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🎙️ Behind the scenes of #tech, #media, and #startups #podcast 🤗 Hosts of @WellyTechNZ 🎧 Find us on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and your podcast app


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🎙️ Behind the scenes of #tech, #media, and #startups #podcast 🤗 Hosts of @WellyTechNZ 🎧 Find us on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and your podcast app




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Access Granted - Our last call, ka kite ano

That’s it folks - thanks for everything and goodbye. -------- We were a New Zealand podcast (2014 - 2019) sharing behind the scenes of Kiwi tech, media, and startups - It was hosted by Mike Riversdale, Raj Khushal, and Vivian Chandra


Victoria MacLennan - Why do I do all this stuff

Here it is, the final Access Granted interview and it gives us enormous pleasure that we have managed to ensure our very first ever guest , Victoria MacLennan long time friend and supporter of the show, bookends this AG run (June 2014 episode 3, Victoria MacLennan - Our First Ever Interview: We simply ask, “So what’s been keeping you happy since 2014” and boy-oh-boy do we get an answer to fill the airwaves, you can get a sense of how Vic’s...


Dr Karl Löfgren - Computer says no

A discussion with Sarah Bickerton* about how we seem to focus on the commercial world led us to having a cracking chat with Dr Karl Löfgren who is Associate Professor at the Victoria University (of Wellington!) School of Government. We asked about the speed of change within government, the hurdles to government adopting new technology, and why it seems that many give the New Zealand government (small 'g') such a hard time. This was a conversation we, especially Mike, could've continued well...


Shiffy Nayar - Leaving a legacy

Shiffy Nayar is leaving a legacy and she’s not afraid if you’d like to do the same. Chatting with Shiffy we discover her More Than Rubies initiative that has awoken from it’s slumber - get involved: "... a movement for young women empowering them to make healthy and informed decisions by equipping them with the practical skills they need to achieve their dreams." During her day job Shiffy is a senior manager at Tensing focusing her talents upon the crazy and wild world of "transformation"...


Dave Moskovitz - Education is the most important tool

The fifth of our birthday re-visits ("where are they now") has Mike and Dave catching up to discuss what has happened in the 3 years since our June 2016, "Brute force your way to success" episode. How does Dave see the New Zealand startup/ investment 'scene', what's he been working on since 2016, and what would he love you to hear based upon his ever evolving experience - if there's one thing to hear, this is it, scroll to the end. - -...


Tamara Buckland - Mental health 1st aid

Tamara Buckland has experience to share and, as it all comes together, she is now teaching others how to ensure they too look after themselves and their teams. With a discussion about diversity, wellness, and sustainability of teams within all types of teams, not just tech, we have someone that walks the walk as New Zealand evolves it's maturity away from the Silicon Valley view of what it is to be a startup. Evolve with Tarama! - -...


Chris McDowall - Magic Internet people

Today Viv ends her time with Access Granted by chatting with Chris McDowall. Chris and Viv first met at Kiwifoo earlier this year when he showed us a sneak peek of his latest project. If you haven’t seen the “We Are Here” book yet, check out the link below, it is beautiful and amazing. Chris first got into maps playing Dungeons And Dragons and learning about geography at university and he hasn’t looked back since. - -...


Gavin de Steur - The (digital) human touch

In the penultimate Viv hosted podcast she gets to go and talk with Gavin de Steur at Uneeq, well in fact she gets to talk to Gavin AND an online virtual human. Gavin, originally from South Africa, is interested in bringing back the emotional human-to-human connection and with UneeQ (formerly Faceme), started here in NZ, he has that opportunity. Uneeq has recently expanded out to Asia, Australia, Europe, and the USA which bring with it a challenging growth path because of the many different...


Ben Kepes - Feel the fear & do it anyway

As Access Granted moves towards the end it is our good fortune to have started the wonderful "where are they now" series to celebrate our 5th birthday year. With Ben Kepes we not only catch-up on how the past 4.5 years have treated him since we last chatted in May 2015 on his "In the cloud" episode but also share some of his insights gained on the way. Listen to the end, Ben has some gorgeous advice and insights to all taking their own "startup" journey. - -...


Kristen Lunman & Natalie Ferguson - The outcome is the really exciting part

Kristen Lunman and Natalie Ferguson were last on the show just under a year ago and this the third of our 5th birthday celebration, and they are still “obnoxiously happy”. Of course Natalie is taking her third step into the AG limelight after being an early guest back in July 2014. We find out what has changed, a lot with Hatch, what still makes them happy and where it’s all heading … catch up with 2 close show friends and amazing women in tech. -...


