09 February 2017

Policy Update – 9 February 2017

Our fortnightly policy updates keep you up-to-date with the industry.

Government invests in Shadow Tech Days to inspire young women into technology careers

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has announced the Government is investing $75,000 in Shadow Tech Days, as a means of inspiring more young women into technology related careers. Shadow Tech Days are run by NZ Tech and see women working in the technology sector mentoring women studying tertiary level technology courses. In addition to being mentored, the students spend a day in the workplace to get a clear understanding of what the work is like.

Shadow Tech Days 2017 will be held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Dunedin during Techweek (6-14 May 2017).

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Final applications due for $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund

On 1 February 2017 Infrastructure Minister Steven Joyce and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith announced applications are open for the Housing Infrastructure Fund. The Fund is part of the Government’s plan to increase housing supply and supports councils to develop the infrastructure necessary to support housing.

According to the Ministers’ media release Councils have put forward indicative proposals amounting to $1.79 billion spend on infrastructure, which would support about 50,000 new dwellings.

Final proposals for the Fund are due by 31 March and the Ministers have encouraged councils to be more ambitious in their final proposals to bring forward projects and have a more significant impact on housing supply.

The final proposals will be assessed by an independent panel and final decisions should be announced later this year.

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Government welcomes Christchurch International Airport’s driverless shuttle launch

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has welcomed the launch of New Zealand’s first trial of an autonomous electric shuttle at Christchurch International Airport today. The trial is being undertaken by the Airport with HMI Technologies over a two year period to test the feasibility of a French-built Navya shuttle. The trial is initially taking place on a private airport road visible from the airport’s passenger terminal.

In his media release the Minister notes “It’s exciting to see a New Zealand-initiated trial where the skills and knowledge about managing and deploying the technology will transfer to New Zealanders. New Zealand offers a fantastic environment for testing and operating new transport technologies,” Mr Bridges says.

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General Election to be held on 23 September 2017

Prime Minister Bill English has announced this year’s General Election will be held on Saturday, 23 September.

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