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Today it has been revealed what funding has been set aside in the 2015 Budget to deliver on the Government’s commitment to roll out world-class internet connectivity for New Zealanders with the extension of its flagship broadband initiatives..
Communications Minister Amy Adams advises a contingency of up to $210 million in capital funding from the Future Investment Fund secures the next stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) in extending it to 80 per cent of New Zealanders. This will be finalised following a business case.
As previously indicated, an extension of the Telecommunications Development Levy will provide $150 million for major improvements in rural broadband and to fill mobile black spots. The extension will be included in 2015 Budget legislation.
These investments take the Government’s total funding across the two programmes to $2 billion.
“Better connectivity is critical to building a stronger economy and creating more jobs and higher wages,” Ms Adams says. “New Zealand’s digital economy is undergoing a transformation as we roll out Ultra-Fast Broadband and Rural Broadband Initiative throughout the country. Fast and reliable connectivity is critical to New Zealand’s economic growth. Like running water and electricity, connectivity has become a vital service for homes and businesses.”
The projects related to the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) make up one of New Zealand’s most ambitious infrastructure programmes. It has been advised that 46 per cent of the first stage of the UFB programme is completed, and it is ahead of schedule and within budget. The first stage of RBI is more than 73 per cent complete as at May 2015.
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NZ Tech Podcast 230: Covert attacks on NZ security, Hi-Tech Awards, Lily’s ‘follow me’ Drone, Samsung’s widest screen yet
We discuss insights into security attacks from both covert organisations and nation states – including North Korea’s 1000s of paid hackers. We also discuss the Lily ‘follow me’ Drone, Amazon and Xero’s new announcement, NZ Hi-Tech Awards and Samsung’s widest screen yet – the Samsung S34E790C with an aspect ratio of 21:9.
This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Bryce Boland (@bryceboland) Asia Pacific CTO at FireEye and Bill Bennett (@billbennettnz). Published by NZ’s Podcast specialists – Podcasts NZ.
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This week Wal & Jarred (and Mel who was roped along) interview I Survived A Zombie Holocaust’s director Guy Pigden & NZ’s newest sex symbol lead male Harley Neville from our latest scare-com (don’t forget Housebound) I Survived A Zombie Holocaust. Listen to the podcast episode on any good podcast app on Google Play or ITunes (search fo NZ Entertainment Podcast and subscribe) or listen here:
Mad Max is about as Aussie an icon as you can get. Yes, maybe British actor Tom Hardy in the lead role is a strange choice he doesn’t physically resemble or remotely sound like Mel Gibson, however we can rejoice if only thankful there wasn’t an American cast in the role, I can just imagine the uproar across the ditch if their precious Max was ever ruthlessly expatriated in any way. A stunning cast of mostly Aussie actors (ones they’ve nabbed) of course Kiwis are aren’t left out of the fray either as part Maori actors Jacob Tomuri (Tom Hardy’s stunt double) & Megan Gale feature in the action blockbuster
Fury Road is the 4th instalment in the franchise and also the first Mad Max film in over 30 years that doesn’t have Mel Gibson, which is probably not a bad thing let’s be honest, his age and track record of late don’t exactly spell ‘pick me’ although funny enough he was considered to resurrect the role. Director George Miller’s futuristic dystopian car-chase across the desert is a non-stop action film that will blow your senses, its almost like a brand new shiny toy that’s vying for your attention
Tom Hardy is Max Rockatansky the loner while Charlize Theron is Furiosa the traitor who kidnaps the five wives, who are the nub of the story, tall leggy FHM models who belong to baddie King Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) A massive chase involving fleets of pimped out cyber-punk vehicles ensues in the outback of the Namibian desert on Fury Road as kingpin Joe and the War Boys chase Max, Furiosa and the leggy models (Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keogh, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton). Because you can’t be messing with Joe’s gals
