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NZRise is about passion. The passion our member firms have for innovation and growth of the proudly New Zealand-owned digital market.

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We focus on fair treatment for NZ-owned companies. This means keeping New Zealand money in New Zealand and government not giving special attention to offshore interests.

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We believe that the weightless economy of the digital industry is the key to New Zealand’s future growth. It’s the biggest lever we as a nation can pull. We must innovate better so we can thrive in the globally competitive 21st century digital landscape.

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NZRise members present to GovTech delegation from Saudi Arabia

The G2G business unit in NZTE supports the export of GovTech solutions to other governments, by bringing together experts from both the public and private sectors to deliver solutions overseas, with a specific focus on Asian and Middle East markets. In July, a delegation from Saudi Arabia, led by the Dr. Abdullatif Alandullatif, head of […] Read more»

NetHui 2019 | 3-4 October | Te Papa, Wellington

New Zealand’s favourite Internet gathering is returning. Our huge national NetHui is coming to Wellington in October. Be part of the conversations to help harness the power of the Internet for all New Zealanders. The theme this year is Safety, inclusion and wellbeing on the open Internet What is NetHui? NetHui brings everybody and anybody […] Read more»

You’re invited: Diversity in Tech event, September 18

ICT Diversity – Creating and leveraging opportunities for Pasifika people Join us as we host Livi Ah Hoi and discuss diversity in the tech sector, the importance of having Maori and Pasifika ICT role models and what NZ businesses could do to achieve greater diversity in the workforce. Livi is the Robotic Automation (RPA) and […] Read more»

Moving towards more open procurement

NZRise attended a workshop on Open government contracting recently  – represented by Shane Ross and Laurence Millar. The purpose of the workshop was to give an update on progress on “Contract Award Notices as Open Data”. As a member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the NZ government is currently implementing commitments under the Third […] Read more»

Procurement and the Emperor’s New Clothes

An opinion piece by NZRise Board Member, Shane Ross. The story about the Emperor’s new clothes was brought front of mind when I reviewed the proposed 4th Edition of the Government Procurement Rules. On first glance – and certainly the overall statement – this latest edition of the Procurement Rules really looks to deliver some […] Read more»

Event 28 August: 4th Edition of the Government Procurement Rules – What do they mean for NZ business?

NZRise and ITP members are invited to join us on Wednesday 28th August from 4.30pm.   Many of you would have heard about the 4th Edition of the Government Procurement Rules. NZRise has been engaging heavily with MBIE on these. While NZRise feels that more could be done, it welcomes the changes that have been […] Read more»

New R&D tax credits a backward step for Commercial Software* development

An opinion piece by Noel Reid, NZRise Board Member. The Good The Bill that was introduced recently has been accompanied by an exceptionally good effort by Officials to consult, engage and then issue comprehensive Guidance on the new rules for eligibility. Their efforts are acknowledged and very much appreciated. The new criteria for eligibility are […] Read more»

Praise for DIA’s new expenditure transparency

NZRise members have been happily praising the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) for their recent publication of suppliers and expenditure by NZ Owned and Internationally owned companies. The praise for DIA on our message board included comments like: “Good to see the variety of businesses used.” “The publication of spend is a big step forward, […] Read more»

9 Rules to Interrogate Hockey Sticks

9 Rules to Interrogate Hockey Sticks (a.k.a. investing in companies telling you the usual scale-up story) An opinion piece by Rahul Watson Govindan, NZRise Board Member. Since exiting out of my various companies, I’ve been investing in various technology companies over the past few years. The most recent unlisted investment being in the excellent Tourwriter […] Read more»


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