Episodes about:

New Zealand

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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47
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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.

Rupert Carlyon
Rupert Carlyon
Rupert Carlyon
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52
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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.

The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
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54
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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.

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.

Rabble
Rabble
Rabble
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58
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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.

Dr Matthew Birchall
Dr Matthew Birchall
Dr Matthew Birchall
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70
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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.

James Swarbrick
James Swarbrick
James Swarbrick
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47
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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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73
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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.

Andrew Cummins
Andrew Cummins
Andrew Cummins
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55
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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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78
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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.

James Viggiano
James Viggiano
James Viggiano
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90
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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.

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.

Jeff Nijsse
Jeff Nijsse
Jeff Nijsse
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65
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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.

Ben Jarvie
Ben Jarvie
Ben Jarvie
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58
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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".

HG
HG
HG
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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!

Hanoz Bilia
Hanoz Bilia
Hanoz Bilia
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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

The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
The Kiwi Bitcoiners
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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!