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Government looking to make tax simpler for businesses

The Government has released the eight discussion document in its Making Tax Simpler series of consultations that aim to improve the tax system for business and individuals, and is asking for public feedback. Take this opportunity to have your say on our tax system and voice the ways in which you think it can be…

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Insights of a ShadowTech Day mentor

ShadowTech Day was held last month where students spend a day with a mentor within the industry, promoting a career in IT as a viable option to more young women. Eva Sherwood, Account Executive at Oracle New Zealand and Board Member of NZTech, takes part in the day as a mentor and shares her insights…

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Monthly update from Memia Labs

This is the monthly update from Memia Labs; for more information about any of this, please contact them at labs@memia.com  AI <=> Art Fascinatingly esoteric presentation at a recent AI Meetup I attended from artist Ronan Whitteker of the newly launched Aftermath Gallery: Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Arts. Some provocative examples of AI being applied in the…

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NZTE launches new Export Essentials resources

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) has launched a new service designed to help early-stage exporters learn the fundamentals of becoming a successful export business. NZTE’s new service, Export Essentials, consists of two parts. There are ten online guides that cover the basics of exporting that businesses can work through in their own time and…

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GovTech is the new black

The Techweek ’17 event ‘GovTech is the New Black’ was hosted by R9 Accelerator on Friday 12 May at BizDojo Wellington. The GovTech themed event was presented in 7×7 format, featuring seven speakers presenting for seven minutes each. Speakers ranged from private sector startups to government innovation projects and detailed the technologies that are advancing…

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Code club reached the Beehive

As part of Tech Week, thirty-five school kids showed off their computer coding skills for MPs in the beehive. Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said Code Club Aotearoa, which organised the event, was having a big impact on children aged 9 to 12. Code Club, starting out of a small computer lab in Aranui, sets…

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Fantastic talent rising out of EPIC Westport

Recognised by NZEntrepreneur as a Start-up to watch is EPIC Westport tenant Wearbox. Wearbox, brainchild of Karen Bongard and Tim Bourne, is a men’s underwear subscription service. “In early 2015 we decided to find a service to offer to men that would make their lives easier and more enjoyable. Investing in a Wearbox subscription is…

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NZ Innovation Awards 2017 – Entries open

Entries for the NZ Innovation Awards are now open. The New Zealand Innovation Awards were created to give smart, innovative NZ individuals and businesses a platform to be recognised and celebrated. Categories for the awards include: Industry sector categories Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment Innovation in Design & Engineering Innovation in Education, Training & Development…

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Students design jackets for the homeless

As part of the Ministry of Awesome’s recent Lab 5 workshop, a group of Christ College students have created an idea for jackets made out of recycled materials. Held in the EPIC building, the week long event sees groups of teenagers coming together, formulating an business idea and turning it into a realistic model. The…

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New Zealand household’s data consumption on the rise

New Zealanders are using data at even higher rates than previous years. Both Orcon and Chorus have reported 50 and 60% increases in average data usage from 2016 to 2017. The average household uses around 160GB of data, mostly used up by streaming and gaming. This shows we are a country with a healthy appetite…

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Startup Weekend winners – Binder

Startup Weekend was held recently and the winning startup was digital wedding planner Binder. Binder is an app that helps brides and grooms-to-be plan their weddings with all the service of a human wedding planner, and the convenience of a smartphone. Co-founder Fionna Fraser said “I’ve learnt so much in such a short amount of…

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Could Christchurch become New Zealand’s Silicon Valley?

Christchurch’s traditionally conservative reputation has had a shakeup since the 2011 earthquake. It’s drive to reinvent itself and try new things has shown a new side of the city to the world. In a recent article Jonathan Cotton discusses whether Christchurch could actually achieve what so many around the world set out to do; be…

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NZ needs to make manufacturing ‘sexy’

A group made up of a dozen New Zealand manufacturers has been over in Germany attending the Hannover Messe trade show, thanks to Callaghan Innovation. While New Zealand technology isn’t too far behind that of German counterparts, there are still things that our businesses can do to make manufacturing “sexy” and ensure they aren’t left…

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New Zealand leaders have their sights set ahead

The recent 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey has shown the CIOs (and IT leaders) in Australia and New Zealand have a greater focus on digitisation than their global peers. ANZ CIOs are intensifying their efforts to strengthen digital leadership, organisation and technology capabilities this year. This shows their understanding of the direction we are taking…

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Space-age technology for NZ MS patients

New Zealand MS patients are the subject of a new trial using what some are calling ‘space-age technology’. Watch the video by 1 News here

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Technology disrupting the agriculture industry

Farmers are in for a shock. According to Allflex Innovation and Business Development Manager, Pat Gunston, the technology revolution is on its way. “We didn’t think it was possible a few years ago, but now we put animals down a race and read their eartags as fast as they pass by,” explains Gunston. The New…

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What’s the use of money?

