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The Christchurch-based startup making caps from scraps

On this week's Primer, we talk to Offcut founder Adrien Taylor who's company takes fabric scraps destined for landfill and turns them into hats instead.

The job platform for freelancers that let businesses come to you

On this week's Primer, we talk to Erin Harrison, founder of The Freelance Village.

Why Niesh went from a free printing service to an app for student discounts

On this week's Primer, we talk to James Koo, co-founder of student discount and job listings app Niesh.

The online workshop helping startups on the cheap, in a single day

On this week's Primer, we talk to brand strategist James Hurman whose latest venture, Storytech, wants to help small businesses work out their elevator pitch in a single day.

The luxury pre-mixed cocktail company making negronis for the road

On this week's Primer, we talk to the founders of luxury pre-bottled cocktail company J.M.R. Cocktail & Co.

How a Matiere-based swing maker caught a Kardashian’s attention

On this week's Primer, we talk to Solvej (sool-vay) Swings co-founder Jenny Etherington whose business makes sustainable and long-lasting swings for babies and toddlers. 

The Babysitters Club wants to bring spontaneity back into parents’ lives

On this week's Primer, we talk to Georgia Meek, founder of The Babysitters Club, an online agency connecting families with babysitters.

How a local vegan ice cream brand is sweetening the deal for Chinese kids

On this week's Primer, we talk to the co-founder of vegan, low calorie, halal certified ice cream brand WāHiki Creamery which has recently signed a deal to enter the Chinese market. 

Kids are doing big things for the books industry – just ask little Unity

On this week's Primer, we talk to Jo McColl about Unity Books Auckland's new offshoot just down the road: children's bookshop little Unity. 

How a Wellington photo store plans to get more people shooting with film

On this week's Primer, we talk to Sean Aickin whose Wellington photo store Splendid is hoping to revive film photography in today's digital world. 

Self-employed? There’s a platform now that will do your taxes for you

On this week's Primer, we talk to James Fuller whose tech platform, Hnry, takes the admin out of being self-employed.

Beach in summer, Bali in winter: How smoothie bowls gave two friends a dream lifestyle

On this week's Primer, we talk to Alexandra Bell, co-founder of smoothie bowl business Soul Boul.

How Flo is helping feed kids through fashion

On this week's Primer, we talk to the founder of clothing company Flo which donates a free school lunch to a child in need for every product sold. 

The B Corp certified agency driving the biggest campaigns to save the arts

On this week's Primer, we talk Jo Blair from Brown Bread – a marketing and communications agency from Christchurch that focuses on championing the arts, philanthropy and social good. 

Click, scroll, zoom: making 3D printed jewellery with a tech-inspired touch

On this week's Primer, we talk to Human Interface Jewellery founder Amelia Diggle who's melding fashion and technology together to create a new form of ‘wearable tech’.

How does a drink say no to ‘ugly’?

On this week's Primer, we talk to Aaron and Jo Taylor, founders of wellness drink No Ugly.

How Trickle tracks your beer down to every last drop

On this week's Primer, we talk to Adrian Wills, the man behind a technology that manages every aspect of the beer’s lifecycle and flow from keg to customer. 

The Wellington couple making raincoats from plastic bottles

On this week's Primer, we talk to Nick Leckie, co-founder of rainwear company Okewa which is raising money for its newest product line – raincoats made from recycled plastic bottles.

The pureed food restoring appetites to the sick and elderly

On this week's Primer, we talk to co-founder of The Pure Food Co, Sam Bridgewater, whose business makes nutritionally dense and visually appealing food for people who have a hard time eating. 

The Kiwi invention that makes Lego bounce, flex and spring

On this week's Primer, we talk to Mark Stolten, the inventor of flexible, Lego-like brick toy, Flexo.

The walking billboards of Nopesisters

On this week's Primer, we talk to sibling entrepreneurs Brittany and Johanna Cosgrove of Nopesisters, the social enterprise championing 'fashion for a cause'.

How Fresh As is adding crunch to cuisine

On this week's Primer, we talk to Fresh As founder Tommy Roff whose company freeze-dries everything from mandarins and feijoas to liquorice and Red Bull.

Could Zippy the squirrel be New Zealand’s Dora the Explorer?

On this week's Primer, we talk to Abhi Kala of Titan Ideas who's reimagining cross-cultural storytelling through augmented (AR), virtual (VR), and mixed reality (MR) technology.

Glass jars and paper bags: Shopping for food without the plastic

In this week's Primer, we talk to James Denton, owner of plastic-free supermarket GoodFor.

Method Recycling proves that rubbish bin design doesn’t need to be rubbish

This week on The Primer we look at Method Recycling which looks to encourage better waste disposal habits by making beautifully designed rubbish bins for modern workplaces.

The agency tracking social media sentiment in real time

This week on The Primer, we talk to David Bowes, CEO of insights agency Zavy, which helps businesses understand in simple, visual terms what all this social media fuss is about. 

The Kiwi behind the ‘cheaper, faster, more eco-friendly’ alternative to Bitcoin

Craig MacGregor is one of the founding developers of NavCoin, an alternative cryptocurrency that's gaining steam around the world.

The postnatal nurse pushing back on watered-down, nutrient-void baby food

Every week on The Primer we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Little Angels founder Heather Baker.