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New Zealand gets new ICT Minister

New Zealand has a new ICT minister; Amy Adams, a former Christchurch-based backbencher who previously worked for a law firm.
Written by Darren Greenwood, Contributor on

New Zealand has a new ICT minister; Amy Adams, a former Christchurch-based backbencher who previously worked for a law firm.

Adams, who was first elected in 2008, was also appointed internal affairs minister and associate minister for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery. Her parliamentary website notes interest in the environment and other issues, but nothing specifically related to ICT.

Steven Joyce, the former ICT minister, was promoted up party rankings, and gained responsibility for economic development, science and innovation, tertiary education and associate finance portfolios.

During his three years as ICT minister, Joyce spearheaded the development of the first-term, National-led government's NZ$1.5 billion Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative and rural broadband initiatives. He also oversaw the structural separation of Telecom New Zealand, and he introduced regulation concerning mobile-termination rates.

ICT commentator and Internet NZ senior official David Farrar told ZDNet Australia that although Amy Adams does not have a direct ICT industry background, the new minister is "very smart", and gained "huge kudos" in her first term as an MP dealing with electoral law issues.

"She's competent. She's a safe pair of hands," Farrar said.

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