We’ve assumed it for a while but Mastercard, in a recent survey of 1000 New Zealanders have found that 90% of people choose digital payment options over cash. So what will happen to the money when digital payment completely takes over. With the rise of apps like Apple Pay, its making it even easier for…

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Entries are open for the Success & Innovation Awards

Entries for the 2017 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards are now open. If you have traded goods or provided services, education, intellectual property, royalties etc. to or from the United States of America, then you are eligible to enter. The categories available are: Exporter of the Year from New Zealand to the…

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The West Coast conundrum

Featured on Sunday last week, the West Coast is facing a hard decision about its future. A proposed mine could provide hundreds of desperately needed jobs to the region. However, the potential environmental impacts of doing so are great. Is it time to focus away from the mining industry and into other avenues. Initiatives such…

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Shadow Tech getting more young girls into IT

NZTech initiative Shadow Tech is attracting more young girls into IT. The programme, run in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, gives young girls an opportunity to spend the day in a tech company, shadowing a mentor. Produced with the support of the Ministry of Youth Development, Shadow Tech Day is a…

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China interested in NZ environmental tech

With China’s focus shifting to finding more environmentally friendly options for business, there are more investors interested in New Zealand’s environmental technology. At a recent summit in Auckland, companies from both countries were brought together to showcase the technology that New Zealand has been developing in the areas. Find out more here. 

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Angel funds invest record $69m in 2016

Angel networks and funds invested a record $69 million into young New Zealand companies in 2016 – a 13 percent increase on the previous record set in 2015 – New Zealand Venture Investment Fund investment director Bridget Unsworth said today. Releasing the latest Young Company Finance Index, Bridget Unsworth said the second half of 2016…

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Getting started with partnering webinar

‘GETTING STARTED WITH PARTNERING’ WEBINAR Tim Howell (Offshoot Consulting) and I are hosting a webinar at 11am on Wednesday 3 May to support our recently published eBook on partnering for Kiwi tech companies. Partnering is a tried and tested strategy for tech companies to grow their business. Our 2016 Market Measures report showed us that there is…

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Tech Week is coming

As we approach the week-to-go point of Tech Week, it’s a good opportunity to check out the programme and line up the events you want to attend. With a large number of events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, plus events in the other areas of the country, there is something for everyone. Click here to…

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NZ tech benefits from anti-immigrant bombast

Graeme Muller of NZTech has recently discussed how the tech industry is one of those benefiting from anti-immigration moves being made around the world. “On the immigration front the changes announced last week by Minister Woodhouse are not expected to impact the tech sector. In fact, as I discussed on NBR Radio last week, the…

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Monthly update from Memia Labs

This is the monthly update from Memia Labs; for more information about any of this, please contact them at labs@memia.com  Virtual Reality is quickly developing proven real-world applications This short film from the BBC shows just how far VR has come in the last year – showing applications for charity fundraising, treatment of PTSD, depression,…

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SingularityU Christchurch event

SingularityU have got a whole lot of events lined up for this year’s Techweek NZ. Tickets are super limited, so make sure you’re speedy. They are hosting events in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch to bring you another series of in depth discussions around what’s been happening in exponential tech over the last six months – from AI to blockchain,…

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New Zealand’s isolation a draw for overseas tech workers

Long has New Zealand’s isolation to the rest of the world been a deterrant when recruiting offshore technology staff. Yet with the upheaval, uncertainty and political unrest throughout the world, the focus is now turning to us. For Christchurch organisations, this is an opportunity to promote a way of live when advertising overseas. The calibre…

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Robots, virtual reality and living on Mars – Christchurch Techweek ’17

Virtual reality gaming, robotics, earthquake safety engineering and how people can live on Mars – these are just a taste of the creative and technology-driven events on offer during Techweek’17 in Christchurch. Techweek’17 events will be running from 6 to 14 May around New Zealand, the theme for this years’ programme is, “finding local answers…

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Government alliance a stepping stone to becoming a digital nation

Our Communications Minister, Simon Bridges, recently released the Building a Digital Nation report which outlines several programmes to drive New Zealand towards becoming a digital nation. One of the programmes discussed is an alliance between the digital sector and government to explore the economic and social benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT). The alliance…

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Check out the New Zealand Hi-Tech awards finalists

At the end of last month the New Zealand Hi-Tech award finalists were announced at events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Entries numbers were at a record high; 30% up from last year. Wayne Norrie, Chair of the Hi-Tech Trust says “This year’s finalists span the full spectrum of the hi-tech sector and the country….

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Talent shortages in the New Zealand tech industry

The growth of the New Zealand tech industry, thanks to companies such as Xero, Vend and Orion Health, has opened up many opportunities for companies, but has also exposed many gaps. One of these gaps is the lack of skilled talent in New Zealand. The community is Christchurch is proactively trying to close this gaps…

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Callaghan’s wearable technology competition – your chance to win big

Recognising the adoption of wearable technology around the world, Callaghan Innovation have launched a competition to find “the next big thing in wearable technology”. The 2017 C-Prize competition is offers winners $100,000 as a grand prize package and $50,000 in cash to stimulate ideas with the best becoming a viable business. To be considered for…

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Bringing tech into the Basketball world

Basketball New Zealand have been announced as a finalist for the Innovation Excellence Award at the 2017 New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, for the enabling of Glory League. Glory League is a software that creates video replays and highlight snippets for individual players and provides them with the files to be able to share…

