’s outlook remains the same. We’ve continued to explore the intersection between culture and business and champion the country’s game-changers, and we’re optimistic about where all this might lead us. And this leads us to the theme of the Design Issue: identity. Who are we as…

4 min.
feast your eyes

In his own words, Jake Feast can’t paint a pretty picture to save himself, but he can do some pretty incredible things when given a blank canvas, some chemicals and spray paint. The up-and-coming artist makes resin pieces that are growing in profile online and in galleries, but if it wasn’t for being a troublesome student, Feast may not have ended up in art at all. After being kicked out of business studies at Rosmini College, Feast ended up being placed in an art class and discovered he had natural talent. Feast worked in the film industry after college, and was inspired to pick up a paintbrush again after being exposed to different artists, creatives and sources for props and materials. To be good with resin is problem-shooting it. There’s so many issues that…

1 min.
carving an identity

For the 2018 Design Issue, we wanted to explore New Zealand’s national identity and the ways it is interpreted through different forms of design. So, we reached out to renowned craftsman, sculptor and design educator Carin Wilson and asked if he wanted to interpret Aotearoa’s identity and its ties to our indigenous culture through a carving for our cover. Wilson is a former president and fellow of the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand, was the founding chair of Ngā Aho and is an honorary holder of Toi Iho, the quality mark for Māori Arts. The son of a Māori father and Italian mother, he often works on public and private projects with a cultural focus. His carving for Idealog’s cover is made from recycled puriri and white maire timber wood from a demolished house.…

4 min.
david dear

By day (and the occasional night) David Downs is general manager, services, at NZTE. Last year, he released a book with Dr Michelle Dickinson on New Zealand technology called No.8 Recharged and he has spent the last few months in the US battling cancer (he recently had some very good news to share about the results of his experimental treatment). Is there such a thing as a New Zealand design story? Does it even matter? Dubious Doug Dear Doug, Let’s answer the second question first: it matters if we make it matter, and we would want it to matter if it was to our advantage. So the real question is: ‘Would having a New Zealand design story be an advantage?’ To me, the answer is yes. I’ve talked before about the fact that I see…

5 min.
humble bee

It’s no secret that human kind’s fixation with plastic is costing the planet greatly. The rate at which plastic is ending up in oceans has been dubbed a ‘planetary crisis’ by the United Nations Oceans chief, while the EU plans to ensure that every piece of packaging in the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030. In New Zealand, Colmar Brunton’s Better Futures 2017 research found that build-up of plastic in the environment is the fifth biggest concern Kiwis are facing. But Veronica Stevenson believes she may hold the key with her biotech start-up born out of Wellington, Humble Bee. Stevenson has a background in reproductive anatomy and structural biology, as well as a Masters in science communication. The idea for Humble Bee was inspired by a line she read in a…

4 min.
no ugly

In 2018, casting a glance around the world can be a bit disheartening. There’s global leaders who espouse racist, offensive views, companies with corrupt practices and food and beverages being created with some nasty ingredients in the mix. Enter No Ugly wellness tonic. Its founders, Auckland-based Aaron Taylor and partner Jo, have worked in the advertising sector for more than 20 years, working on clients that span from banks to beer, and from fashion to food. They’d noticed the rise of the conscious, health-minded consumer: a growing group of shoppers who were cutting out products, ingredients, behaviours or beliefs that didn’t align with their own values and were negatively impacting on them or the planet. “We felt there was something interesting about a brand that became the clarion call for people who rejected…