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NZTech Inform – supporting fintech growth

Kia ora readers,

Good morning from Singapore! The New Zealand contingent for the Singapore FinTech Week has swelled to over 70 now and I’m proud to be here, working closely with NZTE, supporting these amazing people who are taking New Zealand fintech to the world. Over the past year, fintech was once again the fastest growing part of the tech sector in New Zealand, growing revenues at 27 percent year on year. If you happen to be passing by, please come and catch up at the New Zealand pavilion.

While this international activity is important for helping grow New Zealand’s exports, even more critical activity continues at home, as we work closely with the Government to help develop the sector plan for digital technology. To ensure companies can successfully grow, lift the country’s productivity and ultimately help grow our exports we must continually focus on the enablers – the flow of digital and technical skills and talent, enabling Government policies, capital access, resilient infrastructure and business support.

The first series of workshops developed the initial scope for the Government’s new Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) for the digital technology sector. Now, we are working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and our regional partners to host another series of workshop events throughout New Zealand to gather further input. 

The digital technology ITP will articulate an agreed vision for the digital technology sector in terms of how it can underpin a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy and society towards 2050.  It will also include an action plan for how to get there. Now is your chance to help inform and influence what this plan should look like. Please come along to one of the sessions in the next round of workshops for an update from me on the progress of NZTech and the Tech Alliance. Then roll up your sleeves and help develop a vision and actions to help direct Government policy in coming years. 

Auckland – Tuesday 26 November, 8.30am-12.30pm

Wellington – Thursday 28 November, 1.00-5.00pm

Dunedin – Monday 2 December, 1.00-5.00pm

Hamilton – Tuesday 3 December, 8.30am-12.30pm

Christchurch – Wednesday 4 December, 1.00-5.00pm

Tauranga – Monday 9 December, 1.00-5.00pm

To RSVP for a workshop, please email

Have a great week. 

Ngā mihi
Graeme Muller


Join NZSA on 12 November in Auckland and meet Dil Khosha to discuss the state of startup success. Attend the IoT Waikato Tech Meetup on 18 November in Hamilton.

Attend the AI in Insurance report launch on Thursday 21 November in Auckland. Also, the AI in Banking and Financial Services report launch on Wednesday 27 November in Wellington.

Attend the NZ Hi-Tech Awards alumni event and launch event on 27 November in Auckland. Also, 3 December in Wellington and 4 December in Christchurch.


Attend MBIE’s e-invoicing launch this week on Wednesday in Auckland and Thursday in Wellington. Don’t forget to join the Xero Small Business Roadshow, touring nationwide until 5 December.

Secure your 10 percent discount. Register for Advancing Digital IT and Law, 25-26 November and Advancing Women in Technical Industries and  Roles, 25 November, both in Auckland.


Please register to attend the AI Forum’s Annual Meeting on 14 November (members only).  Read the AI Forum’s latest reports, AI for Agriculture and AI for Health in New Zealand.

Digital Identity NZ is currently accepting nominations for its executive council. Please register to attend their Annual Meeting on 13 December (members only).

In case you missed it, read the Digital Skills Hui post-event briefing paper.  Applications for #cprize2019 close on 8 December. 

Watch our interviews with #TechWomenNZ here.

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