Episodes

Brad Henderson
Brad Henderson
Brad Henderson
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April 22, 2024

Bitcoin Mining, Solar Power, and Energy Sovereignty with Brad Henderson

I talk with Brad Henderson, a Power System Engineer and Head of Engineering and Design at ElectroNet, a New Zealand-owned consultancy firm. Brad share some exciting details about a new Bitcoin mining facility that his firm has been involved with on the West Coast of New Zealand. We discuss what energy sovereignty might mean for New Zealand, including the importance of electrifying the economy and how Bitcoin mining and solar power may help create energy abundance.

The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
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April 15, 2024

Kiwi Bitcoin Builders: Satflow, Bitcoin Alive, Lightning Pay, and Fedimint

I host the Kiwi Bitcoin Builders monthly catchup for April 2024. This is a way to bring together people working on awesome Bitcoin businesses and projects in New Zealand. We share what we have been working on and what has been happening in the space. We hear about the Bitcoin Alive conference that was held over in Sydney, follow up on the success of the Lightning Pay beta, as well as hear from Satflow, a new Kiwi Bitcoin business exploring MEV on Bitcoin.

Matyáš Kuchař
Matyáš Kuchař
Matyáš Kuchař
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April 8, 2024

Europe's Biggest Bitcoin Event – BTC Prague 2024 with Matyáš Kuchař

I talk with Matyáš Kuchař, co-founder of BTC Prague in the Czech Republic, Europe’s largest Bitcoin event.We talk about BTC Prague’s origin and Matyáš's connection to New Zealand.We also discuss the Bitcoin scene more broadly in the Czech Republic, with a number of well-known Bitcoin companies and projects emerging from the country.I will be attending BTC Prague 2024, in June which is going to be awesome. There are some great speakers lined up including Adam Back, Michael Saylor, Parker Lewis, Peter Todd and many others.🎉 Use discount code TTOV to get 10% off your BTC Prague tickets!

 Christian Lewe
 Christian Lewe
 Christian Lewe
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April 1, 2024

Simplicity: Bitcoin’s Last Soft Fork? With Christian Lewe of Blockstream Research

I talk with Christian Lewe from Blockstream Research. Christian is working on Simplicity, a more robust programming language designed as an alternative to Bitcoin Script. The project that has been in the works for over ten years and has been described by Adam Back as “the last soft fork”, and as Christian shares, enabling simplicity could bypass a lot of the contentious soft fork discussions about things like covenants as this functionality is possible with Simplicity.

Rupert Carlyon
Rupert Carlyon
Rupert Carlyon
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March 24, 2024

Kōura Wealth KiwiSaver and Bitcoin with Rupert Carlyon

I talk with Rupert Carlyon, Founder and Managing Director of Kōura Wealth KiwiSaver. KiwiSaver is the voluntary retirement savings scheme for New Zealand and Kōura Wealth offers a Carbon Neutral Crypto Fund KiwiSaver product, which is Bitcoin only. This is a way for everyday kiwis to get some kind of Bitcoin exposure with government and employer matched contributions and tax benefits. New Zealand was very late to the game with retirement savings schemes and the impact of this is beginning to be felt with very low savings, and old-age poverty issues. With all the talk about the Bitcoin ETFs globally, it is interesting to explore how traditional finance in New Zealand interfaces with Bitcoin, and the regulatory challenges they have had to overcome to get this product launched.

Brett Scott
Brett Scott
Brett Scott
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March 19, 2024

Credit Theory of Money, Protecting Cash, and Bitcoin Critiques with Brett Scott

I talk with Brett Scott, author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance and Cloudmoney: Cash, Cards, Crypto and the War for our Wallets. Brett does a lot of work supporting the protection of physical cash, and I reached out to him about an article he wrote “The War On Informality” which explores the implication of financial surveillance by credit cards and private banks.This is a thought-provoking episode. We explore the Commodity Theory of Money vs Credit Theory of Money, power dynamics, the importance of cash, and more. Brett offers some interesting critiques of certain Bitcoin narratives and provides some alternative frameworks for looking at how money works.

Kieran Nolan
Kieran Nolan
Kieran Nolan
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March 11, 2024

Building Open-Source and Decentralised Classrooms with Kieran Nolan

I talk with Kieran Nolan about his work combining Bitcoin, teaching, and open-source technology. Kieran’s official role is STEM Wizard, teaching at a primary school in Melbourne, Australia. He has been able to bring tech and learning together into the classroom, including helping kids to run Bitcoin nodes, building projects on Nostr, setting up Minecraft servers with other schools, and more. We discuss teaching and learning, and how kids can be better equiped for our rapidly changing world as well as the challenges with bureaucracy and standards-based education in government schools. Kieran is involved in a huge range of other Bitcoin and education projects including the Mornington Peninsula Bitcoin Group, The School of Bitcoin, the Digital Playhouse Foundation, and more.

The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
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March 2, 2024

Kiwi Bitcoin Builders: Bitkiwi Queenstown, Lightning Pay, Orange Pages

I host a Kiwi Bitcoin Builders call with a few people working on Bitcoin businesses, education, and projects in New Zealand. We debrief on the success of the recent Bitkiwi meetup event in Queenstown and also share some of the things that people are working on.

Andrew L. Wilson
Andrew L. Wilson
Andrew L. Wilson
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February 26, 2024

State, Money, and Pilgrimages with Andrew L. Wilson

Andrew L. Wilson is an Author and Professor of History of Christianity as well as host of The Disentanglement Podcast, exploring privacy tech and the surveillance state. We discuss in detail severals books about the origin of the state and money, including James C Scott’s, “Seeing Like A State”, Rees-Mogg and Davidson’s “The Sovereign Individual”, and David Graeber’s “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”. We discover some interesting parallels between the unconfiscatable nature of Bitcoin and the origins of state power with its ability to tax easily countable grain crops versus something like a potato which grows underground.We also talk about the history of the printing press as it relates to inflation within the church, and Andrew's personal proof of work undertaking a 1000-mile pilgrimage in the footsteps of Martin Luther from Germany to Rome.

James Viggiano
James Viggiano
James Viggiano
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February 19, 2024

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Money Printer with James Viggiano

I talk with James Viggiano about recent comments made by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Not soon after we spoke, James shared a clip that went viral of the governor talking frankly about the exorbitant privilege of money printing that the central banks and governments have. James and I talk about some of the game theory from the perspective of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to defend the Kiwi Dollar and their attempts to talk down inflation, and shift the narrative even as the cost of living crisis continues. We also talk about the opportunity for what New Zealand could look like on a Bitcoin standard and how that could interface with the legacy financial system.

Andrew Begin
Andrew Begin
Andrew Begin
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February 12, 2024

Building Bitcoin-Native Banking Infrastructure at Galoy with Andrew Begin

Andrew Begin is Director of Marketing at Galoy, a company building Bitcoin-native banking infrastructure for organisations. We talk about Galoy’s Bitcoin projects including the open-source Blink Wallet, made popular through Bitcoin Beach in El Salvador. I learn about the vision for the product as well as its Stablesats functionality and how this work. We discuss the power of communities taking ownership of their financial infrastructure, and the opportunities for grassroots Bitcoin adoption in Africa and Latin America. Finally we talk briefly about permaculture and regenerative farming and the connections with Bitcoin thinking.‍

Dash
Dash
Dash
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February 4, 2024

On Hyperbitcoinisation, Game Theory, and Faith with Dash

I talk with Dash of the Tokyo Citadel Builders Podcast & Community. We dive deep into some of the game theory and scenarios that Bitcoin and hyperbitcoinisation presents, as well as what the broader economic landscape may look like in the future. Just as the internet has become far more than merely digital version of letters and newspapers, Bitcoin may not just be digital money as we know it, but an entirely new paradigm of value transfer and wealth storage that is difficult to fathom while we still exist within in the current system. Thus it is important to broach these ideas and have creative discussions to try and paint a picture of what may come to pass. I also talk with Dash about the role of faith, and purpose and meaning more broadly in these trying and changing times.

Prince Filip of Serbia
Prince Filip of Serbia
Prince Filip of Serbia
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January 29, 2024

Bitcoin Adoption by Nation States with Prince Filip of Serbia

Prince Filip of Serbia is a prominent Bitcoiner, and Chief Strategy Officer at Jan3. We talk about Prince Filip's work at Jan3 engaging in high-level conversations about Bitcoin with nation-state leaders as well as his thoughts on monarchy, democracy, and culture. We discuss the role of Bitcoin and sound money and the chance presented for smaller countries such as Serbia and New Zealand to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. I also extend an invitation to Prince Filip and the Jan3 team to come visit and help spread awareness about what Bitcoin could mean for New Zealand, in particular its connection to energy and infrastructure.

Nicolas Dorier
Nicolas Dorier
Nicolas Dorier
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January 22, 2024

BTCPay Server & Bitcoin Service Providers with Nicolas Dorier

Nicolas Dorier is founder and maintainer of BTCPay Server as well as NBitcoin Library. We talk about the BTCPay Server roadmap for the coming year, including Bitcoin Service Provider functions, and the bigger vision for the platform. We also discuss Nicolas experience going through the Blocksize War and how it prompted the development of BTCPay Server, his approach to assessing proposed changes to Bitcoin, and how he gets his technical information. We also talk about the impact of transaction fees and Layer 2 solutions.

Kishin Kato
Kishin Kato
Kishin Kato
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January 15, 2024

Bitcoin in Japan: Community, Financial Gatekeepers, and Narratives with Kishin Kato

Kishin Kato is a Japanese Bitcoiner working on various Lightning and Bitcoin education-focussed projects, and heavily involved with the Bitcoin community in Japan. We discuss some of the broad connections between Japan and New Zealand, including the state of agriculture, free trade, financial gatekeepers, as well as the emergence of different Bitcoin narratives.

Bitkiwi Dan
Bitkiwi Dan
Bitkiwi Dan
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January 8, 2024

Bitcoin Political Parties, Accounting Rules, and the Circular Economy with Bitkiwi Dan

Bitkiwi Dan is one of the co-founders of the BitKiwi meetup events in New Zealand. We canvas a range of topics from government decision-making and how political neutrality works in the public sector to what it might take to form a new Bitcoin political party in New Zealand. Dan is also a Chartered Accountant and we discuss the opportunity around businesses wanting to hold Bitcoin on their balance sheet, integrating with legacy banks, and how the bitcoin circular economy could develop.

Brandon Bucher
Brandon Bucher
Brandon Bucher
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December 30, 2023

High Fees, Rough Consensus, and Bitcoin Self-Custody with Brandon Bucher

Brandon Bucher is a Bitcoiner based in New Zealand working on several Bitcoin-related projects and an important figure in the local Kiwi Bitcoin community. We zoom out to discuss the recent high on-chain transaction fees, and what we can expect from discussions about scaling solutions moving forward. We talk about how rough consensus works for making changes to Bitcoin and what the situation was like during the period of the Blocksize Wars and SegWit activation from 2015 to 2017. Finally we discuss the importance of education and support for self-custody of bitcoin.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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December 22, 2023

Reflections on Self-Sovereignty and Self-Development with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Bitkiwi Paul, co-organiser of the Bitkiwi Meetup Events. We are coming up to the end of the year and it is a good time to think about what has come to pass and spend time with family and friends. Bitcoin is just a bit of code, some words, a computer network, but for many people it can be a catalyst for profound personal change. Looking at health, introspection, self-development, and a reassessment of ones role in the community and in life. You can call it meaning making or finding purpose, but there is something about the idea of Bitcoin that is powerful, and I do hope you enjoy this exploration with Paul.

Palash
Palash
Palash
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December 15, 2023

The World's Largest Democracy: Bitcoin in India with Palash

Palash is an Indian Bitcoiner sharing his thoughts on how to bring Bitcoin adoption to the world’s largest democracy. We talk about the sudden demonetisation of certain cash notes by the Indian government, the new unified payment interface and Indian CBDC. Palash also discusses how households approach savings, purchasing and gifting gold, and the social roles of money.

Sam Kivi
Sam Kivi
Sam Kivi
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December 8, 2023

Balancing the New Zealand Power Grid with Bitcoin Mining & Renewable Energy with Sam Kivi of Grid Share

Sam Kivi is the CTO and Director at Grid Share, a New Zealand company building flexible load infrastructure centred around renewable energy and Bitcoin mining. We talk about how flexible load works, and the benefits that it provides to the power grid, how it interacts with renewable power generation, and what the opportunities and challenges are, given New Zealand’s unique energy mix. We also discuss the emerging opportunities for landfill methane capture, and what it actually takes to put in the proof of work to stand up a mining operation as Grid Share have done. Sam also shares a new initiative from the company, offering hosting services for Bitcoin miners in New Zealand.

Rabble
Rabble
Rabble
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December 1, 2023

Solarpunk Visions: Nostr, Bitcoin, Whakapapa, Creative Work, and New Ways of Living with Rabble

Rabble is a software developer and hacker based in Wellington, New Zealand. Rabble was lead engineer at Odeo, where he hired Jack Dorsey into the company, which would later pivot into becoming Twitter. Since then he has been focussed on building impactful projects and social media with the open & decentralised vision that Twitter originally had in its early years but which was eventually lost. Rabble has created the Nostr client Nos.social, and is involved with ⁠Ahau.io⁠, a Māori community tool built on Nostr’s predecessor protocol, Secure Scuttlebutt.

gSovereignty
gSovereignty
gSovereignty
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November 24, 2023

China, Nostr, Bitcoin, and Humanity's Potential with gSovereignty

I talk with gSovereignty, based in Hong Kong, going deep into questions about individual sovereignty and freedom. We also discuss the relationship with the legacy nation state and how Bitcoin and Nostr may interface with collectivist societies such as China. We talk about the Hong Kong protests, the dynamics of state and media, and Bitcoin’s eventual showdown with the Cantillon Pyramid. We also talk about G’s work in Nostr, including running the Nostrovia podcast, and building nostr.rocket – helping Bitcoiners organise projects in a way that is not beholden to the state.

