Recent activity

New Zealand’s Priorities in the Digital Revolution

Don Christie, Co-Chair of NZRise and CEO of Wellington-based open source specialists Catalyst, spoke at a recent ITP breakfast on how to realise the opportunities presenting themselves to us in the digital sector and how to take everyone on that […] Read more»

Providing leadership in diversity and inclusion

The Digital Skills Report released in December 2017 has highlighted the diversity gap within the Digital Technology industry in a New Zealand context. Specifically of concern: only 8% of students in Digital Technology studies are Maori 36% of students in […] Read more»

New Government. New Year. New Opportunities. What now?

NZRise Co-Chair Don Christie shared his perspective on the opportunities and challenges ahead for our sector in the face of a new government and a new year. The breakfast event, arranged by ITP, drew a mixed audience of business, government […] Read more»

Auckland growth for Digital Technology industry

Victoria and Don, alongside NZRise members Noel and Joe from AMS, met with Mayor Phil Goff and his team recently to discuss the opportunities Auckland presents for our industry and member companies. From our summation of the discussion back to […] Read more»

2017 Procurement Workshop Outcomes

Growing a Sustainable Digital Sector with Smart Procurement NZRise / MBIE 2017 Procurement Workshop Outcomes Held on 13/07/2017, Te Wharewaka, Wellington Attendees ~100 across NZ Government agencies and NZ Private sector (NZRise members) Background This was the third procurement workshop […] Read more»

Work in Progress – Wellington’s New Collar Future

On the 8th of November, a diverse range of organisations from around Wellington came together at the “Work in Progress – Wellington’s New Collar Future” conference to hear from a collection of speakers from many different backgrounds on what they […] Read more»

Vic Crone – NZ Rise Innovation Interview

Vic Crone, CEO of Callaghan Innovation joined NZ Rise members in Wellington to discuss their experiences with Callaghan Innovation and shared her views on where she believes Callaghan Innovation can play a role in supporting the local eco-system. Vic’s fireside […] Read more»

Agenda NZRise Procurement Workshop – Growing a Sustainable Digital Sector

Last chance to register this week – if you are a New Zealand owned company working in the Digital Technology space this event is for you, a unique opportunity to collaboratively with NZ Government Procurement Leaders on the challenges and […] Read more»

Have your say on the Skills Shortage

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 […] Read more»

NZRise AGM 2017 Election of Board and Officers update

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 […] Read more»

Who is IT Wellington #TWNZ17

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, […] Read more»

NZ Digital Technology Sector Procurement seminar findings

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 […] Read more»

The cost of Government Tenders

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 […] Read more»

Why aren’t New Zealand businesses being encouraged to take on new graduates?

Last week Don and I received the email below: For Attention Victoria Maclennan & Don Christie, I am writing to you as Co-Chairs of NZRise to seek your feedback about a problem that is occurring not only for me, but […] Read more»

Supporting the Wellington ICT Graduate School

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 […] Read more»

NZRise Position and Guidance on Internships

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 […] Read more»

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

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 […] Read more»

NZRise welcome Labour’s “Future of Work” paper

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 […] Read more»

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

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 […] Read more»

ThunderMaps: Member showcase

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 […] Read more»

What’s up: November

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 […] Read more»

NZRise Response To US Election Results

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 […] Read more»

The cost of Responding to NZ Government Tenders

NZRise is considering the cost of engagement with NZ Government procurement processes from a business perspective and are initially interested in understanding the estimated cost to NZ Digital and Technology companies when responding to a NZ Government tenders – whether a […] Read more»

Member showcase: LawHawk

Big welcome to our newest member, LawHawk. Gene Turner is the Managing Director and has kindly provided the following info for the member showcase. What does being a local NZ company mean to you? A lot. I was born and […] Read more»

Open Source Awards – Congrats!

NZRise wishes a huge congratulations to those award winners at last week’s Open Source Awards. The winners are: Government Digital NZ, an initiative that seeks to help people find, share, and use NZ digital content. Business Catalyst for the Catalyst […] Read more»

Member newsletter: What’s up?

