Stories by Stuart Corner

Chorus seeking 250 techies

Chorus says it is struggling to recruit technicians and support staff needed to meet the demands it faces across its copper and fibre business, despite having added almost 2000 people to its workforce since 2011. It wants to add another 250 technicians and support staff by the end of the year.

Serko and Xero launch travel app for small businesses

New Zealand Stock Exchange listed Serko (NZX: SKO), a company that offers a range of software services to support corporate travel, has launched a new small business travel management application,, in conjunction with Xero.

NZ’s first VR movie previewed

Auckland children were given a chance on 23 July to be the first to see what is claimed to be New Zealand’s first virtual reality movie, and only the second in the world.

NZ ranked number two for M2M connections

New Zealand has emerged as having the second highest number of machine-to-machine cellular services as a percentage of cellular services in operation, according to the International Telecommunication Union’s ICT Facts and Figures 2016.

How blockchain can help Kiwi farmers

Federated Farmers has responded to this week’s announcement by the government of plans to attract world-leading entrepreneurial researchers to New Zealand with a call for all of them to be focussed on primary industries.

Alibaba eyeing NZ as it opens Melbourne office

According to a report in the South China Morning Post Chinese online retailing giant Alibaba is ramping up its operations in Australia and New Zealand, with plans to open an office in Melbourne later this year. (The newspaper itself is owned by Alibaba.)

Government to lure R&D entrepreneurs with $35m carrot

The government has unveiled a plan to invest $35 million over four years to attract “world-leading entrepreneurial researchers” to New Zealand in a move designed to strengthen universities and the broader innovation ecosystem.

Hyperconvergence vendor SimpliVity appoints ANZ sales lead

Hyperconverged infrastructure vendor SimpliVity has followed a “record first year” in Australia and New Zealand with the appointment of its first regional sales director: Patrick Devlin, former ANZ MD with Ruckus Wireless, has been appointed regional sales director Australia New Zealand (ANZ).

Fusion5 aims to dominate ANZ NetSuite market with BPR acquisition

Auckland based business applications company, Fusion5, has announced the acquisition of BPR Solutions, one of the first NetSuite certified solution partners in Australasia, saying the move will enable it to “dominate the NetSuite space in both New Zealand and Australia.”

NZ angel investors back Aussie digital health start-up

Digital health start-up iPug, a company founded in Australia but now based in San Francisco, has announced that a group of angel investors led by Hamilton-based property developer and investor, Zane Beckett, provided it with seed capital and Series A funding.

Deloitte Consulting swallows Sixtree

Deloitte has acquired trans-Tasman systems integration specialist firm Sixtree to form the core of a new platform engineering unit within Deloitte Consulting’s technology advisory practice.