National pledges a Minister for Technology in drive for 100,000 new jobs

Judith Collins (NZ National Party)

Judith Collins (NZ National Party)

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The National Party is promising to give the technology sector high priority, with a new Minister for Technology and 1000 tertiary scholarships a year.

The scholarships will be targeted for students at low decile schools to undertake science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degrees, leader of the opposition Judith Collins said today.

If elected, National also pledged to establishing a STEM-focused partnership school and restore funding for specialist ICT graduate schools.

A fast-track technology skills visa was also part of the package, to help local businesses plug their technology skills gaps along with relaxed visas for investors.

Collins also promised what she described as┬áthe world’s “most tech-friendly regulation”.

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