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ShadowTech wins award – go women in tech!

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, ShadowTech, TechWomen

The TechWomen programme ShadowTech won the engaging youth in ICT gong at the annual New Zealand CIO awards in Auckland last night.

The initiative run by TechWomen, part of the NZTech community, provides years 9 to 11 schoolgirls an opportunity to experience what working in a tech job is like, encouraging them onto education pathways that lead into tech related roles. Only 23 percent of New Zealand females work in tech, the fastest growing sector in New Zealand.

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Low decile students outperforming higher decile schools

Georgia Taylor
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EdTech, Media Release

A cluster of low decile Northland schools is on track to outperform many higher decile schools around New Zealand through digital learning.

Students in the Te Puawai cluster – which includes Manaia View School, Whau Valley Primary, Te Kura o Otangarei, Whangarei Intermediate, Tikipunga High School and Hikurangi Primary School – are making faster progress in learning than the average New Zealand school, according to a report by the University of Auckland’s Woolf Fisher Research Centre.

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NZ will be less competitive with less government R&D support

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, NZTech News

Hundreds of fledgling New Zealand tech companies will feel the pinch if stimulating research and development grants are replaced with tax credits, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

Muller says tax credits have a place but New Zealand needs to be as competitive as other countries if it wants a faster growing economy.

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Technology business leader Mitchell Pham to be celebrated with Kea World Class New Zealand Award

Janine Casas
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FinTech, Media Release, NZTech News

New Zealand’s most prestigious celebration of individual achievement, the Kea World Class New Zealand (WCNZ) Awards, has today announced six of its 2018 award recipients.

In addition to Pham, this year’s winners include innovator and engineer, Peter Beck; AI trailblazer Mark Sagar; award-winning actor and producer Cliff Curtis; prominent Earth scientist Dr Delwyn Moller; and art world powerhouse Jennifer Flay.

The Supreme Award (won last year by Sir Peter Jackson and Lady Fran Walsh), and Friend of New Zealand Award (won last year by Pippa Lady Blake), will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday 21st June.

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Launch of NZ tech and innovation story UpStarters

Janine Casas
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Media Release

The New Zealand Tech and Innovation Story, the UpStarters, launched this morning by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Techweek ’18, is a key milestone in supporting our tech and innovation companies to promote themselves on the world stage.

See a video of the PM attending the Techweek opening as a hologram:  https://bit.ly/2IT9zzs

The UpStarters story was created to form a compelling, consistent and coherent way of sharing New Zealand’s tech and innovation capabilities internationally. Over time, this story will help build New Zealand’s reputation as a credible source of world-class innovation and technology solutions.

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Challenges and urgent solutions needed for NZ agritech

Janine Casas
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Agritech, Media Release

New Zealand’s agri sector is facing challenges that require urgent solutions, the inaugural executive director of the new Agritech New Zealand organisation Peter Wren-Hilton says.

AgritechNZ, as a major part of the NZTech alliance, will launch during Techweek this week.

Wren-Hilton is founder of Wharf42 in Tauranga. He runs major agritech conferences in New Zealand and offshore and connects early stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be world’s first female PM to appear as hologram at Techweek opening

Jackie Clark
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Media Release

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will set a world first opening Techweek on Monday as she will attend as a hologram.

The prime minister will be the world’s first national leader to undertake an official engagement as a hologram, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller said today.

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NZ can do better in the world of agritech

Janine Casas
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Agritech, Media Release

New Zealand can do better in the world of agritech because it has such great potential for its agriculture industry and monetising big tech investment offshore, a San Diego-based Kiwi from Wellington says.

Arama Kukutai is a partner in American investment company Finistere which has built and backed companies worth more than $US5 billion.

He is a key speaker next week during Techweek. He will be one of many glittering international delegates attending the 10 billion mouths Agritech conference at Tauranga on May 23. Agriculture and food contribute more than $US37billion to the New Zealand economy annually. New Zealand is the world’s largest exporter of dairy and sheep meat.

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NZ fintech businesses helping the wider Kiwi public

Janine Casas
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FinTech, Media Release

New Zealand fintech businesses are working toward an inclusive society despite some experts saying the gap between the have and have nots is getting wider, FintechNZ general manager James Brown says.

Smart new tech innovation companies such as Sharesies is seeking greater support and involvement from people in the middle to lower income areas, Brown says.

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Technology will make NZ rivers cleaner

Janine Casas
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Media Release, NZTech News

Technology will soon help make New Zealand’s farms more productive while also making lakes and rivers cleaner, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

“As a nation Kiwis keep talking about how important clean rivers and lakes are and the damage being done by the primary industries,” Muller says.

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