I am beginning to wonder whether boring budgets are best for the tech sector and the wider economy.
Darren Greenwood keeps his feet on New Zealand's shaky ground and his head up in the long white cloud.
<p>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.</p><p>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!'</p>
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.
2degrees may still be something of a fledgling operator, compared to the big giants Telecom and Vodafone, but thanks to the skilful management of Hertz, 2degrees has much goodwill and the people seemingly on its side.
Just how much do IT professionals need to be regulated and certified?
That old chesnut of 'unfair' competition from overseas retailers has reared its ugly head again.
The New Zealand government needs to do more, especially as it plays a growing role in the education sector.
If the fight against online piracy involves winning the hearts and minds of the general public, then I despair for the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
A report that big businesses in New Zealand have come together in secret to develop security standards raises the question: does secrecy over security actually make you safer?
New Zealand has taken a major push toward e-government this week; millions took part, and they probably did not realise it.
March has barely begun, but a couple of stories highlight not only the growing maturity and mainstreaming of ecommerce, but also further confirmation that technology offers rich opportunities for talented young New Zealanders.