There is life after the computer industry for John Forster. Forster, a former head of Digital New Zealand who went on to run distribution company Datamatic before it closed down in 1998, was in the industry for 30 years.
His latest venture is in partnership with another former industry figure, ex-Compaq marketing manager Tony Lambert. The pair have been staging an Italian film festival in cinemas in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and, this week, in Napier.“I have an interest in things Italian,” says Forster, who studied the language last year and whose sister has lived in Italy for more than 25 years.
He also has an interest in tourism ventures. One, the Little Kiwi Bus Company, was abandoned about a year ago. But a more exotic venture is close to being launched — literally. Forster is a director of Submarine Adventures, a company which is about to start taking passengers to the bottom of Milford Sound in Fiordland aboard a small submarine.