How much preference should government give to local suppliers when it comes to procurement?
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!'
You have to hand it to low-cost mobile phone operator 2degrees. After hitting the market with its much cheaper prepay mobile phone calls, where phones and credit were typically sold from petrol stations and supermarkets, the fledgling operator has announced an expansion onto the High Street with its own branded stores.
New Zealand's much vaunted $1.5 billion broadband program could be going "off the rails", if the country's Labour opposition is to be believed, but Prime Minister John Key could have an unlikely saviour — the Chinese!
Over the past few months, the New Zealand ICT community has been debating the issue of patents.
An ICT industry leader, Geoff Lawrie, has attacked Kiwis for being blind to the potential of super-fast broadband.
The Open Government NZ 2010 Un-Conference was held in Wellington last week.
Regardless of whoever wins Australia's next election, the big spending Rudd days are over and austerity is in. Labor or Liberal, Gillard or Abbott; government IT bosses will have to get the knives out.
In cloud computing, the issue of outsourcing is as great as it is in call centres, tech support and similar spheres.
OK, as colonialists, maybe Europeans didn't treat the indigenous natives as well as we should have — and that applies to both sides of the Tasman.
You might recall me recently moaning about vendors treating New Zealand as part of Australia. Well, some of them do treat us differently, but not in ways that we Kiwis would like.