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Why we can't let the failed CTO appointment get in the way of New Zealand's future

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Why we can't let the failed CTO appointment get in the way of New Zealand's future

Vend founder Vaughan Rowsell put his hat in the ring to be New Zealand's first CTO in the initial call for applicants and got as far as being reference checked, before hearing the government was going back to the drawing board. Now, after appointing Derek Handley as CTO, the government has rescinded Handley's appointment and is back to square one. Where to from here? Rowsell says the answer is not 'do nothing', as the future of New Zealand's tech industry is far too important. Here, he shares what he thinks went wrong, and what the government – as well as the technology industry – can do to move forward, following the botched process. 

Equality pays

A new MYOB report says New Zealand’s tech sector lacks gender diversity – and may even get less diverse. What can be done – and what is being done – to address the issue? Plus: a roundtable discussion with OMGTech! co-founder and general manager Zoe Timbrell, AUT lecturer and She# founder Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh and MYOB general manager Carolyn Luey on what can be done to increase gender diversity and inclusivity in New Zealand’s tech sector, what individuals and organisations can do, where things can go from here, and more.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In this first installment, here are five things he wishes New Zealand would do right now.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Vend's Vaughan Rowsell knows things, wants things, predicts things, worries about things and improves things. In this first installment, here's five things he wishes he knew before he started his career in tech.

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.