Bigger is better as The Instillery & Origin merge to amplify their impact on Aotearoa

15th August 2019

Written by Origin

August 15, 2019: Aotearoa’s number one in cloud, The Instillery, and nationally renowned managed IT & security services provider, Origin, today announced their merger. The merger will create a unique future-focused provider of cloud, automation, connectivity and security professional and managed services for Kiwi midmarket, enterprise, local and central government organisations.

The combined organisation will retain The Instillery brand and will deliver more than $40 million in revenue with 200 staff across Aotearoa.

The merger represents one of the most significant M&A events for the Kiwi tech sector in a decade and will establish The Instillery as a genuine tier one ICT provider committed assisting Kiwi public and private organisations to realise the well-documented benefits of cloud technologies, while also ensuring the security and protection of their critical data.   

Mike Jenkins, CEO and founder of The Instillery, will continue to lead the newly-formed company. Origin’s CEO and founder Michael Russell will join the executive team of The Instillery as Chief Sales Officer.

Jenkins says the merger is a  “statement of intent to lead the cloud revolution. Emerging technologies led by cloud and automation (in particular) continue to disrupt, creating new opportunities.” 

“The tech sector here in Aotearoa has been screaming out for change, and looking for a genuine alternative option to partner with. Trust and confidence have never been more critical to our clients as they embark on their cloud journey, so Michael and the Origin team’s twenty years of experience across both security consulting and managed services is massively compelling.”

The Instillery and Origin both come from humble beginnings. The Instillery was founded six years ago, from a co-working space in Parnell. Origin was established in a West Auckland garage twenty years ago. The Instillery merged with Vo2 in July last year, while Origin also has recent M&A experience, following its acquisition of Optinet in 2015.    

The Instillery is known for its public cloud and DevOps expertise. Its merger with Vo2 brought extensive modern workplace, managed services and support capability. Origin brings further depth to The Instillery stable, with twenty years of managed services, private cloud, network and security experience. The combined business will offer one of New Zealand’s leading cybersecurity practices. 

Michael Russell says the merger of The Instillery and Origin means focusing on growing in the right area. 

“Origin has twenty years of experience in delivering innovative solutions and managed services. The merger is an exciting opportunity to take another step towards where our customers need us to be with the growth of cloud, leveraging the unrivalled experience The Instillery have in this area.”

Origin customer Wayne Bloem, Head of Operational Excellence at Kotahi, echoes this sentiment: 

“As a customer with Origin, I’m extremely excited about the merger between Origin and The Instillery. I couldn’t have picked a better merger of two highly respected companies as this one. With this merger, the two companies combined will provide Kotahi with a key strategic partner that can not only support its environments and protect it through its security practices, but they can also now further challenge us on our cloud journey.” 

“We look for partners that can push us and drive us beyond our current capabilities. And with this merger, we now will have a partner that has a global reach in this space and further drive Kotahi’s cloud priorities. I truly think this will create a partner to be reckoned with.”

According to Jenkins, “Most enterprises today utilise a hybrid, multi-cloud approach. Origin’s strength in security, network design and optimisation, combined with our agnostic approach to cloud, means that customers will get the proven formula, tailored for their business, irrespective of where they are on their cloud journey.”

Says The Instillery client Hamish Archer, GM Technology at TSB:

"The Instillery have worked with us from the start of our cloud journey, from helping us build our first production systems on AWS, then automating their deployment. Keeping security in front of mind and having local skills is very important to us and has been a key part of the engagement with The Instillery. The access to further depth and capability through the merger with Origin opens up further opportunities to grow what we do together."

Jenkins says the newly formed company will address largely unmet demand in the enterprise arena. 

“We know that large businesses, including enterprise, local government and central government agencies, are looking for a fresh, agile approach that allows them to move faster. ‘Velocity with confidence’ is in our DNA. In this exciting new chapter, we’re excited about the immediate opportunity to scale to up to help more businesses innovate and realise the well-documented benefits of cloud.”

The new company will have offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Napier, Wellington and Christchurch. It will continue to invest in and focus on local growth, along with attracting top talent in cloud, automation, security and connectivity from across the country.

The Instillery also delivers services for several Trans-Tasman and global clients, and is eyeing up expansion into Australia in the near future.

For more information, please contact:

Jack Downs
The Instillery
Chief Amazement (Marketing) Officer

+64 21 026 79 303


Company Backgrounds

The Instillery

The Instillery is an award-winning NZ Maori business born in the cloud and automation era, servicing clients across the globe. It was founded in 2013 by Mike Jenkins.

With a fresh young lens, thirst for innovation and a cloud agnostic, data-driven approach, The Instillery enables organisations to develop and release new products and services significantly faster, with lower risk, at a lower cost and more frequently than ever before.

The Instillery’s cloud solution set includes multi-cloud and digital transformation consulting, managed services and smart data for big and small business. Their service product approach ensures a high velocity, economic path to leveraging the benefits of cloud and automation.

The Instillery instill capability & confidence – always leaving client’s teams and business in a better place than before through a commitment to not "doing cloud to you" but instead through upskilling and empowering their people. It’s as much about culture change, as it is technology change.

Mike is an award-winning kiwi entrepreneur, regarded as “the cloud guy” within the Australasian market. Mike was born to lead in the IT industry, growing up in the Computerland era and honing his skills through a 14-year career working for Logical, IBM and Cisco on both sides of the Tasman.

Mike’s passion for the evolution of Cloud & DevOps and commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry committed to challenging the status quo and widespread industry protectionism is only surpassed by his focus to ensure positive and tangible business results for our clients.

In 2018 The Instillery joined forces with kiwi business, Vo2, a merger designed to drive wider adoption of cloud technologies across Aotearoa. 

The Instillery believes in elevating Aotearoa’s future. This starts with both the main centers and regional NZ. The Instillery are committed to helping businesses transition from where they are today, towards their cloud, automation, security & connectivity-based nirvana.


Origin was founded in Auckland in 2000 with the goal of providing continuous, robust and forward-thinking IT support to New Zealand's most promising companies, freeing them up to focus on innovation and growth.

Origin’s mission has always been to help New Zealand’s best businesses really fly by allowing them to focus on what they do for their customers.

Led by one of the original founders, Michael Russell, the Origin team builds longstanding and loyal partnerships. Its clients include some of New Zealand’s best-known businesses – companies that are making a real and significant contribution to New Zealand’s health, wealth and standing overseas.

In recent years Origin has built one of New Zealand’s largest cybersecurity practices, providing a fully managed threat prevention, detection and response service to enterprise businesses.

Michael believes the key to Origin’s success is that it attracts talented people who are driven to understand people and their needs first; technology and its benefits second. His key responsibilities are to ensure that clients have a great experience and that Origin has the kind of culture that attracts and retains talented people.


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