I took part this morning in a strategy session for the Waipara Valley. The session pulled together tourism, viticultural, local government and local resident interests.

Broadly speaking we are trying to create a body with an all-encompassing view of development in the valley – that thinks and acts at a high level strategic space and that thinks with a long term vision.

On a micro scale we are doing what I believe NZ needs to do on a macroeconomic level. We need to pull together representatives from central and local government, different business groups, educational institutions, societal stakeholders and others to build a vision and a plan towards achieving sustainable and viable growth for this country.

The three year electoral cycle is a barrier to this sort of planning and that is why a high level group that can carry a vision from one electoral cycle to the next is the way of doing these things.

I’ll report more on the Waipara project as things develop.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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