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Competition in small markets | The Dismal Science
a firm that is nine times less productive than the best in the same industry can survive in New Zealand. In Denmark, for example, the ratio is reported to be around 1.6 to 3.5. Danish firms that can’t achieve at least a quarter of the productivity of the best firms get killed off quickly.
economics  nz 
september 2013 by gnat
Tech trend a dilemma for schools - National - NZ Herald News
One rural secondary school principal told Dr Sylvester that the school had four families without access to electricity, let alone digital devices.
education  nz 
june 2013 by gnat
Daring to be Different: the Rise and Fall of Auckland Metropolitan College
story of the Auckland alternative high school from 80s and 90s.
education  nz 
may 2013 by gnat
Generic Branding of NZ Wine: from Global Allocator to Global Marketing
In 2004, the industry for the first time exported a greater proportion of its output than it placed on domestic markets (NZWG 2007). In 2007 of its NZ$700 million of exports, 33% went to the UK, 26% to Australia and 25%, to the USA. Exports are dominated by Sauvignon Blanc which made up 74% of the volume in 2007 with the majority of this coming from Marlborough. The continued expansion of exports is heavily reliant on the iconic product – Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It is this brand that has attracted international drinks giants into the New Zealand industry. However, Sauvignon Blanc is not the only success story, with New Zealand becoming increasingly recognised as a producer of both top-class and moderately-priced Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from Central Otago and Martinborough regions are found in top restaurants around the world, whilst Pinot Noirs from Marlborough are prominent in the making of a new market for this wine at premium-super-premium price points.
business  wine  nz 
january 2013 by gnat of Diversity Management(Clute)-Article.pdf
(60ish ppl, Hamilton)

Eight Chinese migrants between the age of 20 and 50 would go back to China for better career
opportunities. Another 10 respondents under forty would move to other western countries (USA, UK, Australia)
either for better higher education or career options. A few of these reported that they might come back for better
early childhood or primary education for their young children.
culture  nz  china 
january 2013 by gnat
The Engaged Web in NZ: 2012
data-filled report from Intergen
nz  numbers 
november 2012 by gnat
Modern Learning Environment - Ministry of Education
"modern learning environment" to the NZ MoE means acoustic, heating, lighting, and air quality standards. Says nothing about open plan, and little beyond "you should think about breakouts".
architecture  education  nz 
may 2012 by gnat
Science in Years 5 to 8: Capable and Competent Teaching (May 2010) - Education Review Office
links to free download of ERO's report on what's working in Y5-8 science. Includes self-review questions and "indicators of capable practice in science"
education  nz  science 
may 2012 by gnat
What successful schools are doing / Educationally powerful partnerships / Homepage - RUIA PARTNERSHIPS
summary of practices, building family/teacher/student partnerships to support learning
education  nz 
may 2012 by gnat
Beheaded for just pieces of silver - World - NZ Herald News
One correspondent in the Sydney Gazette told how he had seen a man carrying a cloth-wrapped bundle under his arm up George St, and asked to see it.

"With perfect indifference as to my feelings and consternation, the man replied it was the head of a New Zealander, which he had purchased from a person lately arrived from that country and that he was going to dispose of it for two guineas to a gentleman who was about to embark for England."

It was a cruel example of supply and demand in a free market.

As Maori discovered they could sell the sacrosanct heads of their enemies for muskets, some - especially among Ngati Toa, Ngapuhi and the tribes of the Far North - put aside their scruples and began producing more heads.

As first they boosted supply by manufacturing excuses to go to war and capture more enemy chiefs; then they began roughly tattooing their slaves, waiting for the scars to heal, beheading them and selling them.

But they created a market glut and prices plummeted.
business  history  nz 
may 2012 by gnat
Connecting the clever farm - Business - NZ Herald News
Connecting the Clever Farm vs. Rural Schools May Miss Out on Broadband
ruralcomputing  nz  from twitter_favs
may 2011 by gnat
Petition Seeks Parliamentary Hearing on Trans-Pacific Partnership Pact « TPP Watch
NZ Petition Seeks Parliamentary Hearing on Trans-Pacific Partnership Pact - awareness is growing
tpp  nz  from twitter_favs
april 2011 by gnat
Path to prosperity lies in technology niches |
Tourism can't provide economic growth
our future lies in niches
economics  nz 
february 2011 by gnat
T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network - Home
Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network aims to provide open source software solutions to community groups who want to use Geographic Information Systems to analyse their data and display the maps on the www.

