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FinTechNZ Newsletter June 2018


As London is recognised as the number one FinTech hub in the world, it was great to have lunch with Laura Clarke, the UK High Commissioner, to discuss how we can develop a FinTech Bridge, similar to the agreement between the UK and Australia. With this in mind a small delegation is heading to the UK for London FinTech week, and while there will discuss a pre-FTA agreement with the DITNZTE and MFAT.

The UK continues to lead in the financial sector, launching Open Banking in January of this year. Six months on, what can we learn from the development of services in the region so far?

While considering future possibilities in the financial sector, Kristen Lunman, programme director for the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator, prompts us to consider the Bank as a Platform.

Local innovation in finance continues to progress as IBMASB and RBS spoke at the recent Business of Belonging event about how they are connecting with customers in this digital age – from chatbots to digital assistants – while resolving issues far more quickly. IBM has since published their latest research on customer centricity, the Brand Belonging study.

Building the profile of our local FinTech sector, FinTechNZ is working with Singapore FinTechMAS and NZTE to build stronger networks and promote international trade. Recently, NZTE and industry experts spoke at the Singapore Tech Seminar, highlighting what Singapore can offer New Zealand technology companies as a gateway to Asia.

Congratulations to FinTechNZ members BanquerIBM and Kiwibank, who were category winners at the recent Hi-Tech Awards. Your success goes to show why the New Zealand FinTech sector is gaining momentum on the global stage.

Tonight, Mitchell Pham, a Director of the Augen Software Group in New Zealand and Vietnam, co-founder of the Kiwi Connection Tech Hub, Chair of NZTech and of FinTechNZ, is being recognised for his contribution to the technology sector in New Zealand and NZ-Asia relations at the Kea World Class New Zealand Awards. We hope to see you there for a fantastic evening.


James Brown
General Manager

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Register for the NZ Fintech Summit, 29 November


FinTechNZ is attending London FinTech Week with a delegation of 15 companies from New Zealand. Find out more about the delegation’s plans here.

The FMA and Inland Revenue (IR) collaborated on a joint presentation at the recent FinTechNZ Connect events in Auckland and Wellington. Join us for our Winter Connect events 1 August in Auckland and 2 August in Wellington. 

Put a placeholder in your diary for the NZ Fintech Summit, 29 November at the Pullman in Auckland. The premier FinTech conference in New Zealand is brought to you by FinTechNZ and FINNOTEC. Binu Paul of PocketWise explains why this event is a highlight of the FinTech calendar.

FinTechNZ will take a New Zealand pavilion at the Singapore FinTech Festival 12- 16 November in conjunction with KeaNZTEATEEDand Xero, please get in touch if you wish to join the delegation.

Registrations for the Canterbury Tech Summit are now open. Payments NZ brings you The Point 2018 in Auckland, 26-27 June, a biennial conference for the payments industry. We’re pleased to announce the five finalists for our 2018 FinTech Innovation Challenge, who will pitch to the delegation at the conference for a chance to win $10,000 and a comprehensive mentoring package.

The Trans – Tasman Business Circle is organising the 2018 AU/NZ Tech Fusion Delegation to Israel, more details here. Or register for the Circle’s inaugural cyber delegation to Melbourne, coinciding with cyber
week in Melbourne and SINET16.

The FSF CONFERENCE 2018: “DRIVING EXCELLENCE” held on 10th October focuses on proactively setting standards of responsible lending to drive excellence in the sector.

Jason Roberts shares his thoughts on the recent InsurTechNZ event Customers and Data, also reviewed in Insurance Business.  Put a note in your diary on July 4 for the Cyber Insurance event.


The Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator programme run by Lightning Lab, recently culminated in a demo dayattended by the who’s who of the nation’s start-up and innovation scene.

Apply for Dubai International Financial Center’s FinTech Accelerator programme, FinTech Hive.

Kai Dwyer, CEO of Vallum and core participant within the Insurance Working Group for InsurTechNZ, shares his commentary on the GDPR regulation changes which recently came into effect. Jason Roberts, also of InsurTechNZ comments on the consumer benefits of investment in the sector. Missed Techweek’18? Check out the highlights from NZ’s biggest tech event.

Check out UpStarters, the New Zealand Tech and Innovation story.  Access resources including the app, showcase booklet, video, slides and user guide.

The Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group has formed working groups and is now looking for interested parties to join the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion stakeholder network

FinTechNZ welcomes Agritech New Zealand, the latest member of the New Zealand Tech Alliance.

A special welcome this month to new FinTechNZ members.  If your organisation wishes to join FinTechNZ please contact us

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