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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.

NZ-owned businesses

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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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»

NZRise 20th most powerful in the NZ Technology scene

NZRise board members Victoria MacLennan and Don Christie were named alongside fellow industry leaders Paul Matthews of ITP and Craig Young of TUANZ as the 20th most powerful people in the NZ Technology scene by the NZ Herald. The article “The 40 most powerful people on the NZ Technology scene” is behind the Herald paywall. […] Read more»

The new Government Procurement Rules will NOT lead to more “wins” for Kiwi software businesses

The opportunities for Kiwi software businesses have been deteriorating rapidly as DIA’s “all of Government” arrangements with multinationals begin to bite.  This was described in our Trojan Horse posting in April, and opportunities have been further reduced by the just-signed Cloud agreement offered through SAP Australia. Minister Parker reinforced the NZ Government position of “supporting […] Read more»

How NZRise started – way back in 2010!

Don Christie stepped down as Co-chair of NZRise, an organisation he co-founded 9 years ago, last week. In his final Co-Chair AGM address Don told us the story of NZRise’s origins and some of the fantastic work he and others have led over the years. Here is a transcript of Don’s talk. How it all […] Read more»

NZRise welcomes new Co-Chair Breccan McLeod-Lundy

  NZRise welcomes new Co-Chair, Breccan McLeod-Lundy following the Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2019.   Breccan McLeod-Lundy is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ackama, a software development company with offices in Wellington, Auckland and Melbourne. Mr McLeod-Lundy joins fellow Co-Chair Victoria MacLennan in the role, following the resignation of Don Christie […] Read more»

NZRise Annual General Meeting 2019

Kia ora koutou NZRise members.  It’s AGM time of year, and we will be holding our AGM on Tuesday June 11th at 5pm.   NZRise Annual General Meeting Tuesday June 11, 2019, 5pm. Catalyst IT, Wellington. RSVP here.   Thank you, Don. After co-founding NZRise and 9 years as Co-Chair, Don Christie will not be […] Read more»

Listen to the talk with David Shanks, Chief Censor

  On April 16, NZRise hosted the Chief Censor, David Shanks to discuss the fallout from the Christchurch terrorist attack, and the ongoing challenges with a digital world including addressing the process he went through in considering how to approach the terrorists manifesto. This fireside talk was kindly hosted by Catalyst, with Miki Szikszai as […] Read more»

Call for improved Transparency in Government Procurement

The recent NZRise submission into the Consultation on proposed Government Procurement Rules 4th Edition held a strong theme of seeking Transparency at all levels of the procurement process. We have taken these recommendations one step further and proposed an initial set of transparency improvements MBIE could introduce. The following reporting should be asked of every […] Read more»

Proposed Government Procurement Rules – NZRise submission

NZRise submitted extensive feedback on behalf of members into the Proposed Government Procurement Rules 4th Edition and eagerly await updates from MBIE on their review of the consultation feedback. The NZRise submission can be Read Here. Unanswered Questions In reviewing the proposed rules we identified a number of gaps and unanswered questions in both scope and […] Read more»


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