Archive for Rural Technologies

A wayward focus

Amy Adams has been the subject of a bit of criticism from me this past month.  Her apparent fixation on putting firms ahead of people in a number of telecommunications issues we face is simply off target. This fixation and her actions in dictating the…

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The TSO: 3 things demand its continuance

In introducing the government’s review of the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO) last week, I was critical of politicians saying one thing and doing another. The day after that article was written, Amy Adams, as Minister of Communications and Information Technology, proved that criticism spot on….

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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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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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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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