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Joyce addresses Tech.Ed before opening Auckland UFB project

25 Aug 2011

ICT Minister Steven Joyce has told the Tech.Ed audience that the government is laying the platform for the technology industry to flourish, just an hour before heading to Albany to launch the rollout of Ultra Fast Broadband in Auckland.

Speaking at the end of the keynote session, Joyce told attendees it is important to look at the reasons behind technological developments.

"We need to take a moment to ask why we do what we do,” Joyce says.

"The macro view is that we do what we do to make the country go a bit better. The sea is getting choppier, and it is becoming harder to go out and make a buck.

"We need to create a platform for businesses to get out into the world.”

Joyce closed his address by quipping about launching the UFB project in Auckland.

"I’m heading up to Albany now, where I believe I will be dragging a bit of fibre out of the ground.

"I didn’t know that’s where it grew.”

Go here to read about the keynote address from Microsoft CTO of worldwide services, Norm Judah.

Image: the audience for the Tech.Ed keynote session.