What’s not to love about Statistics New Zealand? Here are a few things they do that I like: 1. Publish under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International copyright licence (so we are free to use and share content as long as we say where it came from). This is great: a publicly funded organisation which collects information […]
Some catch-up reading on mobile and tablet use in New Zealand in 2013. Mobile devices now account for more than a third of TVNZ’s Ondemand service video streams | StopPress Mobile devices now account for more than a third of TVNZ’s Ondemand service video streams and are a key part of the growth in video […]
Welcome to 1965, when a quarter-acre section in St Heliers cost £2300.
A real-time indicator of traffic speeds on Auckland’s motorways, from the New Zealand Transport Agency. Worth checking before leaving the office (or watching from the comfort of your lazyboy if you want to feel smug because you’re already home). Hat tip to @nzben.
Colin Miskelly posted on Te Papa’s blog about his and his colleagues’ efforts to see how many Australian pelicans remain in New Zealand after an unusual influx of the birds in 2011 and 2012. He provides a narrative of why the birds came here (changing conditions in Australia’s inland lakes), where they settled (most on the […]
The Register of Pecuniary Interests lists the financial assets (such as houses, farms and superannuation schemes) and debts (such as mortgages and loans) of New Zealand’s Members of Parliament. It’s updated each year. It feels slightly prurient (albeit fascinating) reading the Register but it’s a necessary tool that allows we, the people, to satisfy ourselves whether our representatives […]
This map shows the tribal boundaries of New Zealand’s Māori Iwi (tribes). The map is from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise‘s rather good Māori Cultural Kit for people wanting to do business with Māori organisations. The kit is available online, as a PDF and as an iPhone or Android app. You might also want to […]
I found my Dad’s apprenticeship papers from 1942. He started a five-year Cabinetmaking and Machining apprenticeship on 15 shillings (less than one pound) a week and would have ended it on 67 shillings (over three pounds). I tried to use the RBNZ inflation calculator to see what the equivalent wages would be in today’s money […]
Happy to say that some particularly charming results meant I spent more time on Serendip-o-matic than I initially expected. It works like this. Punch in some text – anything you like: a word, phrase, thesis, blog post, essay – and Serendip-o-matic will grab some keywords from your text and run a search on museum, library and […]
While doing some catch-up reading on submissions to the Intelligence and Security Committee on the powers of the GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau), I came across this chart on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website. It depicts lines of accountability and which roles/committees are operational, decision makers, and monitors.