A special kind of double-think comes into play when a multinational technology company opens a facility in Australia, then tries to palm it off on New Zealanders as “local” or “regional”. Oracle has done just this.
Once a New Zealand company goes offshore for its cloud services, it can buy from anywhere.
Australia is not a draw card.
An Australian datacentre works for Australian companies. It means they can meet local regulatory and legal requirements. Customers can at least kid themselves it solves data sovereignty issues. Let’s not underestimate Australian economic nationalism – a concept which usually carries little weight in New Zealand.