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Driving New Zealand’s fintech opportunity

New Zealand's fintech sector is well placed to succeed, but needs investment...Fintech is a significant growth opportunity for New Zealand’s tech sector and, according to FintechNZ general manager James Brown, we’ve never been better placed to capitalise on a burgeoning global market.“We’ve got an environment with a willingness from regulators to help drive it not stifle it, and we’re continuing to see significant growth. A lot of that is being driven by industry and not necessari...

March 8, 2019

Barking drones used on farms instead of sheep dogs

Robots aren't just stealing human jobs, they're after man's best friend too - now there's a drone that can bark like a sheep dog. The latest drone developments come as more farmers have started using the technology for work on the farm in recent years. Drone specialist from Christchurch-based DJI Ferntech, Adam Kerr, said the uptake in drones for agricultural uses had now made the National Agricultural Fieldays in Hamilton one of the biggest events in the company's calendar. Read more...

March 7, 2019

Rise of the robots and new technology to make our lives easier

As teachers prepare to possibly strike again over pay and conditions, I see technology could now be helping assist them in their jobs.The mundane parts anyway, like taking the roll. Let's face it, the sooner technology helps us in all our jobs the better.According to a new trial computer vision software, which performs facial recognition, can track the arrival and departure of students from school grounds. Not only that, it can do it in real time, and send the data to all concerned: teachers, pa...

March 7, 2019

Electric motorbikes deliver pizza

Three electric UBCO 2×2 utility motorcycles have been bought by Domino’s to trial for pizza delivery in Auckland, Taupo and Queenstown CBDs.“Ontime delivery is critical to the Domino’s brand and we’re excited to see if UBCO can deliver,” Domino’s NZ general manager Cameron Toomey says. “So far our delivery team are loving the bikes and they’ve exceeded our expectations.”Read more...

March 6, 2019

Trekker Waka Maps New Zealand’s Longest River

If you've ever wanted to shoot the Huka Falls rapids or while away the hours on Lake Ōhākuri but were just too busy driving past, now is your chance.And from the comfort of your own home.Google has launched a virtual tour of the Waikato River from the Māori Rock Carvings at Lake Taupō to Hampton Downs in North Waikato on Google Maps street view.Read more...

March 5, 2019

New fin-tech to give KiwiSaver advice

A technology entrepreneur has launched the first online financial advice service to give people personalised advice on which KiwiSaver provider and fund they should be in.National Capital has been set up by Clive Fernandes - an authorised financial adviser with a technology background.It is one of only four companies in New Zealand so far to receive a digital financial advice exemption from the Financial Markets Authority which has been issuing the exemptions since February 2018.Read more...

March 4, 2019

Why farmers hold the answer to making the personal data economy work

If Google, Facebook, Twitter, and your cell phone provider got together in a room, what details would they have about you? That lack of transparency is a problem causing deep data distrust, but I would argue that the more fundamental problem is that we don’t yet have an index for what personal data is worth, and we don’t have an open, transparent market to determine the price of data. What if instead of fighting that unknown with retrospective laws and public outcry, we took this opportunity...

March 3, 2019

NZ among the world’s countries with the fastest internet

The share of high-speed fibre in fixed broadband Internet connections in OECD countries has risen to 25%, up from 12% eight years ago, according to an update to the OECD's broadband portal, with New Zealand punching well above its weight. The latest data shows big differences between countries, however, with the share of fibre in total broadband ranging from above 70% in Korea, Japan and Lithuania to below 10% in Greece, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Israel, Austria, Germany, Italy and Ireland. T...

March 1, 2019

Project at Maungatautari helps nationwide battle to protect native birds from pests

An elaborate project is underway at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari with the hopes of getting a greater insight into the protection of its inhabitants.In October 2018, the Cacophony Project began with the conduction of regular audio recordings at one of the high points on the maunga."The project aims to greatly improve the ability to eliminate pest predators throughout New Zealand and monitor the effects on bird life that this brings," researcher Dr Tim Hunt said.Fighting mammalian pests u...

March 1, 2019

Could NZ be an early champion of blockchain?

How ready is New Zealand to invest in blockchain-based technologies? Reporter Vanita Prasad went along to an investor night to see big ideas meet big wallets as businesses betting on blockchain pitched their wares.“Unf*ck the world! Unf*ck the world!”A stage-full of excited tech entrepreneurs chanted as they posed for a photo at Centrality.ai’s Demo Day, an event to showcase the latest businesses to come out of the Kiwi blockchain studio’s first accelerator programme.Read more...

March 1, 2019

Welcome boost in NZ business spend on R&D

New figures reveal the highest increase in business R&D spend in a decade – more work to do Callaghan Innovation welcomes the half-a-billion-dollar rise in New Zealand business research and development (R&D) spending revealed today in figures from NZ Statistics.Callaghan Innovation CEO, Vic Crone, says the increase is the highest in a decade. Growth at this rate, she adds, puts New Zealand’s R&D spending on track to hit the Government’s 2% of GDP target within the next decade.Read mor...

February 28, 2019

Government commissions new study on the future of work

Tech disruption and the future of work are the focus of a new inquiry.  Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced the Productivity Commission on Thursday at the Work in Progress conference  in Wellington.The commission has a year to work on the report which would  be presented in March 2020, Robertson said."This is a really important piece of work ... I regard it as one of the most significant areas where the New Zealand Government needs to work on.Read more...

