The Blockchain New Zealand Podcast

The Blockchain New Zealand Podcast

The BCNZ Pod is hosted by Jeff Nijsse and keeps you up to date on the blockchain and cryptocurrency community in and around New Zealand. For more details about the Blockchain New Zealand Organization head to


September 25, 2023 58 mins

Simon Collins is the founder of, a Bitcoin mining company that uses sustainable and renewable energy sources. Simon is also the lead on the fundraising campaign to Orange Pill New Zealand parliament, and that is what we're talking about today. As we lead up to an election here in New Zealand we're listening to a lot of promises from the parties, many of them economic, but none of them are talking of potential alternati...

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Joerg Buss is the Cofounder of Timpi, a decentralised search engine. Joerg is a long time cyber security professional that is now playing in the blockchain space. In this conversation we talk about taking on google by incentivising others to index the web, returning unbiased information, as well as some of the ethical issues around AI and ads in search.

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David Ding is a futurist, founder, and tech advisor, and I haven't yet decided if he's a bit mad, or a bit genius. I think its likely he's a bit of both. By day David is an innovation advisor at Callaghan Innovation, he's deep in the start up and founder mindset, and loves the potential that immutable distributed systems have for reformation.

In this conversation we get into the idea of trinity systems - infinity + binary; over-uni...

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Mike Bacina is a former software engineer turned lawyer that chairs the blockchain Australia organization. In this conversation we talk about de-banking and the regulatory environment in crypto. We touch on CBDCs, Blackrock, and Coinbase. Mike tells us what a blockchain lawyer does, And he plugs some of the speakers and events lined up for next week's Blockchain Week such as Caitlin Long. You can find the lineup at blockchainweek.c...

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Kirsten 'KP' Patterson is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors (IoD) New Zealand that has over 10,500 members.

In this conversation we talk about all things governance, corporate and not for profit, climate, some trends in the tech industry including AI and DAOs, and a favourite topic of mine - responsibility - where is the parental supervision?  ---------------- Timestamps: 01:31 IoD; for-profits & NFP 08:00 climate  ...

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Steve Vallas is the managing director of Blockchain APAC, previous CEO of Blockchain Australia, and an all around Linkedin Wizard.

Steve came to Auckland to meet with industry discussing aligning incentives and shared interests between Australia and New Zealand.

In this conversation we touch on the scam narrative within crypto, how it has affected the nft space, and crytpo marketing, and of course regulation and where we're at in A...

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Paul Salisbury has been around the crypto scene in New Zealand for over a decade. He's been a founding member of BlockchainNZ and BlockchainLabs, and now has a new venture into crypto estate planning with Everlasting to help folks manage their crypto because one day you're not going to be around to sign a message with your private key. 

Paul and I talk about auditing smart contracts, layer 2s & privacy, multi-sig and key recovery m...

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February 21, 2023 62 mins

Sorel Carr is the Head of FinTech Business at BNZ (Bank of New Zealand). Sorel comes from a decade in corporate banking and has been down the blockchain rabbit hole looking to inject new emerging tech such as defi into the more traditional banking world. 

In this conversation we discuss the centralised networks banks are part of such as SWIFT & CBDCs, and the decentralised competitors that can run stablecoins, and defi protocols li...

  • December 12, 2022 55 mins

    Our Year in Review 2022 show brings together Bryan Ventura, Stephen Macaskill, and Paul Quickenden for a panel discussion of the years key events.

    We starts with the SBF FTX debacle that is still unwinding, then we discuss the fallout from all the links that led to FTXs collapse. 2022 has been a record year for hacks as well, mostly bridging hacks, and we discuss security and the perception of crypto to the broader community. We fi...

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    James Bayly is the COO of SubQuery and onfinality which are basically data service providers focussing on non-EVM chains such as Polkadot and Cosmos. In this conversation we talk about indexing blockchain data and making it available for users and apps to query in a manner that’s cost efficient, quick, and reliable. We also touch on the modern evolution of blockchains, the blockchain trilemma, and creating a Web3 data marketplace.


