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.

Raglan sea temperature debate shows need for better data

A debate about the water temperature at Raglan over the New Year period is seen as reinforcing the need for a project now under way to obtain much better data about the seas around New Zealand.

Imagimation and the University working together to provide practical education opportunities

Imagimation, a social enterprise based in Hamilton, aims to use technology for good by building digital businesses that positively impact the community. Founded just over two years ago, the company i

We got it made: World's first water e-bike

Guy Howard-Willis dreamed one night that he was riding a bike down Pauanui estuary with dolphins alongside him.  And while he may not have the dolphins - he's got the water bike. His vision has

Art and Science: A Look at the Modern Marketing Organisation

The basic goal of marketing hasn’t changed; it’s always been to communicate the value your product or service has to customers. However, the way we do it has changed significantly. Developments

Hamilton City Council pioneering asset inspection software

Hamilton City Council’s rollout of new software to record inspections of its buildings and water network is being followed closely by local government across Australasia. The Council is the New

Project to see if sound waves can measure sediment in waterways

A new Waikato University project will look to see if sound waves can be used to more accurately measure sediment's effects on water quality. Dr Julia Mullarney, from the University of Waikato,

Student-owned agri-tech startup gains business boost from Microsoft

A student-based agri-tech startup company that has developed an inventive way to measure moisture, salinity and fertiliser content in soil has been accepted into a startup programme run by tech giant

A sneak peek into the future of health care

The government is developing a person-centred Digital Health Strategic Framework “consisting of aspirational goals and enabling priorities, guidelines and resources”, and that will evolve as the

Artificial intelligence and solar-powered cameras to tackle problem freedom camping

Artificial intelligence and solar-powered cameras are among tech-tools being deployed to better manage freedom camping this summer. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis on Monday announced a package of

Waikato tech firms shine

Waikato firms Gallagher Group and The Instillery have won accolades in a prestigious New Zealand report as the tech export industry booms in New Zealand. Gallagher was named one of the top 10

Vertec celebrates 100 years of innovation

Manufacturing engineers Vertec, who are celebrating their centenary this year, have come a long way since founder Thomas Mullan opened the doors of his foundry and engineering business in Hood Street

Regional TIN report launch at IoT Waikato

A tour of New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the mighty Tron, and TIN had a taste of true Hamilton hospitality early last week courtesy of Wintec at the IoT Waikato Future Tech


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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