Hawaiki Cable gets more funds for NZ-US link

New ZealandTelecom Asia — Those who have been fighting to build a new submarine cable between New Zealand and the west
coast of the US, as well as islands along the way, have taken another two steps forward toward that goal. One is financial, the other logistical. Late last week, Hawaiki Cable gained a new equity investor in the form of Sir Eion Edgar’s SIL Long Term Holdings Limited.


Alcatel-Lucent targets customers with ‘tailor-made’ cloud solutions

AustraliaIT Wire — According to ALE, the “tailor-made” offers are the first to combine the power of the cloud with an outcome-based approach for customer success. Matthieu Destot, Vice-President, ALE Asia Pacific, says ALE has made strong progress with cloud communication services for large enterprises and SMBs in Australia and New Zealand, recently delivering tailor-made cloud services for the Accor hotel group and at the G20 with partner, UXC Connect.


A/NZ agencies spy on ‘friendlies’ for NSA

New ZealandSignals intelligence agencies in Australia and New Zealand spy on friendly countries in the Pacific, gathering up full communications that are forwarded to the United States National Security Agency (NSA), acccording to leaked documents. The documents are the latest leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and were published jointly by the New Zealand Herald and The Intercept.


Play this game to help improve Govt.nz web site

New ZealandNew Zealand’s e-government portal is getting revamped and it is asking people to complete a game to see how easily they can find information they are looking for on Govt.nz. Players are asked to find certain information and given a list of links. They have to click through the links until they reach one where they think they will find the information. There are 11 such tasks in the game.


New Zealand introduces 2015 Occupation Outlook mobile app

A newly released mobile app by the New Zealand government is expected to enable students compare job prospects and incomes of 50 different careers and help them make good study choices. The 2015 Occupation Outlook app was launched with third annual Occupation Outlook report that pulls together the latest information from employers, industries, the education sector and the labour market.


New Zealand faces important Novopay test

The New Zealand government is urging schools to get in early on their start of year admin, in an effort to avoid another round mispayments from the national teacher payroll system, Novopay. The Novopay failure – New Zealand’s answer to the Queensland Health payroll disaster – has been causing trouble for schools since the system first hit the rocks in September 2012.


Researchers uncover Aussie ransomware scourge

Australian and New Zealand businesses and individuals are being targeted by extortionists using a new strain of ransomware, Deakin University researchers working with security vendor TrendMicro have discovered. Called TorrentLocker, the malware is spread by social engineering emails with penalty notices that ask users to visit bogus Australia Post and NSW Office of State Revenue websites for payment.


Which are the best government websites in the world?

How do you build a good government website? What are the tools and techniques that officials can use to quickly, cheaply create a good platform? FutureGov has spoken to the officials behind the best government websites in the world to find out more. In this new eBook, FutureGov has listed the best 8 e-government websites in the world. Find out if yours is listed.


How New Zealand’s new e-government portal listens to citizen feedback

New Zealand’s new e-government web site – govt.nz – is focused on meeting user needs, the government has said. FutureGov spoke with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to find out how the agency has used user feedback in the new web site. Users have told the government that they don’t want something flashy and with a lot of images, but a service that gets the job done, said Nadia Webster, Principal Adviser, Digital Engagement at DIA.


Australia and New Zealand lead on data publication

Australia and New Zealand publish the most open government datasets in the region, according to the Global Open Data Index published by the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) this week. Both Australia and New Zealand rank fifth out of 97 countries in the index, which judges availability and accessibility of 10 key government datasets based on whether they are available to the public for free on the internet. The United Kingdom has come out on top with all the 10 datasets published in open formats.


Kaseya names its top MSPs for 2014

Cloud IT management software vendor Kaseya has announced its top A/NZ MSP partners for 2014. Code Blue, CNS, centreREDIT and Datacom were the big winners, as each of these companies achieved ‘outstanding results across several areas and demonstrated particular success in revenue growth, business value generated for their customers and their progressive use of Kaseya solutions throughout 2014,’ the company said in a statement.


Kiwi managers must integrate IT into their management plans

Within the last few decades information technology and information systems have had an enormous impact on organisations and their ability to gain and maintain a competitive advantage, according to the Assoication of MBAs (AMBA). IT has become an important change lever for reinventing the structure, operation and management of organisations, and managers must be able to integrate IT into their management plan.


Driven by HP success, New Zealand PC market set to have best year in history

In the third quarter of 2014, the New Zealand PC market shipments came in at 187,000 units, according to IDC’s Asia/Pacific Quarterly tracker. This resulted in a year over year growth of 12.9%, which was more than IDC’s forecast by 3.8%. The top five New Zealand PC vendors are Dell, Toshiba, Apple and Acer Group, but HP remained the market leader by a significant amount.


Kiwi app company Touchtech named fastest growing by Deloitte

Touchtech, the Wellington mobile app company, has been named the 131st fastest growing technology company in the Asia Pacific region by the Deloitte Fast 500 index. This year, 51 New Zealand businesses were ranked in the index. This was more than South Korea, who had 47 companies named, and Japan, with 45 companies. China had 100 rankings and Australia had 74.


Southern Cross Cable telcos ‘partnered’ with spy agencies

Telcos and network providers on the main cable system connecting Australia and New Zealand to the United States provided interception capability to British and American spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Four global telcos and network providers operating on Southern Cross – BT, Vodafone, Level 3 and Global Crossing – are listed in the leaked documents under their codenames REMEDY, GERONTIC, LITTLE and PINNAGE respectively.


Sydney CRM vendor launches Australia-New Zealand partner program

Australian customer relationship management software company Tall Emu CRM has today launched a two-tier partner program to recruit resellers and affiliates across Australia and New Zealand to provide its customer sales and marketing platform to the small to medium sized businesses it is designed for, many of whom are in regional or remote areas.


Netflix sets sail for Asia-Pacific with launches in Australia and New Zealand

Currently, there are around 340,000 people watching Netflix in Australia. This would be considered normal, except for one very odd fact: Netflix isn’t officially available in Australia as yet. At the moment these users are accessing the US version of Netflix by using a VPN and paying with a non-US credit card which Netflix, unlike competitors such as Amazon, allows you to do.


That’s the iTICKET… NZ firm bags Deloitte Fast 500 ranking

New Zealand owned event ticketing company iTICKET has won a place on the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific index, as one of the 500 fastest growing technology organisations across the region. An Auckland operated company, which specialises in online and mobile ticketing, Managing Director Reece Preston attributes the result to a constant commitment to innovation.


Open data success of the week: NZ fire alerts are GO!

We picked New Zealand’s fire alert SMS data as our open dataset of the week two weeks ago because of its potential to create a real-time geographical alert system. It was with great excitement, then, that someone emailed us to say that such as a system has been built by private developers using this data. “There are a number of limitations with how the fire data feed is presented at present, but nevertheless we’ve managed to setup a free public fire alert service based off it,” explained Clint Van Marrewijk, Managing Director of ThunderMaps.


NZ on edge of phone revolution

New Zealand is on the edge of a smartphone revolution being led from an epicentre in Asia. Kiwis are traditionally early adopters for technology and this country holds its own in smartphone penetration. About 70 per cent of mobile users have a smartphone that enables them to access the internet, which is broadly similar to comparable markets. The question is whether a small country such as New Zealand can take advantage of the shift to a world where internet communications are mostly on cellphones – a mobile-first world.