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Election 2020 – Nurturing Tech Talent

NZTech welcomes plans to nurture New Zealand’s tech talent, as announced by the National Party on 22 September.

NZTech CEO Graeme Muller spoke on RNZ’s Midday Show to discuss what these plans could mean for New Zealand.  Listen here. Graeme also discussed this further on NewstalkZB’s Mike Hosking Breakfast. Listen here.

If elected to Government, the National Party is promising to double the size of New Zealand’s technology sector in 10 years, with a $1.29 billion dollar plan to boost the industry.

National’s NZ Tech 2030 Plan includes:

  • Establishing a Minister for Technology.
  • Offering 1000 tertiary scholarships per year targeted at students from low decile schools to undertake science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degrees.
  • Establishing a STEM-focused partnership school and restoring funding for specialist ICT graduate schools.
  • Introducing a fast-track technology skills visa.
  • Investing $1 billion in technology infrastructure upgrades with the aim of achieving 100 Mbps uncapped internet speeds for everyone using Ultra-Fast Broadband.
  • Establishing three targeted investment funds for tech start-ups worth $200 million each, with the cost split evenly between Government and the private sector.
  • Developing the world’s most tech-friendly regulation.

Read the full policy plan here.

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