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Regulatory approaches to blockchain, upcoming events


Kia ora,

Welcome to our monthly update about what is happening in the New Zealand Blockchain world.

Regulatory approaches to blockchain

BlockchainNZ has been meeting with a number of New Zealand government agencies, including the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and Reserve Bank (RBNZ), to discuss regulatory approaches to blockchain. There is a lot of interest from the regulators and a willingness to work together to ensure New Zealand has the right structures in place.

BlockchainNZ is keen to hear from members regarding regulatory challenges and issues that you would like to have addressed.

Please email us to share your thoughts or to arrange a time to grab a coffee and chat further.

DAOs & DeFi: Revolutionising governance and finance

DAOs & DeFi are two social and technological shifts which are revolutionising governance and finance. James Waugh (Axia Labs) and Mark Pascall (TheDAO.Agency), in conjunction with BlockchainNZ, are running three events to talk about what is going on in the DeFi and DAO space, how they could have a major societal impact and the opportunities for New Zealanders to get involved. 

The events are free, so register now to confirm your spot:

  • Christchurch: 6-9pm, Monday 2 December, The Loft, 146A Lichfield Street
  • Wellington: 6-9pm, Tuesday 3 December, BizDojo, 155 Tory Street
  • Auckland: 6-9pm, Thursday 5 December, Duncan Cotterill, 37 Galway Street

Nga mihi nui,

The team at BlockchainNZ

News and Events

Is blockchain the technology of truth? Mark Pascall responds

Several major payment players have chosen to withdraw from the Facebook-led Libra initiative.  Trust and transparency are two key themes emerging from the discussion, and that is clearly influencing regulators and participants. 

The preeminence of blockchain in society will start to emerge by 2030, but 60% of CIOs expect some level of blockchain employment within the next three years, according to the 2019 Gartner CIO survey. 

Coca Cola’s bottlers are implementing blockchain technology to manage to manage their 160,000 daily orders. 

Don’t forget that BlockchainNZ members receive a 20% discount on the cost of the ConsenSys Academy Developer On-Demand course. 

Attend the NZ Hi-Tech Awards alumni event and launch event on 27 November in Auckland, 3 December in Wellington and 4 December in Christchurch.

Tech Alliance members receive 10 percent off the ticket price for Advancing Digital and IT Law conference (25-26 November, Christchurch) and Advancing Women in Technical Industries & Roles  (25 November, Auckland.) 

Victoria University of Wellington is running a six-week blockchain bootcamp which will be the world’s first university level course on DAOs.

Kim Dotcom’s planned token sale has been called off.

BlockchainNZ member Centrality has recorded a significant gain of 700% since September.

Volvo is the first electric car manufacturer to use blockchain technology in order to add transparency to their ethical sourcing of cobalt. 

Blockshow is happening today and tomorrow in Singapore. Follow them on LinkedIN for updates.

Join the AI Forum in either Auckland or Wellington for the launch of their new report, Al for Banking, Financial Services and Insurance in New Zealand. Read their two new reports, Artificial Intelligence for Health in New Zealand and Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture in New Zealand.

NZTech is working with MBIE to develop an Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) for the digital technologies sector. Share your views by attending one of the six workshops nationwide.

Do you have a world-leading innovative solution to an environmental problem? Apply for Callaghan Innovation’s C-Prize. Entries close 8 December. 

BlockchainNZ We provide New Zealand businesses and individuals opportunities for connecting, promoting and advancing in all things blockchain, crypto and decentralisation. We believe that by working together and leveraging our globally recognised brand of trust and integrity, New Zealand can become a key player in the move to a decentralised global ecosystem.