I am so glad that we are nearly at the stage where we can clone ourselves, there is so much going on.
Still high on the agenda following the recent revamp of the FinTechNZ strategy is engagement with Government and I am really looking forward to the Regulation Lunch that we are hosting on 5 September. We will have all the regulators and Minister Faafoitogether to discuss the future of financial services. We will be covering regulation, funding, collaboration, accelerators and much more.
I was recently on a panel hosted by the Financial Services Council(FSC) and spoke alongside Minister Parker and Jeremy Muir talking about Trading on a global platform. There was great, honest conversation and the Minister gave some excellent insights. I also met with Minister Shaw to talk about Green Fintech and some of the work that is being done in China and Stockholm in regards to this, again creating sustainable financial inclusion.
Recently we supported Mastercard with the launch of their Start Path program and it was great to see one of our members accepted onto this global program, AIDER is going from strength to strength, for more information please get in touch.
Attending the Women in Insurance conference where we heard from Karen Walker on how to be an effective leader, Larissa Vaughan on creating inclusion in the workplace and Ian Pollard on how men can be champions for change, I must admit I did feel a little like a fish out of water as there were only a handful of men in attendance. It was good to have the shoe on the other foot for a change.
The InsurTechNZ event hosted by Jeremy Muir was a roaring success, it is a part of the Financial Services sector that really is gathering momentum, more on that from the Chair of InsurTechNZ later.
I spent a few hours at Unitec talking about all things Fintech and spoke to over 200 students about their future within the industry. They were very interested in what’s going on in this space and how they can get involved.
Next I joined the panel discussion at the HK Festival Business Seminar alongside Stephen Phillips, Director General of Invest Hong Kong, Sargon Elias, Managing Director, GPP Markets Ltd, David Tyrer, Head of Transformation, ANZ Bank New Zealand, hosted by MC: Dr Heida Donegan, President of the HKNZBA, Moderator: Peter McDonald, Investment Manager NZTE HK. This was a great opportunity to really uncover the opportunities for New Zealand companies in Hong Kong with the launch of the new tech park in the Greater Bay Area, Cyberport and an easier regulation landscape. This forms part of the pre visit to Hong Kong for Hong Kong FinTech week in early November.
We are also heading to London as part of a joint delegation with FinTech Australia and the UK Department of International Trade for the Sibos and Lendit conferences in late September. This will help us prepare a report on what needs to go into the Free Trade Agreement between the UK and New Zealand to create the right opportunity for fintech to thrive between both countries. We will be seeking input around barriers and opportunities that need to be addressed to make that happen, your input would be greatly appreciated.
I am still keen to get Facebook onto a panel to discuss the implications of Libra so watch this space.
I also want to highlight some of the working groups for those that want to get involved, InsurTechNZ which is chaired by Jason Roberts, WealthTech which is chaired by Rachel Strevens, Open Ecosystem which is chaired by Shahid Sahid, Start-ups and RegTech which are chaired by Tim Larkin and next week FinTechNZ will take ownership of the Regulation Roundtable which Larissa Vaughan set up and has done an amazing job leading over the last 18 months. We will look to build on this momentum and will be looking for someone to become of the Chair of that group, with support from FinTechNZ and NZTech.
If you know of any companies creating something exciting in the fintech space please feel free to connect me in order to help give them a voice to the ecosystem.
Update from the Chair, Jason Roberts
InsurTechNZ is back ‘into’ it again with a packed agenda for the next four months with a mix of events, conferences and various submissions. Somewhat topical of course is the critique of the insurance sector and the need to improve customer outcome. To this important and ongoing challenge, InsurTechNZ has taken the position that innovative thinking and the benefits of technology offer true benefit to both customers and insurers. On July 31 we held an excellent presentation and workshop event hosted by Minter Ellison with JRNY and FMA both sharing insights from different perspectives. This evening we are exploring where the ‘rubber hits the road’ looking at a ‘ClaimsTech’ theme hosted by a partnership between AA, Inno and Crawford, it should be a very compelling session.
Future direction? InsurTechNZ really wants to focus on our purpose going forward and we are interested to hear your views. Should we, for example, be more active in the political arena, maybe technology, or perhaps customer outcome? Maybe less or more events? Let us know your views.
Finally, next month we are working on our first InsurTechNZ member only newsletter. This will include new dimensions such as a calendar of events, conferences and publications from New Zealand and overseas. Watch this space!
Update from the Chair, Rachel Strevens
WealthTechNZ is gathering momentum, with a number of initiatives underway in areas affecting the wealth and investment services industry. Current initiatives include: increasing knowledge and understanding of online AML and best practices, activities to support robo/digital advice, and the development of industry standards around Term Deposit transactions. If you are interested to find out more about a particular initiative or get involved, please get in touch.
We are excited to host our next WealthTech Connect event on Thursday 29th August, Online AML for Wealth & Investment Managers. Join us for networking drinks and a panel discussion where we will hear directly from the FMA with their thoughts around digital AML processes. Full event details are here, we hope you can join us!
The Financial Services Council are running an InsurTech stream along with the FinTech Alley being held at Towards Wellbeing 11-12 September in Auckland.
Get the date in your diary for the IoT Half-Day Conference 3 October in Auckland. Earlybird registrations close on 31 August. Final tickets close on 30 September.
Register for the Canterbury Tech Summit on 12 September in Christchurch.
The 2019 NZ Cyber Security Summit will examine the changing cyber landscape and what that means for the modern business ecosystem, taking place on 15 October at Te Papa, in Wellington.
Unlock the value of digital identity at the 2019 NZ Digital Identity Summit on 16 October in Wellington.
Attend Sunrise North Island a homage to Founders and supporting Kiwi start ups, 25 October in Auckland.
Registrations are open for FINNOTEC 2019, 28 November, Auckland
Register for Xerocon Brisbane 2019 4-5 September ‘the world’s most beautiful and innovative conference for cloud accounting leaders’.
Trade show FinTech Connect, takes place from 3-4 December in London.
Hong Kong FinTech Week is back on 4 – 8 November 2019 you can pre register now and get further information.
Check out the Singapore FinTech Festival 2019, 11-15 November.
Explore FinTechNZ’s financial technology ecosystem. The latest update is available and continues to grow, now a third bigger.
New Zealand will see more banks supporting smart tech companiesto help boost exports and business
FintechNZ is backing a move for better insurtech customer servicedriven by the FMA.
Nominations for the 2020 New Zealander of the Year are open.
Fintech mega-deals lead to record-breaking $120 billion transaction value in first half of 2019
Israeli Regulator to Fast Track 2,000 Fintech License Applications
Can Australia’s Fintech Companies take Advantage of Fair Winds from Asia?
Make sure you have your say on the Financial Market Infrastructures Bill, FinTechNZ will be making a submission.
Congratulations to Anand Ranchord, Kiwibank who will be our FinTechNZ representative on the NZTech board.
Check out Westpac’s NZ Government Innovation Fund the current intake is open until 4 September.
Applications for the Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grants close 31 August.
We’re always thrilled to hear from our Members, if you have news you want to share contact us anytime to contribute your stories.