start up industries doing well in canada: candy, confectionary companies. iphone apps. health-care technology. beer, wine, liquor (bulk). software as a service to improve business. home health care. yoga. technical and trade schools. fast casual dining. green building construction. niche public consulting in pr damage control, saving companies money, reducing finanical losses. edu-tech: technology schools and training. temporary staffing firms – flexi work schedules. government services in local governance infrastructure allocation. accounting services. repair services. self improvement products and services including motivational insights industry. energy sector – green tech installations especially.
if in canada, i’d probably do the candy line. best health boosting chocolate eva.
source: inc canada. photo: the best chocolate shop i’ve been to: see’s candies california.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.1.13~
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1. breaking the shackles. towns of real people sustainably planning
trending: “female construction workers with male construction workers”… build me up buttercup uprisings of new cities on the agenda…
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.1.13~
EARTHQUAKES CAUSES, FREQUENCIES, ACCURATE TRACKING SYSTEMS FOR CITY PLANNERS & INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS GUIDANCE
Citizens of New Zealand want to know more of how earthquakes are caused, where and why. You can never be too prepared. The NZH has a tale on that with that vein of thought. Built up cities lose the most, when earthquakes hit a region as infrastructure investment is intensified in cities. (more…)
Culturally fun news: City planning: Should 800 marae in New Zealand get a new water tank each?
Most probably that would be a very sound and overdue idea. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
BRONAGH KEY MEETS SHICHIGAHAMA MAYOR YOSHIO WATANABE – NEW ZEALAND’S PM LAUNCHES NEW TOURISM PROMOTION IN JAPAN & REBUILDING KAWERAU’S ECONOMY AS AN EDUCATION LEARNING-POD CITY
New Zealand-Japan Foreign Affairs News: NZ’s PM John Key toured the Sendai region, which was one of the worst hit by the March 2011 tsunami. The PM will meet with Japan’s PM Yoshihiko Noda.
It is hoped that Japan’s rebuild efforts after the quake, tsunami wipe outs, can help inform a cost-effective rebuild for quake ravaged, Christchurch city in New Zealand too. Corin Dann‘s report can be read here.
NZ has the best sushi ingredients right here in NZ (fish and avocados as well as great wines too) so a solid Trade deal with Japan is expected to be signed between both nations. Japan’s current position on APEC’s TPP situation is: “Japan has previously expressed some interest in the TPP trade group, but as yet has made no formal push to join.”
At the moment most Australians drink Japan owned beer in Australia due to past trading with Japan (under private company purchases). These occurred outside of government styled TPP type deals, so Japan will trade where it sees assets of value for Japan with NZ in the way it has done with Australian asset buy ups, like Fosters beer etc. Currently China is looking at purchasing the outright ownershup stake in NZ company Fisher & Paykel. It is a similar situation to the Japanese buy out of the Aussie beer company supply chain.
Why Japan appeals as a trading nation with NZ: Japan has the third largest economy in Te Ao (the world), (more…)
Senna Kowhai‘s Maori side of the young British Royals whanau (family) tree, is branching out.
Senna’s father is Gary Lewis of Gisborne, East Coast New Zealand. His wife, the lovely Lady Davina have named their young son who was born on May 25th 2012, Tane Mahuta. It is a solid Maori name drawn from ancient Maori mythological culture and legend of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Baby Tane Mahuta is also brother to Ari Lewis, Gary’s son from a previous marriage and as mentioned Senna, now 2. Gary is from a Kiwi shearer family and he has a building company management background. Lady Davina… her family… is pretty famous. :)
The youngest Lewis is twenty-sixth in line to the British throne.
A cute story fusing local and British heritage.
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly specialize in Royal news in New Zealand. Read up at the tabloid’s website.
About the young Royal’s name in Maori mythology: As legend told, “Tāne is the son of Ranginui the sky father and Papatuanuku, the earth mother.
Tāne separates his parents from their marital embrace until his father the sky is high above mother earth. Tāne then sets about clothing his mother with vegetation. The birds and the trees of the forest are regarded as Tāne’s children.”
It’s a story that reminds us of how the living elements of the environment are one family connected between earth and sky in relationship.
Photo caption: Lady Davina, husband Gary Lewis and daughter Senna Kowhai with Autumn, Peter and Savannah Phillips. A Rex features photograph. (more…)
The quickly shifting trade economic winds are what most people in the world must keep an eye on more vigilantly than before.
Thankfully, Martin Allison and Melissa Stokes are on that job today. Allison notes how the iron ore industry in Australia has taken a dip due to the slowing influx of China’s trade as mainland China’s economy plateaus. This in turn has caused the Invercargill aluminium smelter (Rio Tinto) to rethink its game plane at this time too. Job cuts intended to be spread across five years are being bumped up to two months out.
