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WEBINAR: Future Government Series

This is an event run in partnership with NZTech

Conferenz and NZTech are proud to bring you three Government focused webinars discussing the impact that Covid-19 has had on New Zealand’s public sector.

Putting forward experts, these hour-long webinars have been designed keeping in mind how New Zealand’s Government has used technology in the fight against Covid-19 and the impact and opportunity for the tech sector here in New Zealand.

Touching upon the crucial points that surround the public sector, these webinars provide a wealth of information and provide information on what’s on the horizon for our Government and the wider public sector.

Future Government – Webinar Series 2

Government technology insights panel: New Zealand Government’s re-imagined digital journey as a result of Covid-19

In this webinar, Government technology experts come together to discuss the New Zealand Government’s digital transformation journey to deliver government as a digital service while keeping the needs of the citizens at heart.

When faced with the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government was faced with both an opportunity as well as a challenge on their path to a Digital Public Service. In this webinar, Government technology experts discuss the journey to a Digital Public Service, and the impact COVID-19 has had on this journey.

  • Laying out the journey map to a Digital Public Service – insights on the progress the Government had made and the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on this – Highlighting the KPIs that helps strategizing the journey map in delivering a digital project
  • Adapting and adopting from a ‘BAU’ environment to a crisis situation back to a ‘BAU’ environment – how has the Government been agile in their operations under circumstances?
  • Discussing the benefits of a Digital Public Service approach – is the Government reaching the level of engagement they had anticipated?
  • Understanding the cyber security threats that may affect and impact a Digital Public Service – what approaches are in place to mitigate these?
  • The role of the CIOs in the journey to deliver citizen-centric public services and the key projects needed to achieve this
  • Lessons learnt from collaboration on the All-Government response to COVID-19


  • Chris Buxton, Chief Digital Officer Stats NZ
  • Giles Southwell, GM Workplace and Technology NZTA 
  • Ann-Marie Cavanagh, Deputy Chief Digital Officer & Deputy Chief Executive Digital Public Service Department of Internal Affairs
  • Steve Wotten, Chief Digital Officer NTT NZ
  • Michael Stribling, Managed Services Tribe Lead Spark
  • Mitchell Pham, Chair Digital Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Victoria MacLennan, Managing Director OptimalBI

Future Government – Webinar Series 3

Panel discussion: Recovery and response through strong leadership and resilience

The All Government response to the Covid-19 outbreak led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been globally recognised and applauded. Washington Post published an article titled “New Zealand isn’t just flattening the curve. It’s squashing it” showcasing the work our Government has achieved here and praising the leadership that has been showcased. A key focus for New Zealand Government has been on strong leadership, collaboration and clear decisive communication.  

  • Fostering characteristics of a future digital leader
  • Addressing the quick shift the New Zealand Government implemented to combat the spread of Covid-19 
  • New Zealand’s lead on agility – helping the Government (and organisations) quickly change their operational methods to embrace the ever-changing business landscape 
  • The role the Government played in helping its citizens to take on a ‘adopt fast’ mentality 
  • Providing insights on organisational collaboration (public and private) in delivering solutions and timely information for New Zealand citizens


  • Craig Jones, Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Government Statistician, Data System Leadership, Stats NZ
  • Dianna Taylor, CEO, REANNZ
  • Simon Gillespie, CEO, NTT
  • Grant McBeath, Customer Director, Spark New Zealand
  • Facilitated by Graeme Muller, CEO, NZTech




Jun 10
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Zoom (Webinar)
New Zealand