Information and communication technology

New Zealanders have a reputation for innovation and creativity. The country has clear strengths in software development, health technologies, financial services technology and digital media – all of which grew in excess of 20 percent in the 2012-13 year.

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New Zealanders have a reputation for innovation and creativity. The country has clear strengths in software development, health technologies, financial services technology and digital media – all of which grew in excess of 20 percent in the 2012-13 year.

The country has a healthy environment for start-up enterprises, and is known for its low cost barriers, flexibility resilience and entrepreneurship. And, because New Zealand’s domestic market is small, it is an ideal test bed for new products.

New Zealanders are known globally for their excellent work ethic and commitment, and the cost of employing New Zealanders is competitive relative to similar developed countries.

New Zealand has already attracted a number of global ICT companies to service the Asia Pacific region. These companies value the fresh, outward looking way of thinking. New Zealand’s characteristics of determination and independence of thought has built a nation that is creative, innovative and often ingenious. It is this resourcefulness that has led to many world class innovations. New Zealand has a skilled and stable workforce, a growing technology ecosystem with collaboration across industry, business, education and government, time zone advantages, and is globally competitive on price. There is an opportunity to build a strong talent pool to underpin future growth.

Highly skilled workforce

New Zealand has a high calibre of software developers who add value in many types of development projects. The country’s creative designers are also seen as highly skilled and creatively differentiated.

Cost competitive

New Zealand has globally competitive salary costs and a low-compliance tax system.

Creative innovation

New Zealand is internationally regarded for its innovation software, such as that used to for electronic devices, special effects, 3D games, retail, broadcasting, finance and corporate support.

Time zone advantage

New Zealand’s time zone is compatible with business hours in the United States and Australia.

  • 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time
  • 2-4 hours ahead of Australia

Software development

New Zealand's software developers and designers lead the world in their creative thinking and originality. The broad nature of work in New Zealand means that employees tend to be generalists and typically work in smaller development teams, leading to faster response times.

The digital economy contributed more than $6 billion in export earnings last year. Between 2002 and 2012, exports of computer and information services grew at more than 10 percent per annum. New Zealand success stories include innovative cloud-based accounting software, 3D geological modelling solutions provider for the mining, hydrogeology and geothermal industries; and software solutions for protecting companies and countries from threat, crime and corruption.

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