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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Thursday Jul 07, 2022

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.
00:00 intro
01:18 what is PayItNow?
03:25 fixing gas fees
09:56 what's a layer 2?
13:33 how does a merchant onboard?
18:00 on bridging tokens
19:53 why token? (&safemoon)
25:18 competition with bitpay/stripe/shopify/solana
30:33 regulation in NZ crypto
35:28 $20k bitcoin? and market activity
40:05 cofounder story flying 737s
44:45 BCNZ in the industry
45:36 rapid fire
49:31 fin
Some notes from the show:
Pay it Now
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) 
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Recorded at blockheight 742914. The BCNZ Podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

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.
00:00 Intro
01:06 Ukrainian background, financial independence and entrepreneurship at an early age, coming to New Zealand
05:20 Financial privilege in the West
10:45 Crypto donations and the currency situation in Ukraine
16:07 New crypto legislation in Ukraine
20:04 War donation transparency
24:02 FlufWorld F*ck the War campaign &
29:29 How are NFTs helping?
33:40 Crypto & NFTs for gen-Z'ers
36:35 Crypto friendly New Zealand charities
40:15 How can BCNZ help with education?
42:25 Rapid fire
44:37 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
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
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Wednesday Jun 01, 2022

Paul Quickenden is the current Head of New Zealand for EasyCrypto. He's been active in the blockchain and Crypto sector for a number of years, consulting to numerous projects and helping them with successful capital raises and commercial launches.  Prior to that Paul was the CEO of Putti Apps, and held numerous roles in Product Marketing and Strategy within Spark New Zealand.  Paul is passionate about growing New Zealand businesses, helping us to stand out on the global stage, and make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders.
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.
00:00 Intro
01:25 Current market conditions
06.08 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 KiwiSaver
17.37 EasyCrypto global expansion
20.58 On the Brasilian crypto market
22.30 Lightweight NZ exports
26.56 Banking as an export & the regulatory aspects
30.52 Ethics around coin listings & approaches to risk
36.46 Terra death spiral
41.27 EC circuit breaker
47.38 BCNZ
51.33 What's next for easy crypto?
54.50 Rapid fire
56.43 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:
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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.
01:47 From Otago to NYC
04:58 Being a non-technical founder
07:03 Technology in education
11:55 Building an online advertising company
16:45 Google in 2008
20:54 Xero: a NZ success story
22:59 Fantail ventures
25:26 Advice for young entrepreneurs
26:58 Blockchain & income inequality
33:10 Bitcoin and debasement
36:00 Security & energy criticism
41:40 NFTs
47:46 Regulation in New Zealand
52:08 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 
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Fantail Ventures
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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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