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Rebecca Caroe - It does what it says on the tin

It was with absolute pleasure that Mike caught up with Rebecca Caroe, long time listener and supporter of the show. Rebecca runs her own marketing company based in Auckland as well as being a keen podcaster herself around her passion of rowing. There is so much to listen to, and we guarantee you'll become enamoured of Rebecca's infectious laugh and her great hints and tips. - - - -...


Katie Brown - It's the sentiment that counts

Katie Brown, from her own company brilliantly named Katie Brown Thinks, was at the forefront of social media use within the New Zealand government and particularly tying it's use to actual outcomes (she has a great story about that). Katie has since moved on and now applies her skills and experiences to her 'community' be that geographical, people. or even her own internal self. She has a great sense of care that again applies to all but especially tech workers ... we know, we bang on about...


Healthy Homes Hikoi - Turning over a new leaf

Hear how Ackama (previously Rabid Technology) are now the technology partner and the on-going discussions, learning, and fun with Chinese manufacturers. A focus for Hiria is to ensure the firmware and software on the sensors and gateway can be updated to ensure the sensors can be upgraded to take advantage of functionality builtin - it’s not just about temperature and humidity, what about air quality. Hiria presented to the Community Energy Network ( and is...


Adrian Owen - Make time for YOU

Adrian Owen was a big man, like a BIG man. After working in the design world for some years, (alongside Raj as it happens) he noticed that he was gaining weight at an exponential rate which only came to a stop when he was told by his doctor that he probably would be dead within a year. That sort of moment causes changes. Learn from Adrian as he talks about how he changed his life, his families lives, and is now helping others change their lives. We particularly love his “how to start the...


Healthy Homes Hikoi - Ako Mandarin

News: Whare Hauora won a 2018 New Zealand Open Source Award, the People’s Choice - go Hiria!!!! Hiria tells us about the challenges of finding a manufacturer, the change in ownership, and some updates on delivery dates for sensors. ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought to you by Hiria Te Rangi and Access Granted NZ. All the updates: Get all the Whare Hauora updates: - -...


Jim Boutcher – Guerrilla Giving

Jim Boutcher is mild mannered data nerd by day helping to keep you money safe from the nasty people around the world that want to take it out of the banks ... he does this by being neck deep in data and databases, this is his passion. Jim also has a passion for solving some obvious (to him) problems in society and has come up with the free app, Givahoy. With Givahoy you no longer have the problem of living in a cashless society, walking past the bucket shakers and wanting to give but having...


Ben Gracewood - I've always been about no bullshit

Ben Gracewood is a stalwart of the New Zealand tech scene having worked his way through development, TV punditry, manager, event organiser, and all through it he has held his principles in front and his head high. We discuss a lot, over a slightly dodgy Internet connection, and really so let’s stop writing and let him guide you to how you can "spend your coins to the betterment of others". Oh, and maybe we will see him use his skills to work with wider NZ one day ... who knows :) -...


Healthy Homes Hikoi - You either get it right (1st time) or you'll fuck it up

Hiria's back with her weekly Whare Hauora catch up, and whilst it's fun, exciting, and definitely a rush running a startup there are times when it's stressful, draining, and lonely - it happens to each and every startup and we thank Hiria for allowing us to be alongside her in the journey ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought to you by Hiria Te Rangi and Access Granted NZ. All the updates: Get all...


James Macnee - Giving People Direction

James Macnee lives in the idyllic north of New Zealand where he is a consultant in the tech world designing systems that enable rapid delivery while increasing stability for such agencies as Ministry of Social Development and others. James is also founder of Dev2, an charity that, through the support of people like you, is able to educate, equip and employ poverty-stricken young people from the Philippines in web development and bring them and their families out of the cycle of poverty. Back...


Healthy Homes Hikoi - Changes And Impacts!

Keeping up with Hiria as the Whare Hauora journey continues with partnerships, agreements, terms, and the potential to ‘go public’ with some sort of social enterprise … listen to this space. Oh, and Hiria is “all in”: with her stall (she was the very first person to signup) at the #WellyTech 2018 event … a costume was mentioned, we can’t wait - get your free ticket: ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought...


