Archive for Local Economic Development

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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A way forward to solve climate change issues

I came across this video in my news reading this morning and it struck a chord with me.  An emotional chord, not a musical one. And having written a number of times on the urgency of climate change and the lack of action by those…

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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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Planning for Climate Change

Our cows danced a jig in the paddock, leaving their calves looking on, seemingly bemused.  The sheep put their head and shoulders in to their shelters but left their rear ends exposed, perhaps to secure the benefits without having to face it head on. After…

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Unitary Plan delivers rules & culture, lacks resilience

Last week we looked at Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan and asked: how do we determine whether it works for the people of the city? One approach to looking at how the plan works, was to search the plan for matters affecting individual properties. As…

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Managed Spectrum Park as the Wireless Commons

I have long argued that the digital divide is less about access to computers and the Internet, and more about access to high speed broadband services.  Defined by government policy, the new digital divide is between urban and rural broadband users. That divide is now…

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The Wireless Commons and political resolve

Last week I introduced ‘The Commons’ as a potential means to address man-made problems like climate change, financial crises and high energy prices. The Commons was originally about access to and use of the environment, including forests, the atmosphere, rivers, fisheries or grazing lands.  These…

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The opportunity of The Commons.

The Commons.  A concept from a less egalitarian era but one that has returned to prominence in a time when our society seems bedeviled by man-made problems. Does an approach based on the principle of the Commons provide an opportunity to solve issues like climate…

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