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Forget disruption, you should be worrying about our lack of tech
According to the new report, ‘New Zealand, technology and productivity’, it isn’t that New Zealand has too much technology it’s that we don’t have enough.
Ministry of Education says curriculum won't widen digital divide
The Ministry of Education has come out fighting against criticism that technology in schools may lead to some children from lower socio-economic areas missing out.
Cryptocurrency conundrum: Reserve Bank & IR fumble in the dark
Whether it's cryptocurrency salaries or a central digital currency, no agency is quite sure how to tackle this upcoming payment trend.
Passports, licenses of 300 leaked in Ministry for Culture and Heritage data breach
The documents leaked included 228 passports, 55 driver licenses, and 36 birth certificates – making the victims vulnerable to identity theft by cyber-criminals.
Govt support could turn NZ's game industry into billion-dollar boom
Grinding Gear Games’ hugely successful RPG Path of Exile has showcased the local gaming industry – last year Tencent purchased Grinding Gear Games for more than $100 million.
IPONZ launches online trade mark checker
The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has now made it easier for people to check whether or not a word, image, or logo has been trade marked in New Zealand.
Govt gets serious about drone regulation in NZ
New Zealand could be leading the world in the development of drone technologies, but we need to work out how to make those technologies safe first.
Govt announces Business Connect platform for SMBs
The $7.1 million platform will be called Business Connect, with the aim of integrating multiple services throughout one digital platform.
Why the state sector overhaul is a huge opportunity – Accenture
The Government’s proposal to unify the entire state sector could deliver enormous economic and social benefits.
Govt invests $8m into refreshed Cyber Security Strategy
The Government has refreshed its approach to New Zealand’s cybersecurity, with more focus on partnerships, funding, and international participation.
Microsoft showcase highlights NZ's critical challenges
Microsoft presented its first ever parliamentary Showcase to New Zealand government ministers and MPs last week, as it showcased just how innovative New Zealanders can be.
Blockchain could inject growth into the NZ economy
“We appeal to the government and Kiwi corporations to see blockchain as the next completely neutral public digital infrastructure."
New Zealand Govt announces cloud framework agreement with SAP
“Data-driven solutions are the most powerful way to solve some of society’s most pressing problems."
Govt & Canterbury Uni pour $7m into gaming research
The funding will be used to boost the University of Canterbury’s Applied Immersive Gaming Initiative, which will research and accelerate public use of immersing gaming applications.
Privacy Bill may limit breach fines to $10,000
The Privacy Commissioner was seeking maximum breach fines of up to $1 million against body corporates.
Time's up, tax dodgers: Multinational tech firms may soon pay their dues
Multinational tech and digital services firms may no longer have a free tax pass to operate in New Zealand.
InternetNZ welcomes Govt's 99.8% broadband coverage plan
The additional coverage will roll out over the next four years as part of the Rural Broadband Initiative phase two/Mobile Black Spots Fund (RBI2/MBSF) programme expansion.
GCSB welcomes Inspector-General's report on intelligence warrants
Intelligence warrants can include surveillance, private communications interception, searches of physical places and things, and the seizure of communications, information and things.
Report finds GCSB in compliance with NZ rights
The Inspector-General has given the GCSB its compliance tick of approval for the fourth year in a row.
Govt commits $5.15m to digital identity research
“With more and more aspects of our lives taking place online it’s critical the government takes a lead to ensure New Zealanders have control of how and who uses their identity information,” says Minister Woods.
Huawei seeks urgent meeting with Govt about Spark 5G ban saga
“There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei presented and we strongly reject the notion that our business threatens New Zealand in any way."
Kiwis dream of electric vehicles - while we're buying gas guzzlers
“The number of EVs in the fleet grew by 3,656 in 2017 but the number of large vehicles, with engines greater than 3000 cc, grew by five times that amount."
R&D Tax Incentive a welcome boost for tourism sector - TECNZ
The government’s new R&D Tax Incentive could be a breakthrough for the tourism sector’s ability to innovate, adapt and change.
LeoLabs space-tracking tech is coming to Central Otago
Central Otago is going to become home to one of the first radars in the Southern Hemisphere to track small satellites and space debris.