Sarah Putt

New Zealand Editor

Sarah Putt is the New Zealand editor for CIO and Computerworld.

Full speed ahead for NZ’s rural broadband rollout

The schedule for completing New Zealand's rural broadband programmes has been brought forward a year, and is now due for completion in 2021, communications minister Clare Curran has announced.

InternetNZ, 20/20 Trust push for universal access

Universal access to the internet is being recognised as a key issue for ensuring all New Zealanders benefit from the Ultra Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband rollouts.

New Zealand government’s use of algorithms under scrutiny

A project examining the use of algorithms by NZ government agencies has been announced by the government digital services minister Clare Curran and statistics minister James Shaw.

InternetNZ funds work on mobile services, internet addiction

InternetNZ has awarded grants totalling $100,000 to seven recipients for projects ranging from improving mobile services, to internet addiction and freedom of speech online.

Callaghan boss responds to govt change in R&D funding

Callaghan Innovation CEO Victoria Crone says the organisation is ready to “pivot” to accommodate the Government’s new direction for investing in R&D - moving away from grants in favour of tax incentives.

Budget increases funding for telco policy, cybersecurity

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has received additional funding to focus on “telecommunications policy, infrastructure and digital economy priorities”, it was announced in the Government’s Budget last week.

Trade body looks to move beyond Excel

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is in the market for a budgeting and forecasting tool to replace its current excel-based solution.

NZ takes lead in Pacific Cyber-Security network

Cyber security entities from 14 Pacific nations have formed the Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network (PaCSON), with CERT NZ named as its inaugural chair.

Email solution sought for NZ’s largest district health board

Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) wants to enable email communication with its patients and substantially reduce the number of letters it sends out each year.

Trade Me and Real Me awarded Privacy Trust Mark

The Privacy Commission has launched the Privacy Trust Mark awards to recognise excellence in privacy-friendly products or services. The first two recipients are TradeMe and Real Me service from the Department of Internal Affairs, it...

NZ govt tackles the rise of algorithms

Can you enforce transparency when applying algorithms? Should a human be in the loop in AI systems? How do you construct an ethical framework before you apply predictive modelling to welfare services?

Wins and losses in proposed changes to telco bill

Chorus scored an early resolution on removing copper lines but failed in its bid to move up the value chain, in a report by the parliamentary committee reviewing the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill.

New Zealand unprepared for AI

It could increase GDP by up to NZ$54 billion by 2035, but a report on the state of Artificial Intelligence in New Zealand, shows that this country is generally unprepared for this disruptive technology.

Tech body flags concerns on proposed changes to Patents Act

A private members bill introduced by National Party spokesperson for Science and Innovation Parmjeet Parmar, which proposes a second-tier patent system, has raised fears that the issue of ‘software patents’ is back on the agenda.

Agresearch seeks input on tech refresh

Agresearch, a Crown Research Institute (CRI) that produces science and technology projects for New Zealand’s agricultural sector, is embarking on an information system refresh.

NZ tops in Agtech and Health start-ups

New Zealand is leading the way in Agtech and Health start-ups, according to the Genome Startup Ecosystem report 2018, which has based its findings on data sourced from a survey of more than 10,000 start-up executives around the world....

NZ broadband market at a juncture

He had only been in the top job a couple of months, but when Spark (then Telecom) CEO Simon Moutter declared that unlimited broadband was a crazy idea he, along with most of the industry, was still operating in a pre-fibre world.

ComCom’s top picks for telco sector

What are the top trends in the telco sector? The Commerce Commission has made a call in its latest monitoring report monitoring released this week, highlighting what it views as the most notable market developments.

NZ IoT Alliance seeks arable farming solutions

A Request For Information (RFI) to take part in a pilot project demonstrating the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) when applied to arable farming has been issued by the New Zealand IoT Alliance

NZ IoT community showcases agritech solutions

Better use of the Internet of Things by dairy farmers could potentially generate $448 million net economic benefit for New Zealand. That’s according to Lauren Salisbury, from Momenta Partners, a company that is investing in early...

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