Monthly Archives: December 2011

Labour lobs science and innovation agenda at National – watch out Steven Joyce!


Among the (little) talk of Labour’s shadow cabinet line-up, one small fact’s escaped general notice. New Opposition leader David Shearer has retained the Science & Innovation portfolio. Excellent. This is the first time since the 1930s that either the Prime … Continue reading

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Take a bow biosciences


A wee while back sticK reported how high tech companies should skite more. The same can be said for our biological industries (which are also of course high tech). Because, better late than never, the 2010 Bioscience Industry Report comes … Continue reading

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Ahoy me hearties; an offshore way around America’s green card requirements?


Partly because they were cheeky enough to ask, and partly because it is such a wild idea, here’s a plug for would-be entrepreneurial pirates. Along similar lines to Radio Hauraki, way back in the 1960s beating the then broadcasting laws … Continue reading

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Stalking horse comments on innovative Auckland – Gluckman


There’s a certain amount of stalking horse-ishness to Sir Peter Gluckman’s recent ‘Auckland conversation’ (formerly known as Mayoral Conversations; speakers of repute). As the chief science advisor, Gluckman’s past kite-flying thoughts on research and other matters have generally preceded government … Continue reading

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Betting on likelihood of future events puts peoples’ money where their mouth is


Some of the challenges of launching a new, useful and innovative internet based product are apparent in the iPredict.co.nz business. Officially launched in 2008, just before that year’s general election, iPredict quantifies what are otherwise qualitative measures. Traders are betting … Continue reading

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Testing business helps prove products’ promises


One way to test the properties of a biological product, such as a honey or native plant extract, is to feed it to an animal or human and measure (hopefully) the results. This takes a fair bit of time, and … Continue reading

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Prime Minister as prime innovator – get going on #13


We probably shouldn’t be surprised that amongst all the next to ‘do’s’ from the incoming National-led government, the one with the greatest potential to be a game changer, has been ignored by most of the media. Issues of teapots are … Continue reading

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