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SQUEEZED - AN ANALYSIS OF CAR PARKING PRICES AT AUCKLAND AIRPORT

Travellers flying for short trips from Auckland Airport get a rough deal on car parking. Auckland Airport has made the most of an effective monopoly to jack prices steady for over a decade. Consequently, car parking at the domestic terminal is now some of the most expensive in the region.

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SCARLATTI'S APPROACH TO WORKFORCE MODELLING

An acronym for Industry Characterisation of Workforce Model, Inchworm is a simulation-based tool that rigorously estimates the demand for people and skills in different industries and the required supply response to match demand.

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RESETTING DAIRY INDUSTRY EXPECTATIONS OF THE VALUE OF AGRIBUSINESS SKILLS

This article discusses the resetting of the dairy industry’s expectations of the value of agribusiness skills in order to achieve the outcomes identified in the Dairy Industry Strategy 2010-2020; particularly with regard to increasing farm profitability, and attracting and retaining talented and skilled people to the industry.

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MĀORI AGRIBUSINESS

This article is a compilation of a series of pieces written to celebrate Māori Language Week (Te wiki o Te Reo Māori) 21-27 July 2014. The series discussed a fact, phrase or concept about Māori culture and agriculture each day of Te wiki o Te Reo Māori. 

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COLLABORATIVE CONSULTING

Consultants often sub-contract work to other consultants in order to complete projects. Reasons include access to relevant expertise and bringing in extra manpower. When project budgets are fixed this creates questions of how income should be shared. This article proposes two rules of thumb for consultants undertaking collaborative work.

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FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PROJECT

Agribusiness training equips dairy farmers with the business planning, resource management and financial management skills and expertise needed to run a successful and profitable agribusiness. Work undertaken by DairyNZ suggests that the industry would be significantly more profitable if farmers had better farm business management (FBM) skills.

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UNIFYING FARM DATA FIELDS FOR PERFORMANCE AND COMPLIANCE MEASUREMENT

This article discusses the current practice and trend of data collection in New Zealand dairy farms. Issues are revealed, business opportunities put forward, and a potential solution in the form of Scarlatti’s Data Locker tool explained.  In realising the Data Locker concept, we argue that the current surveys used for data collection are not properly synchronised, hence compromising the optimality of the tool. A couple of recommendations to tackle this issue are written.

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GAPS IN NEW ZEALAND'S BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY

This essay takes the position that New Zealand’s biotechnology industry has failed to provide the returns expected and explores challenges to growth in the sector. The work won Tamsin Bateman, Associate at Scarlatti, a place at GapSummit 2014, which brought current and future leaders together at Cambridge University, UK, to discuss and debate gaps in the global biotechnology ecosystem.

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