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»

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»

Board members

The 2019/2020 Board Members are: Co-Chairs Victoria MacLennan of OptimalBI and Breccan McLeod-Lundy of Ackama. Board Members Rahul Watson Govindan, Laurence Millar, Shane Ross, Noel Reid, Thomas Mitchell (Treasurer) and Don Christie.   Board member profiles Victoria MacLennan – Co-Chair Victoria is passionate about many things – growing great companies, raising digital literacy, growing New […] 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»

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»

You’re invited to Multicore World – receive a 10% discount

Our member Nicolas Erdody is putting on the 8th Multicore World conference in Wellington this February 12, 13, 14, and you’re invited! About Multicore World The most important high-tech conference in the Southern Hemisphere – held yearly in Wellington, and offer a 10% discount available until 1 February. Known by the speakers as “the Davos […] Read more»

Future Government Summit – and 10% discount code!

NZRise is happy to be a supporting organisation of the Future Government Summit to be held in Wellington February 26-27, 2019. Our very own Co-chair, Victoria MacLennan and member Dave Moskovitz are speakers to the theme Enabling Entrepreneurial Government. NZRise members will receive a 10% discount on the registration fee with code MXYF19.  Please note […] Read more»

Digital Skills Hui – 27 March 2019

Save the date:  Wednesday 27 March, 2019, Wellington. The digital technology industry is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing sectors and presents an opportunity for increased economic and social well-being for New Zealanders. As the digital technology sector experiences rapid growth, we need to leverage the opportunities presented whilst addressing the challenges.  Join the Digital […] Read more»

Promo code for NZRise members – MobileTECH April 2019, Rotorua

  MobileTECH 2019 is a major event connecting the technology industry with the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors. It is being held on 3-4 April 2019 in Rotorua, New Zealand.  NZRise members are eligible for the best available pricing for the event by using the promotional code on this information sheet. For more information including […] Read more»

Accolades to Auckland City Council!!

Auckland Council’s ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) department recently presented their ICT Strategy to the Supplier Community. In doing so they have set a new benchmark for openness and the way in which they shared their challenges with the audience.  It was great to learn in detail what Council are working on and planning to […] Read more»

NZRise support for the National Library “Increasingly Digital project”

Don Christie, on behalf of NZRise, has been working with the National Library “Increasingly Digital” project over the past 18 months in a governance role. The purpose of the Increasingly Digital project was to explore how students and teachers discover, access, use, create, and share resources to support learning in current and future learning environments. […] Read more»

Positive changes to the R&D Tax incentive policy announced

This morning the government has announced it’s revised Research & Development Tax incentive policy, NZRise submitted extensive feedback on the proposed system and are pleased to see many positive changes as a result of consultation. You can read the new policy detail here. The key features include: A credit rate of 15 per cent, a […] Read more»

2018 Procurement Seminar

For a morning on September 12, we invited both industry and government to work together towards growing the NZ tech sector. Thank you to all those who participated in our procurement workshop, we really appreciate the collaboration, the collective discussions, the presentations and listening to the buzz the report backs generated in the room. This […] Read more»

What is your view on Internships? Have your say

Internships – do you, don’t you – will you, won’t you – why, why not?  Tell us what you think! If you’re an employer you probably want to hire experienced staff.  Pretty much everyone wants to hire experienced staff.  We produce a lot of talented graduates in New Zealand, but they sometimes get caught in […] Read more»

ICT Government Procurement Seminar – 12 September 2018

NZRise is thrilled to be organising and sponsoring the ICT Government Procurement Seminar again this year.  The theme is: Working together to grow the NZ tech sector. The event is open to not only NZRise members and employees of NZ Government agencies but anyone who does/wants to/is/trying to engage with the government on ICT procurement, […] Read more»

The Privacy Bill and candid insights from our Privacy Commissioner

Inspired by the Privacy Commissioner John Edwards and his straight talking, aspirational goals for New Zealand citizens, NZRise submitted our perspective on the proposed Privacy Bill – see below. First up we recommend you listen to John’s fireside chat with Miki: Listen to “John Edwards – NZRise privacy fireside chat” on Spreaker. NZRise Privacy Bill […] Read more»

NZRise 2018 AGM Highlights, Minutes and important information

The 2018 NZRise AGM was held on May 16th, at Equinox and via hangouts. Kicking off with a fabulous Fireside Chat where Miki Szikszai interviewed the Privacy Commissioner John Edwards – podcast coming this week. The members enjoyed a candid view on privacy as it pertains to our own industry, digital technology. Equinox have written […] Read more»

