Stories by Ulrika Hedquist

Brain gain brings new talent to New Zealand

The Department of Labour will be hunting for skilled workers willing to move to New Zealand at CeBIT, the world’s largest ICT trade fair, which takes place in Hanover in mid-March.

Terralink goes into wireless navigation

Wellington-based mapping solutions provider Terralink International has closed a deal with French mobile GPS navigation solutions provider Webraska to offer Webraska’s platforms for navigation and location-based mobile services to New Zealand.

Mako Networks makes network management easy

Network management specialist Mako Networks has sold its system to Telecom New Zealand Ltd. integrator Gen-i for inclusion in its network management solution, Secure Me.

Land Information moves to the Web

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is phasing out paper-based lodgement of land transactions. By 1 July 2008 all survey and land title transactions are required to be lodged electronically on the Landonline system. Public counters in all processing centers will close from the same date.

Computer use adds up to better school performance

A new OECD report says school students who regularly use computers perform better in key subjects than those with little experience or a lack of confidence when it comes to performing basic computer tasks.

e-Xmas shopping takes off

Online Christmas shopping has definitely taken off this year. Figures from the US show an increase of 25% over the year before with shoppers spending US$25 billion (NZ$36 billion) between the end of October and December 16.

Students build network portfolio system

Vector, the energy and distributor that also owns fibre-optic networks in Auckland and Wellington, has developed a network portfolio system in cooperation with Auckland University’s School of Information Systems.

Latest 'dirty dozen' spam sending countries revealed

The US still tops the list of the top 12 spam relaying countries, according to a report by Sophos, a provider of integrated threat management products. However, the US has made significant reductions and for the first time accounts for less than a quarter of all spam.

Peace signs deal in Oz

Service Essentials, a joint venture between Australian electricity distributors Energex and Ergon Energy, has chosen Peace Software’s Peace 8 Customer Information System (CIS) to bill and manage 70,000 commercial and industrial retail and network energy customers in five Australian states.

Property information on the go

Mobile e-commerce is finally realizing its potential as Auckland developer M-Com sells its system to mapping solution provider Terralink. A property information service is already being tested.

PC sales reach record levels

The combined New Zealand desktop and notebook market has reached its highest ever level, according to IDC New Zealand. 142,183 units were shipped in the third quarter of 2005, a 20% increase compared to the same period last year.