He iti te mokoroa nāna te kahikatea i kakati — Even the small can make a big impact on the big
Geography is no barrier to tech-sector success and Dunedin is well placed to deliver on the CODE vision for a creative digital industry in New Zealand.
Dunedin already has:
- a highly collaborative, internationally connected start-up community, including growing numbers of successful hi-tech businesses and start-ups, such as gaming development companies RocketWerkz and Runaway Play
- strong support for Te Reo Māori initiatives, particularly from Ngāi Tahu, which has already contributed time, energy and ideas to developing the vision for Dunedin and the potential of CODE
- city-wide one gigabit per second fibre connectivity
- strong global connections, particularly its sister city relationships with Shanghai and Edinburgh, both major centres of health, education and tech industry and key gateways to international industry networks and markets. Dunedin also has constructive relationships with centres of gaming innovation such as Dundee (Scotland) and Stockholm (Sweden)
- a large pool of existing and potential skill and talent, drawn from the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic, a rapidly growing film industry, and strong health, education and ICT industries
- higher than average growth in workers employed in knowledge-intensive jobs (3 percent compared to 2.9 percent nationally) and creative occupations such as film and music (2.4 per cent compared to 1.8 per cent nationally) – (2019 figures)
- a proven history of creativity and experimentation, plus inspiring natural and cultural environments.