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NZTech Update – Gratitude, tech talent and what’s on!

Hi Readers

It is with regret that I announce that Bennett Medary has stepped down from his role on the NZTech Board, following a six and a half year tenure. Bennett has been instrumental in the success of NZTech establishing itself as the leading voice of the tech community for New Zealand. Now that Bennett has completed transitioning new members onto the Board, sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience, he has decided to step down.

Bennett has expressed how proud he is of the work that NZTech is doing and is comfortable to step away now that he knows that NZTech has a diverse and engaged Board, pursuing a strong and impactful agenda.

Bennett will continue to Chair the NZ Techweek Establishment Board working with the Techweek Team to design and establish a permanent and sustainable organisation. Bennett is strongly committed to our shared vision for New Zealand, and in true Bennett style, will always be available for a chat over coffee (but really he means wine…).

On a personal note, Deputy Chair, Rachel Kelly and I would like to thank Bennett for his support in assisting us into our roles. The NZTech team also wishes Bennett the absolute best in his future endeavours.

In other news, NZTech has been supporting the Looksee Wellington campaign to attract 100 senior developers to New Zealand during Techweek for pre-organised job interviews. The campaign has gone viral with over 1m views and more than 10,000 people registered for the 100 roles. They will all be pre-screened so it is not too late to let us know if you’ve got a role you would like filled in Wellington.

Best regards,



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If you are on the lookout for experienced tech talent, check out LookSee Wellington, bringing 100 candidates to the capital this May. Supported by NZTech, WREDA, Workhere and Immigration New Zealand, there is no cost for employers, unless a hire is made.

NZTech CEO Graeme Muller hosts NZTech Connect in Auckland this week with an update on NZTech projects underway in 2017. Join Canterbury Tech on 28 March for Networking 101, a workshop on how to build your reputation and generate real value.

Register for the NZSA’s networking event in Auckland on 14 March. Brett Roberts will share Datacom’s history, and how they’re adapting for the future. An insightful look at creating long-term success in the fastest changing industry.


Gain insights from an innovation master at Phil McKinney’s workshops on leading innovation in a business, in Auckland on 4 April or 5 April. Attendees get a free copy of Phil’s book Beyond the Obvious and limited free tickets available for businesses outside the upper North Island.

Project17 has announced Building and Scaling a Culture of Innovation with work futurist Dominic Price in Auckland on 4 April. Win free tickets, the first email we receive wins a double pass. Use NZTech promo code: PROJECT20 for $20 discount to the Masterclass (limited spaces).

Register for the NZBio AgriTech Symposium 2017 on 6 April at Otago University. The symposium previews tomorrow’s agritechnologies, from precision agriculture to biotech and more. Learn more and view the full programme.


Last week, NZTech Women celebrated International Women’s Day in Wellington. At the event, BNZ’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Lana West discussed how to #BeBoldForChange toward gender parity. Read the highlights of her talk here.

The Trans-Tasman Business Circle invites NZTech members to join a Cybersecurity delegation to Israel, 23-29 June. Delegation led by Director of New Zealand’s National Cyber Policy Office, Paul Ash and coincides with Cyber Week in Tel Aviv.

In association with BANZ, this year’s Blockchain conference is being held during Techweek’17 in Auckland. Register your interest before tickets go on sale! The next Blockchain Gathering ‘What makes Blockchain useful?’ is 22 March in Auckland.

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