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NZTech reports phenomenal annual growth

Georgia Taylor
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Media Release, NZTech News

NZTech, the national non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation for tech, has reported phenomenal growth of the New Zealand tech ecosystem in the last 12 months.

At last night’s annual meeting in Auckland, chair Mitchell Pham said NZTech now has an alliance of 20 tech communities and more than 800 organisations across the New Zealand technology landscape who collectively employ almost 10 percent of New Zealand workforce.

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NZ fin services need to be even more transparent

Georgia Taylor
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FinTech, Media Release, NZTech News

Now is the time for Kiwi financial services to be more transparent following banking issues in the United Kingdom and Australia, a leading New Zealand financial tech expert says.

Normally bank employees must meet sales incentive targets on lending, deposit attraction, payment protection insurance, life insurance and Kiwi Saver funds to achieve a financial bonus.

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NZTech Update – Igniting the future with digital readiness

Jackie Clark
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter

I think it’s time to have another rant about education!  Recently, I have been to meetings and events where a recurring theme has emerged – the looming skills shortage.  Just last week at the Woodflow Conference, I was asked how organisations can help their staff learn new skills on this digital journey. Are schools teaching kids these digital skills?  At the workshop for developing a national cybersecurity strategy, it was also asked if kids are learning cybersecurity at school.  The answer for most schools is no, not yet, but it is critical if we want a safe and prosperous country!

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NZTech Update – Real barriers to tech uptake

Georgia Taylor
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter

Tomorrow I am in Rotorua speaking at the Woodflow WoodTech Conference. My brief is to provide a holistic view of how rapidly changing technology is changing the way we do business. As I dusted off an exponential technology presentation that I delivered two years ago, it was quite amazing to review the predictions.

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Award winning Pham: NZ leader in world class tech sector

Georgia Taylor
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NZTech News

NZTech chair Mitchell Pham who receives the Kea World Class New Zealand Award tomorrow night, is a leader in New Zealand’s world class tech sector.

Past winners of these awards include Sir Peter Jackson and Lady Fran Walsh.

Mitchell Pham, director at Augen Software Group in New Zealand and Vietnam, co-founder of the Kiwi Connection Tech Hub, Chair of NZTech and FinTechNZ, will be recognised for his contribution to the New Zealand technology sector and NZ-Asia relations.

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Tech sector continues to expand and accelerate growth across NZ economy

Georgia Taylor
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NZTech News

Ahead of our AGM, I am delighted to report another year of phenomenal growth of the New Zealand tech ecosystem and our engagement across the wider economy.  NZTech continues to connect, promote and advance the entire ecosystem.

We continue to deliver even more events, delegations and summits.  Our membership has expanded beyond traditional tech firms, highlighting the importance of tech throughout every aspect of the economy and society.

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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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Teachers need to be better paid for the tech revolution

Georgia Taylor
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EdTech, FinTech, NZTech News

Teachers need to be better paid as they adjust to educating kids in the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, – technology, an award-winning Maori chief executive of a fast growing ed-tech company says.

Kendall Flutey, who runs Christchurch company Banqer, says one of her main concerns facing education and schools dealing with technology is that teachers are underpaid and overworked.

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Seeking NZTech Board Nominations

Georgia Taylor
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NZTech News

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming soon and that means election season is now upon us!

NZTech is the voice of the organisations that are redefining the world we live in. NZTech’s vision is a prosperous New Zealand, underpinned by technology. Our purpose is to connect, promote and advance the use of technology to help the tech sector and economy grow.

To continue building on our success it is critical to have the drive and support of a purposeful Board. We are now seeking nominations for our Board and encourage you to consider the role or nominate someone who can make an impact. In line with our Board Diversity Policy, we have actively identified skills and experience needed to help us accelerate our strategies and ensure diverse thinking.

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NZTech Update – Building A Digital Economy

Jackie Clark
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter

Last Friday, submissions for feedback on the proposed R&D tax credits were due.  For several years NZTech has been encouraging the introduction of some form of R&D tax credit system.  However this is in the context of being an additional method of stimulating R&D and not as a complete replacement to growth grants.  Unfortunately, the proposed solution will create a situation where previous recipients of growth grants will receive less when transitioned to tax credits.  Additionally, for several years, NZTech has been encouraging a review of how R&D is defined, particularly with respect to software development and high growth technology firms. The impact of the proposed system on startups was detailed by Nat Torkington last week (read here) and again by Toby Littin in another article (read here).

As a result, NZTech has placed a submission recommending that the consultation process also provides the opportunity for the Government to undertake a full review of R&D incentives on software, startups and high growth hi-tech firms.  We will continue to raise these issues and will keep you posted.

Last week, Minister Curran announced an accelerated timetable to rollout rural broadband to help close the digital divide.  Its aim is to ensure everyone can benefit from the jobs and access that a digital future brings, regardless of what part of New Zealand they live in.   The Minister also announced that she was travelling to Singapore this week to attend an international conference on building a digital economy and digital transformation with Ministers and high level government officials from around the world.  Let’s hope she brings back a few good ideas from other countries to share with her new Chief technology Officer who should be in place by July.

This week, I will be in Auckland attending the Techweek’18 debrief, an AI Forum event, the monthly Digital Skills Forum meeting, the quarterly Economic Development Agencies tech strategy meeting and weather permitting, my eight year old daughter’s cross country event.

Have a great week.

Ng? mihi

Graeme Muller
CEO
NZTech

CONNECT

Join NZSA on 12 June in Auckland for Pushing Boundaries with Danu Abeysuriya, founder of innovative digital engineering studio, Rush Digital.

InsurTechNZ next meets on 7 June in Auckland to discuss Customers and Data – Shaping the Future, including AI and privacy.  Join FinTechNZ on a delegation to London FinTech Week, 6-13 July.

Attend the CIO Summit on 13-14 June in Auckland.  For a 10% discount, use the promo code: MO4KO4.  For $99 off the TechTeam Pass, use this code: MK4KCO.

PROMOTE

Last week, NZ Hi-Tech Awards double winner Angie Judd of Dexibit highlighted the importance of mentoring when she spoke at ShadowTech in Auckland.  Diversity is the cornerstone of success, she says.

Attend Burn Your Brochures, a digital marketing workshop for hi-tech companies on 26 June in Auckland.  Save the date for the 2018 CanterburyTech Summit!  This year on 12 September, registrations open soon.

ADVANCE

Read CERT NZ’s Quarter One 2018 report.  More than 500 incidents were reported, with those aged over 55 years of age reporting highest losses.  CERT will receive an additional $3.9 million over four years as part of Budget 2018.

Congratulations to NZTech and FinTechNZ’s Chair, Mitchell Pham who is receiving a Kea World Class New Zealand Award.  He is joined by Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck and Soul Machine’s Mark Sagar.  Attend the gala dinner on 21 June in Auckland.

Have your say in the NCEA review.  There’s still time to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the NZBN Register and the Open Data Charter Refresh.  Applications for Massey University’s Sprint Launch for tech startups close on 11 June.

Check out UpStarters, the New Zealand Tech and Innovation story.

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