Watch the report for the Kiwi accent on finance. A bit sage-like today.
[In builder's speak in NZ, what this means: Aluminium joinery work in Christhcurch and Auckland City should be happening in the future too as construction happens more across new city planning ventures and existing home improvement portfolios investing more]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.9.12~
Over 3,000 set topics make up Horiwoodblog.Com’s website content. Google’s ranking for “Horiwoodblog” today as a search term lists Christchurch The Garden City as the most read topic today on this website.
Who do I blame for that Christchurch online heat? It’s a Southern take over, literally! Well, Sophie Pascoe, the gold medallist whose just won another gold and her third medal in London in the swimming pool is from Christchurch City is most probably to blame for that. Daniel Carter holding a rugby football cup lives in Christchurch too. Mark Solomon the Maori corporate chief of Ngai Tahu Maori tribe lives in Christchurch. Mark is pretty spesh and Solomon just wowed Pacific Forum leaders in Rarotonga recently with all of the things they can do with fish and entrepreneurial nouse.
And of course local characters who have links to Christchurch like Gerry Brownlee, Lianne Dalziel and NZ’s PM meeting Hilllary Clinton yesterday. All of these people have links to Otautahi, Christchurch City.
How do I feel about that? I can’t say, I always wanted to be a “Christchurch ad” as a blogger! (Just kidding!). Christchurch people are in my heart, as a Kiwi. I left for the USA from Christchurch. It was the most beautiful city to live in. Always romantic in former times.
I think it’s quite cheeky, the South has managed to take over this blog today online though. Jeanette Thomas TV Talk Show gal and Piri Weepu, author and rugby world champion, of Auckland City, also take the no.1 spot with Google’s ranking along with Carter.
Google’s graphic this father’s day 2012 is crayons in orange and purple as a reminder to create & play & get creative at all times. The graphic is a father playing soccer with two kids. Cute. I should be a bit more diligent at covering soccer more on this website. It is the largest single sport in the world in terms of followers and fans. One of the highlights of the Olympics was seeing a Maori cousin represent in soccer at the 2012 Olympic games.
Otautahi Thoughts: Some of us really know what it means to be able to say this. So: What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Live better.
Music: Robbie Williams‘ Better Man. Live at Knebworth.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.9.12~
I wonder how our forests are growing: Canterbury building activity gathering pace.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 29.8.12~
Regaining humaneness mid double-dip recession requires patience reigniting passion choosing freedom to achieve anyway.
~That’s where the majority of New Zealand citizens are at today, I reckon. So, that’s our thought for the day. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. Photo: Fiji, Surfer – National Geographic. 23.8.12~
In brainy Maoris News: Prof. Margaret Mutu of the Ngāti Kahu iwi (Maori tribe) said some stuff recently. Watch.
Te Karere News reported: “Ngāti Kahu has asked the Waitangi Tribunal to invoke rarely-used powers and order the Crown to buy back private land under claim and return it to the tribe. But Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson says the Crown will oppose the move.”
I think these debates are important when New Zealand reaches the point where tsunami impacts of immigration due to climate change’s effects on the lush land of Aotearoa NZ, become more evident.
Unless The Crown were to consider Maori leaders’ views like Prof. Mutu’s on such matters, then NZ would run the risk of burying Maori even further under new layers of pressure, that The Crown may not be giving due consideration to, or planning as robustly against as it should be.
[Music - Stan Walker's music video is a beauty as it shows acres of land, as a concept raising the idea of where agricultural crops could be growing - for our baby panda nations populations of the world].
New Zealand Citizens World News From Aotearoa New Zealand: In New Zealand, we are most concerned about USA’s drought problems, driving up food prices worldwide.
This means that people who live in concrete jungle cities, with no access to a backyard to grow a garden, are very disadvantaged by this news. Held ransom, by the US drought on this issue when shopping.
As too, are the famine stricken nations of the world, we need to be more mindful of.
New Zealand needs to get stuck into agriculture more. We also need a new distribution supply firm (separate to the now German-owned Turners & Growers) to create new supply distribution chains from NZ. Grains, wheat, maybe even maize are what NZ should get more into. Alongwith growing some good stodgey potatoes and kumara (yummy sweet potatoes) to boot. We need to stockpile these crops. The produce should belong to NZ citizens, (our youth should own them), to mediate Peace in the world’s future and reduce wars and blood shed too. It is our children’s futures we all serve, if we are humble enough to actually view it with eyes wide open, looking out to a brighter world where there are dark clouds on our horizons we need to bring light to in our humble yet pivotal New Zealand future, destined to be world-changing people.
