Access Granted

Access Granted

Access Granted is a NZ podcast featuring @MiramarMike and @nzRaj, sharing stories of people from tech, social media, startups and upstarts.... Show More

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It was perfect timing for Raj to chat with Ben Forman, co-founder at Wrestler, as he was recently announced by Forbes as a top 30 under 30 ... what an amazing story he has to tell. Ben is passionate about storytelling through technology, with a strong focus on future technologies - did you know he started one of NZ's first commercial drone companies, has been at the forefront of the online video wave since before it was cool, and ... Read more

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Andrew Watkins has been working in tech for a while including embedded systems, navigation tools, and at NZTA. Aaaaad at an NZTA-run hackathon that Andrew met Walter Lim and then on to an actual Voluntarily hackathon before both joining the company. They discuss OMGTech! and, of course, the new Voluntarily system that is: "... a platform that connects corporate volunteer time with classrooms to teach science, technology, engineer... Read more

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June 6, 2019 40 min

Tim Packer is a 'smart city' advocate having worked with NEC and the Wellington City Council on the potential use of sensors to help bring the heartbeat and incidents closer to those that need to monitor and respond. He now heads a startup, the gloriously named BucketLabs, to help cities collate their data in order for the stories to be told and for a "digital twins" to be created and used. But Tim's not all about data, he has a ... Read more

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Sean Audain works at the Wellington City Council and has been a civil servant in one manner or another all his professional life ... wait, wait, come back, this is NOT boring! This is a story of how one man endeavours to bring silos of data together to open up to the true owners (citizens of the city and New Zealand). It is a story of one man guiding community groups through the red tape to successful outcomes. It is a story of o... Read more

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The ups of running a startup can be few and far between and once the rush of having your own company wears off it's pure grind to keep going. Hiria has a few ups to share, and a lot of downs to show how she can show the world she will not give up. ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought to you by Hiria Te Rangi and Access Granted NZ. All the updates: https://www.accessgranted.nz/w... Read more

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Melody stares at the perceived Kiwi reticence to talk about anything uncomfortable and shouts SEX! (or rather BANG!), and takes the subject head-on with her ongoing and very successful RNZ podcast. Now, before you get all flustered under the collar this was Raj and Mike chatting to Melody and not the other way around, so no sex talk this time. Melody discusses how she got into podcasting, what the show itself has unleashed, and ho... Read more

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Steve Paea, ERP (Netsuite) expert during the day and a Pasifika tech leader and advocate during the … night? From a small coffee meetup/networking informal organisation Steve has, alongside Tovia Va’aelua, Fred Piliu, Bernadette Ah Loo, Joanna Welch, and Joey Nanai, created Pasifika IT that is now partnering with government, and other organisations to provide not just events and networking but now tech mentoring for Pasifika kids,... Read more

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Terry Miller has a passion for engineering, making stuff, and getting out there ... just listen, you can hear it in his voice. Terry chatted to Mike about how and why he came to co-found a hardware (with software) company aimed at bringing a VR experience that will have you flipping all over the place. AND, the Eight360 is (currently) working in a garage, the true startup myth comes to life. It's a fascinating product, best to ch... Read more

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Deep in the lounge at Hashigo Zake we catch up with Hiria as she takes us through this weeks bumpy road to running a startup and the big blocks she needs to put in place very soon. ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought to you by Hiria Te Rangi and Access Granted NZ. All the updates: https://www.accessgranted.nz/whare-hauora/ Get all the Whare Hauora updates: - http://www.whare... Read more

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Rochelle Stewart-Allen and Wael Aldroubi are looking to bring together 50 devs, designers, lived experiences, and problem solvers to tackle the issues refugees to New Zealand have on entering and settling into Aotearoa. As part of the worldwide Techfugees movement empowering displaced people with technology the New Zealand team are looking to not only create (or built upon) apps to solve real world hurdles for refugees but also c... Read more

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Don Christie has made New Zealand, and Wellington especially, his home and fights for everything open tech knowing it will help grow NZ into a world leader of how to 'do tech and data' for the benefit of all. Don takes us through his weird early Gloucester (UK) connection with Mike, how Catalyst came to be and where it is with it's many off-shoots around the world, what+why NZRise, why open source is the key to everything, and how... Read more

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A small and chilly catch up with some of the #WellyTech community as we discuss: 1) Who would you like to see / hear from at the September WLG-X Festival? 2) #WellyTech event, what should we do with it? 3) The pot of event sponsor $ isn't growing, but we have more and more 'community'events - too many? These meetups are for anyone and everyone to come along, meet others, and have a yarn about the things uppermost of the minds ... Read more

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aurynn shaw supplies an update on the scaled-up Mastodon social media NZ Project, challenges Mike on a number of view points, and discusses the concept of "lazy" (ie, there is no such thing) and how it affects the tech world. All as Dominic from Hashigo Zake (https://www.hashigozake.co.nz/) supplies the team with a free beer, it's not advertising but it certainly helps the conversation flow, thanks Dom. - https://nz.linkedin.com/... Read more

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Ruth Croft helps people use their voice, which might seem weird until you listen to her and find out how many many people fail to get their message across not because the content is terrible but they don't realise the effect their voice is having on those listening. Of course we, as podcasters, were fascinated but it also applies to those having to stand on stage, or merely present at work. In fact we were so fascinated we booked ... Read more

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As we get to the pointy end of starting up we here again from Hiria as she comes to grips with the makeup of the Whare Hauora ‘vehicle’, the challenges of going it alone, and advice she would want love all those looking to make a company would hear. ------------------------------------------------------ The Whare Hauora update is brought to you by Hiria Te Rangi and Access Granted NZ. All the updates: https://www.accessgranted.nz... Read more

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Another fantastic NZRise Fireside Chat hosted by Miki Szikszaiat at Catalyst IT's Wellington office. This time we hear Miki talk with David Shanks, the New Zealand Government's Chief Censor, as he discusses the fallout from the Christchurch terrorist attack, the on-going challenges with a digital world, and how the Office of Film and Literature Classification can no longer rely on a steady income from porn DVDs - https://nz.linke... Read more

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A journey up to the Kapiti Coast sees us chatting first with Hannah Delaney and then she is joined by business partner Jacinda Thorn. Hannah founded the Kapiti Collective, originally as a co-working space but now as a serviced workplace. Unfortunately we were all surprised by an alarm test within the building and so we headed to her business partner's home for a chat about both the Kapiti Collective space AND the separate business... Read more

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Aleisha Amohia has already achieved more than … YOU! No, seriously, had you in your final year of University jump started a very successful women in tech club running a highly successful annual expo, alongside an actual job at a tech company contributing to a massively popular open source project (Koha). No, neither had we - so listen in and find out how Aleisha manages it all. Oh, and in 2017 she was a finalist in NZ Hi-Tech Awar... Read more

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Tough times call for tough decisions by tough people and if there's one thing you've learnt through the past episodes it's that Hiria Te Rangi is one tough woman. Covering the product (all fine), distribution (schools getting it, PledgeMe peeps you're all good), it comes down to the business (setting up the right structure) and that ever present demon of all businesses, cash flow. Whilst "Winter is coming" for some in the form of... Read more

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April 9, 2019 23 min

The NZ Blackbots are a team of 6 kids from the Lucknow and Mayfair primary school's in Hawke's Bay looking to take on the world of older kids at the International First Lego League Tournament being held in California Legoland this coming May. THEY NEED YOUR CORPORATE HELP TO GET THERE https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-get-the-nz-blackbots-to-the-world-champs We spoke to the Principal of Lucknow school alongside ... as they exp... Read more

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