Story image

NZTech adds new members as Kiwi ICT industry booms

27 Jul 18

NZTech, the national non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation for tech, has reported phenomenal growth of the New Zealand tech ecosystem in the last 12 months.

At the annual meeting in Auckland, chair Mitchell Pham says NZTech now has an alliance of 20 tech communities and more than 800 organisations across the New Zealand technology landscape who collectively employ almost 10% of New Zealand workforce.

Two new board members joined the NZTech board following elections at the AGM.

They are Angela Nash, chief information and operating officer at REANNZ and Mike Jenkins, founder and chief executive of The Instillery.

“Technology is critical for the future prosperity of New Zealand and is the fastest growing segment of our economy generating 8% of our GDP and 9% of our exports,” Pham says.

“Our members are startups, local tech firms, multinationals, education providers, financial institutions, major corporations, network providers, hi-tech manufacturers and government agencies that work closely with the tech ecosystem to generate economic growth.

“We work to stimulate an environment where technology provides important productivity and economic benefits for our country so that all New Zealanders can prosper.

“We connect tech ecosystems, organisations, people and policy-makers with each other and to the world. We are helping advance the foundations for a successful digital nation including digital education, connectivity, cybersecurity, digital inclusion and access and digital trade.

“NZTech will continue to stimulate an environment where technology provides important social and economic benefits for New Zealand and enable this country to be more relevant to and affect more impact on the rest of the world.”

NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says in 2016 New Zealand had 21,411 tech firms that contributed over $16 billion to the gross domestic product.

“Last night’s annual meeting is the ninth for NZTech and our relevance continues to grow,” says Muller.

“The importance of technology is no longer a debate and we continue to see our membership expand beyond traditional technology firms. We are promoting the importance of technology to the New Zealand public and successful New Zealand technology to the world by showing off our best and our up and coming tech firms.”

WatchGuard’s eight (terrifying) 2019 security predictions
The next evolution of ransomware, escalating nation-state attacks, biometric hacking, Wi-Fi protocol security, and Die Hard fiction becomes reality.
Rimini Street hits NZ shores with new subsidiary
The third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP has opened a new Auckland-based office and appointed Sean Jones as NZ senior account executive.
A roadmap to AI project success
Five keys preparation tasks, and eight implementation elements to keep in mind when developing and implementing an AI service.
'Public cloud is not a panacea' - 91% of IT leaders want hybrid
Nutanix research suggests cloud interoperability and app mobility outrank cost and security for primary hybrid cloud benefits.
GCSB's CORTEX project scoops iSANZ Award
“I believe this award is particularly significant as it is acknowledgement from our peers in the information security industry and from across the private sector."
14 milestones Workday has achieved in 2018
We look into the key achievements of business software vendor Workday this year
Workday customers start deployments to AWS infrastructure
Business software vendor Workday has turned it's previously announced AWS partnership into a reality.
Royole's FlexPai: So bendable phablets are a reality now
A US-based firm called Royole is delivering on that age-old problem of not being able to fold up your devices (who hasn't ever wished they could fold their phone up...)