Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • Ahern and Morrison pledge closer digital co-operation

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ahern and her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison have pledged their respective governments to strengthen collaboration and co-operation across a wide range of digital technology issues.

    22 Feb. 19 15:05 Written by Stuart Corner
  • MBIE gets Orwellian on Square Kilometre Array telescope

    New Zealand's astronomy community is reported to be making a last ditch effort to keep the country involved in the massive Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, but the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which was leading New Zealand's involvement, has not only withdrawn, it appears to have removed the record of its involvement.

    15 Jan. 19 13:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Gov't cops flak over abandoned CTO plan

    The Government has attracted widespread criticism after announcing, quietly, that it has abandoned its problem-plagued plan to create a government chief technology officer role in favour of an advisory group.

    20 Dec. 18 13:45 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Blockchain tipped to boost IT exports

    Callaghan Innovation has released a report into the potential of blockchain and distributed ledgers sating they have the potential to drive significant innovation and technology exports and help ICT to become the second biggest contributor to gross domestic product by 2025.

    18 Dec. 18 08:58 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Italian certified email accounts attacked

    Unknown hackers gained access to thousands of Italian certified email accounts, including those of magistrates and security officials, in a major cyber attack earlier this month, a senior official said on Monday.

    20 Nov. 18 09:06 Written by Reuters
  • Facebook, Google tools reveal political ad removal data

    Public databases that shine a light on online political ads - launched by Facebook and Google before Tuesday's U.S. elections - offer the public the first broad view of how quickly the companies yank advertisements that break their rules.

    08 Nov. 18 08:47 Written by Reuters
  • NZ government warns of algorithm bias

    The New Zealand government has produced its first report into the use of algorithms by government agencies, saying there are few safeguards against biased algorithms, and there is ample scope for government agencies to lift their game.

    29 Oct. 18 14:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Trans-Tasman e-invoice could save $30b in 10 years

    The New Zealand and Australian governments are inviting submissions on a proposed trans-Tasman e-invoicing standard, being developed as part of the Single Economic Market agenda (SEM), designed to create a seamless trans-Tasman business environment.

    18 Oct. 18 12:14 Written by Stuart Corner
  • New R&D tax incentives widely welcomed

    The Government has announced a new tax incentive scheme designed to boost spending on research and development. It has lifted its incentive from 12.5 percent to 15 percent of eligible R&D spending and dropped the R&D spending threshold to $50,000 from $100,000.

    04 Oct. 18 09:28 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ Government urged to adopt cryptocurrency

    A report produced by the University of Auckland based on research funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation has called for New Zealand to develop a central bank-issued cryptocurrency, thriving cryptocurrency exchanges and the ability for businesses to trade in GST-free cryptocurrency.

    02 Oct. 18 10:31 Written by Stuart Corner
  • In pictures: 'Digital now, digital savvy' breakfast forum in Wellington

    Technology and digital leaders share ‘real-world’ stories of how organisations - already on the digital transformation path - can continue to realign IT to engage, compete and grow. The breakfast forum in Wellington featured presentations by NZQA CIO Lukasz Zawilski on ‘NZQA’s digital transformation: getting the culture right, challenging the norm'; Stats NZ chief digital officer Chris Buxton on ‘what digital first means for today’s business leaders’; and Zoho president Raj Sabhlok on ‘IT in the cloud era’. Vince Warnock, digital marketing manager at Cigna and Wayne Loke, senior manager for strategy, planning and performance at Stats NZ, joined the group for a panel discussion on steps organisations are taking to thrive in the digital era. ​The CIO and Computerworld New Zealand event, in partnership with Zoho, was also held in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne.

    02 Oct. 18 06:30 Written by Divina Paredes
  • NZTech calls for IT industry's own CTO

    In the latest development in the long running debacle surrounding the government's attempts to appoint a chief technology officer, the head of NZTech has suggested the IT industry should create a CTO role, and find a suitable candidate, independent of the government.

    17 Sept. 18 15:35 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ's new CTO: Blink and you'll miss him

    Having just appointed Derek Handley as chief technology officer the government has decided to scrap his role and go back to square one.

    14 Sept. 18 15:56 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Intergen scores key role in DIA's digital transformation

    Intergen, a New Zealand subsidiary of ASX listed Empired, has been selected to deliver core components of a digital transformation programme for the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) under a five year contract that is expected to be worth $10m over the first two years. It also has the option for two, two-year extensions.

    12 Sept. 18 08:26 Written by Stuart Corner