Top Google researcher speaking at digital summit

Auckland - Tomas Izo, a lead engineering director in machine perception at Google Research, will be an exciting speaker at the biggest global tech summit ever held in New Zealand in Auckland on February 19 and 20. The event, Digital Nations 2030, is an international meeting coinciding with the visiting ministerial and

Exercise still #1 new year’s resolution

- Exercise is still the #1 new year’s resolution for most Kiwis, a leading New Zealand exercise expert says. Exercise NZ chief executive Richard Beddie says just doing something is better than nothing, and people wary of huge fitness challenges should start with things they enjoy. “Exercise is now the #1 sport in

NZ tech stars lead world first blockchain launch

Auckland - New Zealand tech stars are leading a global team in launching the world’s first ever blockchain platform for the multi-billion-dollar global online ratings and review industry. Kiwi tech business experts including 2017 New Zealand chief executive of the year award winner Leigh Flounders and NZTech and FintechNZ chair Mitchell Pham

Digital era a matter of survival for Kiwi companies

Auckland - Kiwi businesses are having to substantially change how they operate with the rapid arrival of the digital age, a leading New Zealand business expert says. Ian Christie, a former head of Saatchi and Saatchi New Zealand and a member of WPP's global leadership team in the UK, says it’s now

NZ at risk of falling behind global tech boom

Auckland - The major consumer of digital skills, the tech sector, is growing rapidly and generating thousands of new roles a year in an exciting new digital economy, but NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller has questioned if New Zealand will fall behind other developed nations who are also struggling for skills. He

Economic obstacles likely but future growth expected

Wellington - The incoming government has hit the ground running but will face many obstacles in 2018 as it seeks to sustain a stable economy, leading New Zealand economic forecaster BERL says. The Treasury’s half-year economic and fiscal update had all the hallmarks of a sizable mini-Budget, BERL chief economist Dr Ganesh

Importing tech talent a financial drain

Auckland - New Zealand’s education system for providing trained tech graduates is insufficient and the country is over reliant on importing advanced digital skills, a leading Kiwi tech expert says. NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says while the geo-political situation is currently working to New Zealand’s advantage - making it attractive for

Urgent tech education action needed immediately

Auckland - The tech sector and the government need to urgently co-invest in education, to better align tech courses with the future demands of the sector, a landmark digital skills report says. Using insights from the New Zealand Digital Skills Forum study, tertiary education providers can be better placed to make