Monthly Archives: November 2012

What a problem for ikeGPS…..managing its growth!


The ikeGPS has the world at its feet – so much so it is going to have to carefully decide which of many markets it should attack first. The hand-held device integrates hardware and software and enables anyone from a … Continue reading

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What would responsible pastoralism mean? (A strategic ‘glue’)


My contention is, by branding our method (pasture Harmonies) and taking that through on products to the consumer, NZ Inc would become the global custodians for responsible pastoralism. What would that mean? In one word, ‘glue’. I argue that as … Continue reading

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Callaghan Innovation – time for a concrete and practical illustration of its intent


OK, now that we have the naming of the Advanced Technology Institute out of the way, and its genesis to Callaghan Innovation has been carried out, it’s time to move on from the warm fuzzies. The thinking behind the new … Continue reading

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We all own our agricultural story…..that’s the problem


This post also runs at pasture Harmonies. The trouble is; we all own New Zealand’s agricultural story. That is, the huge collective effort that went into figuring out, developing and improving the soil, pasture and plant/animal interaction that is our … Continue reading

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Personalised time/place knowledge goal of ThunderMaps


Location-based intelligence is one of the up-and-coming applications of all things mobile. Wellington-based startup ThunderMaps reckons it has a solution to a problem – individuals and organisations having geo-knowledge that is valuable to others, but having no practical way of … Continue reading

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Come on ATI, tell us what you’re thinking – please!


Those of us who care about creating more national wealth through better commercialisation, innovation and implementation by leveraging our science capability really want to see the Advanced Technology Institute succeed. The ATI will be, after all, an important stepping stone … Continue reading

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What does our agriculture offer?……..romance and reassurance


I’ll be the first to admit that the frilly, intangible, non-scientific aspects of what and how we produce our agricultural products can be a tricky little number to get your head around. Much of what we’re good at doing as … Continue reading

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Officiating our way to an ATI totally the wrong policy


Now everyone wants to see the Advanced Technology Institute set up and thriving. This ranges from the ATI’s establishment board, to science minister Steven Joyce, to (about to be reformed) IRL, to the CRI and university scientists and commercialisers, to … Continue reading

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Our agriculture’s much more than the sum of its parts


This post also appears at http://www.pastureharmonies.org Too much, arguably all the time, we look at all the individual components of our farm production systems……and beat ourselves up about them. We could use less fertiliser, our use of water isn’t that … Continue reading

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TIN100 again proves it is the meat of an innovation club sandwich


One way to consider the value of the TIN100 report is to consider what things would be like if it didn’t exist. The almost 200 colour page report on the NZ-owned top 100 (well 200 if you count the additional … Continue reading

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