Monthly Archives: December 2012

Change by chance, by design or by stealth – Callaghan Innovation’s ‘birth’ far from democratic


Hypothetically speaking, say we’re all on the same page and all wanting more to happen around the innovation space – you know, spend $X here and see a clear $Yreturn there. Say too there’s been a suggestion for an Advanced … Continue reading

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We are the picture that a child draws of a farm


A child draws a picture of a farm. The sun is shining, the water is clean, the animals are happy. A question could be, ‘What is the name of that picture?’ Our farms, done correctly, are that picture. There’s a … Continue reading

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If Callaghan Innovation is the answer – remind me again what was the question?


Well, surely I’m not the only one surprised that what was to be the establishment of an Advanced Technology Institute – or a supercharged IRL – somewhat on the model of Taiwan’s ITRI, is instead going to end up as … Continue reading

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Food & beverage stars for NZ to hitch its wagon to – report


There’s not that many reports you can sit down and study and go – uumm, interesting. But Auckland-based Coriolis has done it (again), and their ‘Investors guide to emerging growth opportunities in NZ food and beverage exports’ is, and I … Continue reading

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If we knew what we were inventing when we figured it out…..we would’ve named it


The concept of rotational grazing has been around for so long now (but only about 60 years really) that we take it for granted. It is ‘just’ the way we do things at the on farm level, and there’s no … Continue reading

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Some worrying disquiet around Callaghan Innovation


From what I gather, it is not only me who has a degree of disquiet about the lengthy and somewhat secretive gestation taking place around Callaghan Innovation (the new moniker for the Advanced Technology Institute). Because part of the unease … Continue reading

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Agricultural R&D – a fantastic legacy and a means to move forward


New Zealand, and its agriculture (systems) owes a heck of a lot to the billions of dollars poured into its research and development over the past 120 years. Our wealth has, literally, been built on sunshine, soil and fresh air … Continue reading

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