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March 20, 2020

I never thought I’d be criticising a telecommunications company for reducing its prices, but Spark’s and others’ decision to lead the industry into removing data caps yesterday feels like an opportunistic public relations stunt that will bite in the backside the very p...

November 22, 2019

A great night tonight for the second time in a week. Crown Infrastructure Partners invited me to a fun party to celebrate completion of phase one of the Ultrafast Broadband project. There were lots of people there with plenty of grey hair - I felt quite at home.

But the...

November 20, 2019

Had a good chat last night at the Spark Wholesale Christmas bash with my friend Craig Young, CEO of TUANZ the past several years. I told him very sincerely that I think he is doing a stunning job with TUANZ, which he has reinvented to fit a very different environment t...

November 5, 2019

Today’s announcement that Andrew Button has resigned suddenly as CEO of the Rural Connectivity Group is bad news on two fronts. First, because Andrew is a thoroughly nice guy who has been well respected by people he’s worked with. Second, because it highlights that thi...

April 8, 2019

My mission of writing company profiles promoting the members of WISPA.NZ continues, and a few days ago took me into the Tasman region writing about Kiwi WiFi.  Writing these involves talking with the owner, visiting a handful of hilltop wireless sites, and interviewing...

March 3, 2019

Chris O'Connell, my friend and one-time business partner - passed away in Wellington this past weekend. Chris had endured a series of debilitating health issues for several years. Nonetheless he was at the WISPA 2-day meeting in Wellington just 2 weeks ago, but his hea...

October 28, 2018

After a month's apprenticeship on the Management Committee of the Whakatane Radio Telephone Users Association, I accepted the role of Chairman at the AGM last week.

The WRTUA is a 49 year old Incorporated society set up to build and manage transmission sites for a numbe...

October 28, 2018

An excellent article here in e-Health News where Dr Will Reedy of Spark argues that if the health sector or Government doesn't make headway on personal electronic health records in a form that meets consumer expectations, the health IT vendors will.

All good fodder for...

September 18, 2018

I'm starting to get my head a round a presentation I'm giving in a few weeks at the HINZ - Health Informatics NZ - Conference in Wellington.

My theme is "Health - a digital laggard." That will surprise nobody.

Yesterday I heard this extended interview by Health and Disab...

July 10, 2018

HEALTH - A DIGITAL LAGGARD. DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLAN

Presentation to the ITX Conference, Wellington, Wednesday 11 July 2018

Ernie Newman

Our health system is broken. The customer interface was designed for the 19th and 20th centuries and needs a complete re-engineerin...

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