In the New Zealand IT sector, pay sometimes isn't everything.
Darren Greenwood keeps his feet on New Zealand's shaky ground and his head up in the long white cloud.
Darren Greenwood has been in journalism, not all of it IT, since the days of typewriters and long before the web spun its way around the world. Coming from Yorkshire, he can be blunt, and though having resided in New Zealand, as well as Australia, for quite some time, he insists he is not one of the 'sheeple!'
It seems that human error, rather than technology, is behind the bulk of IT problems.
One telco is focusing on business users, while the other is chasing the consumer. Hopefully, it all leads to something better than trout-fishing advertisements.
I am beginning to wonder whether boring budgets are best for the tech sector and the wider economy.
Why spend all those years in the garage developing your wonderful software if some cheat is to come along and rip-off your creation?
It is nothing short of an outrage that New Zealand faces spending at least $1.5 billion on a mere "upgrade" or "overhaul" of the IT system for the Inland Revenue Department.
That perennial issue of skill shortages in New Zealand has reared its head again, and one way to solve the issue could be boot camps.
In less than a year since taking the CEO mantle, Simon Moutter has already changed Telecom New Zealand forever.
New Zealand's prospering tech sector looks set for further growth.
One of the missed benefits of New Zealand's competing 4G rollouts is the increased connectivity that the country's Rural Broadband Initiative will bring.