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HP Makes Strategic Services Acquisition in New Zealand

AUCKLAND, 7 September, 2005

HP New Zealand today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of privately owned CGNZ Ltd and two related entities - a move that will position HP as a market leader in business and IT consulting in New Zealand. The purchase price was not disclosed.

In addition to bringing high-end business consulting expertise to the HP Services' offering in New Zealand, CGNZ also adds a highly regarded enterprise resource planning practice to HP, as well as strength in a number of industry sectors, including energy and utilities, health, manufacturing, and central and local government.

"This acquisition strengthens our ability to translate business issues into IT solutions for customers and will create a major consulting group in this market," said Keith Watson, managing director, HP New Zealand. "CGNZ's business consulting services offer a complementary set of skills to round out our service offering, thus strengthening our ability to understand and deliver on the core business issues of our customers."

Alan Sinclair, chief executive officer and director, CGNZ Ltd, said, "Bringing our two businesses together creates a market leader in business and IT consulting and delivers a wealth of opportunities for both customers and staff. With HP, we will have one of the broadest ranges of skills and experience in New Zealand and the ability to offer customers the most comprehensive portfolio of service and technology offerings in the local market."
The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to be completed within approximately 30 days. Following completion, the business acquired from CGNZ will be fully integrated into HP Services' Consulting and Integration unit.

About CGNZ

CGNZ is an independent consulting company with 180 staff in Auckland and Wellington. The company provides business strategy and transformation management services, implementation and support capabilities for all the major ERPs and technology services including architecture, BI, mobility and software development.

About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled $85.2 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


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