ICT sector

At the leading edge of dynamic innovation
Auckland is home to world-leading innovation in the Information Communications Technology sector and offers outstanding investment opportunities.

Many global Information Communications Technology companies choose Auckland to better service the Asia-Pacific region. Business-friendly time zones with major markets such as Australia and the United States, as well as strong trade agreements, makes Auckland an ideal setting to service and develop innovation.

Auckland has a vibrant ICT sector with more than 6,700 companies, employing nearly 31,000 people and contributing $4 billion or 7.5 per cent to the local GDP and 55 per cent of New Zealand’s GDP. The sector has grown 80 per cent in the past decade.

The fast expanding sector now ranges from wireless infrastructure and telecommunications to GPS systems, digital content, geospatial information systems, cyber security, film animation and interactive technology such as gaming and touch screen devices.

New Zealand companies such as Mako Networks, Konnect Net, Booktrack, Vend, Wynyard Group, Endace, and Transcribe Me have all been launched from Auckland, while successful exporters like Power by Proxi, MCOM and Navman Wireless have benefited from overseas investment.

Numerous high-growth companies develop in Auckland and quickly become recognised globally. In 2013, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia-Pacific Index ranked an astounding 40 New Zealand companies, with 15 based in Auckland. The index ranks the top 500 tech businesses according to their revenue growth over the past three years and sets the standard for high growth technology businesses in the Asia-Pacific region.

ICT multinationals in Auckland



Global ICT investors attracted to Auckland

International investors are now taking a strong interest in Auckland’s ICT industry and have made in investments in smart Auckland firms:

  • Smart Technologies (Canada) invested in touch screen form NextWindow. The touch components are used in monitors sold by Dell, Hewlett Packard, NEC, Samsung and Sony.
  • SAP (Germany) took over Right Hemisphere, which develops three dimensional (3D) software programmes for manufacturing and other processes.
  • Meredith Corp (United States) bought the Hyperfactory which specialises in mobile marketing and clients include Coca-cola, Blackberry, L’Oreal, Vodafone, Disney and Kraft
  • Cornerstone OnDemand (United States) took over Sonar6, which developed cloud based human resource talent management software
  • LiveOps (United States) owns Auckland based contact centre software provider Datasquirt, and has offices in Sydney, London, New York and Dusseldorf.

Global talent attracted to Auckland

Auckland has a critical mass of ICT talent, with 53 per cent of  New Zealand’s IT employees based here. Over 60 per cent of New Zealand companies have employees at management level or above who are expatriates attracted by opportunities and an unbeatable lifestyle.

Auckland’s tertiary educators are leaders in developing talent for IT, engineering and related technologies, with more than 45,000 tertiary level enrolments in 2013.