Sure the action doesn’t let up but it’s the sheer size of the film, the big sets, the zillions of extras, the array of cool desert cars, bikes, buggies and racing trucks in the desert (the Australian deserts were flowering not a good look) it’s akin to being sucked into Playstation’s desert racing game MotorStorm with The Smashing Pumpkins as its soundtrack. The action sequences and stunts capture the ‘wow’ factor with some stunning camera work that must’ve been havoc to edit. Honestly with all the stunts & pyrotechnics going on it’s surprising that nobody got hurt filming this movie
George Miller’s 21st century facelift has indeed done what no many have done, breathed life into an inert franchise and will no doubt give Namibian tourism a much needed boost in the arm (not to mention Aussie director George Miller’s career). Tom Hardy gives a solid performance, giving credence to the role not overplaying the Max of old but personalising the character while adding some charm. Charlize Theron as Furiosa the tough ‘tank girl’ amputee is a good team mate for Hardy, her arm looked a little CGI’d in the beginning but you hardly noticed it by film’s end, mere quibbles. Nic Hoult (remember the boy in About a Boy?) is totally unrecognisable bald with white makeup as Nux one of the War Boys an impact character who changes the mood of the film drastically
Mad Max: Fury Road is a blockbuster in every sense of the word, pure unadulterated action at every turn. It’s got a shite load of explosions and more baddies than you can shake a stick at. Does it do any justice to the original? Yep, definitely a resounding yea. At last an adult’s version of Hunger Games that will leave you speechless and your head emotionally wrecked once it’s finished
We discuss an autonomous truck becoming approved on US roads, Apple’s force touch technology, a $9 computer Netflix data impact, tax changes for online services, new smartphones from Microsoft, a very robust Samsung tablet and finally a stylish wearable device.
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This week we hear about a smartphone that morphs into a PC, Spark’s latest UFB moves, Microsoft’s news from Build, Tesla puts power in your home, the end of the Internet, LED carpet, Kickstarting a smart desk plus Xero and Paymark team up.
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The ‘Fantasy $500,000 Garage’ episode where our hosts indulge their car-based desires with imaginary money. Damien drives a Renault Clio RS, David checks out the new Subaru Legacy and we recoil in horror at what Brabus have done to a Range Rover.
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Date / Venue: Sunday May 3rd, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland
Last night was the perfect opportunity to see Princess Chelsea (a.k.a. Chelsea Nikkel) up close and intimate at the Kings Arms before she embarks on her tour junket of Europe & Turkey (isn’t that part of Europe?).
Ably supported by some great new raw musical talent (go Bespin), the one time member of indie-pop duo The Brunettes looked relaxed and at ease before assuming her twee pop alter-ego Princess Chelsea, it’s an almost a Jekyll & Hyde transformation as she prowled and paced the stage like a fresh-faced Siouxsie Sioux, it was both enthralling and uncanny.
What I like about Chelsea is the depth of honesty in her lyrics, her voice almost child-like and guileless it’s a definite acquired taste. Tracks like Yulia and her viral hit Monkey Eats Bananas, and Ice Reign from her first album Lil Golden Book were gratefully accepted by the small but vocal crowd.
She played a good mix of old and new, her brand new album The Great Cybernetic Depression released via Flying Nun/Lil’ Chief only a couple of days ago providing most of the material for tonight’s show (love that addictive No Church On Sunday). Chelsea admitted she had been busy travelling which is why it’s taken so long to release her new album
Still there was time to resurrect a couple of older tunes including the seminal hit The Cigarette Duet with The Brunettes’ Jonathan Bree who also plays bass in the band, the trade-off vocals of both adding a 3D effect with Bree’s distinctive dulcet tones, while the baroque-tinged Frack was played to a tee as if she was lip syncing a la Brittany. Even TV show Nashville wasn’t out of bounds as she cordially joked about TV screen character Luke Wheeler before educating the audience on minor chords during a noticeable laptop malfunction.
Princess Chelsea has the indie chops and tunes that demand an audience. Her image marketing gold in this diluted studio age where image is sometimes make or break. Although not everyone’s cup of tea, her musical merits alone should see her do well, let’s just hope for the Turks sake they get a grasp of her music if not for the sheer hell of it
This week Wal & Jarred interview some of the stars of the new Chris Pryor & Miriam Smith film The Ground We Won – We talk to Danny, David (Turbo) Johnny & Stevie from the Reporoa Rugby Club about the film, rugby and dressing up and review the film. Get the podcast on any good podcast app on Google Play or ITunes or listen here: