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New Zealand’s technology sector is booming – but education needs to catch up

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New Zealand’s technology sector is booming – but education needs to catch up

The head of the country’s umbrella tech organisation says it’s boom time for both its organisation and the industry in New Zealand. NZTech now has more than 400 tech companies on board from across the country and has expanded its board, but what else is needed to grow the industry? The government’s recent investment into digital education is a start, says Vend founder and OMGTech! co-founder Vaughan Rowsell.

Opinion

When it comes to getting re-energised, a holiday is better than a rest - at least as Vend founder and chief product officer Vaughan Rowsell tells it. And given his recent escapades, he would know.

Weirdo

Following patterns and taking shortcuts serves a very important evolutionary function. But we wouldn't be where we are now as a species without rule breakers and weirdos who create change. And Vend's Vaughan Rowsell reckons we need more of them.

Tech entrepreneur Vaughan Rowsell (the guy with the memorable moustache) will this weekend launch his latest venture – a series of high-tech workshops for kids, particularly from low-income families. It’s a project inspired by his mother, a wheelchair-bound single parent on a benefit who, in the 1980s, mortgaged her house to buy her children the latest computer gadgetry.