Mardi Gras for Kiwi software firm

Software developed in Wellington helped thousands have a gay old time in Sydney.

Software developed in Wellington helped thousands have a gay old time in Sydney.

Organisers of the film festival section of Sydney's Mardi Gras celebrations used NetLogic's Banqonit online payment system to process ticket sales.

The event, which ended last week, was the first Australian client for the product. Richard King, executive director of organisers Queer Screen, says the system worked "fine" and helped the festival achieve 30% of ticket sales online for the first time.

"I would be definitely interested in talking to [NetLogic] again about next year, as the basic online booking product is good," King says.

Banqonit client services manager Grant Edlin says operations are being hosted in Melbourne. Credit cards are processed in real time, and King says a few were rejected because of Australia's "antiquated" banking system.

NetLogic opened its Australian operation just before Christmas. Proper marketing has not yet started but Edlin says other Australian Banqonit clients are being signed up.

Back home, the company's simpler PayitOnline product is helping Kiwi charities cash in from increased donations.

The online payment system allows donations to appear in the organisation's account the next day, transactions are secure and the charity can immediately issue tax refund notices. Customers include Radio Rhema, NZ Red Cross, Charity Net (Waikato) and Wellington Free Ambulance.

Mike Smith from the Red Cross says his organisation began using it a month ago to process regular monthly payments as well as instant donations to appeals such as the Indian earthquake. "It's great, very promising. It speeds payment up and gets rid of the manual processes we had to do. We have received $10,000 for the earthquake in India [over the net], which we might not have got," he says.

"As time goes on, I guess people will get more comfortable with making payments through the internet," Smith says.

Edlin says meetings with other charities are underway.

Banqonit and PayitOnline together claim more than 100 customers. These include Wellington Airport, Statistics New Zealand, and sporting, farming, medical, wholesale, retail, tourism and cosmetics organisations.

The browser-based system behind the products is three years old. It uses encryption in its security and handles major credit cards and foreign currency.

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