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NZTech report highlights tech sector value to Wellington

22 Jun 2016

The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) welcomed the report from industry body NZTech published yesterday, which highlights the value of the sector to the region’s economy.

WREDA Chief Executive Chris Whelan said the report reinforced the importance of developing this critical sector in Wellington;

“The tech sector is an increasingly important component of the Wellington economy, and a priority focus area for WREDA. Tech’s influence extends beyond the enterprises defined as within the sector, and into areas like the IT departments of both corporate entities and government. Its contribution to productivity goes further still, as seen in the range of businesses using software and tech tools developed in Wellington.”, said Mr Whelan.

Mr Whelan says Wellington’s specialties are at the high-end of the tech spectrum, including ICT services, digital entertainment, web, mobile and game development, and high-value manufacturing.

“Wellington is positioned to play a key role in lifting the value of New Zealand’s exports, through selling high-value, weightless tech products and services internationally.  WREDA actively helps Wellington tech companies reach these goals.”

Mr Whelan says his organisation helps develop capability in tech firms through programmes like the Regional Business Partner programme, and the startup incubation and acceleration programmes of its subsidiary, Creative HQ. WREDA has also promoted Wellington’s tech credentials at major tradeshows and through its media programme engages with industry journalists in Australia to showcase Wellington tech scene.

NZTech’s report rightly identifies the importance of developing New Zealand’s tech reputation internationally. Wellington is a leading contributor to that storytelling - the capital of what NZTech calls our ‘Digital Nation’.”

Mr Whelan says WREDA is also supporting the Wellington tech sector’s needs in terms of workforce development.

“Our Wellington Works talent attraction campaign last year highlighted the career opportunities and lifestyle benefits of our digital sector to young professionals in Australia, to address our businesses’ immediate need for talented applicants.  Longer-term, we’re working with the Wellington ICT Graduate School, including forging industry partnerships, to ensure we are developing the optimal workforce for Wellington’s future economic landscape.”

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