Solving the tech sector skills shortage – How diversity and inclusion benefit industry and the NZ economy

David Downs, Guest Post. 28 April 2021, 6:57 am The Hi-Tech Trust is putting its weight behind the effort to significantly boost inclusion and diversity, starting with our He Whetū Mārama Ngā Karahipi / Leading Light scholarship programme designed in collaboration with Perpetual Guardian to lower the barriers to entry for people into the sector. […]

Apple shores up support at home with US$430 billion investment plan

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 27 April 2021, 9:59 am Facing regulator scrutiny of its App Store policies and growing tech rivalry between the US and China, Apple is doubling down at home with plans to add 20,000 jobs across the US. Apple in 2018 unveiled plans to spend US$350 billion creating new jobs, new premises and […]

Brislen on Tech: Triage for Health IT

Paul Brislen, Editor. 23 April 2021, 1:11 pm In 2002 the Mobile Surgical Unit (a surgical suite on wheels) was unveiled and I was lucky enough to take a tour around it. The truck itself is 20m long and weighs 42 tonnes and was designed so surgeons could rock up to a regional hospital, conduct […]

Toybox: Blast from the past for Apple as colour seeps back into the range

Paul Brislen, Editor. 21 April 2021, 7:29 am Apple has gone back to the future with its colourful new line-up of devices that hark back to the early days of the iMac. New iPhones, new iMacs, the iPad Pro refresh  and the long-awaited “AirTags” made their debut at today’s Apple spring time launch event that […]

GovTech to tackle sustainability in 2021 accelerator round

Peter Griffin, Contributor. 20 April 2021, 8:50 am Local and central government agencies will focus on the four pillars of sustainability – environmental, social, cultural, and economic, in this year’s 13-week NZ GovTech Accelerator programme. GovTech Accelerator is organised each year by Wellington-based Creative HQ and pairs government agencies with technologists and other specialists to […]

New Zealand needs to do better at building world-class firms

Techblog staff. 20 April 2021, 5:00 am The New Zealand Productivity Commission today released the final report of its frontier firms inquiry. The performance of New Zealand’s firms plays a vital role in the nation’s productivity and wellbeing. Our most productive or “frontier firms” set the bar for all firms. They are a key pathway by […]

Brislen on Tech: We choose to be poor

I’ve been thinking a lot about Paul Callaghan’s fascinating presentation “Mapping our future” and about New Zealand’s economic opportunity. I first saw a somewhat refined version of his presentation at a TUANZ even in 2011. It so upset the man from the rural sector who followed him that all he could do was stand up […]

NZ Excellence in IT Awards: Nominations now open

We’re super excited to announce that nominations are now open for the NZ Excellence in IT Awards, the awards that recognise the people making such a difference in tech. The New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards are sector-wide awards recognising the individuals and teams who have truly excelled in our industry. While other awards focus […]