A hardware issue is said to be the reason for a large swathe of New Zealand's e-government being inaccessible to the public today. At this stage, it is not known when the ongoing outage started - Computerworld was notifed of it around midday.
The websites for Companies Office, Societies and Trusts, Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, Insolvency and Trustee Service, Personal Property Securities Register were offline, together with the Motor Vehicle Traders Registers and the Electrical Workers Licensing Register.
As all debts and loans have to be registered with the Personal Property Securities Register, the outage may mean delays in finance applications being processed.
Calls from Computerworld to the Ministry of Economic Development, in charge of the sites in question, went unanswered. A temporary outage notification page has been put up on the above websites, but no time estimate is given for the services to be back online. The MED is promising a further update at three this afternoon, and asks for urgent enquiries to be made to freephone 0508 266 726.