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Getting the brand together

Why are resellers and distributors an unfashionable route to growth for tech companies? Music fans mourned the untimely demise of Joni Sledge, one of the quartet of Sledge sisters responsible for the disco anthem ‘We are family’, released in 1978. The classic tune remains popular almost 40 years later amidst all the explosion of musical…

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Code Club’s new partnership

Code Club Aotearoa has partnered with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world. They provide low-cost, high-performance computers that people use to learn, solve problems and have fun. At a recent Raspberry Pi Global Meetup, Code Club’s National Training…

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A strong tech future for New Zealand

This year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup New Zealand took place a few weeks ago and the winning team is off to Seattle to compete in the Imagine Cup global competition. Winning team, GroupCram, took out the competition with a student collaboration app designed to help with studying and group assessments. In the past, New Zealand teams…

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2017 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards

The American Chamber of Commerce has launched the 2017 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards which celebrate business achievements between New Zealand and the United States. The annual awards provide an opportunity to showcase those companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as honour and celebrate their achievements. Entries are…

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Your chance to showcase at VivaTech in Paris

The French Embassy is looking to sponsor 8 New Zealand startups to VivaTech in Paris from the 15-17 June 2017. Capitalising on the success of Antipodes 2016, the Embassy of France is looking to take kiwi ingenuity and creativity to the French Tech and Digital ecosystem. VivaTech is the new global meeting for game changers,…

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EPIC Tech-week showcase: from idea to global innovation

During this year’s tech-week (6 – 14 May 2017), EPIC will be hosting an event showcasing some of the innovative talent that has emerged within the EPIC Innovation Precinct. Companies from EPIC will share their stories of taking ideas and turning them into viable global products and services. Organisations sharing their stories include: • SLI…

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Students urged to combat cybercrime

The career options for students who want to combat cybercrime are expanding so rapidly into fields like law, research, teaching and insurance that a leading Hamilton based cyber security research centre is urging secondary school students to get serious about tapping into this exciting job market. Globally, unfilled cyber security jobs are predicted to reach…

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Creative app developer named among NZ’s top 100 CIOs

A small but innovative Christchurch app developer is today rubbing shoulders with the cream of New Zealand’s top chief information officers (CIO) by being named among the top 100 CIOs in the country. The annual announcement recognise New Zealand’s 100 most innovative and effective chief information officers, who are influencing rapid change across their organisations. …

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Drones to save lives

University of Canterbury researchers are developing drones that can aid search and rescue efforts in large scale emergency situations such as earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes. Alongside Japanese colleagues, they are working on the technologies that will enable swarms of drones to locate and potentially triage people buried in wreckage. This is another fantastic example of…

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NZ Government’s role in driving the pace of fintech development with FinTechNZ

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean attended and spoke at the Wellington launch of the New Zealand Financial Innovation and Technology Association (FinTechNZ) on 8 February 2017. OpenGov caught up with Minister Dean through an email interview to find out more about her involvement with FinTech NZ, the government’s broad plans with fintech development and…

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HOW TO START A BUSINESS WITHOUT QUITTING YOUR DAY JOB

Starting any business involves an element of risk. But then so is relying on a job. And to be honest, as your entrepreneurial experience grows, the risk involved in starting new businesses diminishes as you become a better entrepreneur. Because really successful entrepreneurs  learn how to set things up in a way that mitigates much…

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Fintech about to accelerate New Zealand’s economic growth and international connections

The setup of the national fintech organisation will accelerate New Zealand’s economic growth, tech leader and software services company director Mitchell Pham says.  New Zealanders should care about fintech as an exciting new sector because electronic interactions underpin all commerce across the national economy, Pham says.  With the support from NZTech and the government, FinTechNZ…

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Christchurch: A city of opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors

Know of a business interested in locating to Christchurch? Or a serial entrepreneur who is looking for their next opportunity? Help them to make the move by finding more about what New Zealand’s newest, most exciting city has to offer.  Inside they’ll see the top reasons to invest in Christchurch, the latest stats on our economy and…

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NZ Energy Innovation Challenge 2017

Disruption is hitting the global electricity industry and New Zealand tech companies have the potential to lead the world with innovative solutions. Callaghan Innovation and Creative HQ are calling every coder, inventor, tinkerer, engineer, or ideas person to enter an Innovation Challenge from February 1 with ideas pushing boundaries in how consumers and businesses use,…

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Canterbury University team charged for their world-first electric eco-car marathon in recyclable car

A group of Canterbury University students have created what they believe to be a world first – a fully recyclable electric car. The little one-person, one-wheel drive car is undergoing final testing in Christchurch before being shipped to Singapore to compete in a global vehicle economy competition called the Shell Eco-Marathon. Every year as many as…

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4 Innovative Ways to Motivate Your Team

Happy employees are productive employees. Motivating employees to do their best work is far from a simple task. Even the most adept leaders can struggle with meeting their workers’ needs. However, there are a lot of awesome strategies you can use to create a more engaging work environment to boost employee morale and see excellent…

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