Today sees two launches in the increasingly lively local Internet scene - the FlyingPig online store and a new ISP.
FlyingPig's launch is the direct culmination of work that began in July, when Orion Ventures took over work in progress for a new Whitcoulls Web site. Although Orion's plans call for the site to eventually offer consumer electronics, computers and other goods, it has kicked off this morning with catalogues of books, videos, software and stationery.
FlyingPig is online now at www.flyingpig.co.nz. But two separate parties have recently registered similar domain names. Australian company Silhouette Graphics has registered flying-pig.co.nz and the less-likely-to-be-confused flying-rat.co.nz is registered to Andrew Kirk of Auckland.
Also due to launch, with some fanfare, later today is a new Auckland-based Internet service provider.