Julian Assange Permitted to Marry in Belmarsh Prison

  • : Aotearoa 4 Assange
  • : 14/03/2022
  • Julian Assange Permitted to Marry in Belmarsh Prison

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been given permission to marry his fiancée Stella Morris in the maximum security Belmarsh prison in London on March 23rd. Stella is a member of his legal team and mother of his two young children. The couple had to fight for their right to marry, even bringing legal action against the UK Government.

    Julian and Stella will be dressed by Vivienne Westwood. Julian will wear a kilt, honouring his Scottish ancestry. The couple are said to be very excited despite the severe restrictions imposed on the ceremony. They will be permitted only four guests and have been denied the request to marry in the prison’s Chapel, despite the fact that Julian regularly worships their.

    Stella told the Daily Mail that the right to marry is ‘written into law’ in the UK. ‘Of course, the circumstances are not ideal but I am relieved that reason has prevailed and I hope there will be no further interference with our marriage. Julian is not charged with any crime in this country, he is not serving a sentence, his imprisonment serves no purpose at all other than to prolong and make his suffering worse. I hope the injustice of this situation is swiftly brought to an end so that we can enjoy marriage outside of the walls of Belmarsh when he is freed.’

    Assange is being held in the notorious Belmarsh prison despite not being convicted of anything. He is awaiting the outcome of a US extradition request to face charges of ‘espionage’ for publishing evidence of war crimes and torture. Press freedom groups warn this unprecedented prosecution would criminalise fundamental journalistic practices.

    Assange recently suffered a minor stroke, and doctors warn this will likely lead to a fatal stroke if his conditions are not improved quickly. He is detained in solitary confinement 23 hours per day, which fits the definition of torture under international law. The Australian Government has been criticised for ‘sitting on their hands’ over one of their citizens. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer said The Australian Government as ‘failed to support Julian Assange, and is complicit in his psychological torture.’

    Helen Clark recently said ‘You do wonder when the hatchet can be buried with Assange? And not buried in his head by the way. But at some point, could people move on? I do think that the information that’s been disclosed by whistle-blowers down through the ages has been very important in broader publics getting to know what is really going on behind the scenes. And should people pay this kind of price for that? I don’t think so… The real issue really is the activities they were exposing, not their actions of exposure.’

    Aoteroa 4 Assange is calling on the New Zealand Government to stand for Assange to protect human rights, the public’s right to know and peace.

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  • : Matt Ó Branáin
  • : National Co-ordinator of Aotearoa 4 Assange
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Alimetry raises $16.3 Million to launch wearable diagnostic device for the gut

  • : Alimetry Limited
  • : 02/03/2022
  • Alimetry, a digital healthcare and medical device start-up, announced today it has closed a NZ$16.3 Million financing round led by New Zealand largest venture capital investor Movac. Existing investor partners IP Group, Matū Karihi, and UniServices supported the round, with K1W1 also participating.

    The company will use the funding to accelerate the international launch of its first product, a wearable diagnostic device called Gastric Alimetry. Gastric Alimetry uses a stretchable high-resolution sensor to non-invasively map digestive patterns, and delivers clinical reports via the cloud to inform the diagnosis and classification of gastric disorders.

    Chronic gastric symptoms are extremely common, yet many of our patients still suffer from repeated inconclusive tests, trial and error care, and confusion,” said CEO Greg O’Grady, a Professor of Surgery and co-founder of Alimetry. “Gastric Alimetry is on track to deliver breakthrough results in diagnosing gastric symptoms, enabling enhanced clinical outcomes and safer, more accessible, and less-invasive care.”

    Gastric Alimetry targets prevalent stomach diseases including nausea and vomiting, gastroparesis, and functional dyspepsia, affecting over 8% of the world’s population and costing billions of dollars in healthcare expenses. The device is currently undergoing clinical trials in 5 countries, with results and further regulatory approvals expected during 2022. Alimetry will also use the new funding to expand its artificial intelligence capabilities and expand its product pipeline.

    Lovina McMurchy, a General Partner at Movac who will join Alimetry’s Board, stated: “While Alimetry has only recently come out of stealth mode in New Zealand, the team has made an incredible amount of progress in bringing their product to market globally. They are already working with the top gastroenterology clinics in the world to trial the devices and they are in the approval process with the Federal Drug Administration in the US for full scale commercialization. This is a tremendous example of what our science ecosystem can produce at it’s very best.

