Monday news in brief (July 4th)

Victoria MacLennan. 04 July 2022, 10:36 pm Can you believe it’s July already! and 5 weeks since Budget 2022 – time is flying by. To be frank the budget was pretty disappointing for our industry and for digital equity in Aotearoa. A small fraction of the Digital Industry Transformation Plan (Digital ITP) was funded ($20M) […]

Griffin on Tech: Game over for developers without tax breaks 

Peter Griffin, Editor. 01 July 2022, 2:30 pm A new 30% tax break for digital games developers takes effect today – across the Tasman. It means that local and international development houses undertaking their development in Australia are suddenly much more competitive than their New Zealand counterparts. If you are a game developer in the […]

Getting more girls into game development

Peter Griffin, Editor. 30 June 2022, 10:00 am Video games are big business for New Zealand with the game development industry worth $276 million last year according to the New Zealand Game Developers Association. However, as with many areas of technology, it struggles with a gender imbalance, with the NZGDA data showing that just 19% […]

NASA enlists NZ help to return humans to the Moon

Peter Griffin, Editor. 28 June 2022, 7:29 am NASA yesterday postponed the launch of its CAPSTONE satellite from Rocket Labs’ launchpad on the Mahia Peninsula. But the US space agency’s collaboration with New Zealand has expanded, with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment signing an agreement enabling NASA to collaborate with University of Canterbury […]

Monday news in brief (June 27th)

Victoria MacLennan. 27 June 2022, 10:28 pm I am off to Ōtepoti Dunedin tomorrow (Tuesday 28th) for the inaugural Data Stewardship conference, hosted by Otago University business school, where I will be speaking on SFIA in a data maturity context – one of my favourite topics data maturity. I’m not especially looking forward to the […]

Griffin on Tech: the Mega pirates fess up

Peter Griffin, Editor. 23 June 2022, 12:32 pm Yesterday will have been a particularly bleak winter day for Kim Dotcom as he wandered the grounds of his mansion outside Glenorchy. In the High Court at Auckland, Bram van der Kolk, 39, and Mathias Ortmann, his former colleagues at file hosting company Megaupload, were pleading guilty […]

Why do we find writing our own CV’s so hard? 5 Tips

Victoria MacLennan. 23 June 2022, 9:53 am Last night I edited a friends CV and found it so easy to do, write about her virtues, her amazing skills, her achievements – yet 6 months ago confronted with writing my own CV when applying for this role I found it incredibly confronting, humbling and an irrational […]

Ports of automation: where Auckland went wrong

That same year, I was running a business that had many transport companies for customers, including the largest in NZ. In the course of that business, we often heard concerns about the (in)efficiency of POAL. Remember this is all nearly ten years ago. Fast forward to June 2022 and Port of Tauranga is still the […]

From Gravity to Ghostbusters: Film festival to showcase women in STEM

Peter Griffin, Editor. 21 June 2022, 10:02 am Auckland techies and cinephiles are in for a treat in July as a week-long film festival kicks off with a focus on strong female leads in science and innovation-themed movies. The festival runs from July 1 to July 7 and is hosted by the Association for Women […]

Monday news in brief (June 20th)

Victoria MacLennan. 20 June 2022, 10:28 pm I missed my update last Monday, I was home sick thinking it might be Covid but it turned out to be a common cold – touch wood I still haven’t joined the thousands of New Zealanders who have experienced Covid19. I also heard last week that as a […]