Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
Posted 18th Jul 2014
The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue
gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“The deal between Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings shows Chorus has failed to manage its own business. The deal allows Chorus to access money that was meant to be spent on the UFB roll-out in 2018 and 2019.
“That money will obviously be used to plug revenue gaps and in 2018 Chorus is likely to go back to CFH with the begging bowl.
“CFH should never have struck this deal and Amy Adams should have made that clear. This is a short term fix.
Joyce performs U-turn in Labour’s garage
Posted 15th Jul 2014
Just four days after calling Labour’s ICT Garage Grants ‘off the planet’ Steven Joyce has supported the policy and trumpeted funding for ICT entrepreneurs, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.
“Last Friday Labour announced its Digital Economic Upgrade which included Garage Grants to provide funding for entrepreneurs to turn their innovative ideas into the Xeros and Trade Mes of the future.
“That same day Steven Joyce condemned the policies as ‘off the planet’.
“In an astonishing feat of shamelessness, just four days later Mr Joyce has heralded $1 million in funding for ICT start-ups. Labour’s policy provides three times that amount to ICT entrepreneurs.
Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’
Posted 9th Jul 2014
A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Information Technology issues, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.
“Reporting directly to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will undertake a wide-ranging inquiry into how information technology projects are managed by government agencies, and ensure systems work better and more efficiently in future.
“We will also mandate the CTO to produce and present an annual ‘Digital Technology Roadmap’ and a ‘National Digital Architecture’ for New Zealand.
Dunne mismanagement of Windows XP migration costing taxpayers
Posted 7th Jul 2014
Peter Dunne needs to explain why millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money is being used to prop up outdated and unsupported computer systems across the public service - exposing some key Ministries to increased security risks, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.
Labour has complained to the Ombudsman following a refusal by Mr Dunne to respond to Official Information Act requests and requests by a journalist on the number of government agencies continuing to run computers on the Microsoft Windows XP operating system which is no longer officially supported by Microsoft. More...
Urgent court date needed to consider meat industry redundancies: Labour
Posted 17th Jun 2014
Lengthy delays in the industrial court could see up to 180 Mosgiel meat workers remain in limbo, with no secure jobs and no confirmation of redundancy, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says.
“I understand that mediation talks between Silver Farms and the union representing 160-180 meat workers from Mosgiel’s Silverstream meat processing plant have not been successful and that a court date has been sought by the union to hear the case for providing them with redundancies.
However, I understand there is a considerable time lapse before the industrial court can set a date for a hearing and today I am calling for the case to be prioritised. More...