Hi members! In this fortnights’ update we’ve got – Market Measures report to share – An IRRUP10 update following a phone call with the IRD and our chairs – Changes to skilled migrant immigration – A reminder about the end […] Read more»

Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category – Immigration New Zealand

Announcement from the Minister of Immigration via Immigration New Zealand: As our Skill Forum partners I just wanted to let you know that today the Minister of Immigration announced changes to the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. Below is some […] Read more»

Submission to Inland Revenue from the Digital and Technology sector – IRRUIP10

Inland Revenue (IR) are seeking to review the taxation treatment of software. NZRise, NZTech and AMS jointly submitted feedback as did Catalyst independently with a further emphasis on the treatment of Open Source software. Specifically IR are looking to review […] Read more»

October update: News, events and the end of year party date!

Can you believe it’s October already!? Hi members! In this fortnights’ update we’ve got quite a lot to be honest: – A big update from our co-chairs – A couple of events for your calendar – Septembers’ board meeting minutes […] Read more»

Member showcase: Eight Wire

NZRise’s newest member, Jason Gleason from Eight-Wire joins us in this member showcase. What does being a local NZ company mean to you? Being a local NZ company means we take our environment and culture and use it to guide […] Read more»

Visualising the NZ Digital and Technology sector

The recent report provides a fantastic source of insight into the New Zealand Digital and Technology sector, it’s contribution to the economy, impact on other sectors and contribution on a regional basis. In 2015 the Digital and Technology sector accounted for […] Read more»

Member showcase: Hunchbuzz

Thomas Mitchell, who was recently named Young IT Professional of the Year at ITx2016, joins us to share a bit of info about Hunchbuzz. What does being a local NZ company mean to you? Being a local NZ company means […] Read more»

Support for Digital and Technology Interns via Summer of Tech

NZRise member Summer of Tech offers a great programme connecting New Zealand Digital and Technology students with New Zealand companies for summer work placement opportunities. Our members support Summer of Tech and we think you should too. More information can […] Read more»

Take the Market measures survey

This year NZRise is a supporter of Market Measures. Market Measures benchmarks the sales and marketing activity of New Zealand’s technology companies, providing you with useful information for planning your sales and marketing strategies. To find out more about Market […] Read more»

How local government can support the digital economy

This opinion piece was written by Victoria MacLennan, Co-Chair NZRise and was published in the NBR on 5th July 2016.  We live in interesting times. Globalisation and increasing demand for digital and technology-based products have created a wonderful environment for companies […] Read more»

Opportunities for Software Companies in South East Asia

Last week Mitchell Pham spoke at an NZRise meetup, we also invited NZTech and IITP members along. Thank you to Equinox for hosting us and providing pizza. The group enjoyed a great overview of how large the South East Asian market […] Read more»

Member showcase: Draper Cormack Group

What does being a local NZ company mean to you? Being a local NZ company means that while we have one eye on how we can improve our own business, we’re also looking at how we can improve New Zealand […] Read more»

NZ Government ICT Marketplace briefing, August 2016

Last week Ron Stuart, Manager Government ICT Supply Strategy, GCIO’s office, DIA briefed audiences of NZRise, NZTech and IITP members in Auckland and Wellington. Both events drew large crowds with ~200 people braving a freezing wind in Wellington demonstrating the levels […] Read more»

Industry bodies unite to challenge the Marsden Fund support of Digital and Technology research

NZRise has added our voice to a joint industry submission to the Marsden Fund, to quote IITP’s press release “11 of the leading representative bodies from the tech sector have joined forces to raise serious concerns about apparent bias within New […] Read more»

Member showcase: Givahoy

Read all about our newest NZRise member, Jim Boutcher from Givahoy. What does being a local NZ company mean to you? Being a local NZ company means that any success is grounded in where I live. I’m not working in […] Read more»

What happened at ITx2016?

