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Government not buying New Zealand hardware

Thursday, 21 March 2002

The Computer Manufacturers’ Association of New Zealand (CMANZ) says figures announced today by the Information Technology Minister Paul Swain, showed that the rest of the world valued New Zealand technology highly.

Over the 2000 – 2001 year there was a 32% jump in exports of New Zealand computer hardware to overseas markets.

CMANZ Chairman Peter Shirley, said the figures show that New Zealand technology is world-class, but this is not shown in the purchasing behaviour by the New Zealand Government.

“It’s ironic to see the Government trumpet extraordinary IT export figures while its own Ministries are busily importing foreign hardware, “Mr Shirley said.

“The Government has committed to including New Zealand IT in its tenders, but there has been very little change in behaviour by the Ministries.”

Local sales to New Zealand end-users of computer hardware, including peripheral computer equipment decreased by 1.3 percent between the 2000 and 2001 financial years.

Mr Shirley said the slump in the local market, which is not helped by Government buying overseas technology, was a threat to the industry’s local viability.

“If your local market is shrinking, and exports are booming, there’s a strong incentive to shift the business overseas. Government IT buyers must appreciate that the technology, service and quality case for buying New Zealand IT stacks up. The advantages in terms of local employment, education and industry growth cement the case for buying New Zealand made computer hardware.” he said.

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About CMANZ
CMANZ, the Computer Manufacturers' Association of New Zealand, is an alliance of New Zealand's leading PC manufacturers, tasked to represent and promote the local computer manufacturing industry. Their member companies sell to all segments of the market including government, corporate, general business as well as the small business and home computer markets.

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