Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • Push for legislation to keep ewaste out of landfill

    The eDay Trust has released an eWaste Manifesto that calls on all political parties to support a strong and sustainable plan for reduce the amount of electronic waste ending up in landfill.

    13 Sept. 17 11:02 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ Government commits to making data open

    The New Zealand Government has joined those of 17 other countries, including Australia, in signing up to the International Open Data Charter, saying the move will help drive innovation, support public accountability and encourage engagement with government.

    28 Aug. 17 09:53 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ First calls for widespread enquiry as Fuji Xerox scandal deepens

    NZ First is calling for a public inquiry into accounting, audit and assurance standards, the Crown Agency, the External Reporting Board and the Serious Fraud Office as more details emerge of financial misconduct over several years at Fuji Xerox New Zealand, a major beneficiary of government contracts.

    07 Aug. 17 11:08 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Micro-credentials now being trialled in New Zealand

    Tertiary education, skills and employment minister, Paul Goldsmith, has announced New Zealand's first trial of micro-credential courses, including a course in self-driving car engineering programme delivered online by Udacity.

    03 Aug. 17 11:14 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Internet Party to ‘crowd source’ anti-spying bill

    The Internet Party is planning to ‘crowd source’ the drafting of bill that, in the unlikely event it became law, would, it says, counter government spying on New Zealand citizens.

    02 Aug. 17 10:26 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ Health Ministry to use social media to predict epidemics

    New Zealand’s health minister, Jonathan Coleman, has launched a project that will seek to establish if tracking trends on social media and using ‘unconventional data’ can help predict outbreaks and further improve responses to epidemics.

    27 July 17 11:12 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Crown Fibre Holdings morphs into Crown Infrastructure Partners

    The Government is to repurpose Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH), the company set up to build the ultra-fast broadband network, and use it to invest up to $660m to fund the building of roads, water and sewerage infrastructure in large scale housing developments in partnership with local councils and private investors.

    24 July 17 12:27 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Kim Dotcom vows to keep fighting ‘unlawful surveillance’

    Kim Dotcom has vowed to appeal this week’s High Court judgement denying him access to his personal communications that the Government has admitted were illegally intercepted by the Government Communications Security Bureau in the run up to his arrest in 2012, at the behest of the US Government, for alleged copyright offences.

    21 July 17 14:13 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Got guts and a social conscience? Internet Party wants you

    The Internet Party has put out a call via its Facebook page for candidates for the General Election scheduled for 23 September saying it is looking for “people with guts and a social conscience … empathy, life experience and a love for the Internet."

    18 July 17 15:04 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government coy on 111 caller location limitations

    The New Zealand Government is boasting about the effectiveness of a new caller location system for calls to 111 make from mobile phones, without making any mention of the fact that it works only from Android phones.

    10 July 17 11:47 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Intelligent transport: More talk, no action?

    Transport Minister Simon Bridges has announced plans for a study into how New Zealand’s economy can benefit from intelligent transport systems, without making any mention of the Government’s existing intelligent transport plan.

    06 July 17 11:25 Written by Stuart Corner
  • IoT Alliance report calls on Government to ‘catalyse’ IoT uptake

    The New Zealand IoT Alliance has released a study into IoT in New Zealand saying the application of IoT could bring benefits worth billions of dollars to the New Zealand Economy and that the Government should take a lead role as the catalyst for change.

    03 July 17 10:05 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Identity theft and card fraught top Kiwis’ security concerns

    ​Unisys has released the latest edition of the Unisys Security Index saying, perhaps unsurprisingly, that New Zealanders’ concern about security issues is the highest it has been since the index was initiated in 2006.

    30 June 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Eight organisations score grants for cyber safety initiatives

    Netsafe, an independent, non-profit organisation focused on online safety, has awarded grants to eight projects that aim to combat online abuse, bullying and harassment in New Zealand in the first round of its annual online safety partnership grant program.

    29 June 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Schools get new digital technology curriculum content

    ​Education minister Nikki Kaye has released a consultation draft setting out proposals for new digital technologies content for the New Zealand curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium curriculum, along with a $40 million investment package to upskill teachers so they can deliver the new curriculum.

    29 June 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner