The 40 most powerful people on the NZ technology scene
Nzherald.co.nz - Thu 11 Jul 20:37 GMT

Chris Keall's power rankings.

  Marko Bogoievski Infratil CEO, Vodafone NZ chairman-in-waiting As Telecom CFO, Marko Bogoievski said the Government was going to carve up the company - and that it would be better to control its own destiny by structurally separating itself.

  And Bogoievski has already outlined big plans for Infratil's latest acquisition, including a big push into fixed-wireless broadband (which has a lot of potential to compete against UFB fibre) after 5G mobile networks arrive, and a radical proposal for Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees to pool resources on mobile infrastructure.

  They can't change the law, but investigations and recommendations have led to recent changes such as the ability to take your mobile number with you when you switch phone companies, and lower interconnection fees between networks (which removed a mechanism for the more well-established Spark and Vodafone to potentially gang up on 2degrees).

  (Sir Stephen became the first major investor in Rocket Lab in the 2000s after literally stumbling over the tiny start-up, which had an office in the same Parnell, Auckland, building as another of his investments, biofuel company LanzaTech.)

  Jason Paris Vodafone NZ CEO Jason Paris started his tenure as Vodafone NZ chief executive with the worst of times, including layoffs, offshoring, outsourcing and price rises (pitched at honing the company for the future, but nevertheless, not much fun for anyone involved).

  The workplace accident insurer has invested in a wide range of instruments and companies as it seeks to fund future payouts - but it's notable how often ACC appears on the share register of local tech companies, from the small to the more established (ACC recently participated in Rocket Lab's $203m round - which, notably, did not include the $41.2b NZ Super Fund).

  ACC's largest tech investments include its holding in Spark (worth around $176m), Vodafone NZ buyer Infratil ($156m), Chorus ($97m), Microsoft ($70m), Google parent Alphabet ($75m), Samsung Electronics ($64m), Trade Me ($63m), Apple ($55m), Sky TV ($44m) and Facebook ($41m).