Sh*ts & giggles – The AG Team with Owen Evans

As part of our 5th birthday Owen Evans turned the tables on Mike, Raj, and Viv and interviewed us. Of course with AG now closing down at the end of 2019 the sense of optimism about the future can been seen as unfounded. We would still like to have this published - a moment in time.


Sam Marsh - Move away from "gaming = bad"

Sam had only 30 minutes with us as he rushed from work for quick chat about the Wellington Gaming community at our latest lair, Hashigo Zake, before skootling up to a tournament. Listen as Mike asks what a game is. Wonder as Raj and Sam get nostalgic about games. Be intrigued as Sam explains how the esports community is growing. Wonder as they all hear about how much $ is in gaming. Question as Mike asks Sam, "Come on, esports isn't sport, it's gaming?" -...


Ed Strafford - Trust yourself

Ed Strafford is a thinker, a big thinker with an amazing brain that can see the future of education within New Zealand. He is also a person that connects those that do with the intention of bringing about deep and meaningful collaborations. We find out from Ed how he ended up in a tech role, what his current favourite project is, and where it's all leading with the future of Aotearoa education? Finding out what the last 10 years taught Ed about working in government is also a grand topic...


Samar Alrayyes & Charlie Gavey - Never done the T-Rex thing

Meeting at the 2019 TechFugeesNZ hackathon Mike recognised two very clever, passionate, and dedicated wahine in Charlie and Samar ... and they got on like a house on fire. Samar is currently an Azure Digital Transformation Specialist at Microsoft but really she would say that she is all about, "Empowering organisations to digitally transform their business with Microsoft Azure". Charlie is the Product Manager of Search at Trade Me and Advisor Member of InternetNZ's .NZ Policy Panel. Both...


#WellyTech System Error - Come & be a tall poppy

A small and boutique collection for the Wellington System Error discussion - thanks to all that came and gave their views on the following 3 topics: - What are your views on the Hippocratic Licence? - What's the one thing (emotional, physical, etc) that the #WellyTech 2019 event can bring? - What do we think about the Christchurch Call and where it's at? If you have anything to add, do you disagree with what was said - get...


Healthy Homes Hikoi - Time for a break

The episode in which Hīria decides to have a Whare Hauora rest ... only for a month, and only because she needs to focus upon earning $ to get a production run done. We wish Hīria all the best for the next few weeks and we'll be re-joining her sometime in November to catch-up on where's she's got to. Hugs, all the AG crew, x ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought to you by Hīria Te Rangi and Access Granted NZ. All the episodes:...


Owen Evans - Nobody wants to buy your sh*t

Owen Evans, second of our 5th birthday re-visits, is the CTO at JRNY and was last on the show back in August 2014, "Owen Evans - Data Lake", a true pioneer! Back in 2014 Owen had co-founded a company named Hoist from which he learned heaps (see the show title). He has since been at senior roles at 8i, and Zapier, a board adviser for other startups, and co-hosted the successful Web Developers Conference NZ (WDCNZ) which is back! Owen has a tonne of experience he passes on, how to support...


#climatestrikenz Greta Thunberg's full UN speech

Last week the world went on strike to protest the inaction from the power structures of society with regard to the current climate emergency and today New Zealand is showing their determination to be heard. So what can we, a podcast do? We have an audience, and so we are publishing the audio of Greta Thunberg’s emotional and, to some, confrontational speech at last Friday’s UN Climate Summit with the hope that it will inspire each and every one us into more direct and noticeable...


Jordan Carter - The status quo is not good enough

Jordan Carter, first of our 5th birthday re-visits, is the Chief Executive at InternetNZ and was last on the show back in October 2017, "Jordan Carter – The plan is not to have a plan". Since then he's got a 'new' job, restructured the organisation, and been a part of the Prime Minister's "Christchurch Call" in reaction to the terrorist shootings earlier this year. Jordan has a LOT to catch us up on so listen in and then get along to Nethui 2019 at Wellington's Te Papa to continue the...


Stephen Clarke - Accidentally surviving time

There's nothing simple about Stephen Clarke, he is a mind on legs with a wealth of experience from the records / archival world with a focus on standards (published we'll have you know). Set yourself down, get a cup of tea, and take a journey through the world as seen through the incredible mind of Steff Clarke ... and YES, you will want to take some threads and continue them, so get in touch with him. - -...