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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.
Microsoft offers Government free digital skills training
Upwards of 60 workshops will be offered, aimed at giving staff a vital grounding in cloud technologies, artificial intelligence and other skills.
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.
NZ SMBs a cut above most, but don’t take up government support
No matter where in Asia Pacific you look, almost all SMBs are barely scratching the surface of digital maturity.
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."
Small Business Council sharpens focus on future disruption
“We’ve taken a bird’s-eye look at the current landscape and the issues small businesses are facing," says Small Business Council chair Tenby Powell.
NZ’s newest $23m supercomputer facility now open
Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Wood comments on the benefits that this technology will bring to the country.
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.
NZTech’s Graeme Muller on the R&D tax incentive
NZTech’s chief executive describes why he thinks the government’s research and development will work, and the pitfalls it needs to avoid.
NZTech chief: Don't wait for the government, let's find NZ's CTO ourselves
Why do we need a government-appointed chief technology anyway? Those sentiments have been echoing around New Zealand’s tech community after the scandal and failed recruitment of marketing techrepreneur Derek Handley.
Govt forms Small Business Council to drive SME growth
"I want to make sure SMEs are well placed to maximise future opportunities and play their part in helping create a sustainable economy."
Government launches digital procurement processes for IT spending
“Together we can change procurement into a much more flexible, agile process taking advantage of what digital platforms can offer.” - Clare Curran
Innovative EV projects receive $3.97m government funding
“This is about demonstrating the rapidly evolving technology that is making electric vehicles a practical option for a growing number of businesses."