Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • Government initiatives needed to boost digital inclusion

    The Innovation Partnership, a body sponsored by Google, Chorus and InternetNZ, says New Zealand is falling short on ‘digital inclusion’ and it has called on Government to address the issue in collaboration with other organisations.

    27 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Fuji Xerox NZ finances under parental scrutiny

    ​New Zealand First Winston Peters has called for the Serious Fraud Office to take a second look at the Government’s dealings with Fuji Xerox New Zealand following report in the Japanese press that its parent company, Fujifilm Holdings, will delay its 2016 annual report pending an investigation of accounting practices at Fuji Xerox NZ.

    26 April 17 09:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Power companies empowered to install broadband fibre on rural properties

    ​Labour and other Opposition parties are claiming credit for new legislation that they say could accelerate the deployment of broadband fibre in rural areas and is “a game changer to enable immediate regional development opportunities for all of rural New Zealand.”

    13 April 17 09:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wellington joins Australian smart city body

    ​Wellington has become the first non-Australian city to join the Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA), under its recently created international affiliate cities category.

    12 April 17 12:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Connexionz software to manage New York ferries

    ​Christchurch-based Connexionz, which specialises in the development and delivery of real time passenger information and intelligent systems for managing transport networks, has been awarded a contract for software and systems to manage a new New York ferry service.

    12 April 17 11:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Immigration no panacea for IT skills shortage, says NZTech

    ​Wellington’s LookSee campaign offering 100 oversees IT professionals an all expenses paid trip to New Zealand for a series of pre-arranged job interviews has garnered over 48,000 applications, prompting a warning from the New Zealand Technology Association (NZTech) that New Zealand should not depend on immigration as the silver bullet to the tech skills shortages.

    11 April 17 09:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Dunedin proves its ‘Gigatown’ status with triple-speed broadband

    ​According to data from Chorus, Dunedin – which in 2013 became New Zealand’s first Gigatown – is well ahead of the rest of the country in broadband speeds with an average bandwidth of 196Mbps, more than three times that of the next fastest centre.

    10 April 17 09:14 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Study finds fibre to schools lifts student performance

    ​A study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, sponsored by Huawei, claims to have shown that fibre broadband services to schools boosts academic achievement by about one percentage point.

    05 April 17 14:31 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone, Spark and 2Degrees Join Forces to Boost Rural Communications

    ​Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees have made a submission to the Government proposing to use the recently announced Rural Broadband Initiative Extension (RBI2) and Mobile Black Spot Fund to improve rural broadband and mobile infrastructure.

    04 April 17 09:32 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ IoT Alliance launched

    The government has heralded the launch of a new alliance to explore the potential economic and social benefits of the Internet of Things.

    31 March 17 14:24 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ Intellectual Property Office ranked world’s online best

    The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has been ranked number one in the world for its online capabilities by the World Trademark Review, following its move to 100 percent online operation.

    17 March 17 16:22 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Earthquake Commission first customer for NZ-hosted OnBase

    New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission, which undertakes research into natural disasters and provides insurance against natural disasters for residential properties, has selected Hyland’s OnBase cloud-based content management system to support its claims management system, Guidewire ClaimCenter.

    16 March 17 15:36 Written by Stuart Corner
  • ‘Outdated’ cell broadcasting for emergency messages

    Civil Defence Minister, Gerry Brownlee, has announced plans to implement, New Zealand wide, a system that will use the mobile network to broadcast messages to all cellphones in an area in the event of an emergency.

    07 March 17 16:56 Written by Stuart Corner
  • New satnav technology promises 10 centimetre accuracy

    The minister for Economic Development and minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, has announced that New Zealand wil join Australia to develop and trial satellite technology to improve the accuracy of satellite navigation systems such as GPS, and will contribute $A2m to the project.

    20 Feb. 17 16:52 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Pushpay scores $5m Callaghan Innovations R&D grant

    Mobile commerce company, Pushpay Holdings (NZX: PPH) has scored a Research and Development (R&D) Growth Grant from Government R&D agency Callaghan Innovation worth up to $15 million over three years. It follows the company gaining a $960,000 R&D grant from Callaghan in June 2015.

    16 Feb. 17 15:48 Written by Stuart Corner