    Gastric Alimetry has recently received numerous innovation and product design awards, including Gold from the Australian Good Design Awards, and a prestigious ‘Purple Pin’ at the New Zealand Best Design Awards. The Best Awards judges stated: “This is a tangible example of how New Zealand science, technology and design can work together to produce brilliant results.”

    Alimetry was spun-out of the University of Auckland in 2019 from a centre of excellence in digestive diseases. The company was founded by Prof. Greg O’Grady and Dr. Armen Gharibans, on the background of a decade of award-winning science.

    To learn more about Alimetry visit www.alimetry.com.

    About Movac

    Movac is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced venture capital fund, supporting technology founders from early stage through to growth investing. Movac was the first institutional grade venture investor supported by both New Zealand Superannuation and Kiwi Wealth. It currently has $400m funds under management and invests across deep tech, software, hardware and healthtech.

    About IP Group

    IP Group is a leading intellectual property commercialisation company focused on evolving great ideas and cutting-edge research from its partner universities into world-changing businesses. The Group pioneers a unique approach to developing these ideas and the resulting businesses by providing access to business building expertise, capital, scientific insight, and supporting infrastructure. IP Group, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: IPO), has a strong track record of success and, its portfolio comprises holdings in early stage to mature businesses across life sciences and technology. In Australia and New Zealand, IP Group works in close partnership with the Go8 Universities and the University of Auckland to identify ground-breaking technologies rooted in hard science, which have the most promising commercial potential. www.ipgroupanz.com

    About University of Auckland Inventors’ Fund, managed by Auckland UniServices

    The University of Auckland Inventors Fund is an evergreen, open-ended $20 million investment fund owned and managed by Auckland UniServices Limited, the commercial  company for The University of Auckland. The Inventors’ Fund provides seed capital for ventures started out of the University of Auckland.  www.uniservices.co.nz

    About Matū Karihi Fund.

    Matū is a venture capital fund investing in early-stage science and deep technology commercialisation from education and research institutions and the private sector. Karihi (nucleus) is Matū’s original pre-seed and seed-focused fund, working with start-ups at the earliest stages of their journey. As an open fund it raises capital over time and holds investments through to exit where possible, and therefore invests on a long timeframe. www.matu.co.nz

    About K1W1

    K1W1 Ltd is an investment company owned by Sir Stephen Tindall. It has invested over a total of $100M Seed and Venture capital into a large number of start-up and early stage businesses from Biotech, environmental technology, high tech, software and other high export potential businesses. The aim is, either directly or as a “fund of funds” to assist young entrepreneurs to grow New Zealand as a leader in the “knowledge economy” and to help create a culture of making New Zealand “cash flow positive” in international goods and services trade.

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  • : Chief Operating Officer
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Teams “Yadrava na Vanua” from Fiji and “Not Basic” from New Zealand win the Grand Prizes for Space Challenge

  • : SpaceBase Limited
  • : 18/02/2022
  • Christchurch—18 February 2022. 

    Yadrava na Vanua (Environment Watch) from Suva, Fiji won the Grand Prize today for the Space for Planet Earth Challenge.

    Their project focused on integrating satellite data on land cover types across Fiji with ground truth measurements, and refining the carbon sequestration data with machine learning analysis of high resolution satellite images from Planet to generate international standard levels of measurements, reporting, and verification of carbon stocks.

    Separately, “Not Basic” from Newlands College, Wellington, New Zealand, won the Grand Prize at the High School level. Their work featured using machine learning analysis of satellite data to predict the conditions leading to coral bleaching as detected within the Allen Coral Atlas with Planet satellite data.

    Six teams from New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji competed in demo sessions with a panel of judges, then a Pitch presentation to a live online audience. The winners are awarded cash prizes of $30,000 and $10,000 each, satellite data from company Planet, and mentorship from SpaceBase.  Additionally the High School team will receive scholarships from the US Based MMAARS Academy to attend their Level 1 Virtual Mars Programme.

