Stories by Stuart Corner

AWS and Qrious help protect kākāpō, kiwi

The Department of Conservation (DoC) is using AI and machine learning technologies from AWS and Spark subsidiary Qrious along with AWS cloud facilities to improve its conservation of endangered birds.

Chorus FY19 profit plummets

Chorus has reported a 43 percent decline in NPAT to $53m for the year to 30 June, on revenues of $970m, down from $990m in FY18. EBITDA was $636m, down from $653m.

Aquaculture AI institute scores $3.4m PGF funding

The Nelson Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) has scored a $3.4 loan under the latest round of Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding, announced by parliamentary under-secretary for regional economic development Fletcher Tabuteau. It follows the organisation receiving $95k of PGF funding in April.

HCL Technologies adds Hamilton facility

Indian-headquartered global technology services company HCL Technologies has opened a delivery centre in Hamilton, a move it says is designed to support a growing customer and partner ecosystem spanning enterprises and public-sector organisations. It already has offices in Auckland and Wellington,

Spark boosts FY19 profit on flat revenues

Spark has managed to boost full year profit and EBITDA for the year to 30 June, despite reporting flat revenues, with growth in mobile, broadband, cloud and security offset by declines in legacy voice and managed data and networks products.

Delta Insurance offers personal cyber-risk cover

New Zealand company Delta Insurance has launched a service to cover individuals and households from losses through cyber-attacks. It leverages a cyber-risk assessment technology from UK company DynaRisk, under a partnership announced in April.

$1.5b benefits from super accurate positioning

Augmentation of GPS positioning to make it super-accurate could deliver benefits worth $1.5b to the New Zealand economy over 30 years, according to a report of joint New Zealand/Australia trials of the technology.

iwantmyname sold to UK’s CentralNic for $5.2m

New Zealand domain registrar Ideegeo (trading as iwantmyname) which manages around 180,000 domain names for 80,000 customers has been acquired by UK based CentralNic Group Plc for $5.2m.