Waikato is the fastest growing tech sector in New Zealand

In 2018, with support from Waikato Means Business and UltraFast Fibre, CultivateIT engaged Wollemi Consulting to work with us and other local stakeholders to understand the digital and technology landscape in the Waikato and develop a list of recommendations for increasing the uptake of digital and ICT across the region.

The outcome of that work, a Digital Stocktake and Digital Action Plan (available below), was then used as the basis for working with a wider group of stakeholders to develop the Digital and ICT programme of work.

Facts and Figures


Here is a sample of some of the technology innovation in the news from around the region. For more technology news from the Waikato visit our News page. You can filter for anything specifically of interest by using the blog filter.

Smart shirt could help prevent workplace accidents

As a software engineering student, Dylan Exton is adept at computer programming and problem-solving. He's also a dab hand with a needle and thread. The Waikato University honours student is involved

ShadowTech Waikato 2019

Over 45 students had the opportunity to shadow a staff member at a number of technology businesses in Hamilton last Thursday as part of ShadowTech Day an initiative that connects secondary school

Agri-innovations on show at Fieldays

Some of the best new agri-innovations have been recognised at National Agricultral Fieldays near Hamilton. Winners at the Fieldays Innovation Awards included a 'fit bit' for rivers, which monitors wa

Robotics coming for New Zealand's asparagus industry

Robotic technology developed by Waikato University may one day end the back breaking, labour intensive task of harvesting asparagus. The university has developed a conceptual robot, which is on

Silitron Valley: exploring Waikato's tech sector

Bruce Trevarthen zips up his white bee suit and secures his mesh head gear. Through a tin cannister, he tosses wisps of smoke around the hive, attempting to mask the beekeepers' human smell. He

Waikato students win big at NZ Startup Bootcamp

After 48 hours of innovation and hard work, two University of Waikato teams came out on top of the NZ Startup Bootcamp, each taking home $10,000. The winner of the ASB Best Startup category was agri

Trekker Waka Maps New Zealand’s Longest River

If you've ever wanted to shoot the Huka Falls rapids or while away the hours on Lake Ōhākuri but were just too busy driving past, now is your chance. And from the comfort of your own home. Google

Buying a zoo, NZ-style: Mixing technology and the great outdoors in Raglan

You know that movie We Bought a Zoo where Matt Damon and his kids buys a zoo and Scarlett Johansson looks after the animals? Yeah that, but instead of tigers it’s tuis, the lions are bees,

App aims to help make the experience of pregnancy easier

Researchers at the University of Waikato believe they have created an app that can make a real difference for pregnant women, their partners and families. Dr Carrie Barber and her team have

Six-metre waka sculpture gifted at Hamilton's Ferrybank Reserve

As the black fabric shrouding Hamilton's latest public artwork fell to the ground, the verdict from onlookers was swift. "It's stunning," said Juliann Smith, one of the first to step inside Tōia

First place again for Hamilton

This years Tin100 report was released in Auckland last week, with events following in other major centres, and Hamilton, which really is actually Waikato we think for the purposes of the report, has

Who should own your personal data?

New research on wearable technology in high-risk work environments to help make workers safer has been given a million dollar funding boost. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has

Case studies

Below are links to existing case studies presented by local technology businesses and we are currently working to collate/develop additional case studies in collaboration with technology and innovation leaders in the Waikato. 

Our people

Each month we interview a member of the Waikato technology sector and find out more about what they do and their thoughts on technology innovation in Waikato and NZ. These people are also highlighted in the Sector Spotlight section of our regular newsletter.

If you have someone you would like to put forward to be spotlighted please get in touch

Rachel Kelly (Nyriad)

What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? I’ve played a variety of roles in this sector since I returned to New Zealand 5 years ago, including consulting in technology transformation and

Nikora Ngaropo (Young Animators)

What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? We work primarily in the education space and technology space but we also have a diverse portfolio of projects which keep us busy, commercial

Damon Kelly (Enlighten Designs)

What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends?  A voracious reader, I love Audible and listening to books at high speed. Enlighten also has a value of “learning

Rob Scovell (IT Consultant)

What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends?  I use LinkedIn to see what people are excited by and what's going on, both locally and further afield. I am reading

Travis Corrie (FLINT Waikato)

Image - The FLINT Waikato leadership team What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends? Admittedly, I could probably do a better job of proactively keeping on to

Luke McGregor (CompanyX)

What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends? There are lots of ways to keep up to date, I read blogs and keep up with a bunch of other developers working in

Igor Matich (Dynamo6)

What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends?  Keeping up with the latest technology trends is a big feat. Especially while running a thriving company. It’s a t

Thomas Coats (J Swap Group of Companies)

Thomas is the IT Manager across the Matamata based J Swap Group of Companies, a renowned name in the Kiwi contracting industry with operations covering civil, aggregate, transport, stock foods, stora

Nick Pickering (Pollin8)

Nick is the Founder and an Advisor at Pollin 8, a Hamilton based technology solutions company specialising in IoT and AI. We interviewed Nick to find out more about the services they offer, key

Karl Fisher (Waitomo Glow Worm Caves)

We are taking an opportunity to share a TVNZ interview covering how technology is being used to help protect Waikato’s world-famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Watch the video here

Bruce Trevarthen (LayerX Group)

What is your favourite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends?  Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet for concise, comprehensive tech information that is relevant.  I use a

The NZ Tech Alliance

The NZ Tech Alliance is a group of independent technology associations from across New Zealand that work together to help connect, promote and advance the entire tech ecosystem.  As an affiliate of NZ Tech, CultivateIT provides a voice for and a connection with the Waikato tech sector across the wider NZ technology ecosystem. 

Here are some members of the NZ Tech Alliance that we collaborate with on a regular basis.


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