Caring For Ourselves in Tech

Our shows are all about the amazing Kiwi stories we (Mike, Raj, and Viv) have the honour to hear and share with you - they are NOT our stories, they belong to our guests and to all of New Zealand - by all means share and re-use.

And how about the latest from Adrian Owen and Katie Brown - by pure chance they both have stories that focus on self-care, how to ensure the community is working towards 'better' and we are honoured to share them with everyone, especially those in the tech industry where self-care can sometimes fall down the list.

We have the #WellyTech event update (only 350-ish tickets left), our weekly Whare Hauora catch up, links from the show stars, our featured video, and who's coming next on the podcast.

How To Collect and Spend Your Coins

One more month until the #WellyTech 2018 event, you coming?

But let's not get ahead of ourselves as we have two very popular interviews with two gentle men that focus on those outside of themselves

Ben Gracewood, a bit of a hero of Mike's, talks about how it's up to all of us to spend our "coins" on behalf of others (such a brilliant analogy he shares with you), and Jim Boutcher talks about the vision behind his Givahoy app - and we reveal that it will be front and centre at this year's #WellyTech.

We have  a few links from the show stars, our featured video, who's coming next on the podcast and any news and updates.

Stress, kindred spirits, and direction - come to #WellyTech

What a line-up, and a special recording from our co-host Vivian Chandra with Sarah. We bring you Tony McDonald + John Weaver from McDonaldsIT, Sarah Bickerton, and James Macnee from the sunny north of NZ.

Amongst our weekly Whare Hauora catch up and quarterly interviewee stats we have the latest info you need about #WellyTech 2018 (Fri 30th Nov, 4pm-7pm at Westpac Stadium) - get your FREE ticket now and spread the word as we are all going to celebrate the year of Wellington IT with style.

Some will, some won't, so what. Next!

It's a busy time for us as we edge towards the #WellyTech 2018 event however lets's be clear it's not about us, it's about the stories we tell - from Conrad Johnston or Queen Olivia St RedfernChristina Bellis and Catarina Gutierrez, the speakers at Mobile Refresh, and the Wellington community.

We have our weekly Whare Hauora catch up, our shop, links from the show stars, our featured video, who's coming next on the podcast and any news and updates. 

And as always, thanks for your time and see you each and every week with more tech, media and startup Kiwis sharing their own stories.

Tips to growth, running events, and walking the hard path

All of our episodes come with hints, tips, and traps for the young players - it's one of the reasons we love gto share the wisdom of those that have been there and done it. On the other hand it's equally fascinating to hear the weird and wonderful paths that everyone takes and both Andrew Mayfield (CEO of Optimal Workshop), and Nat Dudley (Head of Design at Figure.NZ) supply both - the gold in their wisdom, and the fun in their origin stories 

We also have updated news about this year's #WellyTech event to be held at the Westpac Stadium on Friday 30th November (4pm-7pm)

We have our weekly Whare Hauora catch up (this time from the US of A), our shop, links from the show stars, our featured video, who's coming next on the podcast and any news and updates.

WellyTech 2018 event announcement

Following on from the successful #WellyTech 2017 Christmas Party we are hosting another end of year event, the 2018 #WellyTech Fun Fair and the FREE tickets are now available.

We also have 40 free stalls for organisations (of any size, age, or purpose with Wellington tech scene) to dress-up and bring the Christmas carnival fun.

And finally, we are proud as punch to announce the inaugural WellyTech Awards Finale (WTAF) to be presented at the closing of the event.

Oh, and we also have speakers, comedians, music, games area, AR/VR corner and much much more ... read on!

Putting your head down with Philip, Nicole, and WellyTech

For you this week we have two people that have entered the tech world by very different paths. Philip Fierlinger (co-founder Xero) was born in tech, have been amongst the 'gods of Silicon Valley' and lives and breathes a design life, whilst REANNZ CEO Nicole Ferguson fell into it via accounting and is loving it. You will enjoy both the differences and the similarities.

We also have news about this year's #WellyTech event to be held at the Member's Lounger in the Westpac Stadium on Friday 30th November (4pm-7pm). And a click through to the site may see a registration form (if we can make it happen this week)

We have our weekly Whare Hauora catch up, our shop, links from the show stars, our featured video, who's coming next on the podcast and any news and updates.

Welcome Vic and Vic as we activate Mahuki and create exquisite livelihoods

It's with an inordinate amount of pleasure that we welcome Victoria MacLennan (Wellington, Christchurch) and Vivian Chandra (Auckland) to the team ... expect amazing stuff from them very soon!

Our shows this week are about the young - young companies from Priscilla Loong (Activation Manager at Te Papa's STEM accelerator programme Mahuki), and young developers with Rohan Wakefield (CEO of Dev Academy).

We have our weekly Whare Hauora catch up, our shop, links from the show stars, our featured video, who's coming next on the podcast and any news and updates.

Welcome (or sorry) - in a packed VR show tonight we focus on generosity

"Why am I getting this email!?!?"

Our mistake was to ask those that came to the #WellyTech 2017 event, via our questionnaire, if they wanted to join the fortnightly email to which tonnes of you said YES ... but we forgot to ask for your email address.

To fix our booboo we've added everyone ... and if you're not happy then please accept our apologies and unsubscribe immediately - link at the bottom of this email or push reply and let us know (be kind) so we can do it for you.

What we have for you below

We kickoff with thanking all those that have pledge to the Whare Hauoraproject, before sharing the amazing life and work of VR rockstar Simon Che de Boer, hw to live an uncomfortable life with Chris Desmond, before ending with sa cracking female majority at our #WellyTech community recording, System Error.

We have the details about our shop, links from the show stars, our featured video, who's coming next on the podcast and any news and updates.

