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# 243710 27-Dec-2018 12:45
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Online retail behemoth Amazon has quietly been advertising more than a dozen roles based in Auckland and Wellington, raising the possibility of a New Zealand-based office.

 

Amazon has advertised 13 job listings ranging from sales representative roles to specialised technology roles on its website.

 

There are 11 jobs based in Auckland and two in Wellington.

 

One of the roles based in Auckland, a territory sales representative, has been described as shaping the "future of New Zealand businesses by using Amazon Web Services".

 

Amazon has been contacted for comment. 

 

AWS is a cloud services platform offering data storage and is a separate business inside of the larger Amazon company.

 

Companies like Netflix use the service for its storage of content.

 

Amazon has played up New Zealand's unique characteristics to prospective employees, describing the Land of the Long White Cloud as a young country and host to a "distinctively biodiverse ecosystem. . . that evolved during the island's long isolation".

 

Last year Amazon set up its first Australian warehouse in Melbourne, and its second in Sydney in September.

 

After its Australian launch the retail giant spurred rumours New Zealand would be next, with Hamilton's city councillor Angela O'Leary calling for the the company to set up its first Kiwi warehouse in the city.

 

Amazon is valued at about $US1 trillion (NZ$1.49t).

 

First Retail Group managing director Chris Wilkinson said Amazon opening an office in New Zealand was the logical next step for the company's global expansion into the Southern Hemisphere.

 

"It's the absolute lateral progression. We've expected it, to be honest this is probably later than was expected.

 

"It's logical they would be looking to enter the New Zealand market. For the past couple of years, Amazon's focus has been on building its logistics systems, with the warehouses in Australia. Because of the geographical distances between New Zealand and the United States, it would make sense for them to have a base here to better understand what customers want in the Southern Hemisphere," Wilkinson said.

 

He said possible locations for the office could be Newmarket and Ponsonby in Auckland.

 

Amazon executives met last week with Economic Development Minister David Parker to express their concerns about a lack of studio capacity in Auckland. 

 

Both parties were tight-lipped about the high stakes negotiations.

 

The reported "crisis meeting" with Amazon TV executives came as the network threatens to pull plans to film the Lord of the Rings television series in New Zealand.

 

At US$1 billion, it is touted as the most expensive television series in history – and accordingly, the most lucrative for the country where it is filmed. 

 

 

 

Good news? I dont see any downsides to this? More jobs are always good.

 

 

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/109613172/could-amazon-be-setting-up-a-kiwi-office?

 

 

 

 


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  # 2151097 27-Dec-2018 12:55
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It's an AWS development and nothing to do with product sales.

 

Most likely driven by developments in the online video streaming market.

 

AWS provides infrastructure for Amazon Prime Video and also for Netflix. Perhaps they are expecting to sell services to Spark too as the latter ramps up its VOD offerings.

 

It would make sense for AWS to have facilities here to support such services.

 

 


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  # 2151111 27-Dec-2018 12:58
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jpoc:

 

It's an AWS development and nothing to do with product sales.

 

Most likely driven by developments in the online video streaming market.

 

AWS provides infrastructure for Amazon Prime Video and also for Netflix. Perhaps they are expecting to sell services to Spark too as the latter ramps up its VOD offerings.

 

It would make sense for AWS to have facilities here to support such services.

 

 

 

 

Your post makes a lot of sense. Possibly also Sky's push to VOD and the full app?


 
 
 
 


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  # 2151112 27-Dec-2018 13:01
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Amazon NZ Jobs. Nothing related to Amazon stores.

https://www.amazon.jobs/en/search?base_query=&loc_query=New%2520Zealand&country=NZL

The nearest Amazon server farm is Sydney. Is there any indication they plan to construct a farm in NZ? This doesn't look like that immediately.

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  # 2151140 27-Dec-2018 14:29
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AWS have had an office in NZ for a few years now; this is nothing new.  A former colleague of mine joined them working in Wellington in ... [checks email] ... April 2017.


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  # 2151150 27-Dec-2018 14:51
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Typical media clickbait based on an assumption that this is somehow retailed to retail (you wouldn't ask Chris Wilkinson for comment otherwise) when infact it's merely more jobs at their already existing office in NZ.

 

Nothing to see here. Move along.

 

 


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  # 2151151 27-Dec-2018 14:54
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jpoc:

 

It would make sense for AWS to have facilities here to support such services.

 

 

 

 

I'm not sure it really does in most respects.

 

Australia's new data/interception laws do make a case for not wanting to store or transit data via Australia, but when connectivity between NZ and AU is fine there really exists few technical reasons why it is needed.

 

 


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  # 2151196 27-Dec-2018 17:19
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  # 2151209 27-Dec-2018 18:01
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I know the Herald is looking to move to a paywall, but is Stuff? Sorry, I'm a bit out of the loop here...


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  # 2151245 27-Dec-2018 20:31
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AWS just need more staff to sell to / help corporates and government use AWS - sales, presales, and technical solution architects. They already have a decent number of staff in New Zealand. This is nothing to do with Amazon the retailer.


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  # 2151375 28-Dec-2018 11:20
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Plus Amazon does a fair amount of the infrastructure/product development down this part of the world too - a lot of the devs working on the AmazonFresh platform are in Brisbane, despite AmazonFresh being totally unavailable in Australia.


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