TERRAIN is a community project, based in Taranaki, supported by community groups and businesses, to improve the understanding of our environment and the ways we interact with it. The project fits with the principles of environmental sustainability and education developed by the Government of New Zealand, and was made possible through the Digital Strategy Fund “Community Partnership Fund 112” during the year 2008 - 2009.
nz  opensource  gis  geo 
june 2009 by gnat » Government Information – does it want to be free?
"ownership" of government information is a thorny question unless you have an ideology that makes it easy ("of course it's not owned by the government, it's taxpayer's information -- we paid for it!" vs "of course it's owned by the government, how else can they justify selling it?").
government  open  data  nz 
june 2009 by gnat
Aussie website joins in Kiwi bashing started by ex-pat bloggers - National - NZ Herald News
NZ Herald has apparently become talkback. Read the blog ... it's hilarious, and true. Note to Kiwis: Auckland *IS* a fucking backwoods hobbittown. Kiwis *do* drive like shit. Most Kiwi beer *does* taste like water.
march 2009 by gnat
Charlotte Badger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
first female settler in NZ: mutineer and pirate
nz  history  people 
march 2009 by gnat
Why is National taking the heat for a problem they did not cause? | Kiwiblog
"It is interesting the breadth of opposition to this law. Many ACT supporters are aghast at the cost to business, the addition of another badly defined regulation. While many Greens and Labour supporters on the left are aghast at the threat to freedom of speech, and innocence until proven guilty."
nz  law  copyright 
february 2009 by gnat
Labour oppose scrapping of Govt internet network | National Business Review (NBR) New Zealand - Business, News, Arts, Media, Share Market and More
there may well be good reasons for scrapping GSN, but "running at a loss" isn't one of them. By that account, buying pencils is a huge loss for the government and they should stop buying pencils. Replace pencils with anything. the q is what benefit came from it.
nz  government  internet  politics 
february 2009 by gnat
The hype about super-fast broadband | Not so fast | The Economist
"When it comes to promoting economic activity, it is easy to see why having broadband is better than not having it, but most benefits are likely to come from wiring people up in the first place rather than making existing connections hum faster. In Japan and South Korea over 40% of households have fibre links capable of blazing speeds, but that does not seem to have resulted in more rapid economic growth, or the emergence of new applications unavailable to consumers with ordinary broadband." Unsure of value of extrapolating from sample size of 2.
nz  internet  politics 
january 2009 by gnat
NZ study challenges world on teaching - New Zealand news on
The best predictor of whether a student will do well in a class is self-reporting, when the student knows exactly how well they are doing and can explain it. (nat notes: feedback loop closed!) Tactics such as letting students take turns to teach the class, and teachers doing post-mortems on their own lessons, are also key.
nz  education 
january 2009 by gnat
2009 Garden - a set on Flickr
I'm blogging the progress of my garden, so you can learn from my mistakes as I make them.
nz  gardening  me 
january 2009 by gnat
Following the IT crowd - Technology - NZ Herald News
I don't remember blaming the US govt for the lack of EveryBlock in NZ, more that the US geospatial industry is big because the US govt was free with its data in a way that NZ hasn't yet been. Otherwise not a bad summary of my ten minute talk with Anthony on the phone.
nz  data  mobile  me  technology 
january 2009 by gnat
InstantAtlas Data Server
Public Health Intelligence
nz  data  open 
december 2008 by gnat
Richard Hulse: A Free and Open Source Audio Player
Radio New Zealand's first open source project: a Javascript-based media player built on jQuery.
web  nz  media  javascript  opensource 
november 2008 by gnat
Keeping robots happy - Features - Taranaki Daily News
VUW Researchers building an autonomous bot that is programmed for frustration and anger.
social  robot  hardware  research  ai  ninetonoon  nz 
october 2008 by gnat
They make multicore CPUs. Otago doing some early work with them.
parallel  nz 
october 2008 by gnat
Why Government should support open and free geospatial data at Gav’s Blog
I don't buy the argument that duplication is bad. I buy the argument that free shitty data isn't as good as free quality data, and the market in NZ is not big enough to make this a business worth protecting, as the repeated near-death of terralink shows. At this point I agree that LINZ ought to have a clearly-defined public-facing mandate for quality data.
geo  nz  open  data 
october 2008 by gnat
Health Information Strategy Advisory Committee
Real bios of me and the other committee-members.
me  nz  health 
october 2008 by gnat
Kiwi spammer confesses | KnowIT
Stupid spammers. "Smits told ONE News they will be filing a defence at the Christchurch court. He says lawyers have told them not to talk to anybody about the case but says they haven’t made anything like the millions of dollars claimed by Internal Affairs."
spam  law  nz  stupid 
october 2008 by gnat
Relative House Price Declines | Stephen Kinsella, Ph.D
NZ is #2. Sucks to be holding a mortgage in Denmark. We've lost more (relatively) than US, Ireland, and Spain -- all notoriously over-inflated property markets.
nz  real  estate 
october 2008 by gnat
3 News > Video > Politics > PM will not be re-instating Winston before election
at 3m21s they start to talk about the new Copyright Act. yay TV3 for chasing this with the prime minister
copyright  nz  law  media 
october 2008 by gnat
The Policy Blog - Matthew Hooton
"Finally, I am very proud that I have looked Peters in the eye and called him a liar, a crook and a fucking cunt. He has been a most evil influence on New Zealand politics since he first began telling lies, scaremongering and attacking minorities in the 1980s. And I also feel a little guilty that I have been able to look him in the eye and tell him the truth when so many other New Zealanders don’t get the same opportunity."
nz  politics 
october 2008 by gnat
Brian Gaynor : NZ also lured by Wall St honey pot - 11 Oct 2008 - NZ Herald: New Zealand Business, Markets, Currency and Personal Finance News
"At the end of August a staggering $90.1 billion of the $126.8 billion of overseas borrowings was either at call or was due to be repaid in 90 days or less. Thus our banks have to refinance up to $90.1 billion of overseas debt before the end of next month. This is at a time when the huge honey pot of global funding has disappeared with many of the once friendly bears now wanting their money back."
nz  finance  economics 
october 2008 by gnat
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