Kiwis have always been inventors and pioneers

From the Māori waka and fortified pā, to Sir Ernest Rutherford splitting the atom and Colin Murdoch’s disposable hypodermic syringe; from suffragette Kate Sheppard modernising democracy to Dr. Bill Robinson’s Seismic Isolators and Mrs McRae’s Pavlova (yes, the Pav is definitely 100% pure New Zealand). We have prided ourselves on our creativity, our ingenuity, and our use of a little #8 wire to fix anything.

BUT that’s no longer enough

In the 21st Century, #8 wire simply won’t fix the problems our environment is facing. Mother Earth is saying, ‘yeah nah,’ to our she’ll be right attitude and asking for a bit more help.

Now, we need 9Wire thinking—taking us beyond backyard tinkering into pioneering solutions for the environment.

That’s where we come in

9Wire is an innovation pipeline for all stages of development with wrap-around, bespoke support that follows creators along their journey to get their environmental solutions from the blackboard to the world. 9Wire is leaping ahead- it’s not just about improving the known but inventing the unknown.

Unlike other programmes, 9Wire is not a fund or an ideas competition. Our programme helps you navigate your environmental innovation to impact. Rather than other traditional accelerator programmes, where money is pushed towards those who fit a rigidly defined criteria, 9Wire pulls opportunities, support, and funding where it’s needed most. 9Wire allows support and funding to find you with access to Aotearoa’s key funders and innovation support organisations who are equally passionate about getting ideas to impact.

9Wire is not searching for one type of innovation or innovator. From products to public service innovations, to new technology or innovative management methods, to conceptual to new governance practices—it doesn’t matter. Whether you are tinkering in your shed, have a nugget of an idea, an established invention, or a new governance or organisational innovation—if it’s a solution for the environment—we want to hear from you.


“We don’t just want to help you improve the known. We want to support you as you invent the unknown.”
— Livia Esterhazy, WWF-New Zealand CEO

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