The tech industry’s problem with the Vaccine Pass

Members of the tech industry don’t have any problem with the Vaccine Pass system outlined by the Ministry of Health – which from later this month will see people carry a digital copy of a QR code on their phone, or a printout in their pocket, that can be scanned by a venue, or travel […]


Into the ‘Thielverse’: Tech billionaire’s influence has global ramifications

American tech billionaire and NZ citizen Peter Thiel is not just an eccentric oddball, according to a new book. His influence has global ramifications. By Peter Griffin. As the first wave of the pandemic swept the United States last year, the country’s billionaire doomsday preppers were expected to put their plans into action. Peter Thiel, […]


Christopher Niesche: Which tech companies might be next in investors’ sights?

OPINION: In 2014, Nick Molnar and Anthony Eisen, neighbours in Sydney’s ritzy harbourside suburb of Vaucluse, joined forces to work on a new business idea. They wanted to cater to millennials’ aversion to credit card debt and interest repayments by building an app that allowed consumers to pay for purchases with four interest-free repayments. Thus […]


Skills crisis: Tech boss says ‘anti-immigrant’ New Zealand moving the goalposts

Tech industry frustration with what the sector sees as a “deepening skills crisis” is growing – at border restrictions and difficulty renewing visas for staff already in New Zealand. “New Zealand has become extremely anti-immigrant,” Raygun co-founder John-Daniel Trask vented in frustration on Twitter. Trask, known as “JD” in the industry, took to the social […]


Tech Tinder: Meet the IT companies swiping the skill shortage

A Tinder for the tech sector to match young Māori and Pasifika with future employers. A data analytics bootcamp that leads to “life-changing” tech jobs in Government. A five-year journey from a South Auckland high school to be first in line for work at IBM and the Warehouse. These are some of the moves tech […]


Big Tech faces additional pressure from private antitrust lawsuits.

Private lawsuits are adding to the mounting legal pressure on Big Tech companies. Already, more than 10 suits echoing government antitrust cases have been filed against Google, Facebook or both in recent months. Many of them lean on evidence unearthed by the government investigations, writes David McCabe for The New York Times. If successful, the […]

Analysis & Comment

Germany's AUTO1 seeks to raise at least 1.5 billion euros in IPO

FILE PHOTO: Flags with the logo of are pictured at the company grounds in Zoerbig, Germany January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch(Reuters) – German used-car trading platform AUTO1 on Monday set a range of between 32 and 38 euros per share for its initial public offering, implying that its Frankfurt flotation will raise at least […]

World News

China’s war machine: Beijing seeking dominance of land, sea and space, warns UK top brass

China military stage a parade in Tiananmen Square in 2019 And Beijing is also seeking to draw third world countries into its web – literally – by encouraging them to use its digital infrastructure. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, China, led by President Xi Jinping, has not curbed its expansionist agenda, and its operations in […]


Torn U.S. tech investors debate buy or sell in wake of shakeout

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors are grappling with how to play heavyweight U.S. technology shares, which are trading well above long-term valuations despite a sell-off last month that took some air out of the stocks.FILE PHOTO: The New York Stock Exchange is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October […]


Micron yet to regain license to sell to Huawei, pressuring sales

(Reuters) – Micron Technology Inc MU.O has not yet obtained new licenses needed to sell its memory chips to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, which will cut its sales over the next two quarters, company executives said on Tuesday.FILE PHOTO: Micron Technology’s solid-state drive for data center customers is presented at a product launch event […]