NEM and Mana Labs team up to unlock the potential of blockchain in New Zealand

NEM recently partnered with Mana Labs, a community social enterprise with the goal to improve the quality of life of local communities in New Zealand. It was developed with a plan in mind to provide impact for change, reach larger communities, employ a more strategic approach, living up to its mission of “fusing next generation advancements with matauranga Maori.” Mana Labs is exploring a number of growing areas, including blockchain technology.

With the support of the industry and a cross section of community, Mana Labs has established a collaborative mass of skilled resources. Aside from education and scientific research, it has made collaborations with various organisations that target health, well-being, personal development, and employment prospects among community members.

The scope of partnership between NEM and Mana Labs include:

  1. Conducting regular engagements for blockchain experts and Maori entrepreneurs and communities
  2. Allowing access to Mana Labs’ channels for projects that would like to utilize the NEM platform and its $100 million community fund
  3. Providing resources and training in order to hone skills and equip developers to further apply the blockchain technology

These will be led by Dalaney Davis, NEM leader from New Zealand, who is focused on growing the NEM ecosystem.

The engagements will carry on after the launch of the NEM Blockchain Hub in New Zealand, a dedicated location for NEM to share basic knowledge about blockchain and cryptocurrency with the public and community members, as well as provide support by means of activities such as workshops, hackathons, and forums to startups that are interested in adopting the technology.

Mahi Paurini, the Director for Mana Labs, said:

“The potential opportunity to get the jump on the mainstream by leveraging key relationships and training for our communities is unreal. We get to develop use cases with cutting-edge tech solutions that can make a difference locally and be applied globally. This will also encourage enterprise development and engagement in ICT where Maori and Pasifika representation is low. We will lead initiatives with our unique worldview, which is a diversity play in a world where this is increasingly a major point of difference.”

NEM and Mana Labs

“We will be working closely with Mana Labs to ensure that this collaboration will lead to the showcase of New Zealand’s commitment to stand out in the area of technology, alongside its commitment to social impact and supporting communities,” said Dalaney Davis, NEM New Zealand lead.

Jason Lee, NEM Foundation’s Expansion Director for Australia and New Zealand added,

“This is the start of many initiatives we plan to strengthen to ensure that an emerging technology such as blockchain is available to communities across the world. We are glad that a collaboration such as this can be forged with a synergistic benefit in mind,”


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