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Technology

Technology can make or break a business. It can make a significant difference to a business' competitiveness, efficiency, and ability to respond to customer needs.

It pays to have the support of experienced lawyers when undertaking a technology project, especially one involving business critical systems or services. Our team of technology lawyers has genuine expertise built on many years of experience.

Our focus on technology, our industry knowledge, and our expertise in contracts enable us to develop practical and pragmatic solutions quickly and efficiently.

Our expertise includes:

  • technology system supply and implementation arrangements
  • technology outsourcing and services arrangements
  • network development and management
  • regulatory compliance
  • licensing
  • commercialisation of technology
  • e-commerce.

We act for some of New Zealand's largest suppliers and users of technology. We also support start-up and emerging technology businesses with pragmatic, affordable advice.

Examples of our work

  • Inland Revenue - numerous technology projects over many years, recently including providing legal support in relation to its business transformation programme, including the procurement process for primary programme support
  • Wellington City Council - advising on a procurement process for a core IT platform
  • Wellington region local authorities (Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council and Upper Hutt City Council) and Wellington Water Limited – advising on a major project involving implementing shared services ICT infrastructure across the region
  • SmartCo - a joint venture between eight electricity lines companies to procure and deploy electricity “smart meters” which record and relay consumption information back to SmartCo via wireless telecommunications
  • Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) - numerous technology projects over many years, recently including agreements for the delivery and support of the "3D Enabled Cities Project"
  • Health Benefits - various contracts (principally with IBM) relating to the National Infrastructure Platform programme which is intended to move New Zealand's district health boards infrastructure on to one national platform
  • Local Fibre Companies (Enable Networks, UltraFast Fibre and Northpower Fibre) - all aspects of the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband including their wholesale services agreements with retailers, compliance with their agreements with Crown Fibre Holdings, undertakings given by the LFCs in favour of the Commerce Commission and issues arising out of their build programmes
  • Ministry of Economic Development (now MBIE) - structure of Crown Fibre Holdings and Invitation to Participate for the government's $1.5 billion Ultra-Fast Broadband Project
  • Kordia New Zealand - numerous projects including the acquisition and subsequent sale of Orcon, New Zealand's fourth largest internet service provider, issues around the trans-Tasman fibre optic cable project, and regulatory issues
  • Westpac New Zealand - outsourcing of IT infrastructure to IBM
  • Te Reo Whakapuaki Iri Rangi - supply, implementation, and support of a national broadcast distribution network system for over 21 Maori radio stations, funded by Te Māngai Pāho (the Māori broadcasting funding agency)