Stories by Computerworld NZ staff

Air New Zealand, Tex Edwards collect major TUANZ awards

The Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand has delivered its annual awards, with Air New Zealand the big winner and 2 Degrees' founder Tex Edwards collecting the chairman's award.
If there was a theme of the awards, held in partnership with IDC and major sponsor Voco, this year it was that while broadband and telecommunications infrastructure are vital, it's the applications that use such infrastructure that deliver real economic benefits.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff03 Sept. 09 22:00

Telecom exports 250 jobs to the Philippines

Telecom is shifting 250 contact centre jobs from New Zealand to the Philippines.
Telecom will restructure six of its contact centres, with the loss of 250 positions to Manila over the next 18-months.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff02 Feb. 09 22:00

Fonterra shifts to Gen-i for telco services

Fonterra has gone live with the first of what it calls its direct telecommunications infrastructure services through Telecom's IT services unit Gen-i.
Gen-i will provide wide area network (WAN) infrastructure and management services for Fonterra’s New Zealand and Australian sites, and desk telephony for the company's 47 global sites. Local area network (LAN) services for the New Zealand and Australian sites will shift to Gen-i later this year.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff19 Jan. 09 22:00

Fairfax technology and business titles reach reader cream

New statistics from Nielsen Online show Fairfax technology and business titles performing strongly among readers earning $100,000 or more a year.
CIO topped the list, with 60.1% of its readers earning more than $100,000. Computerworld was fifth, with 51.1%, Unlimited, about to rejoin the Fairfax stable, scored 49.8%, in eight place, and Reseller News picked up ninth with 49.6%.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff25 Nov. 08 22:00

CIO on trial: Otago DHB fraud case in High Court

The former CIO of the Otago District Health Board is facing fraud charges in the Dunedin High Court in a trial scheduled to last three weeks.
Mike Swann and a Queenstown-based associate, Kerry Harford, each face three charges alleging $16.9 million in fraud relating to IT licences and support contracts.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff15 Nov. 08 22:00

MSD CIO moves to Inland Revenue Department

The CIO of the Ministry of Social Development, Tim Occleshaw, has been appointed deputy commissioner for business development and systems at Inland Revenue. He takes up the role in January.
The business development and systems department of the IRD is respoonsible for customer operations, service design and project management, as well as IT.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff08 Oct. 08 22:00

Kiwi insurer Pinnacle Life wins US innovation award

Auckland-based online life insurance provider Pinnacle Life has won a technology innovation award in the US INNovator Awards, organised by the Insurance Networking News, a publication for the worldwide insurance industry.
Pinnacle Life was awarded the 2008 INNovator of the Year award in recognition of its website,, which provides electronic underwriting, and offers consumers immediate online life insurance cover.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff17 Sept. 08 22:00

New CIO at Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has appointed Leanne Gibson as its chief information officer.
Gibson's experience includes 18 years of operational management in both the public and private sectors.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff29 April 08 22:00

Computerworld Excellence Awards 2008 Open for Entries

The Computerworld Excellence Awards is calling for entries from ICT professionals who can demonstrate an outstanding application of technology.
Recognised as the country's leading ICT awards programme, 13 categories are now open to find New Zealand's top ICT talent. Individuals and teams that win will receive national acclaim as the country's best and these awards are a highly sought after accolade amongst ICT professionals.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff23 Feb. 08 22:00

Telecom names network, wholesale CEOs

Telecom has announced the leadership of two of its operational units.
Mark Ratcliffe, currently chief operating officer technology and enterprises, has been appointed CEO-designate of Telecom's network business, or Access Network Services.

Written by Computerworld NZ staff19 Nov. 07 22:00