The fastest growing tech sector in NZ for 2017 and 2018

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 a Digital and ICT programme of work forming part of the 2020-2022 Waikato Economic Development programme.

Local stakeholders also worked with CultivateIT and Te Waka to develop the Digital Waikato 2025 strategy (available below) to support the Waikato region’s economic development goals and facilitate leveraging digital technologies for the benefit of communities, business, government and across industry sectors.

Delivery of the Digital Waikato 2025 strategy and programme of work is led by CultivateIT working in partnership with Te Waka, and in collaboration with a Digital Stakeholder Group representing stakeholders from around the region.

The digital and ICT programme of work, as part of the Digital Waikato 2025 strategy, aligns with the Governments sector-led approach to grow industry innovation and boost productivity, outlined in From the Knowledge Wave to the Digital Age: Growing Innovative Industries in New Zealand (available below).

Facts and Figures


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

Waikato esports scholarship winner looks to gaming during Coronavirus lockdown

If there's one activity that can flourish during the country's current lockdown, it's esports. And University of Waikato student Luke Horan knows this all too well. Horan, an avid online gamer who

Emerging medical imaging method could help in virus response, Waikato professor says

A hand-held device that can monitor lung condition would come in handy about now. After a decade of research, a Waikato professor and his partners are laying plans for that - a new way of getting

Food consumers will demand more digital traceability, post-Covid-19

Digital traceability is about to move into first place in terms of what food consumers will demand post-Covid-19. NZX's Head of Analytics, Julia Jones, said she would be shocked if changes to

Making connections

The Internet of Things was front and centre among the more than 45 exhibitors hawking their wares at TechFest at the start of March, and they had no shortage of interest. Auckland-based Adroit was

The 20-year tech challenge

By 2040, the internet industrial revolution will have swept through society, transforming much along the way. That’s why Callaghan Innovation has been crystal ball gazing into  the next 20 years,

Future entrepreneurs excel in Waikato

Waikato’s young entrepreneurs flocked to Wintec’s Atrium for the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme’s Kickstart Tīmata event. About 320 students took part in the day, where they had the

Global e-learning solution teaches data-driven decision making for DeLaval farmers

Collaboration across continents leads to global e-learning solution built in Hamilton. High tech dairy farmers are learning how to make more data-driven decisions after Company-X built a global

Professor Yifan Chen receives Engineering New Zealand Fello

University of Waikato Professor Dr Yifan Chen has been awarded a prestigious Engineering New Zealand Fellows Award. Dr Yifan Chen is an internationally recognised academic leader, with a demonstrated

NZ man's spy network

Talking to Waikato geopolitical analyst Brian Main, you could be forgiven for thinking he has leapt out of the pages of a John le Carre spy novel. Every day, closely watching global conflicts to look

Top dairy farming family's hi-tech approach to animal health

An award winning sharemilking couple have turned to cutting edge technology to help future proof their dairy farm. Sarah and Aidan Stevenson, both 31, say that since adopting hi-tech ear tags

Hamilton primary school using 3D printers to design face shields for health workers

Te Ao Mārama teacher Frank Young is involved in The Shields Up project, which was created by a collective of organisations with 3D printers called Makers NZ Relief Work. The initiative will see

Wanted: Land for solar power project with a heart

A Waikato electricity retailer is looking for land so it can create its own source of solar power. But the energy generated will be power for good - cut-price electricity for some of the region's


A regular column written by CultivateIT Board Member David Hallett for the Waikato Business News

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

Chelsey Stewart (Hamilton City Council)

1. What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? I lead Hamilton City Council’s Smart Hamilton programme 2. What is your favourite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology

Jason Catchpole (UneeQ)

What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? I am a software engineer/scientist (I often wear both hats) who has worked for many local and international companies. I am normally brought in w

Panos Patros (Waikato Uni)

What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? As a Lecturer in Software Engineering, my role is to - a) Create a high-caliber research output to help maintain the University of Waikato's image

Geoff Bentley (TechLeapNZ)

What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? I'm a Tech Educator, inspiring & helping students through my TechLeap clubs and Repair Detectives programme and with OMGTech!, providing professio

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

Christina McKenzie (The Instillery)

What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? Currently, I’m spearheading the go to market charge for The Instillery across our nationwide delivery footprint. My focus areas are twofold: 

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

Techweek Waikato 2019 Highlights

Techweek Waikato is part of Techweek NZ, an annual festival of technology innovation that is good for the world, organised by NZTech.

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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