About Akahu

Akahu maintains deeply functional data integrations with NZ banks and other financial institutions. We bundle those integrations into a simple API for developers.

We originally built this open finance infrastructure in 2017 for our own product. Then in December 2020, we announced an investment from Red Bird Ventures - the venture arm of Westpac New Zealand. At the same time, we made Akahu available to external developers.

Akahu supports the development of Consumer Data Rights in New Zealand, and we intend to evolve our integrations into that purpose-built regulatory regime as it rolls out and matures.

How we connect

We’re always searching for people who want to lead the development of open finance in New Zealand.

If you're a software engineer, designer, or security engineer with a passion for giving consumers control of their data, check out our careers page for open roles.

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Ben Lynch

Founder, Chair, Head of Product
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Sarah Brooks

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Bruce Gordon

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Josh Daniell

CEO and co-founder
Oliver Fawcett

Oliver Fawcett

Software Engineer and co-founder
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William Seagar

Software Engineer and co-founder
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David Browne

Engineering Lead
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Varun Sakhare

Data Analyst
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Dulanjalee Dissanayake

Data Analyst

Our investors

How did you come up with the name?

Akahu is a made-up word.

It had the practical hallmarks - short, good domains available, doesn't breach anyone's IP.

But it was inspired by a word relating to custodianship. We consider that to be our most important role - a trusted custodian of data connections for consumers.

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Our team is here to answer any questions that you may have.

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