Roland Bewick
Roland Bewick
Roland Bewick
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November 17, 2023

Building on Bitcoin: Alby & Lightsats with Roland Bewick

Roland Bewick is a kiwi Bitcoiner and Lightning Developer working on Alby and Lightsats. We talk about Roland’s background and how he become involved in Bitcoin, how value4value and new kinds of revenue models for creators could work in the future, as well as the other possibilities that Bitcoin enables as the money of the internet.

Nathan Seiuli
Nathan Seiuli
Nathan Seiuli
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November 10, 2023

Protecting Free Speech in New Zealand with Nathan Seiuli of Free Speech Union

I talk with Nathan Seiuli, Outreach and Events Coordinator at the Free Speech Union in New Zealand. Over the past few years, it’s become evident that many New Zealanders are both unaware of how vital freedom of speech is, and how dangerous some of the moves are to exclude its protections. We talk about the work the Free Speech Union is doing in New Zealand, including campaigns to promote debate and critical thinking in schools, providing feedback and advice to government, and calling out actions that infringe upon freedom of speech. We also talk about how technology such as Bitcoin and Nostr can provide protection for Freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

Zed
Zed
Zed
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November 3, 2023

Czech Communism, Gypsies, Bitcoin Art, and Climbing Mountains with Zed

Zed is a Bitcoiner originally from the Czech Republic, but now living in Wellington, New Zealand, where he organises a Local Bitcoin meetup.We dive into Zed’s story, leaving the Czech Republic to go to London around the time of the occupy movement where he first discovered Bitcoin.We talk about Bitcoin art and the role of popular culture in sharing new ways of thinking, as well as the cultural background that Zed brings to Bitcoin, having being born into a communist system. We also talk about how people such as the Gypsies of Europe or the New Zealand Māori represent a different kind of relationship to the state that we can learn a lot from.

Jimmy Djabali
Jimmy Djabali
Jimmy Djabali
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October 26, 2023

Swiss Bitcoin Pay and Point of Sale Payment Solutions with Jimmy Djabali

I talk with Jimmy Djabali of Swiss Bitcoin Pay, an app for easily accepting Bitcoin payments at point of sale. This is an important area of development, and unfortunately there are still not that many solutions out there for making accepting Bitcoin as a business easy. Swiss Bitcoin Pay seeks to fix this with a simple interface that is suitable for shops, restaurants, or any kind of customer-facing business.Jimmy shares how the project came about and his vision for it, as well as the Bitcoin merchant situation in Switzerland including the city of Lugano which has over 300 merchants accepting Bitcoin already. 

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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October 21, 2023

Building the Social Layer of Bitcoin in New Zealand with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Bitkiwi Paul about the next Bitkiwi meetup that is happening on Saturday October 28th in Auckland. We also discuss the social layer of Bitcoin in New Zealand and how it has grown enormously over the last 12 months. This time last year I didn’t really know any Bitcoiners in person, but here we are with a thriving community of Bitcoin projects, businesses, and collaborations that I am involved in, and I know there are many others out there doing the same. A lot of Proof of Work has gone into building on Bitcoin over the last few years and that is going to be important as more and more people start finding and learning about Bitcoin.

Rob Clarkson
Rob Clarkson
Rob Clarkson
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October 13, 2023

Overview of Eltoo, Covenants, and Vaults on Bitcoin with Rob Clarkson

I talk with Rob Clarkson about scaling Bitcoin’s Layer 2 Lightning protocol, and how changes happen to Bitcoin more generally. Rob provides a technical introduction to some of the proposals such as ELTOO, APO, CTV, and we talk a bit about what covenants and vaults mean in Bitcoin.

Dr Matthew Birchall
Dr Matthew Birchall
Dr Matthew Birchall
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October 6, 2023

Once Were Builders: Learning from New Zealand’s Past to Develop Better Infrastructure with Dr Matthew Birchall

Dr Matthew Birchall is a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative. The New Zealand Initiative is a policy think tank conducting independent research on a wide range of issues. We talk about Matthew's report “Paving the Wave: Learning from New Zealand past to Build a Better Future.” The report explores how the country effectively tackled infrastructure projects in the past, and offers guidance on how the country can rediscover this talent.

Rigel Walshe
Rigel Walshe
Rigel Walshe
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September 29, 2023

Bitcoin as a Religious Phenomenon with Rigel Walshe

I talk with Rigel Walshe, who gave a speech at the Baltic Honeybadger conference this year titled “Bitcoin as a Religious Phenomenon”. We explore this topic and how in many ways Bitcoin provides meaning and purpose in a chaotic world. Whether it is the rapid growth in local bitcoin meetups post-covid, the spread of ideas such as self-sovereignty and rules for moral action, or the state of Bitcoin Culture on Twitter, the development of the social layer of Bitcoin is undeniable in recent years. 

