What’s on our minds
Welcome to the playground of the Solution Hunters Collective. Take a seat, take your time and take a look around. It is here we ponder our community’s challenges, issues and opportunities, and offer a few solutions along the way. We interview experts, investigate ideas and transmit our inner musings.
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- The Confluence – a community that works
- Some shovel-ready advice on writing a business case
- Economic empathy through a depreciation holiday
- Local government, where did it come from?
- The greatest engineering challenge of the 21st Century
- Paradigm Paralysis in Paradise
- The Aspiring Economic Zone, 20 Years On
- Fair go! Give tourism a chance to be awesome too!
- Queenstown is growing up fast and so must we
- Democracy vs technocracy
Councils are being urged to get infrastructure projects over the line ready for construction workers to begin. So, how do you go from staring into a hole to proceeding with a successful business case?
My thoughts on writing a business case, based on some hard-won experience.
Measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 will result in financial hardship for many New Zealanders. Councils across the country are under immediate pressure to demonstrate economic empathy.
Can we deliver economic empathy to ratepayers through smart depreciation?
We’re all familiar with the role of local government, but have you ever given much thought to its ultimate purpose?
“When the tragedy of the commons applies…what is good for all of us, is good for each of us.”
Since 1921, New Zealand’s road system has claimed more than 39,000 lives. That’s 400+ people per year on average. Annual roads deaths have also risen for the sixth consecutive year.
So, what are we doing about it?
Over a three-day road trip, I became increasingly disappointed at how poorly we are supplying the basic needs of our tourists. As tourist numbers increase at a record pace, it seems we are experiencing a paradigm paralysis in our service delivery.
The case for investing in tourism infrastructure in New Zealand.
What would it look like if the Aspiring Region (Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell, and Central Otago) had the opportunity to structure its laws, planning and regulatory framework in a way that truly unleashed it’s economic potential. An economic zone perhaps?
A hypothetical news article set twenty years from now.
Could the idea of a co-operative structure receiving special legal dispensation in exchange for better economic performance be applied to the tourism industry?
Tourism is NZ’s largest export earner yet is still not taken seriously enough.
Queenstown is in demand, more than we have ever experienced. The growth is not stopping and I don’t expect demand for infrastructure investment to end anytime soon. This high-pressure workplace culture is not sustainable and I am seeing it more and more in the faces of my clients. Too much work and too little time it seems.
What we can learn from our visitors about taking time to enjoy life.
When we formed Utility, we created The Solution Hunters Collective. We opened up our office space to like-minded, passionate individuals. Local talent we could tap into and collaborate with to find better solutions, together.
More than a shared office space, The Coop is a place to share ideas, challenges, solutions and a cold brew after a good day’s work.
A mixed model of governance? More reliance on CCOs? Or should local body engineers just step up their game?
I believe it’s time to have ‘the’ debate.