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New Zealand was ranked the No.1 country for starting a business by the World BankWorld Bank Index Doing Business Report 2016
Wellington has the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies per capita in New ZealandNew Zealand Trade and Enterprise 2015
28%28% of Wellington residents have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 20% nationallyStatistics New Zealand 2015
Internet based digital production company Resn could be based anywhere in the world but have chosen to locate their head office in Wellington.
“The Wellington tech scene is an exciting thing to be part of,” says executive producer Jonathan Hawke.
The company primarily deals with advertising agencies in the United States and Europe. Resn is a combination of programmers, designers, artists, animators, musicians and producers.
“In Wellington there is a nice community of freelancers both in the creative and tech sides that we can draw on and benefit from. You’ve also got people who share information and support each other and I really enjoy that.”
Jonathan works across time zones travelling overseas frequently and often talking to people about where he is from. “It’s very easy to say that Wellington is a cool city, it’s a cool place to live.”
Jonathan feels that one of the main reasons to be in Wellington is the great balance between being part of a successful business and having a quality lifestyle outside of work.
“You’ve got the combination of the community of talent as well as the opportunity to have a pretty healthy existence getting into the outdoors.”
When it comes to doing IT business it helps to have a village system with a cafe culture in place, says Mark Muru, IT management director for Datacom, which has the largest software developer capability in New Zealand.
“The IT scene is a hive of activity in Wellington, aided by the influence of government,” says Mark, “which compares favourably to other places in the world.”
Even better is the village system that Wellington has. “We work in such close proximity that we meet regularly and if we can’t get things sorted over the phone we meet in a cafe.”
The company has about 2,600 staff in New Zealand with a presence in all the major states in Australia and offices in Kuala Lumpur and Manila. It provides IT services, designing, building and running IT systems based on the requirements of clients and who are seeking help to transform their businesses.
Mark came to Wellington from Auckland and appreciates the improvement in traffic congestion. “It’s easy to get around in with a lot business done round the CBD and it’s only a short walk or taxi ride.”
He enjoys this ease of access in his time off when he takes advantage of all the activities the city offers from sporting events to shows and dinners out.
“It’s amazing how you can do so much in so little time in Wellington.”
Carnival Mobile is an innovative high growth company which has chosen to locate its head office and development base in Wellington.
“All of our design and development gets done here. We also have an office based in New York for our sales and marketing,” says co-founder and chief technical officer Cody Bunea.
“Being able to make things happen in Wellington is relatively easy. Being away from the noise of Silicon Valley allows us to really get down and focus on what we are doing.”
Wellington has other advantages as a centre for business.
“We have the advantages of cheaper labour costs, cheaper rent costs, and we also have the added advantage of time zone. When our target market is sleeping we can work, so when they wake up things are magically fixed.”
Carnival Mobile is a company with a vision to disruptive the mobile advertising space. As well as developing over 100 branded apps it has built a powerful mobile platform for brand owners to analyse their app users and target them.
“The Wellington tech scene is extremely exciting. A lot of great small companies have started up here and there are lots of great groups of people where you can share knowledge.”
Cody travels away for his job and finds easy to do with the international airport.
“But I always love coming home to Wellington. And being so close to the beaches and mountains is just so amazing. I like how much buzz there is in the city, there’s always something on and always something to do. ”