ISP Ihug has come to the rescue of Aardvark, the daily news and commentary site run by New Zealand ‘net pioneer Bruce Simpson.
Ihug director Tim Wood says Aardvark is a New Zealand internet icon, and it would have been “ridiculous” to have allowed the service to die, as Simpson signalled was his intention a week ago (see Aardvark calls it a day and Net pioneer blasts off).
“Aardvark is a roots internet site,” Wood says. “It still represents the spirit of the internet. We like his [Simpson’s] point of view even if it is a bit on the nose at times.”
He says there will be no expectation on Simpson to tone down the content on his site; on those occasions when Ihug has been his target, it was “probably nothing that wasn’t deserved”, Wood says.
Politics is Aardvark’s subject today: Simpson highlights an email campaign that purports to have originated with ACT, but which the party denies involvement in; and lays into the Green Party for providing email links from its site to newspaper editors, which Simpson labels as a spamming mechanism.
Ihug is sponsoring Aardvark for an undisclosed sum, in return for putting its logo on the site. Wood says Simpson will also write material for Ihug subscribers, to appear on the Ihug site, on subjects such as web applications and safeguarding PCs from security threats.
Simpson last week put a notice on his site saying the daily updates would cease because it was costing him $30,000 a year to keep the service going.