The New Zealand Government has announced it will invest NZD 270 million to roll out Ultra-Fast Broadband to 190 more small towns. The government has also extended rural broadband to another 74,000 households and businesses.
The 20/20 trust, a charity promoting ‘digital inclusion’ for New Zealand citizens, has released its Digital Inclusion Manifesto calling for all New Zealanders to have affordable access to the internet and the skills and confidence to use digital technologies for learning, for work and for life.
This year the Government is injecting $74.6 million into increasing demand for research and development projects. The money will boost "Growth Grants" distributed by Callaghan Innovation.
But what real benefits are in it for Māori businesses?
Minister of Science and Innovation Paul Goldsmith says this research and development fund will help Aotearoa businesses get their ideas and products to the market sooner and further increase export revenues.
Former shearing contractor Mavis Mullins' name will soon be up in lights alongside corporate luminaries Fletcher, Wattie's and Carter Holt Harvey.
The Dannevirke-based businesswoman is being inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame which makes her feel humbled and proud, but also "slightly amused" to find herself among such illustrious company.