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NZTech Inform – Hallo Uit Nederland (Hello From The Netherlands)

Kia ora, Goedemorgen readers,

After a crazy busy Techweek it was wonderful to have last week off with the family to visit old friends in Amsterdam. We lived here for a number of years prior to returning to New Zealand in 2013.  This country is super tech’d up. The Netherlands is ranked number one for connectivity in Europe and number four for digitisation.

Given all this, you might be surprised that they are keen to connect with and learn from New Zealand about being a Digital Nation. This week I am presenting at the BTG Business event about digital nations and New Zealand’s journey to becoming one. I am also having discussions about agritech and govtech while here.

I am proud to be Kiwi when people tell me how much they respect the way New Zealand operates in the global community. Our reputation for caring about the environment and people, for producing high quality healthy food, and for being hard working and creative is translating into a belief that we are good at govtech, agritech, cleantech and creativetech.

Speaking of doing the right thing, in case you missed last week’s update, the NZTech Board encourages anyone wishing to do something to support the Christchurch Call to visit the InternetNZ website. Check out the discussion forum and get involved.

Lastly, we are looking for five new members for the NZTech Board. If you’re interested, get your nominations in now as the deadline for nominations is 5pm on 20 June.

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller


Register now for the EdTechNZ and TechWomen discussions on how to achieve diversity in tech which are happening in Wellington on 13 JuneAuckland on 20 June and Christchurch on 26 June.

Join Agritech New Zealand at Fieldays 12-15 June in Hamilton and attend the first public viewing of the New Zealand Agritech Story.  
Attend the Primary Industries New Zealand Summit and Awards, 1-2 July in Wellington. 

The NZSA next meets in Auckland on 11 June, following their AGM. Guests speakers from MacroActive will talk about embracing personality differences between founders and CEOs. Save the date for the Canterbury Tech Summit on 12 September.


What is the role of tech in future healthcare? What is the power of incubators for startups?  How can New Zealand lead food innovation?  Visit Techweek TV for highlights from Techweek19.

Attend Identity Conference 2019 – Identity as taonga: now and in the future, 26-27 August in Wellington. Register before 16 July for early bird tickets. 
ShadowTech still needs mentors in Palmerston North, Dunedin and Hamilton. Sign up now.

The Kiwi Landing Pad meets next month in Auckland for the KLP Summit. The summit focuses on helping startups grow product management, sales and marketing. The three-day event is aimed at startups at all stages.


Find out what the 2019 Budget means for the tech sector. NZ is negotiating a Digital Economic Partnership Agreement with Chile. If you are interested in being involved, email us.

Learn how Blockchain could inject growth into the New Zealand economy. Attend the 2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, 10-13 June in Wellington.

Attend Matariki X in Rotorua on 26 July. Applications for the Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grantsclose 31 August. Entries for the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA)close 30 June. 

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