Supporting the Wellington ICT Graduate School a Comment

The Wellington ICT Graduate School needs support from Wellington businesses. This is an important element in preparing New Zealand for the changing way we will be working in the future. You can read more about the school at or contact Karl (details below): The Wellington ICT School are seeking businesses who would be interested in taking on Master of Software … Read More

NZRise Position and Guidance on Internships a Comment

NZRise members have observed an emerging trend in New Zealand of offering students or recent graduates work experience via an unpaid “internship”. Our research has clarified this style of work placement does not exist in New Zealand employment law, volunteering would be the closest description which is subject to a range of legislation in itself. Our members have discussed the … Read More

Selling to the Public Sector from the NZ owned Digital and Technology perspective Comment

NZRise members have recently been enthusiastically discussing “10 of my secrets on how to sell to the UK Public Sector” by Mary McKenna, a Tech Entrepreneur and Investor from Ireland. The article resonates strongly with New Zealand owned Digital and Technology businesses as the advice could be equally be written from a NZ owned SME’s perspective. Mary starts with a question … Read More

Multicore World 2017 – special discount for NZRise members

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The 6th consecutive Multicore World is coming to Wellington 20-22 February 2017 and because the organisers are NZRise members (Open Parallel), they’ve given a really good discount for fellow members to attend! 35% off! Regular 3-day tickets are $1,500… this discount gets you in the door for $975! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS DEAL NOW – LIMITED TIME ONLY! Or if … Read More

NZRise welcome Labour’s “Future of Work” paper a Comment

NZRise is delighted to note Labour’s forward thinking, particularly within the Technology section of their “The Future of Work” Paper, encapsulating the results of 2 year’s work by their “Future of Work Commission”. “We admire and fully support their aspirational goal to make the ICT sector NZ’s second largest contributor to the economy by 2025, and their recognition that ICT … Read More

NZRise members support for the Digital 5 Nation Charter and adoption of Open Standards a Comment

NZRise members support Open Standards and New Zealand’s commitment to Open Standards as a member of the Digital 5 Nations (D5). We encourage NZ Government Agencies to take a proactive view and align with the goals of the D5 which will directly support strengthening the New Zealand economy through Digital Technology. Minister Dunne is actively involved with this initiative and … Read More

ThunderMaps: Member showcase

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Clint van Marrewijk, CEO of ThunderMaps fills us in on what they do. [By the way, did you know ThunderMaps recently won the Award for Export at the Geospatial Awards?! Congrats!] What does being a local NZ company mean to you? Being from New Zealand naturally orientates us towards the rest of the world – we’re so small, it’s hard … Read More

Blockchain technology symposium – Wellington 28 Nov

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Wellington ICT Graduate School is pleased to present the 2016 Blockchain Technology Symposium on 28 November 2016 at Macs Brewbar. The Symposium will serve as an introduction to this technology and investigate the issues and opportunities of blockchain (distributed ledger) technology. Whether you are a novice, a sceptic or evangelist – we can all agree that blockchain technology is definitely … Read More

What’s up: November

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Thank you! Huge thanks to Bianca and LawDownUnder for hosting our US election themed end of year ‘do on Wednesday. Wonderful to see you all, and best wishes for the silly season. US election Don Christie, our co-chair, posted this blog about what the US election results might mean for NZ businesses from an NZRise perspective. Upcoming events Christchurch – … Read More

NZRise Response To US Election Results a Comment

NZRise members attended our end of year meeting in subdued mood on Wednesday. A mood that seems to be shared by many businesses and other organisations. The unfolding electoral map of the USA filled NZRise attendees with a feeling of impending doom. So, whilst it may be that Trump opposes things like TPP, he does so for very different reasons … Read More