Have your say on the Skills Shortage

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The New Zealand Digital Skills Forum has launched a national survey to help address the increasing digital skills shortage. As demand for tech skills accelerates across all sectors, plus the rapid growth of the tech sector itself, unfilled tech roles continue to rise. The Forum, an industry and government working group, has launched the survey to quantify current shortages and … Read More

NZRise AGM 2017 Election of Board and Officers update

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The NZRise AGM of 2017 was held on Wednesday 31st May. Thank you to Rabid for hosting a very lively debate with members attending both in person and via hangout from remote locations. Many thanks to Board members who are not returning to the board – Bianca Mueller, Daniel Spector and Paul Ramsay. The Board and members specifically thank Paul … Read More

Who is IT Wellington #TWNZ17

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Yesterday 150 Wellington based people who identify themselves as working in the Information Technology space gathered at the Fork and Brewer pub. As part of TechWeek 2017 “Who is IT Wellington” was an awesome event to catch up with old connections, forge new ones, enjoy a drink and platters of food provided by NZRise member companies (please read the list below). There was … Read More

NZ Digital Technology Sector Procurement seminar findings

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In September 2015 NZRise co-hosted a Procurement Seminar with MBIE. In preparation for holding a followup event in 2017 it is worthy considering the report issued by NZRise highlighting key issues and opportunities for further development. The report below will be used to build the agenda for the 2017 event. The half day event was well supported with ~100 attendees evenly … Read More

The cost of Government Tenders

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This post is to share the results of a survey – the cost of responding to Government Tenders – run late in 2016. Overview A few things happened in 2016 leading to NZRise members questioning whether the NZ Government really understands how their preferred procurement method – via Tenders as Requests for Information and Requests for Proposals – impacts the … Read More

Supporting the Wellington ICT Graduate School

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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 https://www.wellingtonict.ac.nz/ 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

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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

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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

NZRise welcome Labour’s “Future of Work” paper

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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