The Blockchain New Zealand Podcast

The BCNZ Pod keeps you up to date on the blockchain and cryptocurrency community in and around New Zealand. For more details about the Blockchain New Zealand Organization head to

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Jit Maharaj is a former commercial pilot turned crypto co-founder of Pay it Now, a payments network that uses a custom layer 2 built on the Binance smart chain (now BNB) that makes it easy for merchants and businesses to accept cryptocurrency payments. Jit is also a long time web developer, an Ethereum miner, and a Solana critic.  In this conversation we talk about:  Payments networks and providers, Building on the Binance smart chain Customer rewards programs and creating a token Regulation in the crypto space in New Zealand $20k bitcoin, and being a pilot. Timestamps: 00:00 intro01:18 what is PayItNow?03:25 fixing gas fees09:56 what's a layer 2?13:33 how does a merchant onboard?18:00 on bridging tokens19:53 why token? (&safemoon)25:18 competition with bitpay/stripe/shopify/solana30:33 regulation in NZ crypto35:28 $20k bitcoin? and market activity40:05 cofounder story flying 737s44:45 BCNZ in the industry45:36 rapid fire49:31 fin Some notes from the show: BNB Smart Chain   Matic & Polygon   Solend debacle  Harmony bridge hack  Indian crypto regulation   USDD lost its peg similar to UST the last bitcoin  Hal Finney (the GOAT)  Contact Jit: Pay it Now Find Jeff: Twitter LinkedIn  The BCNZ Pod: Website YouTube  Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify  iHeartRadio  Media & Sponsorship Enquires:  Recorded at blockheight 742914.  

Monday Jun 20, 2022

Liz Izmailova is a Ukrainian New Zealander that has been working in blockchain for the past five years, she is a marketing manager at CENNZnet which is part of the Centrality ecosystem. In this conversation we talk about:  Financial Inclusion and the monetary situation in Ukraine, both before the war and presently. Ukraine has been ranked 4th in global per capita crypto adoption by Chainalysis and are likely the first to have a government directly accept crypto donations and provide transparency on where those donations are going. We cover a lot in the crypto-donation space in general, and some local New Zealand based projects. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Liz Izmailova. Timestamps: 00:00 Intro01:06 Ukrainian background, financial independence and entrepreneurship at an early age, coming to New Zealand05:20 Financial privilege in the West10:45 Crypto donations and the currency situation in Ukraine16:07 New crypto legislation in Ukraine20:04 War donation transparency24:02 FlufWorld F*ck the War campaign & Universe.xyz29:29 How are NFTs helping?33:40 Crypto & NFTs for gen-Z'ers36:35 Crypto friendly New Zealand charities40:15 How can BCNZ help with education?42:25 Rapid fire44:37 fin  Some notes from the show: Letter criticizing financial innovation Rebuttal for financial inclusion Ukrainian Government crypto donation Ukrainian Government Bitcoin address visible in a block explorer: National Bank of Ukraine partners with FTX USD $100m raised so far Ukraine legalises Bitcoin  $411k raised and donated to Ukraine by Auckland based FLUF & NonFungible Labs: Michael Chobanian, president of the Blockchain Association of Ukraine Charitable Donations with cryptocurrency UNICEF Childfund Savethechildren Heart Kids via the Giving Block Ukrainian NFT projects Ukraine DAO’s Flag NFT Sells for $6.75 Million Fidelity Charitable Study Insights NFT marketplace FLUF World ASM/Non-Fungible Intelligence BCNZ     Contact Liz: LinkedIn Cennznet Find Jeff: Twitter LinkedIn  The BCNZ Pod: Website YouTube  Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify  iHeartRadio  Media & Sponsorship Enquires:  Recorded at blockheight 740812.  

