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Sunrise Aotearoa is all about telling the story of the epic opportunity in front of NZ. We want to paint a picture of the future and leave you with a new perspective on the opportunity and challenges that face us. View our program here.

Our day is divided into 3 programming chapters, sparked by 3 provocations: 
Chapter 1: Can Kiwis be the ones to solve the world's biggest problems?
Aotearoa is a small country but her impact can be felt across the world. We'll delve into the local ingredients that drive ingenuity, and hear from the homegrown pioneers solving difficult problems.

Chapter 2: Is NZ ready to produce the next generation of innovators, creatives and inventors?
‍What would be required of our education system to train and develop this generation? How do we produce more innovators, and get more talented people into startups? We'll turn to experts in diversity, education and technology to find out.

Chapter 3: Aotearoa has great storytellers, but it's time to tell our story.
Kiwis are natural, world-class storytellers. This is a superpower and it's time to harness it. How might we make storytelling a product? And how do we take our own stories to the world? Hear and see examples from the most exciting local storytellers in film, metaverse and more.
Aotearoa - 06 Sep 2022

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The Sunrise Story

Sunrise is our love letter to startups and the people who build them. Now, more than ever, we need wild hearts to pave the way. Every one of us must set to work on building the future. Sunrise exists to inspire the next generation of wild hearts.

Sunrise started in 2014 when Blackbird’s founders Rick and Niki pulled the whole thing together in six weeks. With limited resources, experience and time, the whole community came together to make Sunrise happen. This year, we are featuring speakers and themes designed to provoke debate and spark new ideas. Join us as we paint a picture of the future and what could be.


Are there discount tickets for students and CSC holders?

Yes! Email us to confirm you're a student or a Community Services Card holder at and we'll send you a special code to claim a discounted ticket.

Where and when is Sunrise Auckland happening?

Tuesday September 6, at ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland CBD. Need a map? Here you go! 

What’s your COVID policy?

We are working closely to follow all local restrictions and COVID-safe event requirements, which you can read about here. Due to these requirements, you’ll need to wear your face mask indoors throughout the day (unless you have an exemption).

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