Universities important but many skills can be learned on the job

Jackie Clark
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Media Release, NZTech News

If New Zealand raises its education outcomes over a period of 20 years to a level comparable with Finland, it can generate a 204 percent increase in GDP worth an additional $US258 billion, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

Technology is driving changes in the way Kiwis work and the skills required for work, he says.

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NZTech Update – Tech Leaders & Election 2017

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Update

Hi Readers,

On Saturday evening I was in Tauranga at an election party watching, no doubt like you, to learn what the next three years may hold. Last week Sarah Putt did an excellent job of reviewing the various parties tech policies against the industry’s tech manifesto. While there weren’t huge differences, National’s last minute announcement, to consider the creation of a national CTO role showed how worthwhile the constant engagement with any Government is. Hopefully Winston Peters will not take as long as previously to decide the future of the country. Either way we are in for some change.

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Tech’s momentum now a huge impact on the Kiwi economy

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech News

New Zealand is rapidly becoming a significant digital nation where technology is positively impacting on almost all traditional sectors such as banking, agriculture and tourism, the NZTech annual report says.

Technology’s momentum is now pulling along organisations from right across the New Zealand economy and tech has become the country’s fastest growing industry.

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NZTech Update – Digital readiness and autonomous vehicles

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Update

Hi Readers,

Last week in Taipei, I listened to Alan Marcus, Head of Technology at the World Economic Forum as he provided an update on the Network Readiness Index as an important measure of digital readiness. According to their rankings, in 2016 New Zealand rated 17th in the world, quite good, but well behind digital leaders such as Singapore, USA, UK and Scandinavian countries. Measuring a range of economic, social and technology factors, the index is serving as a good proxy for what is important for a digital nation. I looking forward to the 2017 update due soon as he alluded to some changes and I hope New Zealand is moving the right direction on the list.

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Return to IT pilot encourages Women into Tech

Jackie Clark
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NZTech Women

The Ministry of Business and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry for Women today launched a pilot to attract more women back into the technology sector.

Based in Wellington, Return to IT assists women with a digital technology backgrounds to return to work in the sector after taking a career break of between two and five years. Successful applicants will be offered an opportunity to be placed with a participating organisation, or assistance with seeking employment in the IT sector.

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NZTech Update – Drones and digital skills

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Update

Hi Readers,

Last week I reported in from the ski field and this week I’m reporting from Taipei. I am at the Board meeting for the World Information Technology and Services Alliance followed by the World Congress on Information Technology where I’m flying the flag for New Zealand as a leading digital nation.

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NZTech Update – Politics and promoting change

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Update

Hi Readers,

This is a little something I prepared earlier! Today as you read this, I should be enjoying the snow on the Remarkables. Last week, having visited local councils and tech ecosystems in Dunedin and Queenstown to excite them about Techweek, I scheduled a long weekend with my family.

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Step up to make a difference!

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech News, NZTech Women

I recently joined the NZTech Women High Impact Team, with the honour of being the group’s first male representative. This has significantly improved the teams gender diversity to a proportion not far off the percentage of women in tech in New Zealand businesses!

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Faster internet connections bringing more cyber attacks

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech News

Growing evidence shows that the downside of super-fast connectivity and ultra-fast broadband is producing an equivalent lift in cyber-attacks, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

Muller, just back from the multinational Global Tech Leaders Dialogue in Melbourne yesterday, says many nations involved in the forum confirmed increasing cyber-attacks along with faster connections.

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Chinese investors seeking NZTech investment opportunities – register now!

Chantal Thomas
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FinTech, NZTech News

NZTech and FinTechNZ are excited to share with you details on the China / New Zealand Hi-Tech Summit. Motivated investors from China are seeking investment opportunities in tech companies from all sectors. Please click here to see the programme details and information on the individual investors.

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