Stories by Stuart Corner

Kordia combines NZ and Australian management

Government-owned IT services provider, Kordia Group has united its Australian and New Zealand management teams under group CEO, Scott Bartlett, previously CEO of the company’s New Zealand operations.

Cyber insurance trends scrutinised

Trans-Tasman business advisory firm, BDO, has teamed up with the Australian cyber emergency response team, AusCert, to survey Australian and New Zealand companies’ approach to cyber insurance.

Survey takes the measure of high-tech marketing

Technology marketing consultancies, Concentrate and Swaytech have launched the eighth annual Market Measures study that benchmarks the sales and marketing activities of New Zealand’s hi-tech companies, with sponsorship from New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

TUANZ replaces three board members

The Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) has announced the appointment of three new board members to replace three retiring members, following its AGM.

Bravura deploys AppDynamics to monitor hosted app delivery

Australia-based Bravura Solutions, a provider of software for the wealth management, life insurance and transfer agency industries, has deployed AppDynamics' Application Intelligence Platform to monitor and optimise the delivery in New Zealand of Sonata, its hosted wealth management application for financial institutions.

Salesforce mapping provider, MapAnything, opens ANZ office

US-based MapAnything, a provider of mapping, geo-analytics and location services for users of Salesforce, has moved into the ANZ market with the opening of an office in Sydney and the appointment of Glenn Aspden as managing director of Australia and New Zealand.

Vodafone launches youth-focussed prepaid services

Vodafone has launched a new prepaid mobile offering for the youth market, Vodafone Mates, claiming it gives customers more control and flexibility over how they use their smartphones than current offerings.

Gaming going gangbusters, says developer association

The New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZGDA) estimates that the game development industry earned revenues of $88.9m in the 12 months to 31 March 2016, a 13 percent increase on the prior year and with 92 percent coming from exports of interactive software and online services.

Powerhouse Ventures to raise $21 million from ASX listing

Christchurch-based technology commercialisation company, Powerhouse Ventures, has lodged a prospectus with the Australian Stock Exchange for an IPO to raise up to $A20 million ($21m), after earlier flagging its intention to list on the NZX.

New Zealand #2 for mobile broadband data uptake

New Zealand has the second highest per capita penetration of data-only mobile broadband subscriptions among OECD members, at 79.6 per 100 people, according to new figures released by the OECD.

Visa seeks innovative payment applications

Global credit card company, Visa, is staging a competition for Australian and New Zealand for startups that can develop innovative applications using Visa APIs “to solve business challenges and bring new ideas to payments.”