When a phone network seems to be falling around you, to hear New Zealand's ICT minister say he is "very concerned" might not seem strong enough. But it is.
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!'
While Australians seem to roar at the very mention of offshoring, New Zealanders say baa and get on with whatever it was they were doing before they heard the dreaded word.
While Telecom NZ is left red-faced with outages, the small fry, like fledgling operator 2degrees, seem to have it right.
Australians can look forward to having far more Kiwi co-workers, especially in the better paid IT sector.
Telcos, power companies and the like tried to pull a fast one when they claimed the New Zealand Government might need to up its NZ$1.5 billion budget for the Ultra Fast Broadband roll-out.
If Telecom NZ wants to have any of the NZ$1.5 billion the government intends to spend on its new broadband network, it had better think long and hard before offshoring 1500 jobs.
Telecom's XT mobile network has been renamed Monica. She goes down without warning and screws you.
Waiting for open source to give Microsoft a much-needed kick up the jacksie has seemed like waiting for Godot. We wait, we wait and we are still waiting.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just given a landmark speech on internet freedom. But before we chide China and others, shouldn't we look in our own backyard?
The crystal balls are out with the local and global consensus seemingly predicting recovery in the IT market, including budget spends, but times will remain hard.