Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • 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
  • Deloitte report details national health Oracle debacle

    The Health Ministry has released a report from Deloitte, commissioned in 2017, into the long running $90m Oracle-based National Health Solution along with a review into the Deloitte review commissioned from Audit NZ, saying it intends to fully implement the recommendations of the Audit NZ review.

    04 Sept. 18 15:07 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Curran brought down by undocumented meeting with CTO candidate

    Clare Curran, minister of government digital services, has resigned over an undocumented meeting with a candidate for the government’s chief technology officer role, the recruitment of which is being managed by her department.

    24 Aug. 18 15:43 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wellington Council to deploy Unit4’s cloud ERP system

    Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is planning to implement a new enterprise resource planning system from Netherlands based company Unit4. The software has been in use at New Zealand Post since 2016.

    21 Aug. 18 12:10 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZ gov’t hosts open data hackathon

    Two-day event sparks interest across public and private sectors - there is a waitlist for participants

    15 Aug. 18 07:42 Written by Divina Paredes
  • Government cloud procurement goes digital

    Digital services minister Clare Curran has signalled the imminent launch of Marketplace, a new digital services to enable government agencies to procure goods and services. It will initially enable access only to public cloud services.

    13 Aug. 18 09:57 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Delaware to test blockchain-based business filing system

    More than half of all U.S. publicly-traded companies – and two-thirds of Fortune 500 firms – are incorporated in Delaware because of its business-friendly laws and well-established corporate legal precedence.

    17 July 18 08:57 Written by Lucas Mearian