On July 11-13, NZRise was part of a huge technology and digital conference in Wellington. ITx2016 brought together 12 tech agencies from across the country to collaborate and share at a 3-day conference. NZRise hosted a stream on day one […] Read more»

Income Tax Treatment of Software Development Expenditure – Consultation, Inland Revenue

Earlier in 2016 Inland Revenue sought feedback from Industry groups such as NZRise on their upcoming proposal to revisit the taxation treatment of software developed for the purpose of commercial exploitation – now issued for consultation. NZRise members are welcome […] Read more»

NZ Rise delighted by its members’ success

NZ Rise is delighted that two of its members were awarded the top two awards at last night’s Excellence in IT Awards. Hunchbuzz CTO Thomas Mitchell won Young IT Professional of the Year and NZ Rise co-chair Victoria MacLennan won […] Read more»

Digital Economy insight from Phil O’Reilly

Last week Phil O’Reilly, who recently moved on from his CEO of BusinessNZ role, donated some of his time to provide NZRise and other industry group members with his take on New Zealand’s role in the global economy, specifically focusing […] Read more»

Member showcase: Abletech

Jo Wilson from Abletech joins us in this member showcase to fill us in on life at Abletech. What does being a local NZ company mean to you? Abletech was founded by Kiwis and, although we work internationally, we love […] Read more»

Member showcase: Exess Connectivity

This blog is to showcase one of our many members, Exess Connectivity, a fast, low cost case management software for human and social service providers. Michelle Beavan, Navigator, was kind enough to answer some questions, thanks Michelle! Watch this space […] Read more»

NZRise May 2016 update

Hello everyone, May has been another busy month NZRise wise, with lively discussions on our members forum and a range of meetings, consultations and events Don and Victoria as Co-Chairs have been involved with. If you have any questions or would […] Read more»

An open letter to the Minister of Internal Affairs

18 December 2015 Hon Peter Dunne Minister of Internal Affairs Private Bag 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington 6160 Dear Minister, This is an open letter due to the timing of the issue it raises. We write on behalf of of NZRise […] Read more»

November Digest

Our monthly newsletter is out and available for your reading pleasure. We review the Xmas social event, look at the procurement award and congratulate two member companies making headlines. Read the newsletter Read more»

NZRise calls for fair tender process for Wellington smartcard solution

As Greater Wellington Regional Council prepares to begin the tender process for a new city-wide public transport smartcard system, NZRise urges the Council to conduct the process fairly.   “We know that NZTA has written to the Council expressing a […] Read more»

NZRise Great Procurement Award

The Inaugral NZRise Great Procurement Award We want to reward great procurement Much of the business in the the New Zealand Digital and Technology sector is awarded via a procurement process. With stories and urban myths galore on less than […] Read more»

NZRise Welcomes ‘Local First’ Procurement Policy

NZRise, the association of New Zealand owned digital companies, today welcomed the Labour Party’s procurement policy that includes assessment of the impact of government purchasing on the local economy. “NZRise has lobbied all of the major parties for more than […] Read more»

NZRise TPPA Concerns

NZRise’s concerns on the impact of the Trans Pacfic Partnership Agreement (TPPA) 17th August 2015 NZRise and its members are deeply concerned about the expansion of the intellectual property rights regime as it will limit the competitiveness of New Zealand’s […] Read more»

New Co-Chair for NZRise

Victoria MacLennan appointed Co-Chair of Digital and Technology Advocacy group – NZRise NZRise the digital and technology advocacy group for the New Zealand owned sector has appointed Victoria MacLennan, Managing Director OptimalBI, as new Co-Chair. Victoria replaces Paul Ramsay, founding […] Read more»

Quarterly ICT Confidence

NZRise Quarterly New Zealand ICT Sector Confidence Survey We would like to start a short regular survey each quarter to gauge the changing levels of confidence in the New Zealand ICT Sector. Understanding shifts in ICT business confidence can give us […] Read more»

Wellington City Council

Media Release 10th Feb 2015 Wellington City Council Fascination with One Ring Goes too Far The inhabitants of Middle Earth found the downside of having “One ring to rule them all”. Wellington should be concerned about the impending darkness threatened by […] Read more»

Party Policy Questions

Questions for Political Parties We sent the following questions to all major New Zealand Political Parties and are now publishing their answers. The Conservative Party and New Zealand First chose not to reply to these questions. Some parties that have […] Read more»

NZRise pleased with evolution of ICT Policies

Wednesday 10th September 2014 NZRise pleased with evolution of ICT Policies NZRise is pleased with how political parties are developing their ICT policies but cautions they need a long term effort from Government to put them in place. Don Christie […] Read more»