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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Information and NZSOE - Blatant Advertising

We are passionate about information at the New Zealand School of Export.   We believe that information is one of the keys to excellence in international trade education.  In turn we trust that our graduates carry on the information skills learned into their own export ventures.

This is why we update our website regularly.   The changes may not be substantial but they either add to the information we have, or ensure that what we have is current.  Resources we recommend have all been vetted by a professional librarian: see www.export.ac.nz

It is too easy even for professional educators to fall back on Google or Wikipedia without thinking about our real information needs and formulating a clear and simple sentence about what it is we need and what the key words are.  We do not however discount the usefulness of either of these tools and indeed the 2011 version of the International Trade Research Module for the Diploma of International Trade has a whole chapter on Wikipedia for international trade professionals.

Yes this is blatant advertising but that's because we believe in what we do and the power of information for the exporter.

We keep a close watch too on a wide variety of publications including recently the Waitangi Tribunal report WAI 262.   Both government and private institutions publish material which have direct comments on our international trade or on issues which impinge on it.   WAI 262 is a very good example of this.  It has had a long gestation period but right back in 2002 when Dr Rudzki published the Biotechnology report for the Manawatu he recognised the importance of this report for the future.

Both government and private sector reports contain information, comments and statements which affect the whole international trade community and particularly exporters.  For example in the case of WAI 262, it concerns intellectual property.   Section 1.5.5 refers to the TRIPS Agreement and it recommends a dual strategy in 1.6 that:

 1. New Zealand introduce a regime to protect mataurange Maori and taonga works, and
 2. to advocate for broad uptake of minimum standards of protection in the international community, whether in large multilateral or smaller free trade agreements

You can find the full report in pdf format at:


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