BNZ Tech Series 2022 - Today's Technology For Tomorrow's World

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BNZ Tech Series 2022: Today's Technology For Tomorrow's World

Join us for our third & final BNZ Our Technology & Innovation Evening of 2022

We will be introducing another four local Inspiring companies from right here in Wellington to share with us their journey of innovation.

This event is hosted by Platinum Partner BNZ.

Additional information

Presenter 1

James Howard, Project Manager, Tranzit Group

 In 2022 Tranzit was successful in the conversion of a double deck bus, converting it from diesel to 100% battery electric. This was achieved in our Masterton workshop and paves the way for another solution to decarbonisation of New Zealand’s public transport fleet. In addition, Tranzit has recently launched New Zealand’s largest privately owned chagrining infrastructure site located in Grenada, enabling 24 buses to be simultaneously charged.

James has been with Tranzit Group since 2014 and since 2015 started his current role as Project Manager largely responding to business needs and holes - from operations to business process development.

Presenter 2

Eldon Tate (PhD), CEO, Inhibit Coatings.

Eldon started Inhibit Coatings in Nov 2016, Inhibit Coatings Limited is a New Zealand based start-up company producing high-performance antimicrobial coatings for use in food safety, medical and antifouling applications. They work alongside resin manufacturers and end-users to develop bespoke antimicrobial solutions with high effectiveness and long-lifetimes using Inhibit's novel nanotechnology.

Microbial contamination is a deadly issue. Inhibit Coatings is on a mission to save lives by preventing the spread of dangerous pathogens in hygienic environments. Their team of highly-qualified scientists and engineers are developing next generation antimicrobial systems—providing effective, long-lasting, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions that work to safeguard people in their communities and the environments they live in. 

In addition to numerous scholarships, Eldon has recently received the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum Trans-Tasman Innovation and Growth Award as one of four winners. 

Presenter 3

Darryl Rochester, Black Diamond Technologies 

Proudly 100% locally owned and operated, Black Diamond Technologies have been distributing Mitsubishi Electric products from its Lower Hutt head office for over 40 years. 

Bringing the best technologies that enhance the lives of New Zealanders has always been at the heart of our company.

In the 80s and 90s we led the industry with Mitsubishi Electric TVs, Video recorders and microwave ovens.  

Today, their focus is on bringing the most energy efficient HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Cooling) and hot water heat pump solutions for both residential and commercial applications to the New Zealand market.

The combination of an internationally trusted brand with the comfort of a locally owned and operated company means that kiwis will always get the best products and the best local support.

 BDT is led by 3 locally based directors and shareholders. Lower Hutt born and bred Managing Director - Darryl Rochester, has been with the company for over 20 years. 

He leads a team of over 100 employees, with 60 local staff based at our head office in Lower Hutt.

BDT's vision is to create a sustainable future for New Zealand through leading edge heat pump solutions that minimise carbon footprint. In this session Darryl Rochester will share what Mitsubishi Electric is doing in this space with specific focus on why Hot Water Heat Pump Technology will revolutionise how New Zealanders heat water in their homes and businesses.

Presenter 4

Alex Stewart, Founder & CEO WombatNET

WombatNET  was founded in March 2019 By Young Innovator Alex Stewart.  WombatNET is a Wellington Based rural Broadband Solutions provider, that seeks to deliver and promote fast reliable and affordable broadband access for all New Zealanders regardless of location.  

 Alex started the idea back when he was just 13 when he was often asked by older people for assistance when staying in a remote settlement near Whanganui. Alex identified that a solution was to connect properties using radio waves transmitted by towers and as the large providers were reluctant to meet this need Alex created WombatNET


In 2021 Alex put up his first tower on private land and since then the company has gone from strength to strength and in 2021 won Emerging Gold – Services in the Wellington Gold Awards. Alex will talk through his journey and the technology he has made available to people and share where he wants to take his company in the future.

Event Information

WHEN Thursday 13th October 5.30pm - 7.30pm 

WHERE BNZ Partners Centre, Lower Hutt, 
45 Knights Rd, Lower Hutt

COST: FREE For Members $25.00 for Non members