James Swarbrick
James Swarbrick
James Swarbrick
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September 22, 2023

Understanding the Dasset Exchange Collapse from a Legal Perspective with James Swarbrick

James Swarbrick is the director of Swarbricks, a Bitcoin-accepting law firm in New Zealand. We talk about his thoughts from a legal perspective about the recent collapse of the Dasset crypto exchange, as well as discuss an article he wrote about how the hack of another exchange, Cryptopia, helped develop law in New Zealand. Finally we talk about the role of self-custody and inheritance planning for Bitcoin.

Darcy Ungaro
Darcy Ungaro
Darcy Ungaro
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September 15, 2023

Sovereign Individuals and the End of the Nation State Project with Darcy Ungaro

I share a conversation I had on Darcy Ungaro’s podcast, NZ Everyday Investor. Darcy has kindly allowed me to share the show with you here. I am on the other side of the mic, talking about my thoughts on housing in New Zealand, what it means to be a sovereign individual, and some bold reckonings about the future of the nation state project.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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September 8, 2023

Focussing on Proof of Work in Your Personal Life and Unplugging the Distractions with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Paul from Bitkiwi, who are organising New Zealand’s premiere Bitcoin meetup events. We talk about focussing on Proof of Work in your personal life, unplugging from the utter distraction of legacy media, and really asking fundamental questions about the future state of government and society.

Oscar Merry
Oscar Merry
Oscar Merry
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September 1, 2023

Building Fountain and Streaming Value with Podcasting 2.0 with Oscar Merry

I talk with Oscar Merry, co-founder of Fountain, one of the most popular Podcasting 2.0 apps. We talk about the future of open podcasting and breaking out from the walled gardens of big tech, how the Bitcoin Lightning Network can enable streaming value directly to content creators, and we also discuss some of the upcoming features that the Fountain team are working on.

Kevin Whitmore
Kevin Whitmore
Kevin Whitmore
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August 25, 2023

Exploring Bitcoin, Nostr, and the Lightning Network at Callaghan Innovation's Web3 Team with Kevin Whitmore

I talk with Kevin Whitmore from Callaghan Innovation. We discuss payment innovations with the Lightning network, Bitcoin, Nostr, and more. I am encouraged to see an interest in Bitcoin technology from the New Zealand Government. I welcome Callaghan’s approach of objectively looking at everything that comes their way and making judgements based on first principles. Ultimately having a vehicle like Kevin’s work at Callaghan Innovation could be one of the ways New Zealand becomes a first mover in adopting Bitcoin. I am quietly encouraged to see the label "Web3" reclaimed by genuinely decentralised tech such as Nostr, Lightning Zaps, and Fedi.

Jason Maier
Jason Maier
Jason Maier
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August 18, 2023

A Progressive's Case for Bitcoin with Jason Maier

Jason Maier is the author of A Progressive's Case for Bitcoin: A Path Toward a More Just, Equitable, and Peaceful World. The book introduces Bitcoin to a progressive audience focussed primarily on the United States. Jason talks about how Bitcoin can actually help bring about positive social change, and he also dispels some of the common misconceptions about Bitcoin that would otherwise slow adoption among those who need it most.

Andrew Cummins
Andrew Cummins
Andrew Cummins
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August 11, 2023

Working at Bitcoin Magazine with Andrew Cummins

Andrew Cummins formerly worked for Bitcoin Magazine as the Growth Marketing & Analytics Manager, and he shares the journey that took him from New Zealand to Colorado Springs, including his Bitcoin story, being on the ground at the Bitcoin Miami Conference, and his future plans.

James Scaur
James Scaur
James Scaur
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August 4, 2023

Bringing Azte.co Bitcoin Vouchers to New Zealand, Working at Cryptopia & Easy Crypto, and Life in Brazil with James Scaur

James Scaur has a great story, first discovering Bitcoin in high school, teaching himself programming and starting a business, before going on to work at Cryptopia and Easy Crypto while travelling through Europe and Brazil. He is now launching some exciting projects including bringing ⁠Azte.co⁠ Bitcoin vouchers to New Zealand, and making Bitcoin more accessible in Te reo Māori.

Kieran Nolan
Kieran Nolan
Chris Pollard
Kieran Nolan
Chris Pollard
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July 28, 2023

Melbourne Bitcoiners: Education, Meetups, Projects, and Spaces with Kieran Nolan & Chris Pollard

I talk with Kieran Nolan and Chris Pollard, two Bitcoiners based in Melbourne, Australia. Kieran Nolan is a Bitcoin educator. He is the technology specialist at a primary school in Australia, teaching Bitcoin and STEM topics, including getting Andreas Antonopoulos to do a video lesson with his students Kieran is also part of the theschoolofbitcoin.com, blockchain academy international, and other projects. Chris Pollard join us a little bit later on the episode and is active in helping organise the Bitcoin meetups in Melbourne, running bitcoinonly.store, as well leading a new project to create a permanent bitcoin space: unspent.space. With both my guests I was blown away by the range of impactful projects they are working on.

