Government cloud contract a ‘big win for data sovereignty’ – Catalyst

Peter Griffin, Editor. 03 March 2022, 9:00 am Catalyst Cloud has won an all-of-government contract with the Department of Internal Affairs that the company says removes longstanding barriers around the IT procurement process. Catalyst Cloud, which has been offering its locally owned and operated cloud platform since 2014, has three data centre regions in New […]

Scholarships in memory of a lost tech leader

Peter Griffin, Editor. 01 March 2022, 2:27 pm Scott Bartlett’s death from brain cancer at age 40 in 2020 as the pandemic was raging around him, sparked an outpouring of sorrow in the tech community he was part of. Bartlett had been the right-hand man to Seeby Woodhouse at Orcon, staying on after the sale […]

Microsoft extends its Defender security platform to cover Google Cloud

Peter Griffin, Editor. 24 February 2022, 10:32 am Most businesses are running Microsoft in their organisation but may use Google, AWS or Microsoft’s own cloud service Azure for hosting their applications and data. That’s the multi-cloud reality Microsoft is faced with – customers may use their products, but are unlikely to go all-in on Azure […]

NZ-founded venture capital firm launches fund for Web3 projects

Peter Griffin, Editor. 22 February 2022, 9:37 am Aera VC, the Singapore-based venture capital firm co-founded by New Zealand entrepreneur Derek Handley, has launched Aera Force, a DAO (distributed autonomous organisation) to fund blockchain and other Web3 projects that tackle climate change. Aera Force is initially raising the equivalent of 2000 ETH (Ethereum) tokens for […]

New ITP CEO Announced

Anthony Dowling, ITP President. 21 February 2022, 4:52 pm Following an extensive search and recruitment process, the National Board of IT Professionals NZ is excited to announce the appointment of Victoria MacLennan as its next CEO.  ITPNZ is the professional body of the tech sector, representing thousands of professions across New Zealand. As the longest […]

600 tech border exceptions now available

Paul Matthews. 18 February 2022, 12:00 pm . The process to apply for the 600 border exceptions for tech workers is now underway, and businesses can apply for an industry nomination now. These roles are critical to accelerate access to much needed skills by the fast growing tech sector and businesses across the economy. The […]

Griffin on Tech: China flexes its tech muscle at the Olympics

Peter Griffin, Editor. 18 February 2022, 11:00 am Our 15 young athletes who have been competing in the Winter Olympics, including gold and silver medal-winning superstar Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, are getting intimately acquainted with the best technology China has to offer. The apartments they stay in are equipped with smart beds that can monitor their breathing and […]

2Degrees urges you to regulate your screen time

Peter Griffin, Editor. 17 February 2022, 9:26 am Nearly half of New Zealand adults have the desire to better balance their use of technology according to mobile network operator 2Degrees, which has released a new app to help people log off more often. Surveying by the mobile company found that 54% of us don’t have […]

We now have a draft plan for the digital sector – have your say on it

Peter Griffin, Editor. 15 February 2022, 9:25 am After a lengthy period of development, the draft industry transformation plan (ITP) for the digital technologies sector is finally ready for your feedback. The draft plan represents dozens of workshops, steering groups, industry forums, all undertaken in the shadow of the pandemic, but attempting to grapple with […]