“Now we have effective coordination across the whole site, which means a massive improvement in health and safety preparedness.”
Mitch King – Food and Beverage Manager
The Hobbiton Movie Set is one of New Zealand’s must-see tourist attractions, with iconic sets that featured in the Peter Jackson directed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy films. Occupying 12 acres in the midst of a working farm, and with over 200 staff members, the set sees up to 3,000 visitors a day in peak season. Fully guided tours take staff and visitors all over the site, often out of range of cellphone coverage.

Source: Hobbiton Movie Set

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Inspired by the 1974 Commonwealth Games Marathon, the Christchurch Marathon, established in 1981, had been a highlight on the South Island calendar for more than 30 years. However, when a devastating earthquake struck the city in 2011, the marathon was a part of city life that seemed lost for good.

In order to get the popular event back on its feet, organizers called on local firm Outback Communications to ensure the experience and equipment was available to keep communications for the sprawling event coming through loud and clear.

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One of Tait’s largest and longest-standing partners in New Zealand is Auckland-based Skycom, which began nearly 20 years ago after being purchased directly from Sir Angus Tait.

Over the last decade, Skycom has offered repeater network coverage to customers off a single-site system on the iconic Auckland Sky Tower, but last year the company expanded its service with a new Tait DMR Tier 3 network covering the entire Auckland region.

One of the key design features of the new network is that it is managed by a central control component called a Node Controller,... Continue Reading

Just four days after commissioning a Tait DMR Tier 3 system in Canterbury, New Zealand, the region was hit by a huge storm. Electricity Ashburton (EA) Networks Network Manager, Brendon Quinn, tells us how Tait and EA Networks worked together to design and implement the Tait DMR Tier 3 solution and how the storm caused him to rethink his position on trunking.

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“Back in 2011, we had a single repeater part way up the mountains so coverage, particularly on the eastern seaboard... Continue Reading

Phil Glen being fitted with the Tait Biolink harness

On Saturday, May 17, more than 700 fire fighters from New Zealand, Australia and the USA climbed the 1,103 steps to the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower in full fire fighting kit weighing 25kg.

This was the 10th anniversary of the event and to mark the occasion, the fire fighters set themselves the challenge of raising $1M for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer (LBC).

All across New Zealand, fire fighters did amazing things to raise money for their cause. The Auckland Airport fire fighters climbed the equivalent of Mt Everest (8,848... Continue Reading

From Left to Right: Jorge Luis (Tait) Rodrigo Venegas, Andres Ibaceta, Sub-Director Fredy Rivas (ONEMI), Frank Owen (Tait), Alison Beck (NZTE), Major Bernardo Castro (ONEMI).

A high-powered delegation from Chile has visited our headquarters in Christchurch on a fact-finding mission to learn how Tait’s innovative communications systems can help the country in the event of a natural disaster or emergency such as the devastating 2010 Chilean earthquake.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) hosted senior representatives from the Oficina Nacional de... Continue Reading

In December, our Christchurch headquarters hosted two special guests of the humanoid robot variety.

Christchurch-based not-for-profit science and technology center, Science Alive! were on-site at Tait headquarters in December to demonstrate the capabilities of two newly acquired NAO (pronounced ‘now’) robots. Tait employees and their children witnessed the robots’ face, voice and object recognition capabilities and were treated to a demonstration of the robots dancing the Macarena, performing T’ai chi and singing Jingle Bell rock. Continue Reading

By Dr. Clive Horn, Technology Research Leader, Tait Communications

Dr. Clive HornPhoto: Mark Tantrum

On a recent visit to the Wireless Research Centre (WRC) at the University of Canterbury (UC), I had an opportunity to reflect on the value of our research partnerships and what they mean for our business, our clients and the wider industry.

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Last Friday, we paused to honor officers who lost their lives while performing their duty as a police officer, or through illness or other circumstances.

The Police Ode
As the sun surely sets, dawn will see it arise.
For service above self demands its own prize.
You have fought the good fight; life’s race has been run,
and peace, your reward, for eternity begun.

And we that are left shall never forget.
Rest in peace, friend and colleague, for sun has now set.
We will remember, we will remember.
Hasten the dawn.

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By Dean Mischewski, Production Engineering Manager, Tait Communications.

For many manufacturing businesses the Lean journey is often driven by the need to rapidly avert financial or business pressures which are coming to bear.

Taking a longer term and proactive approach, Tait Communications embarked on a Lean Manufacturing programme in late 2006 to ensure that the high-mix, medium volume manufacturing environment could continue to deliver competitively-priced communications solutions, systems and products to our global customer base.

For a Lean Manufacturing programme to be successful,... Continue Reading