Dunedin technology precinct

### ODT Online Wed, 13 Jan 2010
Technology precinct plan slowly taking shape
By Chris Morris
Plans for a technology precinct in the heart of Dunedin, linking the city’s burgeoning collection of hi-tech companies, are slowly taking shape – although bricks-and-mortar changes still appear some way off. Staff from the Dunedin City Council’s economic development unit (EDU) have since May last year been canvassing the city’s technology companies in an effort to find out how best to help them prosper.
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Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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3 responses to “Dunedin technology precinct

  1. Anonymous

    EDU has been pushing this barrow uphill for some years, but the synergy that they talk about isn’t really happening to any practical extent that wasn’t already going on. For two reasons:
    1. Cooperation between local technology companies is somewhat superficial – they mostly concentrate on their own overseas markets
    2. The University of Otago does not significantly engage in external cooperation with local tech companies (unless it can control the relationship, generally through ownership).

    It’s somewhat ironic that a technology which allows people to work anywhere is touted as the enabler for a precinct which forces them in to one small area.

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks Anonymous, points well made.

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      The next item alludes to what Aurora Energy Ltd – a Dunedin City Council-owned company – is up to as part of a consortium… at the wider perspective.

      ### ODT Online Thu, 14 Jan 2010
      Ultrafast internet network planned
      By Chris Morris
      Plans for a new ultra high-speed fibre broadband network straddling Otago and Southland, costing tens of millions of dollars, have been unveiled. The network would provide the physical infrastructure allowing rapid speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) for 150,000 people from Bluff to Wanaka, including Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown.
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      Anonymous, would welcome your thoughts on this, if time.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Wed, 13/01/2010 – 12:20pm.
      Comment by MikeStk on Pushing real-estate prices up
      I’m not sure how this helps, if anything it may have unforeseen consequences – it will put pressure on new tech companies to situate themselves in the ‘tech precinct’ and that will push up real estate prices. Companies will end up paying a premium to rent space in the tech area. A smart startup would situate itself somewhere else – probably somewhere with free street parking for its employees.
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