A typeface is a collection of fonts, like Helvetica. A font is a single style of a typeface, like Helvetica Bold Italic.
And there are thousands of fonts, beyond the ones we know like comic sans and times new roman.
Kris Sowersby is an expert on fonts. He runs the The Klim Type Foundry in Wellington.
He released his first retail typeface, Feijoa, in 2007. He's received several awareds including being accepted as a member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique Internationale (the second New Zealander to do so) in 2013.