Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

The digital and tech-enabled future of New Zealand

The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way work is being done in the world today. While there were changes and adjustments being done before COVID-19, the pandemic has not only accelerated these strategies but has also force entirely new models of remote working.

While, at one point, it was believed that there was more than enough technology to go around, this may not be the case. The New Zealand Productivity Commission said, ‘The main problem facing New Zealand today isn’t too much technology, it’s not enough.’

In fact, the issues may not be with available technology per se. Rather it is most likely the impact of not enough technology uptake by people, businesses and the public sector, says NZTech CEO, Graeme Muller. This is what he will be exploring when speaking about the technology shaping New Zealand at the MobileTechAg conference in Rotorua.

Agriculture is just one of the areas that New Zeland is deploying technology, Agritech or Agtech provides alternatives to traditional farming methods and is revolutionising the sector.  MobileTECH Ag brings together technology leaders, innovative developers, early adopters and the next generation of primary industry operators from throughout New Zealand and Australia. The annual event showcases the digital technologies transforming the agricultural and horticultural sectors.

New Zeland launched its Digital Tech Industry Transformation Plan for Ministerial very early on in 2019. The new approach to industry policy was aimed at growing more innovative industries in New Zealand and lifting the productivity of key sectors. While the country has a strong economic foundation but its productivity has continued to fall behind its main competitors.

To take advantage of the opportunities of the technological revolution the government has announced Industry Transformation Plans will be developed for key sectors. Industry Transformation Plans will be sector-led and government-supported. They will involve a partnership between government, business, workers and Māori.

Each will be unique to its industry but will build on any existing work to describe an agreed vision for the future state of the sector and outline the actions required to realise this vision, including investment, innovation and skills development. This progress update on the Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan shows some very positive developments.

In 2018, the digital technologies sector contributed almost $6.5 billion to GDP. Between April 2019 and May 2020, IT services exports exceeded $4 billion, with key markets in the United States of America (USA), Australia and Europe.

In 2019, there were over 13,000 firms in the sector. Over 75% of these firms had no employees, illustrating a significant proportion of self-employed workers in the sector.

There were 76,065 workers in digital technology occupations across the economy in 2018. Many of these were roles in other sectors, highlighting the importance of digitally skilled workers across the economy. Average wages in the sector are significantly higher than the New Zealand average. In 2019, they were $119,442 compared to a New Zealand average of $59,703.

There is a slew of innovations and solutions on the table right now for the nation. Graeme will see cutting edge technology at the launch of Spark’s new Innovation Studio, where businesses can co-create solutions alongside Spark technology engineers and specialists. The studio will be able to test the tech on all networks (4G, 5G, LoRaWAN, Cat M1, NB IoT) in one place. The Studio showcases how smart technology, including the Internet of Things (IoT), can support the country’s COVID-19 recovery and long term economic success as well as accelerating our transformation to a low carbon economy.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.