Reflections on the National Accounts, by Blair Keenan, Te Waka Economic Advisor
The size of the Covid-shock to the Aotearoa-New Zealand economy became a little clearer today, with the release of the national accounts for the June 2020 quarter. This showed gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent (seasonally adjusted) from the March 2020 quarter, and was 12.4 percent lower than the June 2019 quarter. This is by far the largest quarterly fall recorded in this country, and reflects the lockdown under Alert level 4 which began at the end of March.
$12.5m project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using ‘digital twin’ technology
University of Waikato School of Engineering Professor Michael Walmsley will lead a seven-year research programme to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to $12.5m in funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The researchers will build a new technology platform called Ahuora to help reengineer the way we use, convert, supply and store renewable energy for industrial process heating.
Why micro-credentials are good news for lenders and car buyers
Wintec has developed a series of micro-credentials to formally recognise skills and encourage best practice for personal lending, particularly within the automotive industry. The new micro-credentials (short courses) were created in partnership with automotive and personal lending industry partners, to provide an industry-specific qualifications framework.
Waikato business survey reports mixed signals
A survey of 589 Waikato business owners and managers has found that while overall economic sentiment is pessimistic, the region’s businesses are more optimistic than their counterparts across New Zealand.
Te Waka Economic Radar 4 September 2020
While noting the general stabilisation of trends, there remains uncertainty in a number of areas.
Rocketspark and Wintec partner to get local business online for free
A partnership with a purpose has seen Wintec students using Rocketspark’ s five-star web building platform to create free e-commerce sites for Waikato businesses.
Rapid rail investigation welcomed
Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate has welcomed today’s announcement the government will undertake a business case to investigate the potential for rapid rail between Hamilton and Auckland.
Online fitness with friends
New Zealand's first social fitness platform, Hey Mama Movement launches to encourage women to connect virtually through exercise.
Researcher is taking taonga puoro to new places at Wintec
Leading tohunga of taonga puoro, Horomona Horo has joined Wintec School of Media Arts as a researcher and teacher, and he wants students to bravely take traditional Māori music to new places.
Te Waka Six Monthly Report January - June 2020
Te Waka's focus for the January - June 2020 period has been the response to COVID-19.
Helping impact-driven businesses get ready to grow
The Ākina-run Impact Investment Readiness Programme is back for a fourth year of supporting impact-driven businesses to grow, with applications now open.
Zealong celebrates Japanese train deal
Waikato’s Zealong Tea Estate has signed a deal to supply tea for a huge Japanese train line. The tea will be served alongside a famous Japanese cheesecake, at a café inside the Osaka train station.
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