The Year That Was

Chantal Thomas
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FinTech Newsletter

We’ve come hurtling into the holiday season at full speed with the first FinTechNZ Executive Council meeting and the first International Relations Working Group meeting taking place in the last week. Thank you to Mitchell Pham for continuing as FinTechNZ Chair for another term, your knowledge and guidance is invaluable. Joining Mitchell as Vice Chair is Neil Roberts, Harmoney, welcome aboard.  2018 has seen our membership grow by 100%, and the focus for 2019 will be on delivering tangible projects.

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NZ Fintech Summit offers a journey of discovery!

Chantal Thomas
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FinTech

Last month’s highly engaging NZ FinTech Summit hosted a diverse range of speakers taking everyone on a journey of discovery and opportunity. Binu Paul, Finnotec shares the common themes that emerged from the summit:

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InsurTechNZ 2019 from Zero to Hero

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, InsurTech

Jason Roberts, Co-chair of FinTechNZ’s largest Working Group, InsurTechNZ shares highlights of the group’s activities for 2018, and a sneak peek of what’s to come for 2019: 

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Important vs urgent: Managing intangible asset risk

Jackie Clark
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FinTech

CEOs and managers often struggle to move beyond day-to-day business demands because the focus is “keeping the car on the road” rather than strategic or long term direction.

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FinTechNZ Newsletter – November 2018

Jackie Clark
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FinTech Newsletter

Welcome to the new FinTechNZ Executive Council; Chris Barton from Xero, Nicola Dorward from NIB, Neil Roberts from Harmoney and Tim Larkin from Dacreed who are joining us in 2019.

Thanks to all who attended the Annual Meeting, there was a great turnout and many insights were shared by the leadership team; a highlight – the association has achieved phenomenal growth in the past 12 months, with membership doubling from 77 members to 153 members in the year to September 2018.

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NZ can lead the world in fintech, Xero’s Buisson says

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, Media Release

New Zealand can lead the world in financial technology, or fintech, which will totally transform the financial services industry economy, Xero small business director Nicole Buisson says.

Buisson is a key speaker at a major fintech summit in Auckland on November 29 which will bring Kiwi fintech innovators together to strengthen the whole sector which will in turn accelerate growth of our national economy.

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Summit crucial for NZ’s fintech future

Jackie Clark
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Media Release

The NZ fintech summit next week is crucial for the future of financial technology in New Zealand, virtual assistant company FaceMe chief executive Danny Tomsett says.

The summit in Auckland on November 29 includes most of the country’s leading financial tech specialists.

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New Member VerifyUnion

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, Industry News

Albertus Smith, CEO of VerifyUnion, shares some insights into the company’s connection with FinTechNZ:

  1. Who is representing VerifyUnion in the FinTechNZ community?

Albertus (AJ) Smith is a Business Strategist, Mentor, Serial-Entrepreneur and FinTech-experienced CEO. He has founded or co-founded more than 20 successful businesses in his lifetime and created employment for thousands of people. He is also the founder of New Zealand based tech companies VerifyUnion, Imperial Digital and Help Giant.

He has a passion for emerging technologies such as Blockchain and other FinTech, and is frequently invited to be a panellist for industry seminars.  He has “retired” twice in his life and always made it back in business, with a driving passion for his next successful venture.

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FinTechNZ’s International Engagements

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, Industry News

FinTechNZ’s Chair Mitchell Pham shares his perspective on the association’s recent engagements with the International FinTech Sector, as well a summary of engagements since February 2017.

As I have been in the US this week, I missed out on being with our amazing FinTechNZ members in Singapore at the FinTech Festival – to connect with and impact on regional as well as global markets.

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A New Financial Ecosystem for New Zealanders: Open Banking

Jackie Clark
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FinTech, Industry News

FinTech Scotland member James Varga gives an outsider’s perspective on what Open Banking might mean for New Zealand.

I’ve watched with interest, albeit from a great distance, news relating to Open Banking coming out of New Zealand.  I noted only recently, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi was in Canberra for discussions with his Australian counterparts on the use cases for Open Banking.

As a Canadian who lives and works in Scotland, the international angle strikes a chord with me. I’ve followed news on how Open Banking could benefit consumers coming out of many countries of the world, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, and of course, New Zealand.

Allow me to backtrack…

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