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NZTech Inform – Delivering billion dollar exports

Kia ora Readers

Last week, following the launch of the Interactive Aotearoa report there was plenty of attention that with coordinated support, the sector has the potential to deliver a billion dollars in exports by 2024!  The fact that a growing interactive media and gaming sector has additional benefits like improvements in healthcare and education was also great news. Both TVNZ’s 1 News Now  and Three’s Newshub ran prime time stories.

Currently, the Government is hard at work on the Industry Transformation Plans for several sectors.  It is great to be collaborating on the initial development stages for a digital sector plan. With weekly meetings it is progressing well, but what is even more exciting is that tech is playing a major role in all of the sector plans. Whether it is agriculture, forestry, health or creative, the role of tech in the future success of the New Zealand economy has never been more pronounced.

Today, it will be interesting to attend the National Party Economic Development Policy Launch.  I am hoping that they too have identified the critical role of tech for our future and are incorporating it into economic development policy.

Being good at tech across our economy will facilitate a prosperous society: whether it is digital tech and its role in accelerating exports and e-commerce, or biotech and its role in transitioning our deep science into real tech solutions for health and the environment, or the role of hi-tech manufacturing and robotics.

Things appear to be progressing in the right direction, but how can we speed up the progress?

Have a great week.

Ngā mihi
Graeme Muller


Can banks solve the digital identity problem?  JoinDigital Identity NZ on 11 September in Wellingtonto learn more. PlusDigital Identity in Healthon 18 September in Auckland.

Join WealthTechNZ on 29 August in Auckland to discuss the future of online anti-money laundering.  Connect with game developers at the NZGDC19, 4-6 September in Wellington.

Join Tech Futures Lab at Imagining Auckland 2029 on 29 August.  Attend The Globotics Upheaval – Globalisation, Robotics and the Future of Work on 3 September in Auckland.


In the first of a new series, AI Forum’s Ben Reid discusses the AI Opportunity for New Zealand with Professor Michael Witbrock.  Listen to the podcast.

The 2019 IoT Half-Day Conference is 3 October in Auckland.  The 2019 NZ Cyber Security Summit and the 2019 NZ Digital Identity Summit will both be held in Wellington on 16 October.


Provide feedback on the Government’s Agritech Strategy at workshops on 29 August in Lincoln and 2 September in Tauranga.  Have you joined the free online platform Scale-Up New Zealand?

Applications for the Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grants close 31 August.  Edmund Hillary Fellowship applications for Cohort 6close on 1 September.

Attend the Enhanced Partnership for Exponential Impact Roadshow on 17 September in Wellington.  Its aim is to encourage innovation between Singapore and New Zealand.

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