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$40m top up for rural broadband

Sarah Putt. 15 November 2018, 8:01 pm

The Coalition Government has dipped into its $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to invest $40 million in rural connectivity. The funding will be used to expand the Rural Broadband Initiative Phase Two (RBI2) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF) - two initiatives launched by the previous National Government. 

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Future of Work - update

Sarah Putt. 13 November 2018, 9:42 am

With the latest labour market statistics showing that the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.9%, you might wonder why anyone with bother with a Future of Work Forum, but the Labour Government seems determined to press on with a model that it first developed in opposition.

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Stats NZ seeks public input in legislation refresh

Sarah Putt. 06 November 2018, 9:37 am

Generation X was making its first baby steps into the world, and Generations Y and Z had not even been thought of, when the Statistics Act 1975 came into being. But for 40 years the country's data has been governed by an Act that doesn't even have the word 'data' in it.

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Telcos ranked to pay for rural levy

Sarah Putt. 30 October 2018, 9:09 pm

In the tech sector the TIN Report ranks companies in terms of revenue and celebrates their success, with many of those featured using the acknowledgement to attract Government assistance. In the telco…

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Govt trials AI for multi-agency interactions

Sarah Putt. 23 October 2018, 8:21 am

Navigating their way through multiple government agencies can be tough going for many businesses, so the Government is trialling an AI tool designed to make it easier.

The Ministry of Business, Inn…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 19 October 2018, 3:00 pm

We remember when the future was cool. The Sky is falling ... for Sky. And Goods and Service Tax will be applied to every item you buy online - will this change the world of retail for ever?

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R&D spend under the spotlight

Sarah Putt. 18 October 2018, 9:11 am

The latest New Zealand's R&D performance report shows that investment in innovation continues to be weighted towards the manufacturing and primary sectors, that business expenditure on R&D is low (but…

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A better tomorrow requires change today

Pia Andrews. 17 October 2018, 8:33 am

Pia Andrews is known to many in the New Zealand digital space as a thought leader in terms of governments and the use of digital technology.

Currently based in Australia, Andrews is the executive d…

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UFB contractors breach employment standards: MBIE

Paul Brislen. 08 October 2018, 5:17 pm

Nearly all of the sub-contractors working on the Ultra Fast Broadband project for Chorus have been found in breach of employment standards, according to a media release from the Ministry of Business I…

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New R&D regime to increase spending, but is it enough?

Paul Brislen. 08 October 2018, 7:45 am

The new research and development tax regime has been announced with a few tweaks following the consultation period.

The threshold of $100,000 spending per annum on R&D has been lowered to $50,000 m…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 05 October 2018, 5:19 pm

Facebook falls foul of the EU... Cometh the hour, cometh the man... Cometh the hour again...

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