GOVERNMENT VIRTUAL PRIVATE CLOUD ON-BOARDING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Media Release – 11th August 2021 Minister for ICT Timothy Masiu today announced that the Marape Government has endorsed to commence using cloud services through a whole-of-government approach as part of the rollout of cost-effective and efficient computing services. “I wish to inform our citizens of further progress made with the government’s digital transformation efforts. Since I informed Cabinet of …

Tech Tinder: Meet the IT companies swiping the skill shortage

Source: NZ Herald A Tinder for the tech sector to match young Māori and Pasifika with future employers. A data analytics bootcamp that leads to “life-changing” tech jobs in Government. A five-year journey from a South Auckland high school to be first in line for work at IBM and the Warehouse. These are some of the moves tech leaders are …

The Rich World’s Debt to Island States

As recent disasters have shown, the world’s small island developing states are acutely vulnerable to the ravages of climate change, a problem created almost entirely by rich countries. If the international community is serious about sustainable development that leaves no one behind, rich countries must do three things. ROME – Hurricane Elsa’s appearance in the Caribbean this month, far before the usual onset of …

New Caledonia elects first pro-independence Kanak president

New Caledonia has elected its first pro-independence Kanak president Louis Mapou was elected this morning in Noumea after months of negotiations between the two main pro-independence Kanak political groupings UNI and UC FLNKS. Journalist Nic Maclellan a longtime writer on New Caledonian politics says it is a significant victory for the Kanak people. “For the first time in nearly 40 …

A Tribute – Former Niue premier,

Frank Lui, passes away (extracted from RNZ) Former Niue Premier Frank Fakaotimanava Lui died yesterday. He was 85 years old. Mr Lui was a member of the Niue parliament at its inception in 1974, when the island was granted self government by New Zealand. He held a number of cabinet posts before being elected the island’s second premier in 1993, …

Large parts of the Pacific depend on money being sent back home

Wise is trying to make it cheaper and easier Extracted from the Business Insider Wise, formerly TransferWise, is expanding into Fiji as it looks to overhaul the Pacific money market. With remittances making up 5% of the local economy, Australia country manager Tristan Dakin said it is hoping to shake up the market and make transfers cheaper, faster, and more …

Digitizing trust to restore confidence in Government

“Data is a key asset in the digital economy; however, your data must be safe and thus the Department of Information and Communications Technology under the Digital Transformation Policy main mandate is to keep your data safe”. This was stated by the Acting Deputy Secretary of the newly approved Digital Government Wing Mr Russell Woruba. He said the Department of ICT …

NIUE’S MANATUA CABLE GOES LIVE AND DELIVERS WORLD CLASS ULTRA FAST FIBRE INTERNET

Alofi, Niue – 12 May 2021 – The Government of Niue (GON) today announced that the Niue Manatua Cable is now ready for service in Niue after undergoing several weeks of tests. The Manatua cable is a joint Pacific collaboration project initiated in April 2017 with the signing of an international treaty by the Premier of Niue, President of French Polynesia, …

Kevin Jenkins: The story of Pasifika business is bigger than the minimum wage

(Authored by Kevin Jenkins, originally published by the NZ Herald on 7 March 2021) Excerpt: Award-winner MYRIVR is one example, and another is MakaNet, the only Pasifika-owned and -operated ISP in Aotearoa. Their unique offering is a great price for unlimited fibre, but being Pasifika-owned and -led also makes a difference. Demonstrating cultural understanding with Pasifika clients has boosted trust …