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Aardvark Is Flying Out 27 November 2000 Edition
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What? Aardvark is leaving New Zealand?

Fear not however, it's not a permanent state of affairs -- it's an essential business trip, but it does mean that I won't be able to publish my regular column for the rest of the week.

I'm hoping that while I'm away, having all manner of interesting experiences and rubbing shoulders with the money-barons of the hi-tech venture capital funds, I shall uncover lots of interesting things to write about on my return.

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I hope to be able to get some "inside oil" on just how New Zealand's hi-tech industries and entrepreneurs are viewed from the outside, and I'll happily relate what I find to Aardvark's readers.

So... I'm now about to start packing -- but I leave you with a touch of "Lighten Up" I came across this weekend:

We don't need no steenken truck!
Check out how creative some people can be when faced with the task of carrying a large load.

Until next week...

The Weekly
Yes, I know the first edition of the weekly has yet to appear -- but I'm still working on it.

Hopefully (if current leads pan out) it will include a very interesting expose' into the astoundingly bad behaviour of a group of local "new economy" company directors (some of who are also on the board of a public company). Just how competent and ethical are the managers of some of our hi-tech public companies?

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