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Technology at the heart of lifting govt services

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Media Release, NZTech News

Technology is at the heart of improving productivity of government services and the second annual NZTech Advance Government and Technology Summit in Wellington on February 28 will play a landmark role in helping New Zealand become a stronger digital nation, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

The summit is a high-level event that will host the key players from government, industry and technology to lead discussions on transformative technology aiding the delivery of better public services.

The event will offer insights from people working behind the scenes about the government’s ICT strategy framework and the complex issues behind the government adoption of the public cloud. The public sector is single largest customer of the tech sector.

“This year we focus on advancing the use of technology across the public sector and building stronger collaboration across government,” Muller says.

“Among those attending are leaders and executives from government and technology, senior policy makers, senior advisers, controllers and strategists from government agencies and enterprise architects, technology and operations managers from local and central government, health and education.

“The summit has also attracted risk officers, transformation leaders, performance leaders and business partners within government and industry and finally chief information officers and their top team members from NZ-based and international companies.

“New Zealanders need to understand the benefits and challenges of implementing the acceleration of public cloud services. We must realise the deeper implications of working with data and security in the cloud.

“We will discuss how government and industry leaders can build a culture within government to support tech transformation and become a strong digital nation.

“Transforming government services will lead to better outcomes for all New Zealanders, especially those in most need. With up to 40 percent of all money spent on tech in New Zealand spent by the public sector, enabling agencies to share innovative ways of using technology will drive better public services.

“Technology is at the heart of the transformation that government is looking for. NZTech is committed to working with government to enable this transformation.

“Productivity lies at the core of New Zealand’s long-term economic challenges. Hard won in a small isolated economy, productivity in New Zealand has declined over the past 40 years, compared to other small developed economies. With services making up 70 percent of New Zealand’s GDP, it is here that the greatest productivity challenge exists.

“Technology is at the heart of improving productivity of government services. Discussions between government and industry are now far more “gritty” and open, and able to grapple with real issues faced by agencies.

“But the environment in many government agencies does little to nurture innovation. While there is a proliferation of data in government agencies, a resistance, or inability, to share and collaborate is undermining the value of the data.”

Muller says next month’s summit at Te Papa is central to both the government’s aspiration for the economy and transforming the way government operates and delivers public services. The tech the industry believes that more can be done to work alongside government to help bring about positive outcomes, he says.
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IBM MD steps down from NZTech board

Jackie Clark
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Media Release, NZTech News

Rob Lee, managing director of IBM New Zealand, has stepped down from the NZTech board after six years’ service.

Lee chaired the governance committee and was responsible for leading the board on a journey of constant improvement including the development and actioning of an excellent diversity policy.

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Spatial tech helping in 7.8 quake response

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Media Release, NZTech News

New Zealand’s skills in advanced spatial technology and geographic intelligence has underpinned much of the response to last week’s 7.8 earthquake, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

“When the earthquake hit the South Island last Monday morning, spatial experts across the tech sector and government were able to quickly assign four satellites over the area, remap and identify areas of critical needs and help coordinate and assign emergency responses across the top of the South Island.

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The week in review with NZTech Chair Mitchell Pham

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NZTech News

Last week was a vibrant week of FinTech activities.  Firstly, congratulations to Payments NZ for another successful Payments conference.  Along with the runners up, finalist and winner of the Fintech Innovation Award, very cool new businesses disrupting the payments sector in novel ways.  Congratulations also to SavvyKiwi for a successful inaugural Finnotec conference.  This event brought together attendees from a diverse range of organisations in both technology and financial services. The conference was sold-out with a long wait list, clearly indicating the high level of interest across the FinTech community in coming together.  Let’s support this event to happen again next year and hopefully in a bigger venue.

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A message from the newly appointed NZTech Chair, Mitchell Pham

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NZTech News

The technology sector in New Zealand continues to grow rapidly and is a key enabler and accelerator on all fronts for the rest of the economy. I am very fortunate to be part of it and humbled by the latest opportunity to make a difference. First and foremost, our Deputy Chair Rachel Kelly and I would like to acknowledge the hard work and successes contributed by the previous Chair of NZTech, Bennett Medary. In our new roles, we are fortunate to inherit a top-performing team of board members, CEO Graeme Muller, advisors and staff. Today, NZTech and our partners are a rapidly growing alliance representing over 400 organisations across the sector. Certainly, there is much to celebrate as plenty has been achieved by and for our sector. However, so far, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. There is still room for us to achieve much more together, so there is plenty more to be done;

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Teenage refugee becomes chair of NZTech

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NZTech News

Thirty one years after arriving in New Zealand as a 13 year old refugee from Vietnam, Mitchell Pham has been appointed the chair of NZTech.

Pham takes over the governance reins at a crucial stage in New Zealand’s technology history, as the industry is accelerating at a phenomenal rate.

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NZTech chief appointed to world tech board

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NZTech News

Auckland – The leader of all things tech in New Zealand, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller, has been elected to the board of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).

The alliance is the leading recognised international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.

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‘The new frontier of crime’ – more workplaces falling victim to cyber hacks

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NZTech News

Leading New Zealand business executives gathered in Wellington yesterday to discuss ways to tackle the growing threat that is cybercrime in the workplace.

With 825,000 New Zealanders falling victim to cybercrime in the past 12 months, NZ Tech’s Graeme Muller says it’s more “rampant” than ever.

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NZ needs to raise the tech bar

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Media Release, NZTech News

Auckland – A fast rising Maori tech leader says New Zealand needs to raise the bar and celebrate more of our successes as rapidly changing technology is now transforming the world.

At 31, Robett Hollis is a Zuckerberg-type new NZTech board member who says just because New Zealand is a tiny country but there is no reason why the Kiwi tech impact on the world has to be small.

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NZTech & Precision Ag NZ helping New Zealand agriculture grow faster

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Media Release, NZTech News

New Zealand has an enormous opportunity to use technology as a means to support the economic growth of its agri sector and become a world leader in a fast growing agritech market, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

The country is achieving good agritech export growth rates relative to other nations. Global agritech investment is expanding rapidly, with VC investment in agritech firms in 2014 estimated at over $US2.36 billion making investment in agritech higher than fintech.

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