About Us

Taking a key role in growing our country's capability to maximize the opportunities enabled by blockchain technology.

History

The Blockchain Association of New Zealand (BANZ) was established in 2016 as a membership based group to support/grow the blockchain and crypto community in New Zealand.

In order to better achieve its objectives in 2018 members voted to become part of the Tech Alliance. Over the later half of 2018 the new committee went through the process of transitioning BANZ into the NZ Tech Alliance ecosystem.

In November 2018 Mark Pascall became Executive Director. The new name (BlockchainNZ), vision (to help make New Zealand become a global hub for blockchain innovation), brand and website was launched in December 2018. The previous committee transitioned into an establishment committee and a new small working group was formed to assist Mark in getting the new entity moving.

Why Blockchain NZ?

Blockchain technology is changing our understanding of transparency, authentication, trust, and contracts in the private and public sector. It is also accelerating the move towards a globalised society and many people believe it will fundamentally change how business and society operates. Blockchain NZ has undertaken to provide New Zealand organisations with opportunities for advancing knowledge around blockchain, connecting with the blockchain tech ecosystem and promoting awareness of its potential.

BlockchainNZ is an association of organisations and individuals that represent this rapidly emerging business sector and those engaged in the wider global Financial Services, IT, and public sector communities. BlockchainNZ members have come together to lead a programme of work, taking a key role in growing our country’s capability to maximize the opportunities enabled by blockchain technology and address any challenges.

Our Team

BlockchainNZ is governed by an Establishment Committee and a working group of comprising of member representatives passionate about helping to grow the ecosystem

NZ Tech Alliance Member

Coordinated by NZTech, the New Zealand Tech Alliance represents over 800 organisations across the New Zealand technology landscape who collectively employ almost 10 percent of the workforce. The Alliance was formed to help connect, promote and advance the entire tech ecosystem.  It is a diverse collective of purpose driven not-for-profit, non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Our shared purpose is to help the economy grow and create a prosperous digital nation.