Improving livelihoods and prosperity for New Zealanders

Its not just about money – but money has a great deal to do with it.
Our country’s earnings come primarily from dairy and tourism. What a country earns is reflective of how much we as individuals can earn, how much we can afford to buy – whether it’s medicine for cancer patients or resources for schools – and the type of job opportunities available to us.

Currently our nation is reliant on primary industry – that is industries that are involved in the extraction and collection of natural resources such as timber, as well as activities such as farming and fishing. For many communities around our country, primary industries are the only options. We want to change that.

If we can improve Aotearoa’s economy and job opportunities, we can create prosperity for our people and our country as a whole. Our mission is to remove barriers to working in the ICT sector and grow the talent pool of available technologists. We do that by providing a launch pad into the tech industry.

How much do we earn?
Last year our country earned about 60 billion dollars.

That same year Google earned roughly 1.3 times what our country earned, while Apple brought home over 3.5 times as much! (Roughly 80 billion dollars).

These companies earn more than our entire nation, and the tech industry is booming with trillions of dollars.

How much is a trillion dollars?
A trillion dollars is actually an incredibly hard amount to visualise, let alone 5 trillion.
Currently there’s about 4 trillion dollars being invested into tech and it is estimated that another 1 trillion dollars will be invested into tech over the next 5 years. We can access these dollars by growing a skilled and diverse talent pool of web developers and technologists.

A trillion dollars on paper
1,000 = one thousand
1,000,000 = one million
1,000,000,000 = one billion
1,000,000,000,000 = one trillion

A trillion measured in time
How long ago is a trillion seconds?

If you count backward, then:
1 million seconds = 12 days ago
1 billion seconds = 31 years ago
1 trillion seconds = 30,000 B.C.
(give or take a decade or two)

A trillion dollars distributed amongst New Zealand’s population
There are about 4.45 million people in New Zealand.
If we divided 1 trillion dollars evenly to every person – woman, man, child, infant, (1,000,000,000,000/4,450,000) each person would receive:


If we divided 5 trillion dollars to every person in NZ (5,000,000,000,000/4,450,000)

Each person would receive over 1.1 million dollars ($1,123,595) .

If a person’s salary is $40,000 per year it would take:
25 years to earn $1 Million
25 Thousand years to earn $1 Billion,
25 Million years to earn $1 Trillion

If you lived to be 80 years of age, to have:
$1 Million you would have to save $34 each day of your life,
$1 Billion you would have to save $34,000 each day of your life,
$1 Trillion you would have to save $34 Million each day of your life
$5 Trillion you would have to save $170 Million each day of your life.

In Summary
There is an incredible opportunity to diversify the ways in which we earn a living and to improve livelihoods for people and communities. The amount of money spent in the tech sector makes it an obvious winner. Dev Academy is dedicated to this mission of improving prosperity, equity and opportunity and we believe a future not shackled to primary industry is possible.

Credit to ‘If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Film Festival’ for crunching those numbers!