    “The presentations that I’ve seen were so amazing…and I was blown away by the ideas and the ability that they’ve shown…Planet is so proud to be part of this competition,” Dr. Tanya Harrison, Director of Strategic Innovation for Planet and a Finals Judge for the competition, said at the event.

    The winners were selected by judges from Planet, the U.S. Embassy to New Zealand, Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council, Rocket Lab, Callaghan Innovation, ChristchurchNZ, Callaghan Innovation, and Consegna.cloud.

    The awards were presented by the NZ Space Agency and the U.S. Embassy. 

    “I’ve been extremely impressed with the sophistication of the solutions that have been developed, by the approach of looking for different data sources to incorporate into those solutions, to reaching out to other organisations, establishing partnerships to make this more effective, and the quality of the presentations,” said Dimitri Geidelberg, Principal Advisor to the Agency.

    The Challenge was the brainchild of SpaceBase founders who leverage incentive prizes and space technologies to catalyse innovation while solving tough problems in the region.  “Already, we see the Challenge as pushing the teams to accelerate their research and create opportunities they may not otherwise have been able to realise.” said Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, CEO of SpaceBase. “We think this is only the beginning for these climate change focused innovations, and we hope to continue to support these teams in their progress over the coming months and years.”

    For more information about the Challenge and the Winners, go to spaceforearth.org

    The Challenge is made possible by a partnership between SpaceBase Limited and Planet.  Sponsors include the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand, K1W1, NZ Space Agency, ChristchurchNZ, Consegna.cloud, Clare Foundation, Greenlight Ventures, Namaste Foundation, Engineering Dreams, MMAARS Academy, and Christchurch City Council.

    SpaceBase Limited is a New Zealand based education and consulting social enterprise, whose mission is to democratise access to space for everyone. SpaceBase is creating equal opportunity to leverage space technologies to solve problems on Earth, by catalysing space ecosystems in developing and emerging countries, starting in New Zealand.  Since its incorporation in 2017, it has collaborated with economic development agencies, local governments, and advocacy groups to deliver over 100 educational presentations and workshops; two national space and aerospace competitions, as well as helping birth space communities and organisations locally and globally. SpaceBase created a platform for the NZ Aerospace Directory and a free course, Catalysing a Space Industry in Your Region, for anyone interested in creating a local space industry. SpaceBase is also the NZ Ambassador for the International Space University. 

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Assange raises NZ$80 million through collaboration with crypto artist Pak

  • : Aotearoa 4 Assange
  • : 11/02/2022
  • Jailed journalist Julian Assange has recieved a massive boost to his campaign to regain his freedom, raising a record-breaking NZ$80 million in less than a week on the Juice box crypto platform.
    Renowned crypto-artist Pak collaborated with Assange, to produce NFT artworks which have been used solely to raise money for Assange’s defence and other press freedom and humanitarian causes.

    The artwork came in two parts. A 1/1 edition titled ‘Clock’ which counts the days which Assange has spent behind bars, and an open edition titled ‘Censored’ which allows buyers to craft their own unique message which gets ‘censored’ with a line through it.

    Assange is fighting against extradition to the US for publishing secret documents which exposed state crimes. This is an unprecedented case that Amnesty International and other human rights groups are warning threatens global press freedom and freedom of information .

    Tens of thousands of people have joined AssangeDAO to raise the 16593.05 ethereum used to win the art auction in support of Assange. AssangeDAO moderator JB said in a statement ‘this is tens of thousands of people coming together to show real strength – the Power of the People. In less than one week, we have shown that decentralised and distributed peoples can band together to fight injustice.’

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  • : National Co-ordinator of Aotearoa 4 Assange
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Flow Software releases the future of integration software, Statelake.

  • : Flow Software
  • : 27/10/2021
  • Flow Software has released the future of integration software – its new platform, Statelake. Built with modern business and technology needs in mind, Statelake allows businesses to connect their internal and external systems to customers and trading partners, quickly and cost-effectively so that they can focus on growing and scaling their business.

    Today, so many businesses can’t quickly and easily take on large accounts or new customers, because they simply don’t have the staff or systems to deal with them. Statelake can automate business processes and data flow between systems eliminating the need for any manual intervention for new orders, accounts and more.

    Businesses like Villa Maria, Fliway, Manawanui and Lewis Road Creamery have experienced staggering year on year growth, without needing to take on new staff or put expensive new systems in place thanks to Flow Software’s products.

