As stock markets around the world collapse and the Northern Hemisphere
prepares for war, we're left asking ourselves whether there's any
way NZ can be insulated from what might appear to be a rather dull
outlook for our IT industry.
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Well maybe there is...
New Zealand is about as far away as it is possible to get from the pending
focus of western military action and possible terrorist responses -- so
maybe our remote location and relative neutrality can work to our advantage.
With IT being pivotal to the operation of all Western economies, it is not
at all unlikely that communications and data-processing facilities in the
USA and Europe will become high-priority targets for terrorist attacks.
How useful would it be to have redundant processing and data storage tucked
away on the backside of the planet then?
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Likewise, anyone embarking on the development or maintenance of large software
projects might find New Zealand an even more attractive place to undertake
With the prospect of a dirty and protracted battle on its doorstep, the lure
of cheap IT resources from India might be a little less attractive to
many US companies. Could we fill the gap?
To realise this potential opportunity we'd need a fairly well organised and
well funded sales campaign. Unfortunately, such a thing is probably beyond the resources
of most of NZ's IT companies. However, it's something that might be worthy
of public funding -- given the long-term payback and the government's stated
intention to move us into the knowledge economy.
But here's the flaw in what might otherwise be a great plan.
From what I
NZ is not interested in pledging military assistance to the USA or NATO anti-terrorism
initiatives within the ANZUS framework.
That has to count as a black-mark against us.
Note: TV reports indicate that NZ *is* prepared to offer direct military
assistance if called upon -- it's just that it will be outside the ANZUS
As if we didn't have enough trouble with the Aussies considering us to be a
bunch of asset-stripping bludgers over the Ansett affair, now we open ourselves
to claims of shirking our responsibilities in respect to ANZUS.
And, even if we could convince the USA and Europe that we're nice guys all
the same -- there's the small issue of national security.
With our Air Force being downgraded to little more than a trans-Tasman air-taxi
service for stranded Prime Ministers -- how can we really expect the USA and Europe
to believe that their data and development resources would be safe here?
Another opportunity lost :-(
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