New Zealand’s technology sector

You could be forgiven for thinking our economy depends entirely on sheep, milk, tourists and Hobbits – but technology is an increasingly important part of our economic ecosystem.

In fact, technology is now the fastest growing sector in the country, clocking in as New Zealand’s third largest export earner last year, behind dairy and tourism.

We’re proud to support this booming industry, with our sponsorship of the Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service Award, which is part of the annual NZ Hi-Tech Awards.


2019 finalists for the Most Innovative Hi-Tech Service Award

To win this award, companies must develop a genuinely innovative service that's significantly enabled by some form of technology, software or hardware, with evidence of strong sales.

The winners of the 2019 Hi-Tech Awards will be announced at the Spark Arena in Auckland on 24 May 2019.

The finalists this year are:

Emergency Q

Emergency Q is aimed at reducing congestion in hospital emergency departments.

The software system, which includes an app, provides a live connection between patients, emergency departments and doctors’ clinics, showing emergency department waiting times and pointing out other centres that patients with non-emergency symptoms could be treated.


Hnry

A graduate of the Kiwi Fintech Accelerator programme, Hnry is a product designed for the gig economy.

It sorts out income tax, GST and ACC for freelancers and contractors and reviews all business and home office expenses. Hnry also provides software for invoicing and personal finance management.


Xero Learn

A partnership between online accounting software firm Xero and educators Auckland University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland and Macquarie University, Xero Learn enables educators to integrate Xero into their curriculum.

It gives accounting students real-life experience, including setting up dummy Xero businesses pre-loaded with data.


Predict HQ

Based in New Zealand and San Francisco, Predict HQ’s clients include Uber, Dominos and Booking.com.

The system alerts its customers to around 20 million events in 30,000 cities that could cause fluctuations in demand for their products and services, including concerts, sports, conferences, performances and public holidays.


Serko

Travel management software development company Serko has created cloud-based solutions aimed at taking the hassle out of managing business travel and expenses. The app allows users to book and manage their travel and submit expenses directly from their mobiles.

Listed on both the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges, Serko has more than 6,000 corporate customers across Asia Pacific, North America, the UK and Europe.