About Wellington Now

Wellington Now is a mobile app, created by three Hutt Valley High School Students in February 2015, for a Year 13 Business Studies Project. Wellington Now was part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme in 2015.

We began Wellington Now with the aim of streamlining multiple sources of information into one, easy to use app. We successfully launched our iPhone app in July and to this day we have had over 5,000 downloads. We plan on releasing an Android version soon and we intend to expand into other regions of New Zealand in the future.

Contact Us

We are based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Our Team

Young Enterprise Scheme

The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market.

YES Website



​Wellington Now was created by Nick Hyland, Rakshana Chandrasiri and Dipesh Patel in February 2015. We began Wellington Now as a Year 13 Business Studies Project at Hutt Valley High School, to compete in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme 2015. We had a vision to provide a reliable mobile app that brings people and information together.

Idea Generation

​​In February, Wellington Now completed a large market research survey, to gain a better understanding of the market. From our research we refined our initial concept and created six sections within the app - Social Feed, Traffic, Public Transport, Weather, Earthquakes and Events.


​​​​Developing Wellington Now took a large period of time, as we endeavoured to create the entire app ourselves. Having no experience in app development, we began to research and study how to develop an app. With only online research, such as Youtube and forums, we began to create Wellington Now.


​Days before the 1st of July (the scheduled launch day), Wellington Now was accepted on to the Apple App Store. A massive accomplishment for our team to have met Apple's regulations and standards on our first attempt. Wellington Now was granted permission from KiwiRail to officially launch in the Wellington Railway Station, an iconic Wellington building flooded with commuters. During our launch we distributed over 400 flyers to Wellingtonians.


​​​Just two weeks after launching, Wellington Now reached 1,000 app downloads!

Wellington Excellence in Financial Management 2015

Wellington Now won the "Excellence in Financial Management 2015" award at the Young Enterprise Trust Wellington Regional Awards. The award included tickets to attend the Wellington Regional Business Excellence Awards event held at the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce.

HeyDay Best Use of Digital 2015

​​​Wellington Now won the "Heyday Best Use of Digital 2015" award at the Young Enterprise Trust National Awards. Awarded to the YES Company that best demonstrated excellence in having a stellar Digital presence. Winning a $1,000 cash prize.

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