Just finished reading (and being depressed by) this report on the ICT issues panel. From Maurice Williamson saying that what he said wasn’t actually policy to David Cunliffe’s no-show we get a fairly good indication of just how important this stuff is to the mainstream political parties.
Williamson’s very inspiring statement (that wasn’t policy) went;
was to get New Zealand into the top half of the OECD’s GDP per capita rankings. Only then could the country afford to pay for the infrastructure and services we all demand
Nice to see he’ dragging out the same feel-good platitudes that have been circling around for the past decade – it’s like the knowledge wave conference all over again.
The end result seemed to be an agreement from the industry participants that a skills shortage is the major issue – unfortunately NZ manager of Sun, John Mazenier reminded people, realistically if a little depressingly that;
the industry was struggling to form its own representative body did not bode well for a collective approach
Oh God – is there any hope? I guess there is but it will come from neither central Government nor industry groupings. It will come instead from cool companies doing cool things here and motivating students to study towards working in the industry, and to stay here once they graduate.
We need to help ourselves – because no one else will.