Sarah Bickerton - Kindred Spirits

We welcome not just Sarah Bickerton (PhD Candidate, Tutor, and Research Assistant at Victoria University of Wellington) to the podcast but our co-host Vivian Chandra and her first recording ... and it was a meeting of kindred spirits as they are both Physics undergrads who then ended up doing more sociology! Whilst Sarah she doesn't work *in* tech right now, she is working *with* tech to work out our political participation. She is also helping to redefine political participation, what a...


Tony McDonald + John Weaver - Outsourcing The Stress

Tony McDonald (CEO) and John Weaver (GM) of McDonald's IT joined us for a run through the many facets of their company - from offering transition to cloud services, full IT management, re-carpeting a business and providing full information security. Tony started the company out of a desire to stop the small businesses of Wellington being stung by the major IT vendors and service companies and they have grown their offerings to become someone that can remove the stress of being a business and...


System Error - The Safe Word Is Cacau

People, they talk, mostly about tech stuff but not always - it's all about the community and letting them have their voice, and so we do ... enjoy (if you can). Heads-up: Raj and Mike are likely to change the format of these recordings in 2019 so that we get a more concise discussion whilst still allowing the #WellyTech community to come together and have their say - watch the blog for updates. ------------------------------------------------------ New Zealand tech, media, & startup podcast...


Christina Bellis + Catarina Gutierrez - Make Money & Do Good, Whaaaa?

The definition of a “social enterprise” is one that, here in New Zealand, is very woolly at the edges however Thankyou Payroll are old hands at being one, with their very definite approach. Christina Bellis (CEO) and Catarina Gutierrez (Marketing Manager) enjoyed a beer with the lads and talked them through how they see "social enterprises in New Zealand, how Thankyou Payroll is growing, why it matters to them personally, and how they ended up in such an organisation. -...


Healthy Homes Hikoi - It Wasn't The Sensor, It Was Me

Hiria is back from the west coast of the USA and has many a tale to tell - no least how she has re-found her mojo thanks to all the amazing start-up people she met. And thanks to her focus on her startup she takes us through the plans, the challenges, and the changes … ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought to you by Hiria Te Rangi and Access Granted NZ. All the updates: Get all the Whare Hauora...


Mobile Refresh 2018

Chats with nearly all the 2018 Mobile Refresh speakers and organisers during the conference held in Wellington on 7th September. This was the third annual conference that sees itself growing and growing - don’t miss out on 2019, We asked each of the speakers 3 questions: Who are you? What bring you to 2018 Mobile Refresh? What did you tell the session attendees? Enjoy the answers from the following (not in order): - Zarah Dominguez - Keynote - 12 Years On: A Retrospective...


Conrad Johnston - Hanging Out On A Space Station Above NZ

Conrad Johnston or Queen Olivia St Redfern, two amazing people in the same body and he has a lot to tell you. From the start-ups, the early partying, the change of life, and the social media explosion, he has lessons to learn and pass on at every moment. Ladies and gentleman, and especially Phil, we give you Conrad / Olivia! - - - -


Nat Dudley - Accidental Designer

Nat Dudley launched her UX career in a queue at Auckland's annual Gather event ... actually it started even earlier with a random conversation in a bar. From these events Nat has emerged as one of the countries top UX designers with a true empathetic approach to her work. Nat discusses not only her career, her approach to design but how there are very few, if any, true career paths for UX people within New Zealand. We also covered equability and diversity within tech, and what that means for...


Healthy Homes Hikoi - Walking The Hard Path

We receive an update from Hiria as she traipses the West Coast of America in search of knowledge, connections, and investment ... ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought to you by Hiria Te Rangi and Access Granted NZ. All the updates: Get all the Whare Hauora updates: - - - Access Granted is the leading...


Andrew Mayfield - Don't send this podcast to the shareholders

Andrew Mayfield (or "Andrew Fantastic", it's not a drag name) loves creating and measuring impact as he discusses Optimal Workshop and how they are "growing at the speed of revenue". Andrew has a range of advice for startups, from, "Don't use fonts made out of dots', through, "Don't send this podcast to the shareholders", to, "If you want to run a big business, learn to run a small one first". We also like, "Call it a plan rather than proposal". -