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MARTIN SIMPSON of Fraser Engineering shared himself at the Technology Valley Meetup on 18 March 2014. Kevin Cuby's blog account is posted here>>



WORTH NOTING: Matt Yallop: Iceland and technology. Independent technology advisor and strategist for New Zealand businesses, who spent seven weeks in Iceland in 2012. Originally aired on RNZ Saturday Morning, 27 October 2012. Listen >> 

Why is Technology Valley what it is?

Let’s get real about the Hutt Valley and Wellington region’s economy. By every measure it’s been heading south for at least 20 years. That’s despite any number of “official” attempts to resuscitate it. The Technology Valley approach is different, because when something’s not working... we need to do things differently, right? Keep reading >>

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Good engineering matters: A lot

One of the clearest memories from my first offshore race was waking up to the sight of deck beams bending and twisting as our raceboat punched its way into a gale. Later on, someone said: "That's what happens when you go sailing on a Janola bottle." That was way too long ago for me to admit to anything resembling an exact date. You've... Keep Reading


Re-arranging science funding's deck chairs

Well, I guess you can't have too many science funding bodies... An alert colleague pointed out a GETS call for applications for - Capability in Independent Research Organisations Funding. (GETS Reference: 41196). This fund is aimed at non-Crown Research Institutes, 'which hold significant research capabilities supporting national outcomes in... Keep Reading


Collective Impact Conference 2014

Across our country, there are too many communities faced with multidimensional and entrenched social issues. Our social system has typically responded to complex social problems with isolated or uncoordinated programs working towards different outcomes. Despite the great efforts and resources dedicated to social change in these communities to... Keep Reading


'Fire engine envy' + time = sales

Fire engine envy. No, I never knew that such a condition existed, though it kinda makes sense if you happen to be involved in the fire fighting business. But fire engine envy is one of many factors that's assisted Lower Hutt's Fraser Engineering into a pre-eminent position as an Australasian manufacturer of such tenders. Speaking at a recent... Keep Reading


NZ Innovators Awards 2014

We have a history of innovation in New Zealand - in our communities, our personalities and in our DNA. Our interest and passion to create new things, find new solutions and develop new products and ventures makes us a nation of great kiwi innovators. The New Zealand Innovator Awards, open for entries 12th June 2014, aims to celebrate and... Keep Reading


2014 Porirua Expo

The Porirua Expo is back for 2014 and bigger than ever! More attractions have been added and larger visitor numbers are expected. What the event looks like this year: Main Stadium - Business Expo, Craft Market, Sports Teams/Groups (new) Hobby Groups/Organisations (new) Childrens area/activities, café tables. Foyer/Hallway - Children's... Keep Reading


Fraser Engineering; a billion dollar company in the making

Well, you can't accuse Hutt Valley-based Fraser Engineering of lacking ambition. Speaking at a recent Technology Valley get-together, general manager Martin Simpson says it wants to be a billion dollar company. The 60 year old private company with 100 designers, engineers and fabrication and production specialists has tweaked what it makes a... Keep Reading


Wingate auto manufacturer is driven by passion

Passion was the main them of this month's Technology Valley Meetup. Passion for being the best you can be. Passion for advanced technology. And passion for delighting your customers. Our guest was... Keep Reading


Pre-budget Luncheon with Hon Bill English, Finance Minister

Mr English's pre-Budget speech, just a month before the Budget is delivered, will outline the Government's programme on how to deliver a more competitive economy and achieve a return to fiscal surplus by 2014/15. This annual event is always popular and an opportunity to hear Mr English speak to a business audience about the Government's... Keep Reading


How long will it take for the Wynyard Precinct to hit its straps?

Well, let's see how Auckland's new Innovation Precinct, Wynyard Precinct (it appears to have at least a couple of names) get's up and going. It has been one of those long time in coming projects - and now we'll see if the deliberate talk of setting up an innovation hub to attempt to be a baby Silicon Valley can be pulled off. Making it a... Keep Reading


Driver of Callaghan accelerator services to put pedal to the metal?

We'll make the assumption that Callaghan Innovation's new GM of Accelerator Services isn't there for the money. Chris Somogyi's come relatively unannounced to the crown entity whose role is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by NZ firms. Softly, softly is possibly how the American, recently from Seattle may do things - lie... Keep Reading


Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend Wellington August 2014 will culminate in Sunday night demos... Keep Reading


Finding the fruitful intersection of ideas and organisation

Ultimately this blog is a plug for Stephen Cummings handbook of ways that business can fruitfully marry management and creativity. Along the way it is also an endorsement of the Professor of Management at Victoria University's Business School, and in particular the part he played in what was Industrial Research Ltd's former Leadership... Keep Reading


Exciting economic development opportunities for the Hutt Valley, the region and New Zealand

Over the last two years I have invested much time and effort, together with a great deal of support from the members of the Technology Valley Working Group, with the development of plans to bring a new high-tech industry to New Zealand. The origin of this work began when I was introduced to the owner of US based Trion Technology, Mr Randy... Keep Reading


As I look back how far have we come?

When I was a young schoolboy I lived, together with my parents and three siblings, up on the western hills looking over the Hutt Valley. Most of my free time, during those young and adventure filled days (without television or computers), was spent building either sledges or trolleys on which we used to test our skills without doing any... Keep Reading

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