NZRise Code of Conduct

Purpose NZRise is a group of business leaders from NZ owned digital technology firms which exists to support and represent the interests of the NZ owned sector. We have a diverse community with a range of priorities and interests – this is an opportunity and a strength. We welcome and actively seek a wide and […] Read more»

Government commitment to digital rights requires concerted action

“The market will not bring digital equity” – Clare Curran on Labour ICT Policy 2017 Recommendation: Action the commitment to Digital Rights (a step towards Digital Equity) expediently The government has a duty of care to ensure that our civil rights are not eroded by over-corporatisation of our digital systems and data. The first duty […] Read more»

Our online community has had a shake-up!

A couple of weeks ago our members experienced a shift in how we communicate within the community. As a collection of tech businesses spread across Aotearoa, the most effective way to communicate is, of course, online. We’ve tried various tools over the years and all of them had their pros and cons. This time we looked […] Read more»

Government commitment to “Open” – NZRise recommendation

The Labour / NZFirst coalition government (supported by the Green party) have stated a commitment to “Open” including: Adoption of the International Open Charter, signed by the Minister for Statistics James Shaw in March 2018 Allocation of an associate minister for open government role – Associate Minister of State Services (Open Government) Adoption of the D5 […] Read more»

It’s that time of year again! NZRise AGM Notice

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of NZRise will be held on the 16th of May at Equinox IT in Wellington. All members and employees of member organisations are welcome. In addition to the formalities and election of officers, there will be a Fireside Chat with our fantastic guest, John Edwards, the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner opening […] Read more»

April Startup Booster Breakfast

Being a small tech business can be really tricky in the current climate. As owners of tech businesses ourselves, we want to support the digital technology ecosystem, and that includes startups – the next generation of business leaders. We are running drop-in support sessions every couple of months throughout 2018 – offering free and frank advice […] Read more»

Government aim for ICT to be our second-largest contributor to GDP by 2025 – NZRise recommendation

The Labour / NZFirst coalition government (supported by the Green party) have stated a vision for digital technology sector growth through their policies and coalition agreement statements (described as ICT), to quote: Labour believes that New Zealand must aim for ICT to be our second-largest contributor to GDP by 2025 Reform government procurement rules to […] Read more»

Members Social and Networking Event

Coming up in May we have another important opportunity for our members to get together, compare notes and discuss important issues. Victoria will lead a discussion on Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion and seek your feedback on the key levers we as an industry consider will enable our collective success. We would love to see […] Read more»

Member’s Event – MBIE ‘Review of the Rules of Sourcing’ Procurement Session

Government Procurement affects many of our members directly, and a great deal more indirectly through how it shapes the industry. As such a big buyer the public sector can make or break a smaller company when it chooses who to partner with. NZRise has always been engaged in this space, in an effort to encourage […] Read more»

Sustainable Procurement in New Zealand

The New Zealand Government faces a number of challenges at any given time; more and more it turns to technology as the solution to these challenges. Unfortunately, when an organisation has an immediate problem to solve, less thought is often given to macro-level concerns of how the procurement of a solution affects the market and […] Read more»

Ewaste and How to Avoid it

Building a digital economy has loads of benefits for the environment. We already have the ability to create tech solutions that solve environmental issues by improving resource efficiency or reducing the effects of damage done so far, but there is a byproduct that is not so great. Ewaste, or electronic waste. Those Apple Macs of days […] Read more»

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 journey. This post is part one of three and first appeared on the ITP site. […] 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 Digital Technology studies are women 27% of the Digital Technology workforce are women NZ sits […] 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 and academic minds who enjoyed Don’s direct and candid delivery style. The slides for his […] Read more»

Kernel Ltd – Member Showcase

Christian Redgewell of Kernel Ltd fills us in on what they do and how they work. What does being a local NZ company mean to you?  It is about giving quality advice to companies that you could hang your hat on. Wellington and New Zealand are too small to be giving advice that doesn’t benefit […] Read more»

Supporting the Startup Community

Being a small tech business owner is a difficult job. As owners of tech businesses ourselves, we want to support the tech ecosystem and the next generation of business leaders. We are planning to run drop-in support sessions throughout 2018 offering free and frank advice to help Startups run and grow their businesses. We’ll listen, […] Read more»

