Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • Wagbot the chatbot delivers educational advice

    ​Community Law Wellington has launched a chatbot to provide information to parents and students about schools and education throughout New Zealand. The chatbot, dubbed ‘Wagbot’ is claimed to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to ‘learn on the job’.

    17 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Vodafone creates airborne cell site for search and rescue

    ​Vodafone in conjunction with Police Search and Rescue (SAR) has developed a mobile cell site that can be fitted into a helicopter enabling rescuers to communicate with people on the ground via their cellphones in areas where there is no mobile network coverage.

    16 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Early challenge for NZ’s new cyber security response team

    ​Just a week after the announcement of its formation, New Zealand’s new National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been called on to help the nation respond to a global ransomware attack of epic proportions.

    15 May 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • DataTorque revamaps Haiti’s tax collection system

    Wellington based software company DataTorque in partnership with Canadian company C2D Services has secured a six year contract from the Government of Canada to produce a French language version of its RMS taxation management system and implement it for Haiti’s tax authority, the Direction Générale des Impôts.

    12 May 17 08:48 Written by Stuart Corner
  • New investment guide trumpets NZ’s ‘firsts’

    ​Did you know that the world’s first powered flight was made not by the Wright Brothers but by a New Zealander, Richard Pearce; or that the global pharmaceutical empire Glaxo Smith Kline had its origins in Bunnythorpe?

    11 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Horowhenua council streamlines land information delivery with Civica

    The district council for the North Island community of Horowhenua has implemented Authority 7 the latest version of the Authority local government management software from UK company Civica, reducing the time taken to deliver its land information memorandum (LIM) report from 10 days to, on average, half a day.

    10 May 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Blockchain tipped to untangle the law on intangible property

    ​Law firm Russell McVeagh has shone a spotlight on the conflicted ways in which different legal jurisdictions treat rights to intangible property such as software and domain names, and suggests that the growing use of blockchain technologies to establish ownership of valuable intangibles will soon force lawmakers to deal with the issue.

    08 May 17 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Sky Vodafone merger OKed, as an overseas investment

    The Overseas Investment Office has granted its consent to the merger of SKY Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand. However, there is no suggestion, despite at least one press report to the contrary, that this decision will override the Commerce Commission’s rejection, in February of the deal on the basis that it would be anti-competitive.

    01 May 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • 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
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