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Mohawk Media / Radio NZ Virtual World site of the week!

I’m an avid Radio New Zealand National Radio listener, and recently have started tuning in to watch Oliver Drivers great new digital TV channel ALT TV.  Both are great commentaries on what’s going on in New Zealand society, and the wider world.

Helen & Chelfyn Baxter are actively involved in sharing techno goodness on both media channels (Virtual World on Afternoons with Jim Mora, producing & hosting ‘the g33k show‘ coming to ALT TV), and run, highlighting good design, trends in social media, online collaboration, and music, to name a few.  They have a combined 30 years experience in TV, Radio, and Online media, so certainly have proven they keep up with the play on what’s hot, what’s new, and what’s going down!!

So it’s a great compliment to us all here to be named by them as their “Site of the Week” this week, both on their Radio NZ Virtual World show, and on their own site. 

You can hear the show online for a while at or download it at (The “Site of the week” is the 2 minutes from 20:29 through to 22:28).

 Site of the week on Radio New Zealand\'s Virtual World show

Site of the week on social media website MohawkMedia


We started Hire Things for all sorts of reasons… but a core part of that is people working together, using things, to make great events and projects happen, without having to own everything. We think encouraging people to hire instead of buying everything is just part of our contribution to a more sustainable world 🙂

We’re a small team with big plans, so getting noticed and commented on by bloggers and media all helps us keep moving forward bit by bit.

Thanks, and welcome to listeners and readers 🙂

Peter & the team



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We’re so much more than just listings

Yes our business revolves around listings, how else will the customer find what they need to hire or rent, or the owner make some money?

BUT Hire Things is oh so much more.   For example, we have a quote/request/booking system to die for.  Just look at the screenshot below…

See how much its going to cost

Select your dates on the calendar, choose the time of day you want to start/end the hire, and hey presto the total is automatically updated. You get an immediate idea of how much things are going to cost.

For those of you in the know this is done using AJAX. This technology allows us to change the webpage as you type, click or point. A little AJAX magic and The Web comes alive!

This is just a fraction of what Hire Things has to offer. We have a whole host of features that allow a better User Experience, and hopefully keep you coming back for more.

Did we also mention it comes in green?

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Let Use It makes the headlines!!

Let Use It has just made it into ComputerWorld magazine… our first bit of real media attention.

See the article “Summer of Code helps develop lending exchange“, which covers off how being part of the New Zealand Summer of Code programme has helped us bring Let Use It to life.

Though we have yet to commence any major marketing for the service as we tune up aspects of how it works, this publicity is great to see to help get the ball rolling.  It points out some of the goals and the challenges of the website, and as is our vision, it covers off how we hope to make a marketplace that really is a channel for helping customers get in touch with suppliers both large and small…

the innovators hope that, as with many other trading sites, the professionals will eventually see it as a channel rather than a rival

The article refers to the three founding developers, but we want to formally thank Nik Wakelin and Eddie Stanley, our two Summer of Code students, for all the awesome work, care, thought, and intelligence they have put into Let Use It over the last 3 months. 

Thanks also should go to Foundation Research Science and Technology which, through their TIF student scheme, has made the NZ Summer of Code possible.

Computerworld article on Let Use It

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Nik wins Ruby on Rails competition

Let Use It is built using an opensource web development framework called Ruby on Rails

One of our developers, Nik Wakelin, started contributing to the Ruby on Rails source code  at the start of this year, and has just today won himself a trip to the official 2007 Ruby on Rails conference in Portland, Oregon.

Congratulations Nik!!


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