|New Zealand's R&D spending by sector, 2006-2012. From Statistics NZ|
In Taita, we have a great success story with Aviat Networks. The Dominion Post reports that the company has grown its workforce from 60 to 100 since 2010. They've got another 12 vacancies this year that need to filled.
The great news is that there's more to come. Aviat are going to continue to invest in their facilities as a "centre of excellence" for software development, thanks to Victoria University's software engineering degree.
This is a great example of the return from the government's encouragement of R&D. With the university providing skills for Kiwis to get into high-paying jobs and R&D investment creating still more, there are even more opportunities for jobs and growth coming onstream.