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Developing a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa

The New Zealand government is developing a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa. Read what New Zealanders had to say about the discussion document.


The Strategy will set out the goals, priorities and activities for the next 2 to 5 years, along with longer term outcomes — out to 2032 and beyond. The government is committed to continuing to engage on progress and direction.

A discussion document was released for public submissions in late 2021. It was built around 3 key themes that could form the structure for the Digital Strategy: Mahi Tika — Trust, Mahi Tahi — Inclusion, Mahi Ake — Growth.

It also proposed to focus on each theme to achieve a vision of:

Te whakaāhei i te puāwaitanga me te taurikura o te katoa o Aotearoa i roto i te ao matihiko.

Enabling all of Aotearoa New Zealand to flourish and prosper in a digital world.

What we heard — Summary of Public Engagement

Thank you to everyone who participated in the kōrero on the discussion document in late 2021.

It was fantastic to hear from hundreds of New Zealanders across the country who:

  • attended virtual hui
  • made written submissions by email and post
  • added their ideas and comments through our online engagement tool.

A huge number of ideas were received and these have been pulled together and summarised.

Next steps

The input and feedback are now being considered by a cross-agency team and will be used to help inform the development of a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa.

The cross-agency team comprises representation from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Department of Internal Affairs, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Stats NZ.

The intention is to publish the Digital Strategy for Aotearoa during 2022.

You can sign up for important updates or let us know if you have any further queries by emailing the team at

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