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Developing a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa

The New Zealand government is developing a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa.

The Strategy will set out the goals, priorities and activities for the next 2 to 5 years, along with longer term results — out to 2031 and beyond. The government is committed to continuing to engage on progress and direction.

A discussion document was made available for public submissions from 6 October to 10 November 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.

Hon Dr David Clark introduces Towards a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa
Video transcript


Intro screen displaying on a blue background the title of the discussion document, in white text: ‘Te kohe ki tētahi Rautaki Matihiko mō Aotearoa’, and underneath in light blue text: ‘Towards a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa’.


Hon Dr David Clark: E ngā mana, E ngā reo, E ngā karangatanga maha o te wā. Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā tātou katoa.


Light blue text introduces Dr David Clark as the ‘Hon Dr David Clark, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications’. The minister is in front of a light and dark brown traditional Pacific cloth hanging on the wall in the background. A New Zealand flag hangs behind him to the left of the screen.


Hon Dr David Clark: Digital technologies are a common and critical feature in our daily lives. COVID-19 lockdowns have demonstrated the potential for New Zealanders to adopt digital solutions to support learning, working and doing business in the face of a global pandemic.

We're on a path to digital transformation. But to take advantage of what the digital economy has to offer us, as a country, we must act now.

There are huge opportunities ahead of us. We have the potential to be a world leading digital nation, built on trust and known for the ethical deployment of new technologies. Our already vibrant tech sector is the fastest growing industry in New Zealand and has grown a full 30% faster than the economy overall.

We're also taking important steps to better realise the potential of our small businesses to improve their business by using digital tools and processes. We need to spread the potential of digital across all sectors of our economy.

With any opportunity there will be challenges. Digital inclusion is becoming an increasingly important part of our modern society and economy. And we must ensure that all New Zealanders are able to ride the digital wave.

To ensure we reach our full potential in the digital age, we've been developing a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa. One that considers and supports the aspirations of all New Zealanders.

The Digital Strategy for Aotearoa will be our blueprint for a higher productivity, lower emissions future where everybody has the opportunity to flourish.

We want to hear from you and seek your views on the ambition, direction and approach to our digital future. That's why I'm encouraging all New Zealanders to join the conversation and have their say, through our virtual hui or online at

I look forward to hearing your views as we embark on a pathway towards a digital strategy for Aotearoa.

Nā reira, Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā koutou, Tēnā rā tātou katoa!


Outro screen displaying on a blue background in white text: ‘Have your say today at’ and underneath in light blue text: ‘’

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.

Thank you — submissions have closed

Thank you to everyone who participated in the kōrero on the discussion document in October and early November 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.

Next steps

A huge number of ideas was received that will be pulled together and shared.

Keep an eye on this page to find out what New Zealanders have been telling us. A summary of submissions will be published when it has been completed.

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

The joint 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 in early 2022.

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

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