Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • New satnav technology promises 10 centimetre accuracy

    The minister for Economic Development and minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, has announced that New Zealand wil join Australia to develop and trial satellite technology to improve the accuracy of satellite navigation systems such as GPS, and will contribute $A2m to the project.

    20 Feb. 17 16:52 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Pushpay scores $5m Callaghan Innovations R&D grant

    Mobile commerce company, Pushpay Holdings (NZX: PPH) has scored a Research and Development (R&D) Growth Grant from Government R&D agency Callaghan Innovation worth up to $15 million over three years. It follows the company gaining a $960,000 R&D grant from Callaghan in June 2015.

    16 Feb. 17 15:48 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Rocket Lab’s launch hopes rest on upcoming legislation

    Rocket Lab, a US based company founded by New Zealander, Peter Beck, is building what it claims will be the world’s first private orbital launch complex on the North Island’s Mahia Peninsula, but is waiting on legislation now under consideration by a parliamentary committee that it hopes will give it the green light to fulfil its plans.

    10 Jan. 17 16:09 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ Post opts for Unit4 ERP to aid digital transformation

    New Zealand Post has replaced its PeopleSoft ERP system with one from Unit4 as part of digital transformation to counter the impacts of digital disruption on its traditional businesses.

    21 Nov. 16 13:39 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government task force to build cyber security skills

    Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced the establishment of a Cyber Security Skills Taskforce to address the shortage of cyber professionals in New Zealand.

    09 Nov. 16 11:15 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ Government opts for SAP cloud-based HR management

    The New Zealand Government, through the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), has signed an agreement with SAP New Zealand under which SAP can automate management of government human resources ‘from hire to retire’ using the cloud-based SAP SuccessFactors Human Capital Management (HCM) Suite.

    03 Nov. 16 09:05 Written by Stuart Corner
  • The Intercept outs Endace for role in Government data snooping

    The Intercept, the news web site famous for its role in publicising Edward Snowden’s massive leak of US National Security Agency files, has named Auckland based network monitoring technology provider, Endace, for its role in helping several national governments snoop on citizens' data.

    26 Oct. 16 09:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government prepares to embrace digital interactions

    The Government Administration Committee has called for submissions on the Electronic Interactions Reform Bill that would amend a range of legislation to enable digital interactions between individuals, businesses, and government agencies. Meanwhile Inland Revenue has begun accepting digital signatures, with MYOB claiming to be the first accounting software provider to support the facility.

    18 Oct. 16 11:40 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Applications open for Māori Digital Technology Development Fund

    Science and Innovation Minister, Steven Joyce, and Māori Development Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, have announced the opening of applications for the Māori Digital Technology Development Fund, saying it will support greater participation by Māori in New Zealand’s digital technology industries.

    06 Oct. 16 13:27 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Labour Party slams Government’s online schooling plans

    The Labour Party has taken issue with the Government’s plan for online schooling, announced by education minister Hekia Parata in August, saying the move goes against official advice and is being made despite overseas research showing online schooling models overseas have weaker results than their traditional counterparts.

    04 Oct. 16 09:24 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Gov’t seeks input for second foray into open government

    The State Services Commission, the lead agency in delivering New Zealand's commitments to the International Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seek public comment on its final OGP Self-assessment Report for progress on delivering on New Zealand’s first National Action Plan 2014-2016.

    16 Sept. 16 16:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government launches sales pitch to foreign tech investors

    In a bid to attract more foreign investment into New Zealand’s technology sector Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Communications Minister Amy Adams have launched a 36-page Investor Guide to the New Zealand Technology Sector.

    09 Sept. 16 11:24 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Auckland Council opens AR/VR centre

    Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), an arm of the Auckland Council, has announced the opening of a new augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) development facility, the AR/VR Garage, saying it establishes Auckland as an international AR/VR hub.

    05 Sept. 16 11:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government funds research on better batteries and machine vision

    Technology able to increase the capacity of lithium batteries tenfold, machine vision with “unprecedented accuracy” and a sensor network for real time monitoring of freshwater quality are among 10 research projects to develop “disruptive technology for industry” announced by science and innovation minister Steven Joyce.

    02 Sept. 16 12:37 Written by Stuart Corner
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