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NZTech Inform – navigating global disruption

Kia ora,

Just a short update today, because like everyone else, we are in coronavirus chaos. 

Our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by COVID-19. With the Prime Minister’s announcement over the weekend and the constantly evolving situation, the NZTech team are focused on three things today; 

  1. We are working on how to cope with the implications on our forthcoming conferences and member events.
  2. We are updating our guidance for the staff and volunteers who support the Tech Alliance, to ensure they stay safe and healthy.
  3. We are establishing the impact on our members, so we can help in any way we can.

I have had several member organisations reach out to let me know that the economic implications of these emergency rules are already starting to have an impact. Fortunately, many tech firms can stay productive and pivot their workforces to work from home. However, this doesn’t save them from reduced customer demand. Please let us know directly how the coronavirus is impacting your business so we can help keep the Government informed. 

Currently, the Government is very aware of the implications on New Zealand’s more traditional sectors such as tourism, international education and primary producers. However, we don’t want them to overlook the implications for the tech ecosystem. At the same time, this is an excellent opportunity to ensure the fastest growing export sector continues to operate and provide needed economic stimulus for the rest of the economy.

Have the best possible week.

Graeme Muller


Join Canterbury Tech on 7 April for a discussion on Workplace Culture. Join Digital Identity NZ’s local showcase webinar on Thursday. 

Register for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards finalist events on 25 March. Join InsurTechNZ on 25 March in Auckland for Increasing InsurTech Capability for New Zealand.

Join FinTechNZ at Opportunities for New Zealand and the United Kingdom on 23 March in Auckland. Attend the Golden Ticket launch event on 1 April in Wellington.


Join the Great Innovation Debate 2020 on 19 May in Auckland. Meet inspiring role models and discover pathways to a career in tech on 20 May in Christchurch.

Considering your own startup? Register for speed-dating advisors on 18 May in Auckland. Then attend Auckland Bootstrappers coffee on 19 May.

Share ANZ’s transformation journey on 19 May in Wellington. Document learning experiences and showcase your skills with Mahara on 19 May in Christchurch.


Register for TechWomen’s Mentoring Circles in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Applications close 10 April. 

Register for MobileTECH Ag 2020 7-8 April in Rotorua. Attend the Ag Data Insights Applications workshop on 9 April. National Fieldays Innovations Awards applications close 30 April. 

Join the Edmund Hilary Fellowship’s (EHF) New Frontiers 2020: Weaving Visions for a New Economy on 11-13 October in Auckland. Apply for EHF’s cohort 7. Enter the 2020 Diversity Awards

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