Vend founder Vaughan Rowsell recently wrote about why we can't let the failed CTO appointment get in the way of New Zealand's future. In part two, he weighs up the pros and cons between naming one person to be CTO versus a team of people to be a tech taskforce.
Following a long and convoluted process, Derek Handley has today announced in a LinkedIn post the government will no longer be hiring him to be New Zealand's next chief technology officer. We reached out to a few industry players and asked what their reaction was to the strange twist in this saga, as well as what they think should happen next.
Justin Tomlinson, a former corporate CTO, is the founder of Delivery Craft, a digital consultancy and advisory company that helped the re-launch of Pottermore, the digital heart of the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling. Here, he questions why New Zealand isn't leading the world in agritech R&D and in all fields where our market size, but physical space, represent an advantage, like energy, food and infrastructure, as well as whether appointing one person as CTO to tackle all this is the right solution.
There has been a lot of speculation and controversy surrounding the appointment process for New Zealand's first chief technology officer, which has been a relatively hush hush process so far. Startup Weekend NZ, Lightning Lab and ZeroPoint Ventures co-founder Dan Khan put himself forward for the role, but did not make it through. Here, he reflects on why he applied to take on the role, what the process was like and what he thinks the country needs from its CTO.
The Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees over 10 years to tackle climate change, enhance natural landscapes and create jobs. Landscape architect Di Lucas says the initiative is a good one, but will require planting the trees in a planned and thoughtful way. Here, she outlines what needs to be done.
Two sets of proposals advocating for better urban design in New Zealand have been pitched at the Government in quickfire succession since this year's Urbanism New Zealand conference. Here, Stephen Olsen takes a look at what conference delegates and the NZIA have separately offered up.
Last week the government announced a brand-new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development – a fact that Phil Twyford kept under wraps when he opened the recent Urbanism New Zealand conference. Here, Olsen discusses the implications of this, and other learnings from the conference.
The benefits of encouraging biking and walking outweigh the costs by ten to one, according to a new study from Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. Will it be something cities in Aotearoa take into account when planning for the future?