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Natalie Petersen

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Clean with a conscience - The ecostore story

Posted by Natalie Petersen on Jan 31, 2018 1:11:58 PM

As someone who has never been particularly conscientious about the environment - a self-confessed shameful New Zealander, I received a politely rude awakening in the form of my die-hard greeny, slightly hippy, social warrior flatmate. All of a sudden, I couldn't get away with sneaking empty cans into the general rubbish bin, buying sunlight dishwashing liquid or using microbeads to exfoliate.

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NZ start-up working with US Army to grow skin

Posted by Natalie Petersen on Jan 26, 2018 12:21:56 PM

Despite having absolutely no personal knowledge of biology or technology, let alone biotechnology - when I stumbled across Upside Biotechnologies, a company offering regenerative medicine solutions for severe burn patients, I knew that I was on to something revolutionary. This amazing New Zealand start-up has managed to develop the fastest technology for growing human skin to date and can grow enough skin to cover an entire human body in just 16 days. 16 days. In just over two weeks, this company can totally change the life of a severe burn victim.  

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The NZ business working to prevent 6000 injuries per year with Virtual reality

Posted by Natalie Petersen on Jan 19, 2018 9:58:03 AM

How can you train a new doctor, straight out of med school, how to carry out a high-pressure surgery without the risk that comes with letting them loose on someone's aunty Nancy? How can you train an engineer, fresh on the job, how to operate heavy machinery for building megastructures or how to carry out processes on an oil rig without directly placing them in the situation and hoping they don't cock it up.  A lot of these hazardous, high-pressure situations can't be accurately simulated and the only way employees can accurately learn is through trial and error, putting themselves and others at risk. New Zealand has over 6000 work related injuries every year - generally due to poor or insufficient training. I had the opportunity to have a chat to Henry Lane, managing director of Corvecto, the company providing the solution - virtual reality training. 

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Pic's Peanut Butter - Our top pick

Posted by Natalie Petersen on Jan 8, 2018 11:14:47 AM

Bruce ‘Pic‘ Picot is incredibly passionate about peanut butter. So much so, he believes it should be in our emergency kits alongside bottled water, shovels and plasters - and I can't say that I disagree.

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Popularity pays - The Social Club story

Posted by Natalie Petersen on Dec 11, 2017 3:28:25 PM

 Like many girls that have come before me, I went through a phase in my pre-pubescent years of watching YouTubers of the likes of Zoella, sitting around in their rooms, making videos reviews of the truckloads of free makeup they had been sent and all the clothing they had recently purchased, and being paid to do so. Imagine being given free things every day or being paid to try on some foundation and tell people "how "pigmented it is", or that it has "amazing coverage".

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One sports game, your choice of commentator - the Spalk story

Posted by Natalie Petersen on Dec 5, 2017 4:38:46 PM

If you are a New Zealander, sports fan or not, chances are you’ve got a few laughs out of slipping “Boomfa” or “Me oh my I have enjoyed that yes boy” into an Instagram caption or general sentence. While personally not the biggest of sports fans, I do enjoy hearing the occasional Scotty ‘Sumo’ Stevenson spiel on Radio Hauraki or observing the latest Justin Marshall comment being parroted by impressionable young New Zealander’s everywhere. The key takeaway here is that while Scotty and Justin provide quality commentary, sometimes we just want to hear someone that isn’t a stereotypical white, 50-year-old male sports commentator who’s come out of a 30-year cricket career. 

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No Line, No checkouts -  How an Auckland based Artificial intelligence company is revolutionising the future of retail

Posted by Natalie Petersen on Nov 28, 2017 5:43:00 PM

Artificial Intelligence. Words that are becoming increasingly common to hear, yet 10 years ago, was a virtually unknown concept. It is something I frequently read about in the news and Facebook articles in conjunction with people like Elon Musk and Bill Gates, yet I'm guilty of having no real understanding of it. So what is this vague and mysterious "Artificial Intelligence"?

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