Govt studies Kiwi IT for foreign bucks

A study of the New Zealand information and communications technology industries is planned for next month by government agency Investment New Zealand.

A study of the New Zealand information and communications technology industries is planned for next month by government agency Investment New Zealand.

Tenders close today for organisations to carry out the study, which will include a database of the IT industry's six most "innovative" sectors. These are creative technology (films/multimedia), security software, artificial intelligence, healthcare software, utility software and wireless mobile devices.

INZ investment manager Krista Ferguson says foreign firms are interested in investing in New Zealand. The study will help match them up with New Zealand companies as it will be easier to find what is out there, and these sectors were what foreign firms are most interested in.

"We will be collating information on companies doing innovative things and asking them if they are interested in seeking investment," she says.

"There is always information in terms of sales and exports, but there is no definitive listing of companies, not even by Statistics New Zealand," Ferguson says.

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