Govt to trial CovidCard 'dumb' technology for covid tracing

Govt to trial CovidCard 'dumb' technology for covid tracing
Pattrick Smellie
CovidCard prototypeThe government will test privately-developed technology that could replace smartphone apps as the most effective way of tracking people's movements for contact tracing after a covid-19 or other epidemic outbreak.The decision today from ministers Chris Hipkins and Kris Faafoi follows weeks of increasingly public lobbying by the card's backers.The CovidCard idea embeds a bluetooth device and battery along with a memory chip in a small, wearable format similar to a swipecard or bracelet, which would automatically re...

More Policy

Government to repeal Business Payment Act
Policy

Government to repeal Business Payment Act

Scheme doesn't work, as evidenced by the Australian experience, Andrew Bayly says.

Business of Government: zombie policies, pendulum swings and more...
Policy

Business of Government: zombie policies, pendulum swings and more...

Our weekly roundup of public sector news and analysis.

Jem Traylen 21 Feb 2024
BNZ says a rate hike would be a policy mistake
Policy

BNZ says a rate hike would be a policy mistake

BNZ, however, also now expects rates on hold for longer. 

Rebecca Howard 19 Feb 2024
WorkRide: bang for your (bike) buck
Policy

WorkRide: bang for your (bike) buck

NZ's nascent ride-to-work scheme is picking up pace.

Gregor Thompson 19 Feb 2024