    In fact, Flow Software has been helping businesses of all sizes achieve digital transformation and operational efficiency since 2003. Its impressive list of over 400 clients across both New Zealand and Australia include Tegel Foods, Kotahi, Whittakers, Sleepyhead and Giltrap Motor Group.

    David Masters, Flow Software’s CEO and Managing Director said “Through the automation of transactions and data exchange, businesses can achieve real competitive advantage and see dramatic increases in the ROI of their entire technology investment. The success of our customers is what inspires and empowers us as a business. We are excited about the impact Statelake will have for businesses looking to grow and scale sustainably.”

    Statelake also provides stateful visibility of business transactions, meaning businesses can reduce their risk and make better decisions. This allows them to adapt faster to their customers‘ needs, providing an even better experience.

    This release is the first version of the new Statelake platform, with ongoing releases planned later this year and beyond. Each new release delivers enhanced features, ensuring Statelake is future-proofed to meet customers’ ever-changing needs.

     Technical specifications

    Statelake is a 64bit product with full Unicode support up to date with the latest security and encryption requirements.  Statelake also features full support for hybrid-cloud environments, unlike other cloud-only solutions. Statelake benefits from Flow Software’s experience connecting over 150+ local and global business applications including ERP, WMS, TMS, CRMs across both New Zealand and Australia.

    Further technical details are available on www.flowsoftware.com.

    More information is available on Flow Software’s website www.flowsoftware.com, or interested businesses can contact Head of Sales, Andrew Glasson.

    For more information on Statelake:

    M: +64 21 224 3569 | E: andrew.glasson@flowsoftware.com

    For general enquiries:

    www.flowsoftware.com | P: +64 9 476 3569 | E: info@flowsoftware.com

     

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  • : Marketing & Communications Manager
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Flow Software unveils new integration platform Statelake, empowering SMBs to supercharge their growth

  • : Flow Software
  • : 19/10/2021 10:30
  • Flow Software has just opened registrations of interest in both Australia and NZ for its new integration software platform, Statelake.

    Flow Software has been helping businesses of all sizes achieve digital transformation and operational efficiency since 2003 and has an impressive list of over 400 clients including Kotahi, Villa Maria, Fliway, Tegel Foods and Whitakers.

    Their new platform Statelake will enable businesses to connect quickly and cost-effectively with their own customers, trading partners, and internal applications, providing better visibility and traceability of transactions. Ultimately, it empowers companies to scale-up and take on new business without being dependent on increasing head-count to manage the growth.

    Watch the Statelake video here

    The launch of the new platform is the perfect time for Flow Software to take Statelake directly to the Australian market where they already have over 150 customers through their existing partnerships. Over the years, they have acquired deep expertise and a variety of customers in the logistics and supply chain sector, and this will be a key market they will service in Australia.

    David Masters, Flow Software CEO & Managing Director says “We see huge potential in Australia to replicate the success we’ve had in the transport and logistics sector in New Zealand. Statelake will provide NZ and Australian businesses of all sizes the opportunity to benefit from cost effective business to business connectivity, enabling them to reduce costs and scale faster.”

    Flow Software is taking registrations of interest from businesses who want more information on the Statelake platform, and how other customers are using it to make their systems and processes easier and more cost effective. Interested businesses can find out more at www.flowsoftware.com/statelake or by contacting Head of Sales, Andrew Glasson.

    For more information on Statelake:

    M: +64 21 224 3569 | E: andrew.glasson@flowsoftware.com

    For general enquiries about Flow Software:

    www.flowsoftware.com | P: +64 9 476 3569 | E: info@flowsoftware.com

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  • : Emma Hill
  • : Marketing & Communications Manager
  • : emma.hill@flowsoftware.com
  • : 64212732450
  • : https://www.flowsoftware.com
  • https://www.linkedin.com/company/flow-software-limited

Relab wins ‘Dragons Den’ style showcase at top New Zealand Property Event

  • : Relab
  • Relab takes out the win at the inaugural Innovation Showcase at this year’s Property Council New Zealand’s national conference, delivering fast and accurate data and insights to property professionals all from one digital platform.