Diversity and Inclusion

NZRise members recognise that engaging people from a variety of backgrounds, views and experiences is critical to building the skills and talent New Zealand needs. Diversity benefits the Digital Technology sector, our community and the New Zealand economy as a whole, as such NZRise members are committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion. We encourage businesses small, medium […] Read more»

Digital Skills

Digital skills are the skills needed to find, evaluate, utilize, share and create content using information technologies and the Internet. Digital skills can be basic, such as the ability to use email or online banking, through to more advanced skills such as programming. As many services move online, basic digital literacy skills are now required by the entire population. These skills […] 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 the Mayor: “Like our members, we, and our staff are heavily invested in Auckland. We […] 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 co-convened by NZRise and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment under the theme, ‘Procuring […] Read more»

ITx – New Zealand’s Conference of IT

The Institute of IT Professionals is bringing together 13 industry groups into one brilliant event in 2018 that may be of interest to NZRise members – ITx. The theme remains the same, Innovation, Technology, Education, and there will be 9 streams running each day alongside workshops, masterclasses, unconferences, group sessions and heaps more. This really is […] 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 think the future looks like for work. The attendees were all there from different perspectives, […] Read more»


The NZRise, NZTech and AMS joint submission to Inland Revenue regarding IRRUIP10 TICS Bill, Open Letter to MPs After further third-party legal review, a response to Minister Adam’s response on the TICS Bill. Response by Minister Amy Adams to the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill concerns raised (see below). Letter to Minister Amy Adams regarding the Telecommunications (Interception […] Read more»

In the Media

Interview onNewztalkZBabout IRD’s large IT project – “Concerns over IRD IT contract“ NZ Herald – Tech firms fear trade deal loss of freedom National Business Review – Wanted, A New Deal for NZ Business Computerworld UK article on how a Government IT supplier oligarchy crushes smaller local IT firms New Zealand Herald article on the United States’ demands in […] Read more»

NZ Digital Future Manifesto

Twenty of New Zealand’s leading Digital Technology industry associations, including NZRise, released a manifesto for the future of New Zealand from a tech perspective on 24 May 2017. The manifesto describes goals across many sectors, including education, the changing nature of work, immigration and skills, connectivity anywhere, digital exports, cybersecurity, research funding for tech, government […] 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 chat was with Miki Szikszai, CEO of Snapper, and exclusive to NZ Rise.     […] Read more»

Digital Technology Community Christmas Party

Hi Everyone, We are sponsoring the combined community Christmas parties in early December. Our NZ Rise only Christmas party is on the 22nd of November – location and time tbd. Here is the information about the three parties in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. The Wellington event is at the Stadium and we are trying to […] Read more»


Learn more about issues we care about, work we’ve done and topics we have made statements on in the past.   You can learn what we stand for in the NZRise Constitution.   Social Media: NZRise Twitter NZRise LinkedIn   Read more»

Trans Pacific Partnership

Our position on TPP NZRise has been active in advocating for an outcome to this process which is good for the NZ Digital sector. To this end we have presented directly to negotiators, from all countries, over a number of rounds of negotiations. As with other international agreements, we have held the position that extreme […] Read more»


Internship Position Statement NZ Rise members agree that all interns should be paid a fair market wage.  Accordingly, we believe that internships should consist of the following characteristics: Interns should be paid at least the minimum wage for all hours of their internship but preferably (at least) the living wage. Internships should primarily be about […] Read more»

Join Us

You can contact us, follow NZRise on Twitter, sign up for our newsletter below, or join us! We’d love to hear from you about how, together, we can ensure NZ-owned Digital Technology firms can be more competitive both globally and domestically. Read more»

Our Goals

Ensure the global competitiveness of the New Zealand IT industry. Increase the profile, size, and skill base of the NZ IT industry. Inspire young New Zealanders to enter the IT industry here in New Zealand. Improve the export orientation of our industry. Educate other sectors about the capabilities that NZ companies have to service their […] Read more»


We are a group of business leaders from NZ-owned IT firms who have formed NZRise as a non-profit New Zealand incorporated society. NZRise exists to represent the interests of NZ-owned digital technology businesses (we use the terms IT and “digital technology” interchangeably). NZRise and its member companies are passionate about New Zealand technology and believe […] Read more»

