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NZTech Inform – how research makes an impact

Work is progressing well on the Digital Technology Industry Transformation Plan (ITP).  Across all workstreams, recommendations are being finalised for urgent work and initiatives needed to enable transformational growth of the sector.  The Digital Tech ITP website has been created so we can share information and regularly update you along the way.  If you would like to be more involved, please contact the Digital Tech ITP team.

Linking research to action is the theme of my week.  Today, I am catching up with the Government Chief Digital Officer team at the Department of Internal Affairs to begin work on how Government digital teams can help support the development of tech talent in New Zealand.  Tomorrow includes meetings with Summer of Tech, the Wellington Regional Skills Leadership Group and Victoria University of Wellington – addressing the skills pipeline mismatch.  On Wednesday, I finish my working day with the CEO’s of the Ministry of Education and Tertiary Education Commission to address the early stages of the digital skills pipeline.
Meanwhile, last week’s call for support for the student with autism resulted in an amazing response.  Thank you to the many tech firms who reached out to Evie through NZTech, offering jobs and support.  There are still many other young Kiwi’s finding it hard to transition into their first paid tech job, so if you were inspired by Evie, please consider how you can help others via ChoicesNZ or internships with Summer of Tech
Currently, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is reviewing the policy settings and practices relating to the taxation of software development.  This is to determine an appropriate tax accounting treatment for income and expenses within the software development sector.  If your business undertakes software development, your experience and opinion will help.  Please share your views on the taxation of software development here.  There are 10 questions and an open response that will take you less than five minutes to compete.
If cybersecurity is important to you, I also hope to see you at our Cyber Security Summit in Wellington on Wednesday.

Ngā mihi 

Graeme Muller

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