Monthly archive for July2013

Intelligent communities as a means to economic development

According to the organisers of the Intelligent Communities Awards, the world’s Intelligent Communities “…have a consistent track record of better job creation, attracting more investment and dealing with the shift to the internet based economy…” The organisers are the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a US-based…

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Seminars a window on small block potential

The smallBlock Sunday Seminar held last Sunday in the Waiau Pa community hall was an outstanding success. The seminar addressed stakeholder interests and wider issues around communities, local economic development and rural living. For the organisers, the Franklin Branch of the New Zealand Tree Crops…

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Get more from your small lifestyle block.

The Waikato Times headlines this Tuesday morning included a piece about the Waikato “leading a general national upswing in farm sale volumes”. It seems that the Franklin area is being affected by a new confidence in demand for farm and lifestyle block properties.   Perhaps…

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Dear Ms Adams…

Innovation.  Oft touted as our path to economic salvation, innovation has been prominent in the news this winter.  But usually it is in the context of national economics, or science, or big businesses. Too rarely do we see innovation mentioned as a means of directly…

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Cheaper better faster satellite promise

Hard on the heels of Google’s Project Loon comes the O3b network. And just like Project Loon, it is focused on the billions around the globe, including New Zealand’s remote rural people, who do not have internet access.  Which is where the name comes from…

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