New Zealand -- Web Farm To The World?
12 September 2000 Edition|
What do the Kiwi dollar and the Southern Cross Cable have in common?
Yes, they've both been sunk to the depths of the ocean -- but that might
be a very good thing.
As someone who operates a number of US-hosted websites (including this one),
I've become acutely aware that the cost of that hosting is now becoming
an increasingly irritating pain in the wallet.
The declining NZ$ has meant that each month I'm forking out an increasing
amount of my hard-earned cash to keep this site running and the viability
of hosting a small non-commercial operation off-shore is becoming borderline.
But hey -- every cloud has a silver lining!
If the Kiwi dollar stays down NZ hosting companies could be sitting on a
veritable goldmine when the Southern Cross Cable comes online later this
year. Local operators such as
2Day.com who provide a very cost-effective
hosting solution for small to medium-sized sites -- and many of NZ's ISPs who
provide similar services might find the USA to become a lucrative market.
2Day.com offers hosting packages from NZ$10 per month -- which is currently
just US$4.20. That's cheap -- even undercutting those budget US web farms
that seem to charge about US$7-10/month.
Let's see what happens come November.
Why The Dollar Is Done-For
Our politicians keep trying to shirk responsibility for the plummeting
dollar by blaming it on a strong US currency -- and I dare say that some
of the more naive and gullible out there might believe this claim.
However, after you've read
4 this article
you might see that claim for the untruth it is.
Yes, the US dollar is strong -- but why?
Because, as verified by that country's ascent to become the world's most
productive, the USA has harnessed the power of those technologies driving
the new economy in a way that has significantly boosted the wealth of
the entire nation.
We are now left with two scenarios to describe this country's appalling situation:
- Our politicians are so naive and ill-informed that they remain totally
unaware of the correlation between the fostering of a new economy and the
strength of the economy.
- They are aware of the obvious -- but choose, for reasons which at this
point remain unknown, to deliberately keep NZ near the bottom of the rankings
of productivity, growth and economic performance by maintaining policies
that drive our key people off-shore and penalise those investing in
What do you think? Stupidity or arrogance?
Have your say!
More NZ IT Industry News Online
Well known and highly regarded industry writer Keith Newman has been busy
beavering away on the NZ-centric part of the Internet.com website of late
and if you don't already know about it then I suggest you drop in and
check out his work.
Keith's excellent reporting on the local scene can be found at
a site which is claims to be "New Zealand's Internet Industry Portal."
I think maybe the site needs more links to 3rd-party sites (like this one Keith?)
before it can lay claim to being a "portal" in the traditional sense of the
word -- however it appears that it's the Internet.com people, not Keith, who have
decided to use that rather inappropriate label.
I've added the site to the list of links along the right-hand side of this page
just in case you forget to bookmark it.
As always, your feedback is welcomed.