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Night Hunter

Ruru

Ruru

Ruru is one of only two surviving native owls – unfortunately the laughing owl was snuffed out nearly a hundred years ago.

Straker Translations a Hi-Tech Winner

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Grant and Merryn Straker at the Hi-Tech Awards

Straker Translations won the Grow Wellington "innovative service product award" at the Hi-Tech awards on Friday 15 May. Founder and chief executive Grant Straker celebrated his Maori heritage during a spirited acceptance speech.

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Straker Translations Auckland Team

Straker Translations is one of the world’s fastest growing translation companies with more than 10,000 customers. Its cloud-based translation platform enables translations to be delivered with speed and simplicity. Straker built and owns its technology, which enables higher gross margins than the industry average. With global production centres in Barcelona and Auckland, Straker supports clients in nine countries, 24/7, ensuring even the most urgent translations are delivered without issue.

www.strakertranslations.com

MEDP Plan, a week on

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A week on from the launch of the Māori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan, what has it's impact been? The Plan looks as far forward as 2040, so foundations can be laid now without much fanfare and associated backlash. On the political news front,  National Party attention seems fixed on the asset sales issue, and the Labour Party has only an interim Economic Development spokesman (David Parker), following the demotion of David Cunliffe. The Māori Party has picked up the ball on behalf of the government, and is very supportive of the plan - while the Ministry of Education, Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment all have integral roles to play. A moderately in-depth search online show many news sites are simply republishing the MEDP press releases (nothing wrong with that), while Stuff.co.nz also posts on the slow start to the Māori economic renaissance, the need to grow the Māori Asset base before it devalues, and the Crown-Māori Growth Partnership.

Night Hunter

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Ruru is perfectly adapted to hunting at night. First, my face is surrounded by a soft disc of feathers. This helps to direct any sounds to my ears, so I can hear the crack of a branch, or the whirring of insect wings. Secondly, I can swivel my head 270 degrees (three-quarters of the way around – you try that!) to help me zone in on prey. A third feature is my large plate-like eyes, which allow me to take in as much light as possible. This gives me super night-vision.