BusinessDesk is expanding its content offer with the launch of a new business technology section edited by former IDG UK journalist Henry Burrell.  

Technology and startups will be a core component of BusinessDesk coverage going forward and Burrell will be joined by regular tech commentator Peter Griffin, supported by BusinessDesk’s crack team of journalists in the Auckland and Wellington newsrooms.

Burrell brings a wealth of technology journalism expertise to BusinessDesk and says he’s looking forward to creating a market-leading tech section.
“I’m excited to join the team at this pivotal time for the tech sector in New Zealand and for BusinessDesk. The pandemic has accelerated the role of digital technology in so many parts of daily life, while the shift to ‘work anywhere’ bodes well for NZ’s smart tech sector innovators to take on the world from here – and attract talent to this safe, UFB-enabled part of the world,” he says.
BusinessDesk chief executive and editor Pattrick Smellie says the appointment is a coup for the site. “We’ve been looking for a while at how to really up our commitment to reporting the tech sector, where there’s so much unsung NZ talent and which promises to be an even more significant economic contributor in the covid era. 

“With tourism and travel curtailed, weightless, brain-fed exports are one of the ways we will recover and BusinessDesk will be there to cover it.

"This is a great opportunity to reinvigorate tech coverage with a pair of excellent, experienced journalists.” 

Chorus is principal sponsor of the new, editorially independent section, with additional support from Salesforce and Amazon Web Services. 

More advertising partners will be announced. 

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Henry Burrell is at and @hrburrell on Twitter.