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  • Statistics NZ gets $58m to update IT systems in Budget

    Statistics NZ will receive $58 million over the next four years to update its IT systems, it was announced in Budget 2011 today.
    A statement from Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says the funding will go towards the programme ‘Statistics 2020: Achieving the Statistical System of the Future’, which aims to update the department’s IT systems.
    “Statistics New Zealand has a unique IT environment,” Williamson says. “It has about 250 systems that produce statistics about key economic and social data.”
    In addition, the department receives an extra $3.8 million in capital funding over the next four years, totalling $12.7 million over 10 years. “The extra funding will enable the organisation to transform the way it produces statistics.It will increase productivity and reduce the longer-term cost of statistics production.
    “The funding will benefit individuals, communities, and local and central government agencies which base their decisions on robust information,” Williamson says.
    igovt benefits
    Other ICT-related spending includes $27.6 million over the next two years for igovt services, which are intended to make it easier for people to interact with government online.
    “The igovt services provide an easy and secure way of accessing government services online and proving identity,” says Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy in a statement.

  • Budget moves get positive reaction from IT industry

    In general, response to the Budget from members of industry lobby the NZICT Group has been positive, says CEO Brett O'Riley. Members attended a breakfast meeting with Prime Minister John Key this morning where they had the chance to express their views directly.

  • Fibre scheme, KAREN benefit from Budget

    The first tranche of cash for the government’s $1.5 billion fibre-to-the-home rollout is the key ICT spending feature of this year’s budget, which was delivered by finance minister Bill English today.

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