    Auckland based property tech company, Relab is excited to have captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of attendees at the 2021 Property Council New Zealand’s national Conference, this year being live streamed up and down New Zealand. In a dragon’s den style pitch-off, Relab CEO, Knight Hou won the vote of attendees against 3D concrete printer Qorox.

    The property landscape is moving at breakneck speed and in an ever-changing industry data transparency and accessibility is vital in keeping property professionals up to date with the demands and expectations of clients in an industry where time is money. Relab offers a one stop shop for property professionals and is fast rolling out an array of new features and products to support its exceptional offering.

    Given the need for innovative and collaborative approaches to solving the housing crisis, plus the speed at which new housing supplies are expected to flow, having accurate and comprehensive information at early stage of developments are critical for many property professionals.

    It is because of this that Relab has partnered with RICO to offer the property industry a first of its kind, automated property and planning reporting tool designed to give real estate agents, developers and other property professionals instant access to detailed planning information at a fraction of the price of traditional channels.

    CEO and Co-founder of RICO, Foss Shanahan said,

    “We saw the potential to assist Relab in giving their customers upfront transparency on general Planning and Resource Consent issues that could affect projects downstream”.

    Property professionals in Auckland, NZ will now be able to create a highly detailed, automated property report in minutes and for a fraction of the cost of traditional means.

    Relab’s CEO and Co-founder Knight Hou is excited about the partnership and the value that It will bring to property professionals across New Zealand, saying ….

    “Through a joint effort, we hope to bring a more timely and accessible solution to the industry, alleviating the need for multiple, costly systems and cumbersome work practices…”

    Relabs latest product offering (RPR) launches in BETA early next week, get in touch to see a demo.

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    For further information or questions contact: 

    Knight Hou – Co-founder & CEO, Relab 

    Email: knight@relab.co.nz

    About RICO 

    Rico is a cloud-based software solution used by leading planning and land development professionals to assist in preparing resource consent applications.

    Rico’s proprietary technology saves property professionals time and enables better, faster results for their client’s by systematically avoiding missed considerations that cause project delays, while organising applications into a council-friendly format that optimises processing.

    Visit www.rico.nz

    About Relab

    Relab is a B2B SaaS platform that helps property professionals access the data and insights they need, all in one place so they can work smarter, deliver faster for their clients and be more successful.

    With features including Subdivision Feasibility Calculator, unitary plan details, world class topography, underground services, sales history, Automated Valuation Model (AVM), advanced search, RPR and the ability to order titles easily online, Relab is fast becoming the go-to, all in one, mobile first platform for savvy property professionals in New Zealand.

    Visit www.relab.co.nz 

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Introducing the Ecommerce Accounting Hub by A2X

  • : A2X Accounting
  • : 10/08/2021
  • Managing the accounting for an online business can be challenging. Between rapidly changing tax laws, increasing levels of automation and ever increasing complexity, it’s easy to get confused.

    Launched today, the Ecommerce Accounting Hub by A2X brings together a comprehensive collection of educational resources that explore almost every aspect of accounting for today’s online businesses. 

    From the latest trends, research and data, to tried-and-trusted methods, the Ecommerce Accounting Hub provides a one-stop shop of the latest insights, knowledge and advice to help both sellers and their accountants to prosper in this rapidly evolving environment.

    The Ecommerce Accounting Hub brings together educational guides on the following topics:

    • The fundamentals of ecommerce accounting.
    • What you need to know about ecommerce sales tax.
    • The most important things to know for successfully accounting for Amazon, Shopify and eBay transactions.
    • What accountants need to know to best serve ecommerce sellers.

    The hub helps readers to gain a broad understanding of their chosen topic with actionable advice and information they can apply to their businesses straight away. 

    “Our goal here at A2X is to make ecommerce accounting easy. By creating the Ecommerce Accounting Hub, we hope to help more sellers and their accountants to demystify ecommerce accounting and support their ongoing success.” – Callum Armstrong, Content Manager at A2X.

    You can find the Ecommerce Accounting Hub at www.a2xaccounting.com/ecommerce-accounting-hub/

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  • : Callum Armstrong
  • : Content Marketing Manager
  • : callum@a2xaccounting.com
  • : 642102671022
  • : https://a2xaccounting.com
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