NZRise Procurement Principles

Version 2.0 We consider these principles will encourage the growth and creative potential of New Zealand-owned and operated digital technology companies, and will help to create a strong and dynamic local economy. INCLUSIVE: Procurement must be based on inclusion rather than exclusion, with any  provider that meets the defined criteria being eligible to supply products […] 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 opportunities ahead with a goal to Growing a Sustainable Digital Sector with Smart Procurement. Register […] 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 continue to rise. The Forum, an industry and government working group, has launched the survey […] 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 not returning to the board – Bianca Mueller, Daniel Spector and Paul Ramsay. The Board […] Read more»

2017 NZRise Procurement Workshop

The third NZRise Government Procurement Seminar is on Thursday, July 13 at Te Wharewaka in Wellington. The theme of this year’s session is “Procuring the Future: Growing a Sustainable Digital Sector with Smart Procurement” This half day event is open to all NZRise members and will feature two workshops with officials from MBIE, DIA and […] 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, forge new ones, enjoy a drink and platters of food provided by NZRise member companies (please […] 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 used to build the agenda for the 2017 event. The half day event was well […] 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 understands how their preferred procurement method – via Tenders as Requests for Information and Requests […] Read more»

Notice of Annual General Meeting – 31 May 2017

The Annual General Meeting of NZRise will be held on Wednesday 31 May from 3.30pm – 5.30pm in Wellington. The Board invite our members to attend both the AGM and the drinks afterward. The venue is still to be confirmed, but will be in the Wellington CBD. Agenda: 1. Minutes of the last Annual General […] Read more»

Who is IT Wellington – Techweek – Weds 10 May

NZRise welcomes the Wellington Tech Community to get together in the spirit of Techweek for a pint and a catchup at the Fork & Brewer on Bond Street in Wellington from 4.30pm on Wednesday 10 May. Come along, bring a fellow techie and join us to catch up with your colleagues from the coolest little […] 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 for many of my friends. I, along with many others I know, am a recent […] 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 Karl (details below): The Wellington ICT School are seeking businesses who would be interested in […] 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 would be the closest description which is subject to a range of legislation in itself. […] 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 businesses as the advice could be equally be written from a NZ owned SME’s perspective. […] Read more»

Multicore World 2017 – special discount for NZRise members

The 6th consecutive Multicore World is coming to Wellington 20-22 February 2017 and because the organisers are NZRise members (Open Parallel), they’ve given a really good discount for fellow members to attend! 35% off! Regular 3-day tickets are $1,500… this discount gets you in the door for $975! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS DEAL NOW – […] 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 goal to make the ICT sector NZ’s second largest contributor to the economy by 2025, […] 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 will directly support strengthening the New Zealand economy through Digital Technology. Minister Dunne is actively […] 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 you? Being from New Zealand naturally orientates us towards the rest of the world – […] Read more»

Blockchain technology symposium – Wellington 28 Nov

Wellington ICT Graduate School is pleased to present the 2016 Blockchain Technology Symposium on 28 November 2016 at Macs Brewbar. The Symposium will serve as an introduction to this technology and investigate the issues and opportunities of blockchain (distributed ledger) technology. Whether you are a novice, a sceptic or evangelist – we can all agree […] 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 blog about what the US election results might mean for NZ businesses from an NZRise […] 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 impending doom. So, whilst it may be that Trump opposes things like TPP, he does […] 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 Request for Information or Request for Proposal. This is just one of the many dimensions […] 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 raised in New Zealand, and most of my friends and family are here. My kids […] Read more»

Christchurch DIA ICT Marketplace briefing

The time has come for Christchurch’s briefing of the ICT Marketplace, thanks to DIA. Please join NZRise, NZTech, ITP and Canterbury Tech on 17 November at 12.15pm. 12.15pm November 17 EPIC – 76/106 Manchester St, Christchurch. The NZ Government ICT Strategy refresh 2015 observed several ‘game-changing’ trends including the accelerated pace of disruptive change. Key […] 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 Cloud, the only fully API-driven cloud infrastructure in New Zealand. Education, social services and youth […] 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 of year function Cheers, Bronnie Community Manager, NZRise Co-chair update There’s been a lot happening […] 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 more information and context about these changes that could be interesting if not relevant for […] 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 3 key “issues”: When does software development expenditure give rise to “trading stock”? What treatment […] 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 – Welcome and member showcase to our new member, Eight-Wire Please sing out if you’ve […] 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 our development as a company. It also means that we are engaged with our local […] 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 8% of GDP and 7% of exports. The overall contribution to GDP was greater than that […] 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 we are an active player and supporter of all things New Zealand. We obviously want […] Read more»