Anway, for the latest on the news: Melissa Stokes 12 o’clock news report gives some of our news views in NZ. We’re are a little bit Vincent Ward today with a tragic: vigil watch in New Plymouth. A bit rattled in Hawke’s Bay too. A plume bubbly at Tongariro as well. Busy.
Andrew Allison gives a rough NZX report too. (We’re pretending that NZ is still worried about the Eurozone, when really the bank is in our backyard to grow. We need to be less lazy, do some real work and feed the world). If every politician was allowed out of ‘school’ to spend two days a week in their own provinces, encouraging their home electorate folks to begin this work, NZ would be 100% wealthier in a years time. Kind of, be a cheerleader (or a top coach) of the real people in each province, is what our politicians redeeming qualities are, ahead.
I have a Generation Joseph section on this blog, (created as a blueprint for youth of NZ’s strong future), that addresses that situation from NZ for the world. I like Melissa and Andrew’s reports today. Also of interest is the story of schizophrenia and medical science. In the GFC years or world re-engineering, people wearing ties at banks developed schizophrenic economies. The economies looked like: One for them and another for everyone else. The rise of this disease with suits (that is still prevalent) was best summed up in the American pop anthem, Poker Face many chart hits ago now. So I love that story too. A fav.
And: you can’t go past the world’s “oldest” flash mob dancers either today. Age is nothing but a number, so I admire the humor of our Kiwi grey-power set actors rocking out in this clip too. In their own special way, these outrageous silver hori headed people are creating world history too. Ye-ah!
Live life each day to the fullest is their very groovy message at our 100th medal milestone for NZ. Always have fun is the Auckland City’s Lifemark Homes team‘s inspiring crazy message. “Give it death” they reckon!!! I love them! JH Peace!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.8.12~
Currently in NZ, we have our highest unemployment rates in 18 years. Some good news: MP Paula Bennett is photographed talking to young people in Christchurch City where two construction companies have started to hire.
Fletcher Building (the only outright winner when the government’s zero budget was announced this year) and Hawkins Construction have assisted 86 unemployed Cantabrians into work.
Fantastic. Now we just need the same vibe going on across all cities of NZ too. A good story. More news at the hard hat hammer.
[Photo - Stacey Squires].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.8.12~
On the evening news, the topic of jobs creation came up. Apparently, it hasn’t happened much in the last year.
This means our unemployment rate in New Zealand is the highest it has been in 18 years.
When questioned about it, the government said, the GFC and the Christchurch earthquake were to blame for the poor result in new and robust employment for New Zealand citizens.
My view is this: One – we must look after New Zealand citizens first, put New Zealanders into decent jobs, before we worry about providing for citizens all over the world on the stock market. The latter has been our government’s obsessive focus, more so than creating jobs on the ground, here in NZ. The truth is if we look after New Zealand citizens, then New Zealand citizens are more equipped to help immigrants more. Wealthier new immigrants also need to help NZ citizens more. And New Zealand citizens need to pay poorer new immigrants more. We need to find some balance here. (more…)
TEMUERA MORRISON LAUNCHES TRIBAL CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECT – NGATI WHAKAUE’S 500 TRADE-TRAINING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Maori-Hollywood actor, Mr Temuera Jack Nicolas David Morrison, is working on a tribal building project here in New Zealand.
At grass roots level, our man Tem launched an iwi based trade training scheme in Rotorua today. As a star, he’s building tribal capacity from the grass-roots up.
Morrison’s Maori tribe of Ngāti Whakaue wants at least 500 of its own tradespeople by the year 2020. MP Tariana Turia added her bling to the mix in a story of how New Zealand society has always grown: developing our own talent.
Major builds are ahead. Love this story! Tres real. (more…)
Surviving crocodiles and hippos that set snares was all a part of today’s news. The lovely Pippa Wetzell when reading the news today, shares of Christchurch finally getting a clear plan revealed to rebuild.
NZ’s PM John Keysaid on the news, that it’s envisaged the new city will be “like Melbourne.”
New Zealand’s largest city and biggest economic earner, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland is raising the rates 8%. Mayor Len Brown appears on camera to discuss that the rates hike is a result of merging requirements being fulfilled - nothing to do with the Council’s management of projects.
And for the sake of Israel, the Middle East and the world’s Peace, Mitt Romney gets a profile too with a visit from London to Israel as well.
All of the news from New Zealand can be viewed above.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteraoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.7.12~
Q+A FEEDBACK – SUPERANNUATION. FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. ACCELERATING KEY GROWTH STREAMS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – NEW ZEALAND 2040 & AUCKLAND CITY PLANNING
Superannuation was a hot topic today as well as youth home ownership for first time home owners. PM John Key spoke well on TV live from the National Party convention centre.
