Three days ago I watched a series of lorries barrel through Gisborne carrying unprocessed logs to the port where they were loaded on to a ship.
That wood is heading overseas. Workers in another country will add value.
New Zealand unlocked just a small part of the wealth tied up in those logs.
We ate in The Works, a restaurant housed in an old Gisborne port building. There chefs took locally produced raw materials like fish, meat and vegetables then added value by turning them into $30 plates of food. We sipped Gisborne Chardonnay – a few cents worth of grapes turned into $40 bottles of wine.
At the time I thought how the economy would be boosted if New Zealand could move more of its economy higher up the value chain.
That’s what the Callaghan Institute could do. If the project succeeds, it won’t just move food, agriculture and wood processing up the value chain, it will help our industries capture the crowning heights. It’ll make us richer as a nation.
There’s a danger it could just become another top-heavy bureaucracy acting to widen the gap between innovators and the market. What we don’t need it more paperwork or more red tape. We certainly don’t need officials meddling at the sharp end of the economy.
Let’s hope CI can broker partnerships between innovators and industry. I’d like to see the new organisation get a few early runs on the board to prove its worth.
Useful research by Aimee Whitcroft who goes beyond the call of duty testing various ways of turning Linkedin data into infographics.
Her Your LinkedIn profile, visualised concludes the artwork generated by services automating the process are little more than good-looking gimmicks and certainly not good enough to send someone when you’re looking for a new job.
She goes onto the say the idea is lovely and there are some great elements, but the services need to improve.
Computerworld has a front page story about iPhone app developer Layton Duncan planning to move his Polar Bear Farm business from Christchurch. That piece isn’t online yet, but Toby Manhire had an earlier story on this at The Listener.
No-one can blame Duncan for wanting to up sticks. The last two years of earthquakes would test the patience of a saint.
The authorities running the show in Christchurch seem clueless. We can all sympathise with Duncan’s frustrations.
What concerns me most and what should worry other New Zealanders is Duncan hasn’t chosen to set up shop in Wellington, Auckland or anywhere else in this country. He has chosen Melbourne in Australia.
I hope someone in government has asked Duncan why he chose to move overseas.
If it was just one person making a trans-Tasman move, it would be a pity. But it isn’t, we’re looking at an entire generation. That’s not a pity, it is a tragedy.
A Gartner report says today’s recycled IT job advertisements aren’t going to attract the “innovative, flexible and engaged thinkers” organisations need to survive. The problem is recruiters list the technical skills they are looking for without considering other matters such as whether an employee will fit into the project or the workplace.
Read more in Jennifer Foreshew’s IT job advertisements hire for the past at Australian IT.
If you’re a technology manager you need to move jobs roughly every five years to avoid being seen as a job-hopper or a plodder writes Jennifer Foreshew in The Australian’s IT section: Don’t job hop, IT managers told.
She says younger technology workers should look at moving on every two to three years.
For more on this see How long should I stay in a job?