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.
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".
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.
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"?
When you hear of investing the majority of us just envisage Leonardo DiCaprio screaming his way around an office with a bunch of raucous ex-jocks swearing at potential clients down phones and raking in millions per day. In reality, investment is a much more calm and controlled reality but its still a foreign world to almost everyone in New Zealand who hasn’t been brought up with an extensive financial background. The founders of Sharesies, Brooke, Leighton and Sonya, were clever enough to see a huge gap in the market, and with their shared financial expertise and overall business knowledge they created the incredible platform we are discussing today. Sharesies is already developing a huge following and they have filled a niche that really promotes innovation, education and dedication.
Last week I made the choice between topping up my HOP card or buying bread for my morning toast.
That's a serious reality for almost all the students in tertiary education, and choices have to be made about your diet, your clothing, your transport and multiple other areas all because the costs of living are much higher than what's possible to earn.
Niesh was founded on this struggle.
The month of May was beginning, and with it the NZ Comedy Festival! Finally some world class, live entertainment every night of the week to choose from. What caught my eye initially wasn't the lineup of New Zealand’s greatest comedians, but the sponsor… Flick Electric. Who and what was that? An electricity company? The major sponsor of a comedy festival? Now that's a bit different.
When you think of conservation most people envisage bearded dudes in Swandri's and ruthless ladies rocking gumboots, trekking through the wilderness and living off beef jerky. The reality is this image has become outdated yet it hasn't stopped it from sticking with the culture and damaged people's perception of the good these people are really doing. With everything else in the world shifting to the social scene, it was about time conservation did the same and the incredible team at Squawk Squad have done that with a twist, they're giving the results to the palm of your hand. Its amazing to think that we could order a taxi with a click but not make an effort to save our native birds, but now its possible and it is poised to take off (no pun intended). We just had to have a chat with these incredible bird philanthropists and discuss their mission, motives and tips and tricks for the trade.
I have mixed memories of school, but one that clearly stands out is I really had no option to learn any financial literacy or skills unless I purposefully chose it as an elective in my senior high school years. And being an energetic, restless teenage boy I instinctively chose P.E over any money based subjects and was restricted to very little financial education. Thankfully, my parents aren't clueless with their funds and taught me a lot but that's not true for a vast majority of children in this country, and this is where Banqer comes into the question. Bridging the huge gap left in students knowledge about anything to do with finances, Banqer provides an incredible platform that acts as an online bank, to teach youth how to manage savings, deal with interest rates and other potentially ‘overlooked' areas of everyday life that are left up to the parents. We had an incredible opportunity to chat with Kendall Flutey, co-founder of the start-up to discuss the ins and outs of this unique and exciting concept.