Ambassador Brown spent August 1 meeting leaders of New Zealand’s dynamic innovation and start-up sector, an important economic and cultural U.S.-New Zealand link, in Wellington. Start-ups demonstrated their technology and explained where they are seeking to partner with U.S. expertise and investment to grow further. The tech tour included Mahuki – Innovation Hub of Te Papa, Creative HQ ProjectR, BizDojo, and Xero.
Wellington has a vibrant innovation sector across multiple dynamic layers – high-tech, culture/arts, and cloud based businesses.
The Ambassador also had a chance to meet Geraint Martin, CEO of Te Papa, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) CEO – Derek Fry, and Embassy alumnae – Emma Gawen (who went on an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)) and Samantha Rae-Johns of Little Yellow Bird, who attended the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the U.S.
Thanks to all involved for making this visit happen.