Overseas readers wanted to know how New Zealand is filling its tech industry vacancies. Here is my story published earlier this year in London-based Computer Weekly.†
Wellington is as far as you can fly from Heathrow before you start coming back. New Zealandís capital is almost 19,000km and at least 24 hours away. The city is small by European standards, with only 200,000 people calling it home.
And yet Wellington is a regional technology hub. It is the nationís biggest technology user and the government is based there. Wellington is also home to Weta Workshop, established by director Peter Jackson to create computer graphics for†The Lord of the Rings†movies. It is where New Zealand technology entrepreneur†Rod Drury began Xero, the small business accounting software-as-a-service market leader. Dozens of small tech startups inhabit buildings all over the small South Pacific city.