I just took a wander through your website at http://www.mymk14.co.uk
. Wonderful stuff and congratulations! I wish I had the skills for a rebuild like that. I loved the Technology Value/Worth curve.
I'd never heard of the Mk14 and don't know if it was ever sold in New Zealand. Some others on this board (Andrew?) know more about the Sinclair heritage than I do though, and might shed some more light.
New Zealand's personal computer revolution saw influences from both the USA and Britain. Things changed quickly from year to year but in the early 80s, the Commodore Vic-20, 64, Sinclair ZX81 and spectrum were all successful in the home market. Tandy (hence TRS-80s) never had much of the presence here. Apple IIs were around but were very expensive as was the BBC. The Dick Smith System 80
filled an affordable niche for hobbyists from about 1981 to 1982, just before home computers really got going. Although there were exceptions (using Apple II's, Disk-based DS System 80s (Video Genies to you) and American 8-bit CP/M machines), most businesses didn't really get going with computers until a little later, and by that time the IBM-PC/XT (and more significantly Asian clones) had dominance.
If you really do want to read up about the market in New Zealand a good place to start would be New Zealand Bits and Bytes
. It only starts late 1982 though. In my opinion, the home market in NZ didn't really start until the ZX-81 (1981?) and Commodore Vic-20 (1982?) were introduced here. The latter in particular was aimed squarely at the home and the ZX-81 was affordable. You might also be interested in this article
on my blog site.
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