eResearch New Zealand – Shaping the Digital Future; Opportunities for Australia & NZ Science Communities

By Ian Duncan

As Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics and a smart Kiwi, once said: “We haven’t got the money, so we’ll have to think”.

The principles behind Rutherford’s quote, while relevant globally, relate particularly well with Australia and New Zealand’s strategies and plans for competing and excelling in the increasingly resource hungry research sphere.  This was reinforced at the recent annual eResearch New Zealand Conference in Queenstown, which brought together 171 researchers, infrastructure operators, developers, and strategists.

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Tech Girls Are Superheroes launches in New Zealand

By Dr Janine Beekhuyzen

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The Tech Girls Movement was created to inspire and empower girls from as young as 5 to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Match). Through the Tech Girls Are Superheroes campaign, contemporary role models are presented to counteract the outdated negative stereotypes that regularly appear in mainstream media. Girls from 7-17 years old are invited to build confidence and skills with Science and Technology through our Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero / Technovation Challenge competition. 

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Why Prime Ministerial Visits Matter

Peter Woolcott

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New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Queenstown for the annual Leaders Meeting.

As the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand the event you look forward to most each year is the annual Leaders Meeting.

While invariably short, these visits can accomplish a huge amount for a bilateral relationship.  They set the direction for work that will continue long after the PM’s plane leaves, and they build the foundations of mutual respect and trust between leaders which is so important in maintaining strong relationships between countries. It is also a chance to cut through bureaucratic thickets and get decisions made.

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Cyber security: Australia, New Zealand and Napoleon

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Andrew Cumpston

“Geography is destiny” is a much debated diplomatic polemic, reportedly first uttered by Napoleon.* The saying may be an oversimplification, but it has always had an element of truth to it. There is no doubt that people’s opportunity and threat analysis has always been heavily influenced by who is nearby. States such as Singapore, Italy or Kazakhstan have traditionally had a fundamentally different set of strategic calculations than Australia and New Zealand because of geography.

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Antarctica

Antarctica

Peter Woolcott 

Antarctica matters to Australia and New Zealand. It matters scientifically, environmentally and strategically. It rarely makes headlines and the work there is methodical and considered. This is a good thing – the Antarctica Treaty system has been extraordinarily successful.

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Back to Basics: Reinvigorating the Trans-Tasman Economic Agenda

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Peter Woolcott, 3 May 2016

This is the first in a series of regular blogs that the Australian High Commission in Wellington will  present. These blogs will deal with issues as seen from a more personal perspective. It will not be just me who blogs on this site.  It will also reflect the thoughts of other senior members of the High Commission and the occasional guest blogger.  I will start with a few thoughts on the economic relationship between our two countries for it is this, and the people to people links, which is the bedrock.

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