Staples VR: innovative and invaluable

Posted Tuesday 13 Apr 2021

Staples VR: innovative and invaluable

A big round of applause and a box of chocolates for Aleisha Staples and her team at Staples VR (Staples Productions). They're a 2021 Hi-Tech Awards finalist in the Auckland Unlimited Most Innovative Hi-Tech Creative Technology Solution category.

The Hi-Tech Awards Gala Dinner will take place on Friday 28 May at Spark Arena.

Meanwhile Staples VR is also one of eight businesses to have won an award from the Ministry of Defence for "work which has been invaluable to the work of Defence during an unprecedented and challenging time".

The 2020 Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence to Industry acknowledge the businesses that have gone above and beyond to support Defence during the Covid-19 response.

Staples VR was contracted by the Royal New Zealand Navy and developed a virtual reality that trains ships' crew in the launch of floating decoys used to counter missile threats. The Staples solution delivered a simulator that means Navy can train without having to launch a decoy; saving time and money, and moving to an "anytime, anywhere" learning environment.

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WIFTer in Discovery leadership team

WIFTer in Discovery leadership team

Posted Tuesday 13 Apr 2021

Congratulations to Juliet Peterson who has joined the Discovery leadership team as Senior Director, Programming.

Five of the team are based in New Zealand, and four in Australia. 

Discovery Inc said unveiling the leadership team was its first move toward combining its businesses across the region into one organisation spanning both countries.

Discovery has had a presence in Australia and New Zealand since it launched 25 years ago. It's New Zealand portfolio includes free-to-air channels Three, Bravo, Choice, HGTV, Three+1, Bravo+1, The Edge TV and The Breeze TV, streaming service ThreeNow, multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub and seven pay-TV brands (Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, Living, Investigation Discovery and Discovery Turbo on Sky).

Click here to read more about the appointments