Behind the rhetoric of being ‘business-friendly’, the National government has prioritised the interests of big business and foreign corporations over small business. The Green Party considers that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of our economy, opportunities, and jobs. We are calling for a fair deal for small business, and we will support […]
This year, games expo PAX celebrated its third year in Australia. I was lucky enough to attend as part of Melbourne International Games Week. I was there to meet a number of industry players and research the significant number of steps the State of Victoria has taken to support its thriving games development sector. In […]
I’m pretty excited. I’m off to Melbourne today to attend the Southern Hemisphere’s largest interactive media and games conference – PAX – to research supporting our games export industry. It sounds like fun, but it’s no game. Already, with minimal support, our games and app building sector’s exports are worth $89 million a year. The […]
It’s fantastic to hear today Dunedin-based game developer RocketWerkz has received substantial investment from the Chinese company Tencent and looks to employ an additional 125 people. You could say they’ve unlocked the next level. I’m a big supporter of our fast-growing game development sector and very glad to see Kiwis in creative tech jobs. RocketWerkz […]
Globally, the “neo-liberal” consensus is rapidly vanishing (I use quotation marks because there are some in Aotearoa who deny such a thing as neo-liberalism exists).
The Commerce Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill. This bill worries me. I flagged some major concerns during its first reading.
One of these industries is shedding thousands of jobs, urging the Government to help, and being ignored. One of these industries is jobs-poor, urging the Government to back it, and being listened to. How about this instead?
On Tuesday the Government released the final version of its backwards-looking energy strategy. Of passing note is the removal of any overt reference to lignite coal. Of course bioenergy could be code for it, or ‘alternative transport fuels’ (the Energy Outlook 2010 specifically cites lignite diesel as an alternative transport fuel with potential.) But basically […]
The Defence Force has put an overly positive spin on the laying off of 308 members of the armed forces whose jobs are being “civilianized”. While recognizing it is “a difficult day for the Defence Force” Lt Gen Rhys Jones claims that those laid off “will welcome the decision” if they have “registered their interest […]
Most people spend less than a year on a benefit and use that time to rebuild their lives and education. The few who abuse the system pale into insignificance against losses from failed investment companies, tax evaders and corporate fraudsters.