Blair Walter
Blair Walter
Blair Walter
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July 21, 2023

How Bitcoin Helps the Renewable Energy Journey with Blair Walter

Blair Walter is the Renewable Energy Leader at Aurecon, a global design, engineering, and advisory firm. He is also the Chair of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association. Blair shares his experience developing and financing renewable energy projects globally, and the opportunities that he sees for Bitcoin mining to accompany the build-out of new energy assets and infrastructure.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Konrad Hurren
Bitkiwi Paul
Konrad Hurren
Troy
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July 15, 2023

Matariki Special: Philosophy, Proof of Work, and Universal Language with Bitkiwi Paul, Konrad Hurren, and Troy

A special mid-winter Matariki episode. I catchup up with some of the Wellington Bitcoin crew here at the studio: Bitkiwi Paul and Konrad Hurren, and Troy joins us at the end.

James Viggiano
James Viggiano
James Viggiano
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July 14, 2023

Surviving in Orange with James Viggiano

We talk about Jame Viggiano's project Orange, which hosts a server in the popular multiplayer survival game “Rust”, where you can trade and learn about Bitcoin, have virtual meetups, and complete missions to earn sats.

Evan Lin
Evan Lin
Evan Lin
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July 7, 2023

Working on Bitcoin Dev Kit and Living in Taiwan with Evan Lin

Evan Lin is a New Zealand software engineer currently working on the Bitcoin Dev Kit (BDK). We talk about Evan’s journey to get funded by Spiral to work full-time on open-source Bitcoin projects, his experience working and living in Taiwan, and how we can encourage emerging developers to put their time and effort into Bitcoin.

Dash
Dash
Dash
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June 30, 2023

Privacy, Security, and Freedom Tech with Dash

Dash is part of the Tokyo Citadel Group, who I was able to meet when I was travelling through Japan recently. My impression from the Tokyo Citadel was that there was real interest in privacy, security, and the potential threats that Bitcoiners personally face from the nation state. Now this is not unfounded, and we have seen people being detained over things like coinjoins and through chain analysis. But I wanted to understand this perspective more and compare it with the situation in New Zealand.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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June 23, 2023

The Growth of Bitcoin Meetups in New Zealand with Bitkiwi Paul

Today I talk with Paul from Bitkiwi who are organising New Zealand’s premiere Bitcoin meetups. This episodes roams across a wide range of topics, from politics and nostalgia for the old days, to the importance and value of real-life Bitcoin meetups.

Faris Mali
Faris Mali
Faris Mali
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June 16, 2023

Bitcoin Begins: From the Street Markets of the Middle East to Gotham City with Faris Mali

In this episode I talk with Faris Mali about his journey growing up in the Middle East and North Africa, working in the academic world in Australia, and his upcoming book ‘Bitcoin Begins, beginner's guide to money, currency and Bitcoin’. Faris is the co-host of ⁠The Bitcoin Basics Podcast⁠, based out of Nelson, New Zealand and he also runs a company providing info about Bitcoin risk mitigation.

Devon Lazelle
Devon Lazelle
Devon Lazelle
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June 9, 2023

The Proof of Work of Motherhood with Devon Lazelle

Devon Lazelle has a background in banking and finance. We talk about her Bitcoin story and what is important to her, including the Proof of Work of motherhood, and exploring the best ways to enable children to learn and thrive in this changing world.

Niko Lamanen
Niko Lamanen
Niko Lamanen
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June 2, 2023

Sharing Bitcoin Knowledge via Konsensus Network with Niko Laamanen

Niko Laamanen is the founder of Konsensus Network, a company that focuses on localising and distributing important literature about bitcoin, Austrian economics, and sovereignty. Niko recognised the importance of being able to convey the Bitcoin message into other languages.

Mike Lazelle
Mike Lazelle
Brad Henderson
Mike Lazelle
Brad Henderson
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May 26, 2023

The New Zealand Power Grid and Bitcoin with Mike Lazelle and Brad Henderson

Today I talk with Mike Lazelle, Founder & VP at Red Phase, a New Zealand-based EV fast charging startup, and Brad Henderson Head of Engineering and Design at ElectroNet. Both of my guests are Bitcoiners and have an extensive background working in the energy sector in New Zealand and abroad. We talk about how the NZ grid and electricity market works, and some of the details of how new generations assets are built, and what the future of energy infrastructure might look like in New Zealand.

Te Kahukura Boynton
Te Kahukura Boynton
Te Kahukura Boynton
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May 19, 2023

Bitcoin for Māori Empowerment with Te Kahukura Boynton

Te Kahukura Boynton is a young wāhine studying law and running the blog and podcast Māori Millionaire, documenting the journey of learning about financial independence and empowerment for Māori.

