The Dim-Post

May 22, 2012

How efficient!

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 1:52 pm

Via TV3:

The Government has launched a new smartphone and tablet application based around the release of the Budget on Thursday.

The new app will allow users to look at documents from the Budget, read press releases and watch video coverage of the Budget’s release.

The app was designed and built in four weeks by developer PaperKite and will be available for download tomorrow afternoon.

Finance Minister Bill English says the app, called NZ Budget, was funded through savings made in the printing process.

 He says the app is an example of the Government keeping up with the times.

Now when I’m in-between meetings – or simply waiting for the bus – and I want to know the 2016 forecasts for the governments depreciation and amortisation costs I can simply use this new NZ Budget app on my smart-phone instead of the web browser on my smartphone.


  1. If they are going to get “down with the kids”,The budget needs its own facebook page so I can “like it”

    Comment by King Kong — May 22, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  2. You raise an interesting point about apps v browser. I never use the stuff and herald apps because the content is less than via browser. I see an app as just a specialised way of accessing content, so why would they then limit that content ?

    Comment by insider — May 22, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  3. I wonder how much that cost.

    Comment by Deano — May 22, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

  4. Pffft Deano. It doesn’t matter how much it cost as it was “funded through savings”!

    Fiscally neutral.

    Comment by Gregor W — May 22, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  5. How much did it cost? Let’s guesstimate! PaperKite is small enough to have the managers’ cellphone numbers on the contact page, but big enough to need /two/ managers. If you look at their office on Google Maps, it looks like there’s space for about ten employees, maybe. Let’s assume everyone does everything: development, design, testing, User Experience, BA etc. They’re not going to drop everything for a four week job, so let’s say no more than half of them worked on the budget app.

    Well, 4 weeks = 4 x 5 x 8 = 160 billable hours per developer. Say between $100 and $150 per hour, and between two and five developers gives you somewhere from $32,000 to $120,000 ex GST.

    Comment by Enrico Fermi — May 22, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

  6. Interesting the government appears to have put the app on Apple and Google (Android) devices – from two companies which pay virtually no tax in New Zealand despite sucking gazillions out of the country each year.

    Comment by billbennettnz — May 22, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

  7. Do you beltway boys ever stop whining?????????! I mean really, nothing better to do than moan about gummint interacting with you (literally YOU) more hi tech and all.

    Comment by Quentin Rolloson III — May 22, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

  8. That sums up most smartphone apps. Wonderfully marketed short cuts.

    I agree with billbennettnz, they should have released this app for symbian devices.

    Comment by Andrew M — May 22, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  9. BillBennettNZ – did you write that comment using software and hardware made by some foreign company too? cmon. If the Govt only put the app on platforms owned by NZ based firms, we’d be reduced to reading the budget on the backsides of dairy cows. I’d assume the budget app should make it a bit easier to navigate and read all the content than using a web browser?? Personally, I’ll stick to reading the paper copies – printed on good reliable tax-paying new zealand pine trees!

    Comment by johnmacc — May 22, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  10. Yawn.
    If Labour had done this you would all be masturbating furiously over how great it was.

    Comment by gn — May 22, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

  11. Nah, gn, there are better and more informative apps to do that to irrespective of political party endorsement.

    Comment by Teej — May 22, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  12. Taxpayer wedge wasted on an app for expensive toys only? What about the rest of us that cannot afford such luxuries and might require real executables for our computers to access such content? Time to complain about gummint ignoring my hoooman rights!

    Comment by pmofnz — May 23, 2012 @ 7:40 am

  13. They claim to be paying for this by saving money on printing.

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — May 23, 2012 @ 11:24 am

  14. “simply use this new … app on my smart-phone instead of the web browser on my smartphone.”

    “Apps: wonderfully marketed short cuts”

    heh, I’m in this camp.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — May 23, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  15. So have they made an app or just made a lot of press releases about making an app? Has anyone actually found the app and installed it?

    Comment by pete — May 23, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  16. vapourware? What is the app equivalnet: vapp?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — May 24, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  17. It’s available now. As far as I can tell. “This app is incompatible with your Vodafone Sony Ericsson WT19i”

    Comment by pete — May 24, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

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