On Friday, the Prime Minister announced increased focus on international trade and released the government’s Trade Agenda for the next 10 years. It was great to see the tech sector and digital exports highlighted as areas of focus to help improve New Zealand’s export diversification. Meanwhile, the Hon Todd McClay, has invited NZTech to join a Ministerial Advisory Group on Trade to help ensure the needs of the country’s largest exporters are being met.
The UK FinTech delegation arrived in Auckland on Friday and were introduced to some of our best local FinTech through a variety of events and meetings. Opportunities have been developed around UK market entry and partnerships for FinTechNZ firms.
Last week, I also attended the Auckland workshop on the development of the NZ tech story and it was very encouraging. To have so many dedicated tech exporters in one room, reinforces that we have a strong sense of community throughout the NZ tech ecosystem.
This week, I will be back in Wellington for further work with the DIA on tech talent and continuing to establish easier interactions between agencies and tech firms. On Wednesday evening the Wellington FinTechNZ community is gathering to hear from the CEO of Latipay on penetrating the Chinese market. We’ll also hear from Callaghan’s Johnathan Miller and Sam McGeorge from Vigilance, a partner of the government’s Stratus initiative.
This Friday, the IoT Alliance is being launched by Minister Bridges at the Grid in Auckland and an announcement should be made on the detailed research project that is underway on assessing the real potential of IoT for New Zealand.
Another exciting week ahead.
All the best,