Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Smart digital investment transforms local economies

23 July 2014

For immediate release

Smart digital investment transforms local economies

Digital investment can have a significant impact on a community, but funds need to be used in a targeted way through smart investment to deliver economic results.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) held an in-depth master class session on how local economies are transformed by smart digital investment, as part of its conference at Nelson.

The session highlighted the way in which investment in digital infrastructure can stimulate economic growth and enhance community life.

Speakers included Wellington City Council Chief Executive Dr Kevin Lavery, Intergen Chief Technology Officer Chris Auld and Whangarei District Council Mayor Sheryl Mai, with Crown Fibre Holdings Stakeholder Relations Manager Anna Verboeket joining the panel discussion.

The master class session covered case studies from international and New Zealand examples including the experience of Wellington City and Whangarei District.

“Smart digital investment is not just ‘pipes and boxes’ but also inspiration that propels cities, towns and regions into the new digital age,” LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says.

“The discussion at the master class helped participants to understand the potential of the digital revolution to improve services and outcomes for communities, with a panel discussion that captured issues and ideas for future consideration.”

At the session, participants discussed how smart digital investment is about transforming the whole economy and it is also about local leadership doing something extraordinary with the new technology available.

“Putting in the infrastructure is only the beginning,” Mr Yule says. “The community needs to be made aware of the potential and how they can utilise infrastructure for better economic outcomes such as businesses utilising cloud technology to its potential, exporting knowledge and ideas to market, and improving the utilisation of data by building data skills and culture.”

The session was kindly sponsored by Microsoft.

The 2014 LGNZ Conference took place 20-22 July at Nelson, with more than 550 local government delegates attending to take part in master class sessions, hear presentations from high profile speakers about significant issues and opportunities facing the sector. The theme of the conference was Powering Local Economies, Building Vibrant Communities.

*Ends*


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

Looks like you need to get the blurb yourself. Probably best to do that irrespective, actually.If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common.

Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues. Neither have yet been given a mandate to govern by the electorate although – in both countries – the Labour opposition is in less than robust shape. More>>

 

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news