Govt broadband not keeping up with business needs
Posted 28th Oct 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
The latest MYOB Business Monitor which shows just 40 per cent of businesses are happy with their internet service only touches the surface of regional dissatisfaction, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“According to MYOB satisfaction with internet service has fallen from 49 per cent to 40 per cent. That’s a big drop. Business technology is improving at a far quicker pace than National’s broadband roll-out, especially in the regions. This has caused dissatisfaction in regional businesses according to council surveys.
Dunedin South Youth MP selected
Posted 27th Oct 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
After a two month selection process, the Dunedin South Youth MP for 2015/16 has been selected with Hamish Duncan from King’s High School selected, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

“I was hugely impressed by the calibre of all the finalists. They all shared a passion for youth issues, and will all make great advocates. I look forward to working with all four of the finalists on projects around youth engagement.
Minister sacks Ministry for rural broadband
Posted 22nd Oct 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
Amy Adams must start an independent technical audit of the delivery outcomes on the Government’s $300m rural broadband scheme after the Minister sacked the ministry responsible for its management, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Amy Adams is desperately trying to contain the growing fallout from her government’s mismanagement of rural broadband. She has sacked MBIE from the job and handed control of the next tranche of government funding to Crown Fibre Holdings.
55km Cable to Nowhere serves one customer
Posted 22nd Oct 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
A 55km Cable to Nowhere has been laid between Wairoa and Tuai to apparently serve just one company, while in many other regions there is limited rural internet access, says Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Genesis Energy has been the sole recipient of an incredibly long length of fibre. It is especially concerning when the local school at Tuai has been unable to qualify for funding to get the software to make use of the new bandwidth even if it had the money to get connected.
Māori TV decision a victory for common-sense
Posted 21st Oct 2015
Filed under: Broadcasting
Today’s decision by the Māori Television board for the channel to remain in Auckland is a victory for common-sense but raises the question why such a move was ever considered in the first place, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Clearly time and money has been wasted on exploring the proposal to farm Maori Television out to Hamilton and Rotorua – money that could have been spent on television content.
Govt broadband scheme slammed by regions
Posted 21st Oct 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
The Government’s rural broadband initiative is failing the regions and prompting an outcry among local mayors, councils, National MPs, Fonterra and Federated Farmers, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Rural New Zealand is being left behind in the broadband race. The figures from council surveys are truly astonishing.
John Key should be part of OIA inquiry
Posted 19th Oct 2015
Filed under: Open Government
The Chief Ombudsman’s description of the Prime Minister’s attitude to releasing public information as “cavalier” and “a disregard for the law” reinforces growing concerns that democratic principles are being consistently undermined, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

Labour has today written to Dame Beverley Wakem requesting John Key be interviewed as part of her wide-ranging review of Official Information Act practices across the public sector.
Labour bill to stop stealth cuts to Radio NZ
Posted 15th Oct 2015
Filed under: Broadcasting
Radio New Zealand’s punishing six-year funding freeze would be put to an end by Labour’s bill that matches funding to inflation and population growth and assists the broadcaster’s transition to a multimedia public service network, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The Radio NZ (Catch-Up Funding) Amendment Bill, which has been placed in the private member’s bill ballot today, provides for an 11 per cent increase based on total inflation and an overall population increase of 6.7 per cent from June 2009 to June 2015.
Govt must clarify if software patents are in TPP
Posted 14th Oct 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
New Zealand’s tech sector faces an uncertain future if a hard-fought for exclusion for software patents is missing from the final text of the Trans Pacific Partnership, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Labour and the tech sector fought long and hard to convince the government to accept that software should not be subject to patents as it stifles innovation and creativity in a fast-moving sector which spans many industries.
Poor regions to miss out on better internet
Posted 12th Oct 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
Regional ratepayers will have to stump up as co-investors in hundreds of towns and communities to subsidise improved broadband access, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Despite calling for expressions of interest in March from all local authorities to access a new pool of funding to improve substandard internet connections, the government last week quietly changed the rules for how the money will be allocated.
National lengthens the digital lag
Posted 6th Oct 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
Rural New Zealand’s growing anger at substandard internet connections is catching up on the Government with panicked, unfunded and unambitious promises made by Communications Minister Amy Adams, says Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“National's 'aspirational' target for broadband connectivity in ten years’ time is a cynical attempt to distract from the under-delivering rural broadband.
TVNZ profits up, regional coverage slashed
Posted 2nd Oct 2015
Filed under: Broadcasting
State-owned broadcaster TVNZ’s plan to axe two critical frontline news positions from Dunedin has an immediate negative impact on coverage for the whole of Otago and Southland, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“TVNZ is cutting around 10 positions nationwide in a cost-cutting exercise affecting backroom news production and regional news gathering.
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