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    Ben Rose is the GM of Binance New Zealand. He has a long history of sales, marketing, and growth with New Zealand businesses from start ups to banks like ASB and NIB. 

    Last month Binance launched here in the New Zealand market and Ben is tasked with growing the crypto market and *maybe* bringing back our futures trading once Binance is properly licenced. 

    In this conversation we touch on marketing, regulation, education and some se...

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    Marc Krisjanous is a cyber security turned crypto auditor that been working with the C4 cryptocurrency consortium to develop the new cryptocurrency auditor certification course (CCSSA). Marc is presently undertaking the first ever audit of a business using the standard to asses their crypto security practices. In this conversation we talk about where the standards fit into a business, what they consist of, and touch on best practic...

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    Paul Stonham is the General manager of the DLT division at the Australian Stock Exchange. For the last few years the ASX has been developing an enterprise DLT that uses VMware's blockchain and runs the DAML smart contract language. In this conversation we talk traditional finance getting into distributed leger tech and some of the use cases. Paul is a technologist always looking to improve efficiency; and we get into tokenisation o...

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    Bryan Ventura is here for our first roundtable; Bryan is a lawyer specializing in blockchain and Web3. Today we're covering two main topics:

    • Tornado cash - what is it and why was it sanctioned - and the downstream effects of platform level censorship along with freedom of expression and how open source code fits in.
    • Then we dive into Eth2.0 (I still call it that) - The Merge - we talk about some of the history of proof of work ...
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    Stephen Macaskill is the CEO of Dasset, a trading platform for buying bitcoin and other digital assets. Before digital assets Stephen ran a precious metals company helping people maximize their savings and financial literacy.

    In this conversation we talk about:

    • precious metals and gold's role in recent monetary history including Bitcoin;
    • the definition of money and Austrian and Keynesian methodologies within economics;
    • bitcoin ...
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    Tak Suzuki is the co-founder of Senkusha, a funding platform looking to support and grow emerging artists, musicians, and athletes through NFT sales. Tak is soon to be a physiology graduate from the University of Auckland, he loves experimenting with new tech, and has an impressive CV at a young age.

    In this conversation we talk about: 

    • Music labels and the motivation for a crowd funding platform
    • NFTs, mp3s, transparency, and m...
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    Jit Maharaj is a former commercial pilot turned crypto co-founder of Pay it Now, a payments network that uses a custom layer 2 built on the Binance smart chain (now BNB) that makes it easy for merchants and businesses to accept cryptocurrency payments. Jit is also a long time web developer, an Ethereum miner, and a Solana critic. 

    In this conversation we talk about: 

    • Payments networks and providers,
    • ...
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    Liz Izmailova is a Ukrainian New Zealander that has been working in blockchain for the past five years, she is a marketing manager at CENNZnet which is part of the Centrality ecosystem.

    In this conversation we talk about: 

    • Financial Inclusion and the monetary situation in Ukraine, both before the war and presently.
    • Ukraine has been ranked 4th in global per capita crypto ...
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    Paul Quickenden is the current Head of New Zealand for EasyCrypto. He's been active in the blockchain and Crypto sector for a number of years, consulting to numerous projects and helping them with successful capital raises and commercial launches.  Prior to that Paul was the CEO of Putti Apps, and held numerous roles in Product Marketing and Strategy within Spark New Zealand.  Paul is passionate about growing New Zealand businesses...

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    Kia Ora and welcome to the very first episode of the Blockchain New Zealand Podcast. I’m Jeff Nijsse and today I’m talking to Jonty Kelt. Jonty is the Founder of Fantail Ventures, a venture capital business that has invested in some of the biggest names in crypto, including Kraken, Ledger, Stacks, Yield Guild Games, and Uniswap, just to name a few.

    In this conversation we talk about: 

    • Jonty coming o...
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