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The Kiwi innovation space is starting to look awfully crowded

Is it just me, or is the innovation/commercialisation space looking awfully crowded and confused these days? Sure, we like to think we're (NZ Inc) inventive and entrepreneurial. But there seem to be more entities out there offering innovation (and I shudder to use the term) advice, funding and connections than there are companies with good ... Keep Reading


Good engineering matters: A lot

One of the clearest memories from my first offshore race was waking up to the sight of deck beams bending and twisting as our raceboat punched its way into a gale. Later on, someone said: "That's what happens when you go sailing on a Janola bottle." That was way too long ago for me to admit to anything resembling an exact date. You've... Keep Reading


Re-arranging science funding's deck chairs

Well, I guess you can't have too many science funding bodies... An alert colleague pointed out a GETS call for applications for - Capability in Independent Research Organisations Funding. (GETS Reference: 41196). This fund is aimed at non-Crown Research Institutes, 'which hold significant research capabilities supporting national outcomes in... Keep Reading


Collective Impact Conference 2014

Across our country, there are too many communities faced with multidimensional and entrenched social issues. Our social system has typically responded to complex social problems with isolated or uncoordinated programs working towards different outcomes. Despite the great efforts and resources dedicated to social change in these communities to... Keep Reading


D'you know Arduino?

Arduino is a system of electronic bits and pieces you can assemble into software-controlled gadgets such as musical instruments, car accessories, computer peripherals... you can even find plans on line for an Arduino-based laser cutter. Like Meccano or Lego, Arduino is available as complete sets, or you can buy the p... Keep Reading


'Fire engine envy' + time = sales

Fire engine envy. No, I never knew that such a condition existed, though it kinda makes sense if you happen to be involved in the fire fighting business. But fire engine envy is one of many factors that's assisted Lower Hutt's Fraser Engineering into a pre-eminent position as an Australasian manufacturer of such tenders. Speaking at a recent... Keep Reading


Fraser Engineering; a billion dollar company in the making

Well, you can't accuse Hutt Valley-based Fraser Engineering of lacking ambition. Speaking at a recent Technology Valley get-together, general manager Martin Simpson says it wants to be a billion dollar company. The 60 year old private company with 100 designers, engineers and fabrication and production specialists has tweaked what it makes a... Keep Reading


Engaging Parents


Embedded into the Partnering with Parents philosophy is the belief that we need more confident parents, not ones who feel their experience or knowledge is inferior; that the family is the most important support group for the child and that the child learns best when their family and teachers work in partnership to support the child's... Keep Reading

Author: Laree Taula, Sunday 16 March 2014, 12:41 pm


Local Feature Film Eternity to screen in three cities in China & Lucerne

Local Feature Film Eternity to Screen in Three Cities in China & Lucerne Eternity, the feature film by New Zealand director Alex Galvin, has been officially selected as one of five feature films selected for the 2014 New Zealand Film Festival in the People's Republic of China which is to take place between 24 April and 12 May in Bei... Keep Reading


How long will it take for the Wynyard Precinct to hit its straps?

Well, let's see how Auckland's new Innovation Precinct, Wynyard Precinct (it appears to have at least a couple of names) get's up and going. It has been one of those long time in coming projects - and now we'll see if the deliberate talk of setting up an innovation hub to attempt to be a baby Silicon Valley can be pulled off. Making it a... Keep Reading


Legal Considerations for Doing Business with China

With more and more New Zealand businesses considering doing business with China, it is very important for them to step out in the right direction from a legal perspective given there are significant differences in the laws between NZ and P.R. China. This workshop will look at the common issues and fallacies to avoid when signing with distributors.. Keep Reading


Growth boosts company profits

New Zealand's rapidly growing economy has resulted in a big boost in corporate profits. First NZ Capital found that 60% of listed NZ companies had profit growth of more than 3% in the latest earning season, and of those, nearly three quarters reported double digit increases. The investment bank says optimism about the coming year also... Keep Reading


Driver of Callaghan accelerator services to put pedal to the metal?

We'll make the assumption that Callaghan Innovation's new GM of Accelerator Services isn't there for the money. Chris Somogyi's come relatively unannounced to the crown entity whose role is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by NZ firms. Softly, softly is possibly how the American, recently from Seattle may do things - lie... Keep Reading


Minimum wage rise

The minimum wage goes up shortly by 50 cents an hour. This must be good news for someone, but I suspect not much for those struggling to survive on that level of income. Even Mr Key concedes that it is hard to live on that sort of income. The other problem that government has got is that they don't seem to be getting as much in tax as they... Keep Reading


GDP is Rubbish

Whenever a country's economy is considered, the GDP is the bench mark by which it is measured. Why are limitations of this measure not mentioned from time to time to remind politicians and policy makers that there are equally important things to consider when they look at a country's well-being. Keep Reading

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