Jeff Nijsse
Jeff Nijsse
Jeff Nijsse
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May 12, 2023

Teaching Bitcoin at Auckland University of Technology with Jeff Nijsse

Jeff is a Senior Lecturer for Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. He is also a Bitcoiner, and we discuss how he has been teaching Bitcoin to his students, including sharing Satoshi’s White Paper and exploring the technology of the lightning network.

Nicki & James in El Salvador
Nicki & James in El Salvador
Nicki & James in El Salvador
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76
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May 5, 2023

Building a Bitcoin Life in El Salvador with Nicki & James

Today I talk with Nicki and James in El Salvador. The couple left New Zealand, buying one-way tickets to El Salvador just over a year ago! We talk about what it is like in their new home and the hope and optimism that they see around them.

The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
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20
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April 28, 2023

Bitcoin Alive + Recap of Recent New Zealand-based Projects with the Kiwi Bitcoiner Builders

Today I talk with the Kiwi Bitcoin Builders. This New Zealand-based group connects people working on various Bitcoin projects, from tools for merchant acceptance of Bitcoin, through to mining businesses, Bitcoin meetups, education, and even developing on the lightning network.

Si Hodlsolo
Si Hodlsolo
Jason Suffolk Bitcoin
Si Hodlsolo
Jason Suffolk Bitcoin
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51
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April 21, 2023

Bitcoin Meetups and Merchant Acceptance in the UK with Simon (@hodlsolo) & Jason (@SuffolkBitcoin)

Today I talk with Simon and Jason, 2 British Bitcoiners who are involved in organising meetups and events throughout the UK, as well as promoting merchant adoption of Bitcoin. Simon also known as @hodlsolo, is part of the LaserEyesCards project, is the co-founder of Bridge2Bitcoin, and organises the Northhamptonshire Bitcoin meetup. Jason is the organiser of the Suffolk Bitcoin meetup.

Darcy Ungaro
Darcy Ungaro
Darcy Ungaro
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79
Minutes
April 14, 2023

Fix the Money, Fix the World: Bitcoin as an Everyday Investment for the Future with Darcy Ungaro

Today I talk with Darcy Ungaro. Darcy is a financial advisor, a Bitcoiner, and he also hosts the NZ Everyday Investor Podcast. This episode is very much a crossover where we talk about our views on Bitcoin and what the future may look like.

Ben Jarvie
Ben Jarvie
Ben Jarvie
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58
Minutes
April 7, 2023

Māori Sovereignty and Self-determination Through Bitcoin with Ben Jarvie

Today I talk with Ben Jarvie. Ben is a Bitcoiner working for Amber App, a Bitcoin-only exchange, and he is also a writer. In this episode we talk about a piece that Ben wrote for Bitcoin magazine titled "New Zealand's Past, Pūtea, and Future: CBDC vs Bitcoin".

Tokyo Citadel
Tokyo Citadel
Tokyo Citadel
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72
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March 31, 2023

Bitcoin in Japan with Andy, Dash, and Mike from Tokyo Citadel

Today I talk with Andy, Dash, and Mike from Tokyo Citadel. The group’s goal is is to move bitcoin adoption, use and knowledge forward in Tokyo. They run a Bitcoin podcast and organise regular meetups and events. In this episode we discuss Bitcoin in Japan and its perceptions by the public, as well as the bitcoin development and innovation that is taking place and what the current economic & political landscape is.

Simon Collins
Simon Collins
Simon Collins
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52
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March 24, 2023

Soft War, Law as Code, and Understanding Value Transfer in a Bitcoin World with Dr. Simon Collins

Today I talk with Dr. Simon Collins from Stackr, a New Zealand Bitcoin mining company. In this episode we discuss Simon's thoughts on Jason Lowery's latest book about power projection in a Bitcoin world. We also explore the abstract category of "value transfer" and how the vantage point of Bitcoin can provide a way to explore this, similar to how the internet provided a new way to look at communication.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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60
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March 17, 2023

Growing Up With Bitcoin: How Kids Learn About Money and Value with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Paul from Bitkiwi, who organise New Zealand's premiere bitcoin events. In this episode we talk about how children and young people learn about and interact with money, and how these early experiences can shape their world-view and their understanding of value.

Roberto Osegueda
Roberto Osegueda
Roberto Osegueda
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89
Minutes
March 10, 2023

The Success and Challenges of Bitcoin in El Salvador with Roberto Osegueda

I talk with Roberto Osegueda, a Salvadorian living here in New Zealand. We talk about Roberto's experience growing up in El Salvador among the backdrop of the civil war and gang violence, and how the country has managed to massively change its image over the last few years for the better. El Salvador adopted Bitcoin as legal tender in September 2021 and Roberto shares a very

Glen Herud
Glen Herud
Glen Herud
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63
Minutes
March 3, 2023

Decentralised Dairy Farming in New Zealand with Glen Herud

I talk with Glen Herud, the founder of Happy Cow Milk Company. Glen is focussed on decentralised dairy farming, where individual farmers are able to process and pasteurise their milk themselves using Glen's hardware specs, and connect in with a platform for supply and distribution of dairy products directly to businesses and consumers.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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43
Minutes
February 24, 2023

Bitkiwi Wellington Retrospective, Bitcoin Magazine, and Understanding Value in Rural Communities with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Paul from Bitkiwi who are organising NZ’s premiere Bitcoin events. We reflect on the most recent Bitkiwi event that was held in Wellington earlier in February. The next event will be held in Christchurch on March 25th from 2pm at the Bealey Quarter, 263 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch.

