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FinTechNZ Newsletter – October 2018


Cyber Security’s a hot topic this month, with the NZ Cyber Security Summit on today, and CERT NZ’s Cyber Smart Week raising awareness following a growing number of cyber incidents  (over 700 incidents in the last quarter) as reported in CERT’s latest quarterly update.

Delta Insurance has prepared a whitepaper on the Evolution of Cyber Threats, discussing topics of interest to the FinTech community such as cyber risks that can occur when using Blockchain and AI, and shares several Risk Management Strategies that offer valuable insights to any business using new technology.

Speaking of new technology, we’re currently experiencing technology change to levels never seen before. With that in mind, New Zealand should look to become a Blockchain and financial technology hub, argues a team of legal and financial experts in a recent report. The recent workshop to develop a new Government Digital Strategy including the uptake of transformational technologies is an encouraging step in the right direction.

The imminent release of  the Royal Commission’s initial findings into its first ever review of the integrity systems of New Zealand’s financial system will have implications for the sector; though it’s encouraging to see the proactive work already being done by New Zealand’s major banks.

It was reassuring to hear from Vangelis Vitalis, the Deputy Secretary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, during a private session this week. He predicts a post-Brexit FTA with the UK will focus heavily on services, which is great news for FinTechNZ.

I also met with Sunny Bates, a visionary speaker who is recognised as one of the world’s most connected individuals. Sunny is a member of the TED Brain Trust (along with Bill Gates and Larry Page), and works with political and business leaders to create connections and build meaningful networks. She offered to connect FinTechNZ members to influencers in the US; please contact me if you would like an introduction.

Closer to home, join us for the final 2018 FinTechNZ Connect events in Auckland and Wellington; our first joint events with InsurTechNZ where we we will discuss intangible assets and share the findings from a recent survey in conjunction with EY and MBIE to map the InsurTech landscape. Amazon’s move into India’s insurance market and its likely ripple effect in New Zealand is likely to be one of the points for discussion.

Tickets are heading out the door for the highlight of the event calendar, the NZ FinTech Summit. Last year was a sell-out event, so register today. We want to showcase the best local FinTech solutions, so join the FinTech Hub and share your journey with our diverse audience. What a way to end what has been an exciting year for FinTechNZ and the technology sector.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


James Brown
General Manager


Get your earlybird tickets for the NZ Fintech Summit before 31 October. Spaces are now available in the exclusive FinTech HUB. Binu Paul shares an update on the event.

Register for the combined FinTechNZ and InsurTechNZ events in Wellington and Auckland.

Attend the Launch of the 2018 TIN Report in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Join NZTE for the Gulf Opportunities Showcase in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch this month or register for the event livestream and join Xero at one of their free small business sessions during the Xero NZ Roadshow.

Register for ITP events this month Web Security Fundamentals, Preparing for the new Privacy Law (an important issue when data is for salecontact FinTechNZ for one of two free passes); and Business Case Essentials in November.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]NZTE and Callaghan Innovation are leading a Kiwi delegation to SaaStr Annual 2019, the largest gathering in the world for B2B software. Register before 29th October to join the delegation.

Attend the Sibos Conference in Sydney 22 – 25 October and learn how to Maximise Success with Accelerated UK Market Entry in Sydney and Melbourne.

Visit Hong Kong FinTech Week this month, the world’s first cross-border financial technology event.

Attend the Singapore FinTech Festival 12- 16 November. Get in touch with NZTE to join the delegation.

Register for the Australian Payment Summit: Payments in the Platform Economy November 26 and 27.

Join the international conversations happening in Europe in 2019 at the Paris FinTech Forum and the European Payments Summit.


A two-thirds stake of FNZ, a FinTech company founded in New Zealand, has sold in a deal that values the whole enterprise at $3.35 billion.

Discover how ASEAN Initiatives Seek to Leverage Real-Time Payments for Innovation, and download the DLA Piper  global white paper on Digital Transformation in Financial Services.

Discover insights from international crypto influencers shared at Blockchain South, and watch the Blockworks visions of the future video.

How is accounting app fatigue impacting the ecosystem?  FinTech Scotland member Float’s Catriona Bane explains.

FinTechNZ is part of the FinTech Galaxy; a digital platform connecting entrepreneurs to financial institutions, consultants, tech companies, mentors and investors. Apply for the ANZ-UK Tech Rocketship Awards.

NZTech and the Government are growing Techweek to showcase NZ’s best technology to the world. Apply now to get involved. The Government’s new digital Marketplace is now live.  Watch the video overview here.

Congratulations to Valocity, an award finalist at the Singapore FinTech Festival, and Go Car Finance for winning two awards at this year’s  Financial Services Federation conference which recognises responsible lending in the non-bank sector.

Read the latest update from Jason Roberts, Co-chair of FinTechNZ’s largest Working Group, InsurTechNZ, and read insights Richard Nicholson gained at Insurtech Rising Europe.

KiwiWealth, a sister company to FinTechNZ founding member Kiwibank, has launched Hatch – an online trading platform which allows New Zealanders to easily buy fractions of US shares such as Amazon and Apple.

Ben Ford, Head of Sales at Yodlee explains how their solutions power and enable digital financial innovation across the globe;  FintechNZ interviews James Fuller, CEO of Hnry, which provides a solution to simplify self-employment.

Andrew Dentice of Hudson Gavin Martin shares the implications of Law and Data in a Connected World.

NZTE are looking for a new Customer Director to join the team.

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