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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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No Loonies here

In a mad mix of speculative research and sky-high inspiration, the trial of a technology that has the potential to change the world, started last week.  Billions of people, including New Zealanders who live in remote rural locations, will benefit if the trial proves its…

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The most significant Fieldays innovation of all

For me, the 2013 Fieldays was the best yet in 45 years of showcasing the finest of New Zealand’s agri-business sectors. The number of people attending Fieldays reflects a growing interest in the exhibits and activities.  Which makes it such a great annual opportunity for…

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Budget 2013: Press Release stakes

Investing $200 million here, a $130 million boost there, multi million dollar recognitions everywhere!  The headlines of press releases around last week’s budget seemed to be focused on growth and opportunities. I will not read the entire 2013 Budget as such.  It’s a rather dry…

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Third world broadband tolerated

Across the globe, people are reaping the benefits of modern telecommunications networks.  But not in New Zealand’s remote rural areas. In Africa, SMS text messaging from mobile phones is helping improve the health, education and economic development outcomes of millions. Governments across Asia, Europe, America…

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Always connected but unshackled from the mains

Do you need to check your Facebook page, Twitter stream or take one last glance at your email inbox before going to bed?  If so, you are one of the 95% of people with a smartphone who use it in the hour before going to…

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