February 28, 2019

Spark debuts IoT asset tracking with Mainfreight

Spark has named New Zealand’s largest freight and logistics company, Mainfreight, as the first customer for Spark Asset Tracking.The move has been billed as its first end-to-end IoT service that bring together the company’s IoT networks, IoT devices, digital monitoring dashboards and a support service provided by Spark’s day time help desk.Spark announced on 18 February that its CAT-M1 network for IoT covered 98 per cent of the population. It also operates a LoRaWAN network with ...

February 27, 2019

Is Artificial Intelligence outsmarting NZ business?

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) have been in the works since the 1950s when the first electronic computers arrived, but it's not until the last decade or so that the technology has taken off and truly shown what it is capable of. From what we've seen so far, it's going to be a wild ride ahead for humanity.Somewhat unexpectedly this is in many ways thanks to computer games. Powerful graphics cards can handle multiple complex tasks in parallel and software that allow developer...

February 25, 2019

Cycling innovation from the heart of the Waikato

Velogicfit was launched at the Interbike cycling show in Los Vegas in 2015 – a world away from the quiet charm of the company’s headquarters in the heart of Cambridge. Producing software systems that help cycle retailers size and fit bikes to their customers, Velogicfit systems are fast gathering pace amongst specialist and enthusiasts across the world. “It’s more than about just saddle height and where to position the handlebars,” said managing director Nicky Bowden, pictured wit...

February 25, 2019

Exciting Maori Blockchain Startup

It's Demo Day next week for Āhau, an exciting Māori blockchain startup I've been helping with.Āhau is a cultural identity and community management platform that enables tribes to better stay connected with their people, and increase community involvement and activity.Āhau have been working in the Centrality Accelerator powered by Lightning Lab, building a platform for tribal groups and indigenous peoples to address some of the major issues around tribal management, cultur...

February 22, 2019

Up to $7,000 available for women's leadership development

Women currently working in the IT sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in a leadership development programme. Women and Leadership New Zealand is a national initiative dedicated to supporting a higher representation of female leadership throughout New Zealand's public and private sector workforce and the broader community. Find out more...

February 22, 2019

Government productivity report slammed for underplaying NZ ICT sector

A report published by Government has come under fire for not giving enough credit to the importance of New Zealand's ICT sector and heavily referencing Google's own report.Joint research project 'Growing the digital economy in Australia and New Zealand' , put together by the New Zealand Productivity Commission and Australian Productivity Commission, did nothing to highlight the opportunities within the local ICT and digital sectors, and heavily references a report commissioned by Googl...

February 22, 2019

Continuous learning and diverse thinking

Distilling the upsides of an ICT graduate programme...and pointers from industry leaders on running a successful programme in your own organisation.In our latest State of the CIO survey, we asked respondents - 131 most senior heads of ICT in New Zealand and Australia - whether they have a graduate programme specifically for the ICT department.Less than a fifth (13 per cent) said yes, with just 10 per cent saying they are planning to introduce one this year.The handful of those who have star...

February 21, 2019

Matamata entrepreneur's passion shines through

In the time it’s taken for a tour of Mata Digital’s spacious, airy offices and then stroll up the street to grab a coffee, it’s easy to see entrepreneur Tim Hampton’s passion not only for his businesses, but for Matamata as well. The walk to get coffee is peppered with friendly greetings from locals and commentary from Tim about his beloved home town. Tim is passionate. He’s civic-minded. Thoughtful and visionary. And at just 22, he owns three thriving businesses that he’s chosen to ...

February 21, 2019

An appetite for growth

Even the worldwide shortage of skilled IT professionals didn’t stop software specialist Company X from growing rapidly. If you want a shining example of a deliberate and disciplined growth strategy, look no further than Hamilton-based software specialist Company-X. Founded by David Hallett and Jeremy Hughes in 2012, “a ferocious appetite for growth from day one”, as Hallett describes it, has grown the business to more than 50 team members. Staff numbers doubled in a little over two years. ...

February 20, 2019

Bite-sized device a new take on wearable tech

You might have heard of wearable gadgets – but how about chewable technology?University of Auckland researchers have been pioneering a device which would allow the user to answer a phone call simply by biting down on it.ChewIt, developed by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute's Augmented Human Lab team, is a tiny piece of technology encased in a flexible, custom-made printed circuit board.By being operated from within your mouth, it enables discreet and hands-free interaction with your phone...

February 19, 2019

Spark’s newly completed Cat-M1 IoT network reaches 98% of New Zealanders

Spark announced today that it has completed a nationwide rollout of its Internet of Things (IoT) cellular (Cat-M1) network. Spark is the first company to confirm the nationwide completion of a Cat-M1 network in New Zealand.The network covers 98% of New Zealand’s population and has been deployed since September on over 96% of Spark’s mobile sites.This completed network will significantly expand the range of things that businesses across New Zealand can connect to, providing insights and contr...

February 18, 2019

3D printed breasts created for Kiwi women following mastectomies

A West Auckland woman's battle with cancer inspired her partner to create 3D printed breasts for women who have undergone mastectomies. Fay Cobbett, from Huapai, had the operation after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2015, but after deciding not to have reconstructive surgery, she struggled to find a comfortable alternative.Her partner Tim Carr made one for her and, three years on, the couple are set to digitally map the first Kiwi women registered to r...

February 14, 2019

Six tech trends shaping IT skills in demand for 2019

Now that we’re well into the New Year, it’s clear that the tech landscape shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Across almost every industry and sector, more and more traditional organisations are adopting technologies to streamline their processes and boost business efficiency. To ensure your IT career stays on track this year, we’ve compiled a list of six tech trends that will govern what skills will be in hot demand.Read more...

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