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Congratulations to this years winners

Kia Ora,

On Friday evening, the tech sector celebrated the success of the amazing entrepreneurs that have helped make tech one of New Zealand’s most important exports. It is important to recognise these people, but first, I would like to acknowledge the Hi-Tech Trust who make this recognition possible. 

This year, the small team of volunteers and supporting partners, managed to do the remarkable in announcing the winners! 

The New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards is one of the highlights of the year and was first delayed due to COVID-19. Usually, winners are announced at a special gala dinner, hosting 1000 guests. The dinner was first converted to a live event, set to simultaneously host guests in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Then lockdown 2.0 struck and in a matter of days, through an act of event gymnastics, it was fully converted online. The newly imagined event connected finalists and winners from their living rooms to audiences around the world. It is not an easy job and the Hi-Tech team did an amazing job. 

A big congratulations to all of the Hi-Tech 2020 winners, especially Serko, Hi-Tech Company of the Year. Well done, you’ve created an awesome company and it is a very well deserved win! All the finalists and winners represent the diversity of our tech sector. From biotech and hi-tech manufacturing to software, New Zealand is creating tech that is good for the world. 

We are continuing our work to help facilitate even more success. In case you missed it, here’s the update on the Digital Technology Industry Transformation Plan (ITP). The digital tech ITP includes seven workstreams that are looking for participants; AI, data, government, export, Māori tech success, skills and the Tech Story. If you would like to be involved in one of these workstreams, please register your interest here

I have a big week with 42 hours of scheduled Zoom calls, including a meeting with Minister Twyford and board meetings with the IoT Alliance, FinTechNZ, BioTechNZ, EdTechNZ and the Auckland ICT Grad School.

I hope your week goes well, catch you next Monday. 

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller


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