Stuff That Matters Now

Ian ‘Harv’ Harvey, founder of Collective Intelligence, talks to a bunch of really cool New Zealanders about the hard stuff, the fun stuff, and the epic stuff-ups that have shaped how they go about making the world a better place.


All are members of Collective Intelligence, a unique membership-based leadership development community that helps curious people evolve and become more courageous.


Podcast production supported by the great team at Te Awanga Estate.

12 Rod Oram: International Business Journalist

February 2020

The first in a series of annual interviews with acclaimed business journalist and deep thinker, Rod Oram, aimed at sharing his insights into what’s going on in the world right now. We started our interview with a great plan, deviated from the plan but then ended up with a really profound and succinct outcome. Rod is such a fascinating man and I came away with a real sense of what humanity needs to do to prosper.

Rod is still trying to figure out which of our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) wines is to his liking. Tough choice!

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11 Kendall Flutey: Banqer Co-Founder

January 2020

You head off to University, pass all the exams, get a flash wardrobe and get a job as an accountant in Wellington. Boom. But if you’re Kendall Flutey, you then question if this is you, opt out, and then drastically rewrite your life script. The result? Banqer. A tech-based business that teaches kids financial literacy. Kendall’s vision and very talented team of ‘doers’ who deliver this epic program to schools lead to her becoming Young New Zealander of the Year in 2019. Not bad for a ‘failed’ accountant!

Kendall opted for our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) 2016 ‘Red Planet’ Pinot Noir. Great choice!

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10 Tim Jones: The Grow Good Guy & B Corp Ambassador

January 2020

A young Tim Jones discovered he wasn’t suited to joining the British Army and killing people, so what else could he do? Quite a lot it seems, including being a bloody good surgical prosthetics salesman. His problem was that he had values. Questions nagged at him, ‘maybe I’m not in the right job?’ and ‘there must be more to life than making money?’. So Tim recast himself as ‘The Grow Good Guy’ and he’s one of the reasons that Aotearoa-New Zealand is one of the fastest growing B Corp communities in the world.

Tim chose our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) 2015 Pinot Noir. Nice.

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9 Rumi Shivaz: Managing Director, Midas Infomedia

January 2020

What is it like to come to a new country and a new culture with English as your third language? What drove a young Rumi Shivaz to leave war-torn Sri Lanka as a highly-trained IT professional and head to Aotearoa? What kept him motivated to slog his way back up the career ladder in his adopted country? In this episode I’m stoked to be able to explore Rumi’s life-journey with him and find out what he’s working on in his company Midas Infomedia

Rumi is a lovely man with a huge heart who has confronted head-on many barriers, both external and internal, during his career. I feel very fortunate to have met this unique character.

Rumi chose our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate) 2016 ‘The Banger’ Cabernet Sav/Syrah. Excellent choice! 

*Please note: in this interview, mental health and suicide topics are discussed. The NZ Mental Health Foundation website has a list of resources/helplines if you are worried about someone or need help yourself.

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8 Emily Blythe: CEO, Limpidity

December 2019

This episode is the ‘pre-Emily-being-famous’ podcast. Why? It’s not every day you get to hear a rising star before they are widely recognised. I think we’ll be recording a post-fame follow-up with her very soon!

Emily’s start-up, Limpidity, is tackling the problem of fog dispersal at airports to reduce fog-related disruptions. I first heard Emily speak to a group of young entrepreneurs at a start-up gig in Auckland. I was impressed with her clarity and how she projected her ideas and offered her a Collective Intelligence three-year scholarship. She’s very humble and epitomises what is so cool with this new generation of young entrepreneurs.

Emily opted for a wicked chocolate thank-you from our series sponsors, Te Awanga Estate.

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7 Che Wilson: President, NZ Māori Party

November 2019

Che Wilson is not only an experienced Treaty of Waitangi negotiator, former pou ārahi (CEO) of his Iwi, Ngāti Rangi, and now president of the New Zealand Māori Party, he is also a very knowledgeable and informed historian.

If you want to understand more about where Aotearoa is at from a Māori perspective, then this episode is a must-listen. Che is a former Collective Intelligence member and I have learnt so much from him over the years – this chat being yet another enjoyable learning occasion for me.

Che’s been traversing the globe in recent weeks and not yet had the chance to choose which of our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate), product is to his liking!

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6 Melissa Jenner: Founder, START NOW

November 2019

How often do you get to have a chat with someone who survived the collapse of the Twin Towers? It was a first for me, and a great privilege to share this aspect of Melissa Jenner‘s story with you.

