The government has allocated up to $15 million to improve rural broadband capacity. Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi said investment in the rural network would help with the development and wellbeing of isolated communities as the economy recovers from Covid-19.
New Zealand-based delivery service Delivereasy had its busiest night ever on the first day of level three. The company was forced to close website orders as early as 6.30pm in some cities after a flood of orders for food deliveries exceeded capacity.
Google has reported its weakest revenue growth in nearly five years in the first quarter as the pandemic-driven recession began to shrivel its advertising sales. The January-March earnings for Google parent Alphabet offer a first look at how the digital ad market has fared amid widespread orders requiring consumers to stay at home. Those restrictions have given most advertisers little incentive to market their products and services.