End of year cheer

Expansion in the manufacturing sector lifted during the last month of 2014, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for December was 57.7 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining). This was 2.1 points higher than […]

Low inflation allows for OCR cut

Today’s CPI release by Statistics NZ showed low inflation pressure, with a fall of 0.2% in the December quarter and a rise of 0.8% for the year ended December. This low inflation means the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) could cut the OCR to support growth and help with our overvalued exchange rate, say […]

Skilled job vacancies rise in December

The number of skilled vacancies advertised online in New Zealand rose 1.1 percent last month to its highest level in nearly six years as the Canterbury rebuild increased demand for skilled construction workers and engineers, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The skilled vacancies index increased to a seasonally adjusted 121.5, the highest […]

StretchSense develops and manufactures wearable sensor

The Auckland-based company was named a finalist from more than 500 global entries in the WT Innovation World Cup 14/15, the leading worldwide innovation competition in the fast-growing wearable technologies industry. One of its partners Heddoko, which has incorporated StretchSense technology into its 3D sensing sports body suit, was also being named a finalist in […]

Waikato lecturer named NZ’s young geochemist of the year

University of Waikato Earth Scientist Dr Shaun Barker has been awarded the Werner F Giggenbach Prize which names him as the young geochemist of the year for New Zealand. The prize was awarded to Dr Barker for the most outstanding publication in the field of geochemistry. The publication details his work on the application of […]

Funding granted for Southeast Asian project

University of Waikato Chair of Arts Associate Professor Adrian Athique has won funding from the Asia New Zealand Foundation for his project “Projecting Soft Power in Southeast Asia: A reception study of Indian media exports”. Dr Athique will use his $20,000 scholarship to travel to New Delhi, The Philippines, Myanmar and Malaysia – countries that […]

Exporters bullish for year ahead

The 2014 Exporters Survey shows exporters planning for growth. Catherine Beard, Executive Director for ExportNZ says the business outlook is positive for exporters. “In the next 12 months the majority (76%) of respondents said they expected business profitability to improve, 19% stay the same and 4% to deteriorate. Most (53%) expected their business to employ […]

Taking self-assembly to the limits

Confining tiny gold colloids inside nanoscale templates reveals how to design complex structures beyond the capabilities of conventional lithography. Gold nanoparticles smaller than 10 nanometers spontaneously self-organize in entirely new ways when trapped inside channel-like templates. A new study shows that this feature could facilitate easier nanoscale manufacturing of biosensors and plasmonic devices with intricate, […]