We’re loving video on our phones: NZ mobile use in 2013

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 …

Who would shoot a pelican?

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

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 …

Map of New Zealand’s Māori Iwi (tribes)

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 app. You might also want to check out: …

A career kicks off at 15 shillings a week

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 …

Diagram of NZ security & intelligence services oversight

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.  

Google launches internet-from-the-sky balloons over NZ

  Nice. Google launched Project Loon in Canterbury, New Zealand.  Loon is “a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people [to the internet] in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.” Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and …