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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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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»

Fireside chat with the Chief Censor: April 16

  NZRise is hosting a fireside chat with the Chief Censor, David Shanks at 5pm on Tuesday 16 April, 2019.   Members of our community are invited to join us to hear from David about: the limits of free speech the ethical role of digital technology the factors that led to his decision to classify […] Read more»

NZ Government promotes a Trojan Horse that will eliminate competition

NZRise holds the view that the procurement process MBIE and DIA followed to establish a Common Capability for all-of-government Human Resource (HR) systems is fundamentally flawed. We are further concerned the only option presented to agencies is a single supplier – SAP. NZRise strongly promote transparency in government procurement. To this end we propose a […] Read more»

Digital Skills for the Future of Work

Last week the Digital Skills Forum hosted a 1 day Hui in Wellington. The 300 delegates focused on 3 of the recommendations highlighted in the Digital Skills for a Digital Nation report: Developing a more inclusive and diverse digital technology industry Preparing Aotearoa for the Future of Work  Bridging the Gap between Education & Employment […] Read more»

The cost of doing business with NZ Government via their tender processes – 2019 edition

Has the cost of doing business with the government changed since 2016? In 2016 we conducted a survey to find out the cost of doing business with the government via its tender process, and 3 years later, we’d love to know if that has changed.  View the 2016 results here. With the recent consultation on  […] Read more»

Feedback event: Government rules of sourcing 20th February 2019

MBIE are currently consulting on the Government Rules of Sourcing and we would love member feedback as the starting point to give to MBIE.   The consultation timeframe is quite short, so we’re kicking this off in just a couple of days.   5.30pm Wednesday 20th February, 2019 OptimalHQ – Level 4, 139 The Terrace. […] Read more»


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