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Returning from a few days away mountain biking deep in the bush, I was pleased to learn the coalition talks have concluded and Ministerial roles have been appointed. Congratulations to all of the new Ministers! While almost every portfolio will need to embrace tech, some are more directly connected. In particular, on behalf of the tech sector, I’d like to welcome the following:
Hon Judith Collins takes up several new ministerial roles, showing the Government’s commitment to tech, both its better use and growing the sector. Minister Collins is the new Minister for Research, Science, Innovation and Tech, Minister for Space and Minister for Digitising Government (plus Attorney General, Minister for GSCB/NZSIS).
Erica Stanford will lead two critical portfolios for the success of the growth of the tech sector, Education and Immigration. Melissa Lee continues to lead the charge for tech sector growth as well with Minister for Media and Communications and Minister for Economic Development. It’s also encouraging to see the experience of Hon Todd McClay across Trade and Agriculture, especially with the rapid growth of the agritech sector. Brooke van Velden as Minister of Internal Affairs will have the task of shepherding in the critical digital identity services trust framework, the foundation for safe and effective use of digital services across the economy. And of course, Nicola Willis as Minister of Finance, who will no doubt appreciate the rapidly growing tech sector’s contribution to economic growth.
This week I’m looking forward to sharing NZTech briefings with incoming Ministers and preparing for the publication of our report Technology for Emissions Reduction – a Framework for Aotearoa’s Climate Technology Roadmap.
In other news, if you’re interested in the edtech sector, check out our recently released EdTech Findr ecosystem map.
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