A hyper-local mobile app which makes Maori myths and legends relevant to a new audience by telling the stories in the places where they originate.
Aotearoa was developed in October 2011, when I realised many of the legends I'd learned growing up where not available online.
Every year an estimated 700,000 overseas visitors use their smartphones while travelling in New Zealand. This app makes it very simple to discover why a place has a certain name and what it’s legendary history is.
Top of New Zealand's political agenda in 2015 was the redesign of our national flag. As our Prime Minister John Key said about the flag referendums; "What price do you put on democracy where people can genuinely have their say on a matter that is actually important?".
I thought if flag design is the only way to grab the attention of our Prime Minister and general public, then I should probably study up on vexillology and learn how to design in vectors. Here are five flag designs, each one highlighting a key political issue that New Zealanders should be aware of.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is an international agreement being negotiated in private, which could damage New Zealand's ability to protect our environment, health and innovation economy. (Source: Itsourfuture.org.nz.) The Union Jack on this flag has been replaced with Stars and Stripes because the agreement would bring NZ closer to America. The stars in the Southern Cross have been replaced with the logos of pharmaceutical, technology, tobacco and entertainment companies that would all benefit from NZ laws being written in favour of them not our citizens.
The silver fern is reflected in a watchful eye in this flag design. During the 2014 election Edward Snowden accused John Key of deceiving the public about mass surveillance of our citizen's. But John assures us it's just not true, or important.
John Key reckons fracking is safe and not causing any issues; "The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment [Dr Jan Wright] gave it a tick of approval in a preliminary report". What Dr Wright actually recommended in the quoted report was tighter regulation on the practise, not ruling out the possibility fracking could cause large earthquakes, like the series of tremors that destroyed much of Christchurch. This flag design represents the beautiful Taranaki countryside being penetrated by fracking equipment.
There are only about 55 Maui dolphins left in the world, making them critically endangered. According the Green party "National policies are allowing dolphin-killing fishing methods, dangerous petroleum exploration and mineral exploration within a Marine Mammal Sanctuary that was implemented to protect the Maui's dolphin." Our beautiful country was once famous for it's clean green image and we used to be guardians of the ocean. This flag represents us giving up on that in favour of commercial interests.