HG
HG
HG
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54
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February 17, 2023

Hyper Local & Hyper Global: The Bitcoin Community in New Zealand with HG

A down-to-earth and impromptu catchup with HG, a local Bitcoiner from Christchurch who flew up to be at the Bitkiwi meetup in Wellington recently. We discuss Bitcoin in NZ, local initiatives, and who we think is the one kiwi we would like to see get orange pilled!

Konrad Hurren
Konrad Hurren
Konrad Hurren
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69
Minutes
February 10, 2023

Austrian Economics and Bitcoin in New Zealand with Konrad Hurren

I talk with Konrad Hurren, a New Zealand Economist. We cover a lot of topics, looking at Austrian economics and how it can be considered in a New Zealand context, the challenges and inherent biases with trying to measure an economy with things like GDP and CPI, and the difference between the science and practice of economics.

Hanoz Bilia
Hanoz Bilia
Hanoz Bilia
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66
Minutes
February 3, 2023

The Altruist: NZ's First Dedicated Bitcoin Community Space in Auckland with Hanoz Bilia

I talk with Hanoz Bilia, the founder of The Altruist, a new Bitcoin education and community space based in the Auckland CBD. The Altruist is NZ's first dedicated Bitcoin space and is a great project helping connect Bitcoiners and people interested about Bitcoin in real life! We discuss Hanoz's motivation to start the space, the importance of providing resources for people to learn and

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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7
71
Minutes
January 27, 2023

The Importance of Using Cash with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Bitkiwi Paul about my new year's resolution to use more cash and how Bitcoiners might align with it in an increasingly cashless world where surveillance and tracking is normalised.

Simon Collins
Simon Collins
Simon Collins
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90
Minutes
January 20, 2023

Sustainable Bitcoin Mining in New Zealand with Dr. Simon Collins

I talk with Dr. Simon Collins, founder of Stackr, a sustainable Bitcoin mining company based in New Zealand. We talk about NZ's unique renewable energy mix, the importance of miner collaboration, and future opportunities to integrate Bitcoin mining with industrial heat processes.

SJF
SJF
SJF
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5
58
Minutes
January 13, 2023

Proof of Work as a Creative Practice with Sound Artist SJF

I talk with SJF, a Sound Artist based in the U.K. We explore questions about privacy and the panopticon of surveillance as we move on from the chaos of 2022, and how Bitcoin's Proof of Work ethos can help inspire and enable creative endeavours.

Rob Clarkson
Rob Clarkson
Rob Clarkson
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67
Minutes
January 6, 2023

Bitcoin Education and New Zealand Merchant Adoption with Rob Clarkson

I talk with Rob Clarkson, a Bitcoin Educator and Merchant Adoption Facilitator based in Queenstown, New Zealand. We talk about Rob's work running workshops, helping people get their first sats and even buying their first coffee with Bitcoin. We also discuss merchant adoption and what the opportunities are for this in New Zealand.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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46
Minutes
December 20, 2022

The Bishops of Fiat and the Enlightenment of Money with Bitkiwi Paul

I talk with Bitkiwi Paul about his ideas on how the emergence of Bitcoin represents for money what the Enlightenment was to science: a technology-driven change that led to fundamental shifts in society and the way we understand the world around us. Follow Bitkiwi on Twitter at @Bitkiwi1 for the latest. Please stream and support so that we can do more.

Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
Bitkiwi Paul
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49
Minutes
December 13, 2022

Bitkiwi Meetups and the Importance of Building New Zealand's Bitcoin Identity

I talk with Paul from Bitkiwi, a small dedicated group organising Bitcoin events in New Zealand. Bitkiwi's first two in-person events in Wellington went well, with people coming from across the country to attend. More meetups are scheduled for 2023. Follow Bitkiwi on Twitter at @Bitkiwi1 for the latest.

The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
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98
Minutes
December 10, 2022

Bitcoin in New Zealand: How Do We Make It Happen?

In this group chat we talk about the new RBNZ Issue paper on the future of money, point of sale hardware experiments on the Lightning Network, and how New Zealand government and business can be educated about the role of Bitcoin. We also discuss improved ways to bring about retail adoption and get Bitcoin into the hands of kiwis, along with a whole lot more!