Join the hikoi to healthier Kiwi homes

And boy are we chuffed to be announcing our Healthy Homes Hikoi as we follow the Hiria Te Rangi and the Whare Hauora team with their start up journey. We are also honoured to have two amazing episodes to share with you as both Edwina Mistry and Paul Ramsay bringing a sense of stability, experience and genuine caring to the New Zealand tech industry.

We also notice that the Techweek NZ team have been busy chopping up our live broadcasts into separate videos - makes for great viewing.

And as always, thanks for your time and see you TOMORROW and next with more tech people sharing their own stories.

Time To Support the Kiwi Tech

This week we are proudly supporting Kiwi with out conversations with Maddy King from Te Mārama and Hiria Te Rangi of Whare Hauora. Both exemplify all that we New Zealander's think about ourselves - punching above our weight, making an impact on the international stage, looking after each other, having fun, and making a difference through sheer bloody hard work.

Have a listen but also follow the links and show your support!

🎶 The big shop is open, it's a wonderful world 🎶

This week we have:

  • A consultancy chat with Paul Fraser
  • A recording of the NZRise chat between John Edwards (NZ Privacy Commissioner) and Miki Szikszai (Snapper CEO)
  • A game maker's adventure episode with Maru Nihoniho
  • Opened our online shop
  • Pulled finger and got ourselves onto Soundcloud

... what did you get up to ;)

And as always, thanks for your time and see you next week with more tech people sharing their own stories. 

Ka kite anō au i a koutou

PS: let's see how many email spam systems catch that subject line and confiscate it!

Techweek TV - that was the week that was

It is certainly the week after the week that was and we hope you've all recovered from the Techweek bonanza.

As you hopefully know we visited Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, and Christchurch to broadcast live on Facebook. It was fun, amazing, tiring, stressful, and something to be repeated! But most of all we talked to wonderful people that had gold to share - make sure you don't miss out.

Alongside our Techweek TV posts we also had time to pop up the Mobile Refresh conference crew and Hamish McGregor from kin2kin.


Ka kite anō au i a koutou

PS: Send congrats to the Mārama In Space team for winning the first ever New Zealand chapter of the international ActInSpace 24 hour hackathon, they're off to France to represent us all!

Techweek TV, Artificial Intelligence amongst a month of episodes

This week we're all about next week's Techweek and especially our Facebook Live streaming from all the headline events, Monday to Friday - join us, post questions, and see how many times Mike accidentally swears!

We also have the past 4 weeks worth of amazing episodes for you. Remember, this ad-hoic email doesn't mean new shows aren't going up weekly, best to subscribe and have them automatically appear in your podcast listening app.

Adam Blackwell and not getting too excited in the US

This week we have a chat with Adam Blackwell of Stun Sells and Showcase in which he discusses why Powerpoint doesn't work, how storytelling is all and some tips on trying to sell in the US.

Here's what's also in store for you in this week's email:

  • Adam Blackwell
  • See YOU tomorrow for the System Error recording
  • Laptop Stickers - reply to get yours
  • Links:, She can code!, Techweek YouTube

Long time for radio silence - but LOTS of episodes

Gosh, it's no longer summer which is when we sent out our last email - sorry for the radio silence, We've been busy though, with episodes going up each week during 2018 (subscribe). We won't list all the details from the 2018 podcasts but link to each one - please share your favourites.

We also have some Techweek news, our quarterly stats, and laptop stickers to give away ... so, let's crack into it.

2018 - 4 episodes in and it's prediction time

Kia ora <<First Name>>, and thanks so much for tuning into Access Granted, your weekly tech and media podcast.

We're back and we're tanned - we hope you've had a cracking holiday, rested and ready to get back into the exciting year ahead.

We've been busy already and have FOUR podcasts up for you:

  • Josh Forde – Rabid about software and social good
    Josh, co-founder of Rabid Technologies, talks about where they are taking the company, the challenges within, and are now looking at supporting "social good" both inside New Zealand and abroad.
  • Jo Eggers - Deep Inside The Machine
    Jo works as senior project administrator inside New Zealand central Government and we can to chat about what it's like being deep inside the machine.
  • Deborah Robb - Loving Life and Banking
    Deborah is a powerhouse of positivity, joie de vivre, and seeing all things glass half full. Working in, and loving  the world of banking we go on a journey from South Africa to New Zealand.
  • Jim Donovan - Professional Director Changing The World In Big Ways
    Jim loves change and positive disruption! After leading many British and New Zealand companies is now a professional company director with wide industry experience, particularly in technology-based businesses, pan-industry bodies, and the research & education sectors.

With our links this week we're looking ahead with some Kiwi tech predictions for 2018. From us you can expect more amazing podcasts from around New Zealand from the team, focused series with much higher production values, a new series called, "Marketing Secrets" and something very special during TechWeek 2018.

Pia Waugh and Julie Treanor talk about openness, changing the government and people

Two cracking interviews with women that truly get stuff done but both don't ever want to do it alone and work with people.

First up is Pia Andrews (recently married, you probably know her as Pia Waugh) is a deep thinker, a deliciously cohesive speaker and one of the most active and effective people we have ever met when it comes to making changes in how governments work.

And then we have Julie Treanor who has worked in "HR / leadership" (people focussed areas) at all levels of the corporate ladder but recently decided to stride out on her own and found herself in Wellington's startups world.

Here's what's also in store for you in this week's email:

  • A Packed Year, How Did We Do In The Stats?
  • Check Out The "Collections"
  • 2018 We're Going To Do Series, BUT On What?
  • Links: NZ Startup Ecosystem Map, Build Don't Burn and Women in Data Science NZ