Wednesday Jun 01, 2022

Hi Folks and welcome to the Blockchain New Zealand Podcast. I’m Jeff Nijsse and today I’m talking to Paul Quickenden. Paul is the ‘Head of New Zealand’ at EasyCrypto. In this conversation we talk about:  Recent market activity: everything's down but people are still buying EasyCrypto expanding into overseas markets, Their process for listing new digital assets - how do they decide what to list and their ethical considerations, The TerraLuna crash and stablecoin depegging event, The price of cheese. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Paul Quickenden. Timestamps: 00:00 Intro01:25 Current market conditions06.08 Do market factors affect Easy Crypto?09.13 People are still buying crypto 13:45 Is crypto its own asset class?15.03 Koura Investments KiwiSaver17.37 EasyCrypto global expansion20.58 On the Brasilian crypto market22.30 Lightweight NZ exports26.56 Banking as an export & the regulatory aspects30.52 Ethics around coin listings & approaches to risk36.46 Terra death spiral41.27 EC circuit breaker47.38 BCNZ51.33 What's next for easy crypto?54.50 Rapid fire56.43 Fin Some notes from the show: EasyCrypto’s expansion overseas Koura KiwiSaver Scheme Terra Death Spiral Kindrik Partners (prev. Simmonds Stewart) has free resources for startups: BCNZ  Contact Paul: LinkedIn EasyCrypto Find Jeff: Twitter LinkedIn  The BCNZ Pod: Website Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify  iHeartRadio  YouTube  Media Enquires:  Recorded at blockheight 737904.  

Monday May 09, 2022

Kia Ora and welcome to the very first episode of the Blockchain New Zealand Podcast. I’m Jeff Nijsse and today I’m talking to Jonty Kelt. Jonty is the Founder of Fantail Ventures, a venture capital business that has invested in some of the biggest names in crypto, including Kraken, Ledger, Stacks, Yield Guild Games, and Uniswap, just to name a few. In this conversation we talk about:  Jonty coming out of Otago University and getting his start in finance; and the role of education in tech; He was building an online advertising business in the early days of the internet and his business was eventually acquired by google and we discuss the work culture at google in those days; Jonty has strong feelings about blockchain adoption providing a financial lifeline to the underbanked, and how digital ownership is just getting started; He’s an advisor for the teams behind VeVe–the NFT marketplace, and also Altered State Machine, the non fungible intelligence protocol; We wrap up with Jonty’s views on blockchain regulation in New Zealand and he gives us his thoughts on who Satoshi is. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Jonty Kelt. Timestamps: 01:47 From Otago to NYC04:58 Being a non-technical founder07:03 Technology in education11:55 Building an online advertising company16:45 Google in 200820:54 Xero: a NZ success story22:59 Fantail ventures25:26 Advice for young entrepreneurs26:58 Blockchain & income inequality33:10 Bitcoin and debasement36:00 Security & energy criticism41:40 NFTs47:46 Regulation in New Zealand52:08 Rapid fire Some notes from the show: Peter Thiel Fellowship No college degree required Google is ten years old Jonty’s talk at Kea New Zealand NFTs with your bank account (Tweet) Crypto Kitties Ecomi & VeVe Immutable Layer 2 for Ethereum NFTs  BCNZ  Contact Jonty: Fantail Ventures LinkedIn Find Jeff: Twitter LinkedIn The BCNZ Pod: Website Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify  iHeartRadio  YouTube  Media Enquires:  Recorded at blockheight 734642.



The Blockchain Association of New Zealand was established in 2016 as a membership based group to support and grow the blockchain and crypto community. It is part of the Tech Alliance ecosystem in New Zealand.

The Podcast

Founded by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura in 2022, the podcast is looking to highlight NZ based crypto & blockchain teams and people. This is an experiment in a crowded space, lets see what happens.

The Organisation

Blockchain technology is changing our understanding of transparency, authentication, trust, and contracts in the private and public sector. It is also accelerating the move towards a globalised society and many people believe it will fundamentally change how business and society operates. BlockchainNZ has undertaken to provide New Zealand organisations with opportunities for advancing knowledge around blockchain, connecting with the blockchain tech ecosystem and promoting awareness of its potential.

BlockchainNZ is an association of organisations and individuals that represent this rapidly emerging business sector and those engaged in the wider global Financial Services, IT, and public sector communities. BlockchainNZ members have come together to lead a programme of work, taking a key role in growing our country’s capability to maximise the opportunities enabled by blockchain technology and address any challenges.

Our Team

BlockchainNZ is governed by an Establishment Committee and a working group of comprising of member representatives passionate about helping to grow the ecosystem.

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