GridAKL cited as driving technology and innovation success

NZTech releases ‘Digital Nation New Zealand’ report

Published: 22 June 2016
Filed under: Economic development, Innovation

Grid AKL

Auckland’s drive to become an innovation hub of the Asia Pacific has been recognised in a comprehensive report on New Zealand’s technology sector.

The report entitled ‘Digital Nation New Zealand, from tech sector to digital nation’ commissioned by the New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech) cites GridAKL – the innovation precinct at Wynyard Quarter which is an Auckland Council initiative delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – as a key element in accelerating information sharing and sector growth.

The report also states that while Auckland is home to a third of the population, it accounts for almost half (47%) of the New Zealand tech sector’s income, employment, GDP and exports.

“The Auckland tech sector is large and diverse with a broad range of ICT and high tech manufacturers that are world leaders in their markets,” says NZTech Chief Executive Graeme Muller.

“GridAKL at Wynyard Quarter –the first innovation precinct in New Zealand – is fostering a culture of connection and collaboration and that’s helping drive the technology and innovation sector forward,” he says.

Patrick McVeigh, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development’s (ATEED) General Manager Business, Innovation & Skills welcomes the report which follows on from the success of Techweek AKL 2016, an inaugural event held last month designed to help raise the sector’s profile.

“GridAKL is the home of innovation in Auckland and a catalyst for a strong and vibrant culture. It’s the central hub of the region’s expanding innovation corridor which is taking shape from north to south across the Auckland region to support our thriving innovation ecosystem,” he says.

“The innovation and technology sector is a key driver to economic growth and whilst Auckland is moving forward at pace, we must continue to evaluate our progress against other new world cities who are competing for investment and talent,” Patrick McVeigh says.