Launch of "Give Someone a Start"

Last week in Auckland, our member and partner Work and Income, launched their "Give Someone a Start" programme at a business networking event.   We are a supporter of this initiative and committed to helping spread the word.

At the event the Chief Executive of MSD (Brendan Boyle) spoke about government and business working together and doing things a bit differently to change the lives of people like Letitia – people who, once they get into the workforce, can go on to be loyal, reliable employees, even moving into management roles and making a real contribution to the organisation. 

Work and Income are starting with a group of parents returning to work and are capitalising on the skills they already have and are investing in training to get them ready for work.   

As part of the programme, Work and Income with partner with an organisation, provide a dedicated person who will get to know the business and find the right people with the skills needed. 

They have put together some more information - a factsheet that introduces the campaign …

 … and some industry video clips.

If you have any questions you can contact Work and Income on 0800 778 008.

Internet NZ - Canterbury Community Grants

At NetHui South last weekend our friends at InternetNZ announced a round of community grants for Canterbury - if you are in the region the details of how to apply are below.

Why we love community grants round: Canterbury edition

As part of our mission to work alongside the Internet community of New Zealand, we help fund projects that go towards making New Zealand’s Internet better.

Every year we invest $500,000 in community projects, research projects and conference attendance as well as our strategic partners. We do this because we are the stewards of the .nz domain for New Zealand. Part of this responsibility means we are in the position to provide funding to the community to benefit the 

New Zealand Internet.

While at NetHui South – taking part in Christchurch for the first time – we launched a funding round for projects based in the Canterbury region. We’re giving away $100,000 to support Internet projects that will benefit the people and the Internet of Canterbury. The money is the last part of the half million dollars that InternetNZ has contributed to the region following the major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

The Canterbury funding round is to help fund projects that will extend the availability, use and benefit of the Internet in and around Canterbury. Two such areas would be projects that support more widely available access to the Internet, and projects which deliver better use of the Internet.

We think that community funding is one of the best parts of being at InternetNZ. It lets us help others work towards our vision of a better world through a better Internet. And everyone wants to help create a better world.

When we get to work alongside some of the best and brightest in New Zealand's Internet community it gives us a thrill. Combined with the fact that Canterbury is an important region where people are thinking hard about how to build the sort of city and region, and the sorts of businesses and other organisations, that suit the 21st century and you have a perfect storm of helpfulness and a happy little satisfaction at doing a good thing.

We are aware that there is still much to be done in the rebuild, but the major focus of this round is towards projects that look beyond the rebuild and help answer this simple question: ‘what will the Internet’s contribution be to Canterbury’s for the next 15 years?’

By contributing this money to the work of others we're helping them to grow Internet capability in Canterbury. We've previously provided money to groups who have set out to map the Internet in New Zealand and provide free wireless to some of New Zealand's poorer communities.

The Internet is such a dominant part of our society now that any work we can do to help grow Canterbury’s capabilities will definitely contribute to the region’s economic and social progress. This has obvious flow-on effects to the rest of the country. Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city. For a successful and prosperous New Zealand it’s important that we do all we can to help Christchurch thrive.

The first stage of getting access to these funds is filling out an Expressions of Interest form.

These close on 5 January 2015, and details and application forms are at

Get cracking! Let us help you make a difference.  

NetHui South - Registrations Open

Afternoon - We are a Community Supporter of NetHui South and so if you are in the South Island you can now register for the event.

Internet NZ Press Release:

The South Island edition of New Zealand’s favourite Internet event is open for registrations now.

NetHui South 2014 will be held at the University of Canterbury on November 21-22 and as with previous NetHuis, it’s expected that tickets will sell out fast.

The national event, held in July, brought together New Zealand’s Internet community to plan and execute the three day event. There were prominent New Zealand speakers, community-led sessions on all kinds of Internet Issues, political discussions and a range of side events.

The South Island edition is promising to be just as exciting.

InternetNZ Chief Executive, Jordan Carter says that the South Island Internet Community was providing just as excellent ideas that came pouring in for the Auckland version for the South Island edition.

"People have obviously got a keen eye for the future of the Internet. We've had a lot of interest in sessions around how New Zealand and Canterbury can best use the Ultra-fast Broadband roll-out, as well as how to improve the Rural Broadband Initiative.

"Though the event won't be focussing solely on Canterbury, obviously that's a major factor and we've got an exciting panel lined up to discuss Innovation and Opportunity in a Connected Canterbury.

NetHui is supported by a number of sponsors and community sponsors, ranging from local providers Enable to Creative Commons Aotearoa and more. The event couldn’t go ahead without them and Jordan says that it’s working alongside people that makes NetHui great.

“We work with New Zealand’s Internet community to arrive at a pre-agreed agenda for NetHui South, and from there we actively encourage people to participate, rather than passively attend," says Mr Carter.

Registration can be done by visiting while a draft programme can be seen at


For more information, please contact:

David Cormack, Communications Lead
+64 21 294 5333


Pass through of copper pricing

Last week I visited Tom Puller-Strecker at the DominionPost/STUFF offices to introduce myself as the new CEO of TUANZ.  In that meeting he asked a few interesting questions - and one of them was about our position regarding the pass-through by Service Providers of the copper price reduction coming into effect on the 1st December.  You can read my response and the article here: Telcos pour cold water on price cut call