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NZTech Update – Have your say on R&D

Kia Ora,

This week is your last opportunity to have your say on the proposed R&D tax credits bill with submissions closing on 14 December. Your feedback is needed so please don’t be one of those who complain about it in hindsight. Instead, just click the link and write a couple of lines about what is important for your business. If you have an interest in a software business or a high growth pre-profit business, the proposed bill may not be ideal. So, take a moment to help the Government understand how your business works and how to better define software research and development.

My week seems to be full of board meetings. I am sharing insights with several early stage tech associations, including Digital Identity NZ, BlockchainNZ and FoodTechNZ. It is excellent to see the collaboration of the many tech associations within the Tech Alliance. Recently, I was reading research on industry maturity and learnt that the development of a well resourced, member funded representative organisation for a sector is the first sign of maturity.  Mature organisations represent a substantial portion of the population and promote cooperation within the group and between groups. I guess that means NZTech has left adolescence and reached maturity having formed a growing group that already represents 21 tech associations. Together, we represent over 800 members throughout New Zealand who employ more than 10% of the workforce.

So that was 2018, what a year!  I am going to take a break from the weekly updates as we head into the Christmas holidays. Enjoy the festive season and don’t forget that we all work hard work so we can enjoy time off with family and friends.

Merry Christmas and catch you again late January.

Ng? mihi
Graeme Muller

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Attend NZSA’s final networking event for the year tomorrow, featuring RedShield Security’s CEO and co-founder Andy Prow.

Connect with Tech Marketers today in Wellington and tomorrow in Christchurch. The event on 7 December in Auckland is now sold out.

Register to attend the Future Government Summit, 26-27 February, 2019 and help create a roadmap for the future.  Includes GovTech, tech trends, innovation and more.


Entries for the 2019 Hi-Tech Awards officially open today!  Check out the categories and consider a nomination.  Save the date for the 2019 Gala Dinner on 24 May in Auckland.

Join the New Zealand pavilion at BIO 2019, celebrating globally important innovations in biotech. Please register your interest by 14 December.

Attend AgriFutures evokeAG, 19-20 February, 2019 in Melbourne.  T-Tech, New Zealand’s Future Transport Conference, is accepting submissions for presentations for 2019.


Have your say and share your views on policy.  Final submissions for the R&D Tax Incentive close 14 December.  MFAT submissions for a post-Brexit free trade agreement close 11 February, 2019.

A trusted, secure digital identity is crucial for all New Zealanders,” said Minister Woods at the official launch of Digital Identity NZ last week.  The Government has since announced $5.15m funding for research into digital identity.

Join the AI Forum at the 31st Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 11-14 December in Wellington.  Save the date for the Tech Marketers conference on 28 February and AI-Day on 28 March, 2019.

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