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Twitter
Cheese rolls & eye-rolls: Twitter reacts to #NZBudget2018
Yesterday was Budget Day, and since our Labour-led government released its first budget, Twitter has been afire with responses.
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3D
Govt. puts $800,000 towards 3-D aerial mapping of Northland
The data can be used by forestry companies to help plan their logging operations and horticulture companies for sustainable land management.
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New Zealand
Ultra-fast broadband is coming your way as government invests another $270 million
“By the end of 2022, our UFB programme will provide more than four million New Zealanders with world-class internet.”
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Auckland Transport
New transport app to make Queenstown more accessible during snow season
With nearly 2 million tourists visiting Queenstown annually, the Choice app will provide visitors with all the information they need to know.
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Chorus
New consent regime makes access to ultra-fast broadband easier & faster
This will help us achieve our target of providing up to 85% of New Zealanders with access to fibre by the end of 2024.
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Commerce Commission
InternetNZ: Telco Bill will protect fair broadband prices after 2020
"One remaining concern with this draft legislation is the choice of so-called ‘anchor products’ - a broadband product at a specified price."
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Commerce Commission
Modernising NZ's telco sector: TUANZ applauds introduction of new Telco Bill
“One element not addressed as a result of the review is the inequality of resourcing for consumer voice research."
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Telecommunications
Simon Bridges to introduce Bill to modernise Telco Act to Parliament
The Commission will be able to make codes that address retail service quality if the industry fails to develop industry-led codes that are adequate.
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New Zealand
Time to power up: Kiwi roads are bustling with 4,000 electric vehicles
“If registrations continue to increase, we will be on track to meet our challenging target of 64,000 EVs by 2021."
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TUANZ
More competition needed - Tuanz backs Govt's request for review of mobile market
"New Zealand needs a fully functioning mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) environment with the competition that will bring."
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Government
NZ energy innovation bill speeds through its third reading in parliament
"This bill will help reduce transport sector emissions by encouraging the uptake of electric-vehicles."
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Internet of Things
NZ IoT Alliance report: Simon Bridges on the Govt's role in NZ's IoT future
“Emerging technologies also present new challenges, and the research identifies some areas we’ll be considering further such as privacy of IoT data."
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Government
Simon Bridges announces reappointment of Telecommunications Commissioner
“The role of the Commissioner continues to be of vital importance as unique issues may emerge that require specialist understanding of the sector."
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Simon Bridges
Government targets 100% internet connectivity by 2025
It’s reviewing the proposals received in the tender process for the next phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative and the Mobile Black Spot Fund.
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Digital Transformation
Kiwi Govt & digital sector align to drive NZ's digital transformation
“The Government has a key role to play in ensuring that New Zealand can take advantage of what IoT has to offer."
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Cybersecurity
New Zealand can't be complacent in its progress toward cyber security
The cooperation of the government with the private sector will be the crucial accelerant in the drive to improve cyber security across the economy.
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Drones
From fast food to flying food: Domino's showcases NZ pizza delivery by drone
Pizza delivery by drone? In New Zealand? Disbelief aside, Domino's and Flirtey teamed up yesterday to show that it's about to become real - soon.
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Sustainability
New Zealand ahead of the curve when it comes to electric vehicles
“It’s clear that electric vehicles are the future. This is a natural evolution, and it is our aim to encourage that switch sooner, rather than later.”
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Government
New technologies lead Govt to overhaul transport sector rules
“With the existing rules for the sector being in place since 1989, a significant review is not before time.”