In a $50 million earning bracket himself, I was more listening for whether he is in touch with the real needs of majorities of Kiwis. He was more sobre-minded when speaking to cam. Superannuation, needs to and will be addressed.
As yet the urgency has not entirely hit the PM yet, due to his own personal fortunate circumstances acting as a buffer perhaps, though it sounds like he’s working on it with his cabinet too. New Zealand is ageing prematurely, meaning grey power have a lot of say and our population is ageing and also older immigrants love the safe haven nature of NZ too. Is there enough oxygen in the air for youth and young adult culture to have a platform enhancing the future good life of our esteemed grey power set of cool Kiwis? Youth can’t afford to listen all the time to grey power. Yet grey power if they turn and face youth, have the keys to draw out the dream NZ needs for youth and grey power to be secure and have more fun. So, a little investment from grey power into the young, could quite possibly cause young people’s innovative gifts to rise now to the fore. It’s time.
Where are those forums, that can feed back into strategic angel investor pools as well as the MPI hub of business in the near future? Let’s get it fast tracking. It’s exciting.
Immigration: Immigrants have accelerated rapidly in NZ. Critics say Maori are resistant to immigrants. I found the statement kind of insulting as a Maori-Kiwi, simply because Maori have welcomed more cultures into New Zealand than many other people, so Maori have the longest standing immigration manaaki record in NZ history. If Maori show signs of immigrant fatigue, it’s only due to our no.1 partner (The Crown) deliberating playing Maori off against a plethora of immigrants, perhaps creating a feeding frenzy upon Maori by all in unjust ways. Get back into the pitt and negotiate properly, is what politics should be doing concerning Maori and The Crown right now. Courts should be doing the same. The foundations and getting them right will save a lot of money and heartache, if we take the time now to be considerate and get this right.
What causes resistance could perhaps be economic structuring. An idea, or suggestion: What is needed is something like an Iwi-Kiwi bank for Maori NZ citizens and friends. What is also needed is % quota shares of oil, water, NZ resources sales (similar to the fish case in the Supreme Court) that goes into the Iwi-Kiwi banking structure and is administered to tribes. The money is not for ‘living.’ It is more for development purposes. This would sure up a fast track stream of development for Maori to grow the wider NZ economy quicker. All Kiwis would benefit. Also, people like Mark Solomon, Tainui and Sir Ralph Norris have the business skills to spin out this money for maximum return – if they wanted to get involved.
If Indian immigrants did the same (own their own NZ owned bank etc). If Asian-Kiwis did the same too, then the government’s job would be a key joy. In the US, people develop without government so much. In NZ, government is extremely strong. At times heavy. So a balance between both of these styles of biz governance could perhaps benefit NZ by freeing up the economy more. Then government could more concentrate on the success stories, (throwing more parties in a culture of success celebration achievement), within the four sectors of biz growth and cross-polinate these models (eg: MPI etc) with strategic meetings that would then work more like an economic science of growth, based on what’s actually working being highlighted and replicated and perfected in new ways, thus streamlining the growth process. (Gosh, what a bad structured sentence!).
It’s exciting no matter what way you look at it though.
Young People: Democracy is always built on young energy. If we deplete it, we are stripping the country’s best interests. When we age we can tend to get selfish (although some of the most youthful Kiwis in heart are elderly people – it’s about attitude of being youthfully accepting). We we can lose our peripheral vision as we move into our ‘contentment’ phase of life.
Prof. Paul Spoonley noted with Jessica Mutch the alarming (or just global times realities) statistic of 150,000 young New Zealanders leaving the country since 2008 (the global financial crises years). (more…)
In a twist to the CTV building’s royal commission of inquiry, “crucial information of the design of the CTV building is missing.”
The commission’s lawyer for victims’ families, Marcus Elliot, asked why key documents requested by the commission had not been provided.
Alan Reay the engineer who designed the building said “whatever went mouldy and we couldn’t copy and recover, we wouldn’t have kept. The office was such a shambles. We had no legal obligation to retain job files … It was just us retaining what was appropriate,” he said.
Some company files held in an off-site storage facility had been ruined by a leaking roof. Documents later supplied to the commission were discovered in a storage box marked “miscellaneous”. David Harding had done the bulk of the design work for the building.
Lisa Davies brings the update.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~
With urban sprawl being identified as on the go in Auckland City’s north and south, and of course Christchurch’s rebuild – the last NZ zero budget is beginning to make more sense.
The cheeky Rob Wilkins of Craig Investment partners, breaks it down. (more…)