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World-first NZ tech changing the global agricultural landscape

Georgia Taylor
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Agritech, Media Release

New Zealand agritech companies are creating world-first technology to help feed the world and lead the way in their industry, AgritechNZ chief executive Peter Wren-Hilton says.

Technology is making life easier, from eco-friendly cars to faster software and tech improvements are benefitting Kiwis in everyday life, he says.

“The same goes for agritech innovation such as crop protection and plant biotechnology which is improving the lives of farmers and consumers around New Zealand.

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Industry experts to show teachers all about tech

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, ShadowTech, TechWomen

Following the national success of ShadowTech for students, TechwomenNZ and CreateOps is this week running a ShadowTech day for teachers for the first time.

The ShadowTech day for teachers will be held on Wednesday which will create an opportunity for teachers to gain first hand understanding as greater responsibility falls on teachers to pass on tech skills to students.

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Major NZ clean tech company head in NZ to promote biotech

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release

The founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest biotech companies, Dr Sean Simpson, is back in New Zealand this week attending key board meetings for the next wave of Kiwi success stories, BiotechNZ executive director Zahra Champion says.

Simpson, the founder of LanzaTech which started life in a Kiwi basement in 2005 and has gone on to develop processes to turn waste carbon into fuels, will present at the Angel Association New Zealand annual summit in Blenheim on Friday.

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NZ on cusp of world-first biotech production surge

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release

New Zealand’s biotech industry is on the cusp of a massive surge, boosting the economy and exports through the growth of new world technologies, including the use of gene technology, BiotechNZ executive director Dr Zahra Champion says.

The OECD has estimated the potential contribution of the bio-economy to New Zealand’s GDP will climb to $NZ182 billion by 2030. Champion says biology and technology are merging to form exciting new solutions which will benefit New Zealand.

“Biotech is growing exponentially in many areas including the revolution in gene editing technologies which will play a big part in the future of many sectors including healthcare, agriculture and conservation,” she says.

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New incentive will boost NZ tech growth

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, NZTech News

The new research and development tax incentive introduced today by the government will go a long way to helping inject even more growth into the tech sector, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

Given the aim of introducing an R&D tax incentive was to support a broader range of eligible firms, it was excellent to see that the government has listened through the consultation process and taken on board advice to reduce the minimum level to $50,000 and increase the rate to 15 percent, Muller says.

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Report due soon will have positive implications for NZ

Georgia Taylor
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FinTech, Industry News, Media Release

Any day now the Royal Commission will release its initial findings into its first ever review of the integrity systems of New Zealand’s financial system.

The review covers New Zealand’s financial institutions along with industry bodies, regulators, dispute resolution schemes and the payments and settlement system.

FintechNZ general manager James Brown says the report will have implications for New Zealand, though he says it is encouraging to see the proactive positive work being done already by New Zealand’s major banks.

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Blockworks to unveil how NZ business is rapidly changing

Jackie Clark
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Media Release, NZTech News

Auckland – Blockworks, clearly the biggest and most significant event to consider the benefits and impacts of the burgeoning blockchain technology in New Zealand, will be held in Auckland on October 12.

Blockworks will showcase how blockchain technology is transforming business, government and society through supply chain, smart city development, digital identity, finance and transport.

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NZ facing growing number of cyber incidents

Jackie Clark
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Media Release, NZTech News

Auckland – Kiwis will continue to face record digital threats and cyber incidents every month, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

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NZ tech Inc should go ahead without government

Jackie Clark
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Media Release, NZTech News

The head of New Zealand biggest tech ecosystem NZTech today called on the country to set up a Chief Technology Advisor(s) – without the support of the government.

NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says the government handling of the CTO process has been a ‘shocker’ and now Kiwi tech business and organisations should not wait for government anymore.

“Let’s just get on with it.  In the past three years NZTech has managed to bring together and support 21 tech communities without any government funding to do so,” he says

“Now representing more than 800 organisations throughout New Zealand, from tech firms, startups and high-tech manufacturers to universities, government agencies and large corporations like banks, insurance companies, agri-businesses and an airline.

“Across these 21 tech associations many are already starting work on national strategies. The New Zealand AI Forum has more than 100 people voluntarily helping drive working groups, including the development of a national Artificial Intelligence strategy.”

Muller says he will pitch to the NZTech strategy and planning day on Thursday to bring together the people who cared enough to apply to be New Zealand’s CTO.

“Let’s develop our own Ministry of the Future and collectively start developing a national digital/tech strategy for New Zealand.

“Four years is too long to wait for a New Zealand government to establish a high-level technology advisory role.  A lot happens in the tech world in four years.

“New Zealand firms have sent rockets to space, developed autonomous vehicles and put faces to artificial intelligence. The pace of technology change presents enormous opportunities for New Zealand’s future, yet the government lacks a trusted advisor to help them navigate the path.

“During the 2014 NZTech annual meeting panel discussion with MPs, the idea of a CTO or tech advisor for the government was first muted by Rod Drury.

“Candace Kinser, the chief executive of NZTech at the time, picked this idea up and developed it into a core pillar of NZTech’s 2014 Technology Policy Platforms.

“The recommendation was for the creation of a chief technology advisor reporting directly to the Prime Minister to provide advice on the strategic use of technology across government and throughout society.

“You wouldn’t think that sounds too difficult, unfortunately no party backed the concept in 2014.

Great ideas don’t just roll over and disappear.  During the early months of 2017 NZTech, IT Professionals and InternetNZ brought together a collective of 20 leading technology groups to develop a Tech Manifesto for the 2017 election.

“The call was put out for a Ministry of the Future, a pseudo-agency bringing government and the private sector together, led by a chief technology advisor, focused on positioning New Zealand and all Government agencies and society to take best advantage of a technologically enabled future.

“Both parties eventually indicated support for some form of CTO role. Labour’s ICT manifesto stated that they “recognise the strategic importance of digitisation and will appoint a CTO to ensure that digital development is planned to achieve the best national outcomes”.

“It looked like things would rocket along as the cabinet approved the role by early December 2017. Two aborted recruitment processes have been well blogged by decent hardworking tech leaders who would all have something to contribute to helping define New Zealand’s digital strategy. Check out the personal experiences of Vaughan Rowsell and Dan Khan.

“Last week we finally got to put all of the speculation to bed about what was happening with the New Zealand Chief Technology Officer role when Derek Handley shared an update on LinkedIn.

“Having been offered the role, signed the contract and relocated his family from the US he arrived back in New Zealand to find out that the role had been canned. What a shocker,” Muller says.

Closer Californian ties crucial for NZ tech growth


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Agritech, Media Release, NZTech News

San Jose, California – Leading New Zealand tech expert Graeme Muller arrived back home from Silicon Valley today convinced New Zealand needs closer tech ties with Californian to help produce a thriving Kiwi economy.

Muller, chief executive of NZTech, was part of a large New Zealand contingent which has been engaging with leading US agribusinesses and Silicon Valley tech firms to learn about US agritech opportunities.

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