Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Inland Revenue Announces Winner For APP4IR Competition

Inland Revenue Announces Winner For APP4IR Competition

Inland Revenue would like to congratulate Matt Innes and Josh Lee on winning the APP4IR Challenge.

Commissioner Naomi Ferguson said that the calibre of entries were outstanding, however Matt and Josh were chosen as the winner because they showed a real insight into what our customers want, and had a fantastic simple design based on the existing myIR service.

“This design would allow people to use the app on different devices and to manage their business and personal IR accounts at the same time. It was a great idea overall.”

Ms Ferguson said that the Challenge has also been a great success for Inland Revenue and was delighted to see such a positive response.

“This is the first time that we have used crowdsourcing. Through this we have been able to reach out to such a large number of people and tap into the rich vein of creativity and innovation that is here in New Zealand.

“We received over 50 submissions for the Challenge and they demonstrated a wide variety of different approaches as to how Inland Revenue can develop an app to help our small businesses. Many of these ideas made clever use of the features built into the mobile devices that make business easier and that will also make working with Inland Revenue easier as well.

Ms Ferguson said that Inland Revenue’s current mobile web app has proved very successful, but technology and customer expectations are constantly changing, and the department is showing that it is responding to that change.

“The current app is a great first step but is only available to individual customers and we want to provide more services and greater usability to small businesses.

“People want to do business with us the same way as they would with any other business and using their tablets and smart-phones. Therefore not only are we making it easier, but our services need to be more cost-effective as well, and this Challenge is one innovative way of making that happen.

“I would like to thank everyone who entered the Challenge for their hard work and effort and congratulate Matt and Josh once again.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Oceans: NOAA Declares Third Ever Global Coral Bleaching Event

As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record. More>>

Scoop Business: A Decade Of Government Pre-Seed Investment

More publicly-funded science is being commercialised after a decade of government ‘pre-see’d investment, according to an independent review. More>>


Solid Energy: Plan To Shut Unprofitable Huntly East Mine

Solid Energy, the state-owned coal miner in voluntary administration, plans to shut down its unprofitable Huntly East mine and lay off 65 staff after deciding the site stands "no chance whatsoever" of finding a buyer. More>>


E Tū: Merger Creates NZ's Biggest Private Sector Union

E tū has been created by the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Service and Food Workers’ Union. It represents more than 50,000 working New Zealanders in industries as diverse as aviation, construction, journalism, food manufacturing, mining and cleaning. More>>


Internet: NZ Govt Lifts Target Speeds For Rural Broadband

The government has lifted its expectations on faster broadband speeds for rural New Zealand as it targets increased spending on research and development in the country's information and communications technology sector, which it sees as a key driver for export growth. More>>


Banks: Westpac Keeps Core Government Transactions Contract

The local arm of Westpac Banking Corp has kept its contract with the New Zealand government to provide core transactions, but will have to share peripheral services with its rivals. More>>


Science Investment Plan: Universities Welcome Statement

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the National Statement of Science Investment released by the Government today... this is a critical document as it sets out the Government’s ten-year strategic direction that will guide future investment in New Zealand’s science system. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news