Getting Prime Minister John Key in front of Wellington’s IT success stories is a political coup for mayoral candidate Nicola Young.
In theory Key and the National government should be a natural fit with freewheeling technology entrepreneurs. Yet Key’s government seems out of touch with the needs of a modern, global digital economy. That needs to change.
While technology companies do not speak with a single voice, many have talked of problems with recent legislation. There’s disquiet over the GCSB and TICs legislation which could put barriers between technology exporters and overseas customers.
Likewise some are not happy with proposed changes to the Telecommunications Act to discriminate against copper broadband connections. Others are still smarting over the 2011 Copyright Act changes.
So a more open dialogue between the prime minister and the industry is needed. Let’s hope this isn’t the last time Key gets in front of tech successes.
Originally posted on whatisitwellington:
It’s not that often that you get face time with the Prime Minister, so when Wellington mayoral candidate Nicola Young hosted a meeting, called Wired Wellington, on Friday that saw John Key meet a wide cross-section of Wellington’s ICT success stories, it was always going to be interesting.
Nicola Young yesterday hosted what is, as far as I know, the first face to face between Wellington’s homegrown ICT companies and … the Prime Minister. In what has to be the coup of the local body elections to date, Nicola Young managed to get John Key to come and spend some face time with over forty of Wellington’s local geek powerhouses at Prefab in Jessie Street. I’ve listed them at the end of the article.
The format was simple. Nicola Young spoke for less than three minutes on her push for the Mayoralty (she is also standing for Lambton Ward, being the CBD area of the city) and John Key about five minutes on his thoughts on the ICT industry. The next hour or so was spent with the Prime Minister directly talking to the throng of geeks that had been invited.