By Wares July 12, 2018 Industry news

In the news: heating grants to start in 2019; new entry level for Surface tablets; Miele's new Brisbane Experience Centre; and more...

Heating grants to follow in 2019 - Launched yesterday, the Government's new four-year "Warmer Kiwi Homes" programme offers more funding and is limited in its first year to ceiling and underfloor insulation (plus ground moisture barriers where required), with heating grants to follow starting July 2019. The level of funding per grant is also being upped to two thirds of the cost. Grants for insulation will not be capped but grants for heating (available from July 2019) will have an upper limit and insulation must be installed before or at the same time as a heating appliance.

Miele opens Brisbane Experience Centre - Miele just opened its 7th Australian Experience Centre, in Brisbane. See the other Australian Miele Experience Centres (South Melbourne, Knoxfield, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Gold Coast) here.

MS Surface is Go, go, go! - Microsoft has revealed its smallest, cheapest Surface product to date (photo above). At just 0.5kg and 8.3mm thick, Surface Go "packs portable performance into a 10-inch device" it says here. With a long life battery, great display and fast processor iPad competitor the new Surface Go is pre-ordering now at NZ$699 for an end August delivery date. Check out the following video for more detail:

AWS' Auckland cloud event - The week after next, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is running what it's billing as "New Zealand’s largest cloud event". AWS Transformation Day is Thursday 26 July at Shed 10, Auckland. The event will showcase how cloud technology is helping some of New Zealand’s most iconic organisations and AWS customers speaking at the event include: Nigel Adler, Fonterra's General Manager, Global Design; Nikhil Ravishankar, Chief Digital Officer at Vector; and Angie Judge, Chief Executive Officer of Dexibit. Find out more here.

ComCom carries on charging - Stuff has reported that Noel Leeming should be in court by the end of this month to face charges laid by the Commerce Commission in April concerning allegedly misleading customers about their rights in respect of faulty goods under the CGA.

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