Experiencing such a life-changing event helped Melissa refocus her career and her own life. Through her company, START NOW, she now helps professionals and organisations gain greater purpose and unlock the value and enjoyment in their work.

Melissa chose our sponsor’s Te Awanga Estate Syrah 2017. Superb!

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5 Ballard Pritchett: Sage Developer of Teams

October 2019

It’s not often you get a chance to chat with someone with so much international experience in academia and business.

Of all the places Ballard Pritchett and his wife could have chosen to live when emigrating from the United States, they chose Timaru. Lucky Timaru has been the recipient of Ballard’s brilliant influence ever since, thanks to his work with the local DHB building leadership teams.

I was fascinated to hear what he was up to and how his work is having an impact. His Collective Intelligence team has helped him evolve his new life in Aotearoa, and he gives us some real insight into what this sort of support has entailed.

Ballard is still trying to figure out which of our sponsor’s (Te Awanga Estate), wines is to his liking. It’s a tough choice!

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4 Anna Guenther: Chief Bubble-Blower, PledgeMe

October 2019

I first heard Anna Guenther speak at a TED talk in Wellington back in 2012. She introduced the idea that crowdfunding was going to change the world and, as I’d never heard of crowdfunding, I was intrigued as to how it was going to do this.

Anna was then, and still is, a powerhouse of energy and passion to do what she thinks is right. We often don’t agree and that’s cool (well for me anyway!), but I have immense respect for her.

She was one of Collective Intelligence’s first scholarship recipients and used this opportunity to great effect, her team helping her mould PledgeMe into the success it is today.

Anna’s Te Awanga Estate wine choice is on standby for her to enjoy with us when she’s next back across the ditch from her base in Brisbane.

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3 Anake Goodall: Global thinker and change-maker

September 2019

From Southland-born kid with the world stacked up against him, to freezing worker, to Harvard graduate and CEO of Ngāi Tahu and beyond, Anake Goodall’s career has been as varied as his interests.

Attracted to good people grappling with wicked problems, Anake has overcome multiple challenges in his own life. “I’m a medical experiment” he quips, “and I’ve got the great fortune of being a successful one”.

This is a rare glimpse into Anake’s life and work. Incredibly wise and articulate, he’s not one for telling his story in public, so I’m extremely privileged and stoked to have been granted time in front of the mic with him. A strong advocate for the power of individual, for, in his words, “we’re all it – we’re the people we’re waiting for”, this is an inspiring listen.

Anake opted for a chocolate thank-you from our series sponsors, Te Awanga Estate.

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2 Gemma Major: Seed Waikato Co-Founder

September 2019

Gemma Major is the very worthy 2018 recipient of our Eva Gluyas Scholarship, The award criteria were simple. The winner had to be a brave woman who was into designing and implementing some cool stuff aimed at creating a better world. Gemma rose above some very stiff competition and fitted these criteria beautifully. Eva would have approved.

I got to interview Gemma just two days before she went on maternity leave with her first baby. What has Gemma created that is so cool? Seed Waikato, a registered charity with a dream to see young people thrive in the Waikato. Led by millennial’s, for millennial’s, Seed creates epic experiences and opportunities for young people to connect and grow. And Gemma’s bravery? Well have a listen and you will understand.

Gemma chose the Te Awanga Estate Pinot Noir – for a time when she can celebrate!

*Please note: in this interview, mental health and suicide topics are discussed. The NZ Mental Health Foundation website has a list of resources/helplines if you are worried about someone or need help yourself.

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1 Rich Alderton: High-Performance Change Specialist

September 2019

In this first episode, I chat with UK-based high-performance change specialist, Rich Alderton. Rich has a wealth of experience in the global corporate sector, and has crafted a business that delivers a high-performance change programme for companies in a very unique and effective way.

He has lashings of that lovely English humour that we are fond of in Aotearoa and a big heart to go with the smarts. I snaffled him for an interview just as he stepped off a long-haul international flight. He was on his way to his Collective Intelligence team meeting that he returns to NZ for every few months (now that’s dedication to our Collective Intelligence community for you).

Rich chose our sponsor’s Te Awanga Estate Syrah 2017. Can’t go wrong with that choice!

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0 Ian Harvey: Collective Intelligence Founder

September 2019

In this, Episode 0, I (Ian Harvey) share a little of my motivation for setting up ‘Stuff that Matters Now’, and give you a taster of what to expect when you plug in the headphones.

The issues the world is facing now are not going to be solved by just a few famous people, but by everyday people doing something different, e.v.e.r.y day. Those are the people I wanted to interview, the people that make up our Collective Intelligence community, the people who are out there doing stuff that matters RIGHT now…

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