Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • Telensa to light up Dunedin, smartly

    UK based smart lighting maker Telensa is to supply 15,000 LED street lights to replace Dunedin’s sodium street lights with smart lighting.

    16 July 19 10:24 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Updated R&D tax incentive welcomed

    Both TechNZ and BusinessNZ have welcomed changes to the government’s R&D tax incentive scheme extending benefits to companies that are not turning a profit.

    15 July 19 10:08 Written by Stuart Corner
  • US to probe French plan to tax tech companies

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered an investigation into France's planned tax on technology companies, a probe that could lead to the United States imposing new tariffs or other trade restrictions.

    11 July 19 11:15 Written by Reuters
  • KiwiNet scores $8.2 new annual MBIE funding

    Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) has secured $8.2m of new annual funding from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for research commercialisation.

    09 July 19 10:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government unveils cyber security strategy

    Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi has released a new cyber security strategy saying it highlights four fundamentals for cyber security: partnerships are crucial; people are secure and human rights are respected online; economic growth is enhanced; national security is protected.

    03 July 19 12:04 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government unveils roadmap for digitally-driven economy growth

    The Government has launched a new approach to industry policy that it says is designed to grow more innovative industries in New Zealand and lift the productivity of key sectors. It puts the initial focus on agritech.

    02 July 19 10:33 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government's proposed ‘Facebook Tax’ branded ugly and unworkable

    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) says the Government’s proposed digital service tax designed to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share of tax is flawed and will also ensnare large Kiwi businesses and their customers.

    01 July 19 13:51 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Former CSG CEO faces trial over failed Ultranet project

    After just over two weeks of committal hearings, a magistrate has ruled three people will face trial on charges emerging from an investigation into the failed Ultranet project by Victoria's anti-corruption commission, IBAC.

    24 June 19 06:40 Written by Samira Sarraf
  • Google policy head retools team for global lobbying push

    Google is trying to plug a surge of public scrutiny around the world by overhauling how its policy office operates, with increased emphasis on having policy staffers and top company executives alike building relationships with governments, people familiar with the matter said this week.

    14 June 19 10:48 Written by Reuters
  • Next step in Assange extradition case due in UK court on Friday

    WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange is due before a London court on Friday, facing the next stage of a U.S. attempt to try him on spying charges after Britain’s interior minister said he had validated the American extradition request.

    14 June 19 08:52 Written by Reuters
  • Government sets out options for ‘Facebook tax’

    The minister for finance, Grant Robinson, has released a document canvassing the options for taxing services provided purely digitally, the so called ‘Facebook tax’.

    05 June 19 09:55 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Call for blockchain minister

    The executive director of BlockchainNZ, Mark Pascall, has told the government’s economic development, science and innovation select committee that blockchain could inject growth into the New Zealand economy.

    04 June 19 09:58 Written by Stuart Corner
  • $6.8m budget boost for Industry 4.0

    The Government has pledged $6.2m in operating costs and $0.6m in capital funding for an Industry 4.0 demonstration network with up to two smart factories that it says will help employers make sure they are ready for the future.

    31 May 19 09:04 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Cock-up, not crims, responsible for budget leak

    Treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf is facing renewed calls for his resignation following the leak of budget information after an investigation revealed that Treasury had inadvertently made the information accessible, disproving Makhlouf’s claims that Treasury had been victim of a sustained and targeted cyber attack.

    30 May 19 10:39 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ spooks want IT expertise

    New Zealand Government intelligence organisations — the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) — are both on the lookout for IT staff.

    29 May 19 15:28 Written by Stuart Corner
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