This is a city not defined by limits and constraints, but by businesses challenging the norm and bringing innovations to life. It’s a hub of connectivity and energy; a city built around doing. It’s an affordable place to do business, with no reduction in quality. Knowledge and expertise is shared, freely. It’s just easier to do business here – at least 20% easier in fact.
Global accounting software company Xero Limited, has offices in New Zealand, Australia, USA and the United Kingdom. 250,000 + customers worldwide, 102% annual growth (FY2013). 650+ staff. NZX and ASX listed.Learn more ›
Weta Digital is one of the world’s premier visual-effects companies. Led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, Weta Digital is known for uncompromising creativity and a commitment to developing innovative technology.Learn more ›
CallActive has a well-established reputation for providing leading solutions in call centre outsourcing. Exceptional customer experiences with 20%+ savings compared to running a contact centre in Australia.Learn more ›
PikPok is a leading digital publisher of fun and addictive games. Steal a moment, and play a great game from PikPok.Learn more ›
More than half the revenue growth of the TIN100 across the country came from the Wellington region in 2013. The TIN 100 report measures high-tech companies. Wellington TIN 100 companies also grew close to three times faster than any other region.
The Web Developers Cwtch is a happy place for developers from around the world. The conference features tech talks from a line-up of world-renowned speakers including Mark Dalgleish, Senior developer at SEEK and Vanessa Hurst, Founder/CEO of CodeMontage.wdcnz.co.nz
EdTech for Export celebrates the exciting Ed Tech sector growing right here in Wellington. The conference unpacks export success stories, provides global EdTech views and explains potential funding and business development support.edtechforexport.co.nz
There has been two TEDxTeAro events in Wellington these past couple of years featuring wonderful presentations from local artists, social activists, inventors, academics, entrepreneurs etc. Both events have been sold out and this year the aim is to grow the opportunity to attend considerably and also operate under the TEDxWellington city license.tedxtearo.com
AnimfxNZ is an animation, games and visual effects conference held annually in Wellington. It brings together some of the biggest and brightest names in the global digital entertainment industry for three days of learning, sharing and networking. Wellington is an epicentre for world-class gaming, animation and FX industry specialists, since Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy put the sector on the map.animfxnz.co.nz
The National Digital Forum is a network of people working together to enhance digital interaction with culture and heritage. We also run an annual conference, regional barcamps, and a skill exchange programme.ndf.org.nz
Webstock is a yearly conference with the aim of improving how websites are built through inspiration, education, insightful analysis and practical application. It is also a celebration of the web and its makers – the creativity, the magic, the craft and everything in between. It features industry leaders and kick-ass speakers talking on topics ranging from content through to code, and micro-interactions through to what we've done with the web. Webstock is attended by very possibly the most talented, charming and delightful people in the world, ever.webstock.org.nz
492,500 population in the region
Number 1 in the world for Education
Legatum Institute 2013
Most educated workforce in NZ 30% tertiary qualified against national average of 15%
Lower staff turnover than Auckland
47% of Wellington's workforce employed in knowledge intensive industries compared to national average of 33%
Less expensive office space than other global cities.
average commute to work
hours of sunshine per annum
average house price
own their home
cafés & restaurants
of mountainbike and walking tracks around the city
workers playing sport at lunchtime or after work
parks and playgrounds
We wanted to live in a city that was just like San Francisco but a lot less congested. That meant a beautiful, cultured city with progressive politics and a great mix of smart and funky people – designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, students, musicians, artisans and craftsmen. A place where quality food, coffee, wine and the great outdoors are enjoyed and cultivated.
The city is always buzzing but never congested. In Wellington, we've got the best of California without the crush of people, which also means without the crime and violence. It really is paradise and I have mixed feelings about writing this because I want to keep this place a secret!
Philip Fierlinger - USA
Xero, Head of Design@skyrize
I was looking for an adventure away from home. The country looked beautiful and the people sounded warm-hearted. I fell in love with PikPok's mobile games which are unique, creative and fun. Waking up to the sound of tui birds in the gorgeous, lush trees surrounding our home. The area has enough people to be a bustling metropolis, but lacks the crowds, traffic and pollution of major American cities. My co-workers are passionate, incredibly talented, and have the creative spirit to produce unique experiences for the world to see.
Camile Dodson - USA
PikPok, Product Manager
We chose Wellington because of the great quality of life for our family. We wanted to give our kids an experience like we had when we were growing up. In my opinion, Wellington is the goldilocks of cities. It's not too big and not too small. We love all of the great places to eat, the waterfront activities, how friendly the city is to children, and the fact you can walk everywhere. I also really like the dynamic nature of the weather here. Really.
Mike Del Prete - USA
Trade Me, Head of Strategy
I chose to live and work in Wellington for one reason originally: Weta Digital. It's surprising that such a relatively small city has this facility - it's world class. After moving here though I fell in love with the city and surrounds - and now we call it home. I love movies - more than almost anything - so to come to work everyday and work on films that will be enjoyed by millions of people all over the world is a bit of a thrill. And Wellington as a city has all the benefits of a bigger city - like good food, coffee and entertainment - but it doesn't suffer from other "Big City Problems" like traffic. Four cars in front of me at the roundabout is about as close to a traffic jam as I ever get.
Michael Paget – Australia
Weta Digital, Layout Technical Director
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