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Government’s current digital work programme

The NZ government’s digital initiatives that have been completed or implemented, are being developed, or are about to start.

The digital projects are grouped under areas that relate to one of the proposed themes in the discussion Towards a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa:

Mahi Tika — Trust: digital projects

Building Aotearoa New Zealand’s connectivity infrastructure

Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) Programme, Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and Mobile Blackspot Fund

Connectivity in schools

Network for learning (N4L)

Agencies involved: N4L, Ministry of Education

Marae connectivity

Marae Digital Connectivity — Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK)

Agencies involved: TPK, Crown Infrastructure Partners


The future of connectivity

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Emloyment (MBIE) is leading scoping work on the future of connectivity in New Zealand. This includes current connectivity issues, trends and needs (such as network coverage, performance, resilience and new technologies) with a view to establishing a more strategic approach that can guide future government telecommunications priorities and investments.

Agency involved: MBIE

Ensuring a safe and secure Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy

Cyber security detection and disruption services

CORTEX — Government Communications Security Bureau

Agency involved: National Cyber Security Centre

Cyber security incident response

Cyber security alerts and advice

About National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Agencies involved: NCSC, CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) NZ

Privacy Act 2020

Privacy Act 2020 — Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC)

Agencies involved: Ministry of Justice, OPC

Online safety

Internet governance

International section — InternetNZ

Agencies involved: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, InternetNZ

Christchurch Call

Creating a digital government

Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO)

GCISO — Government Communications Security Bureau

Agency involved: National Cyber Security Centre

All-of-government (AOG) Payroll programme

Improving government payroll systems —

Agency involved: Department of Internal Affairs

AOG Cloud programme

About the Government Cloud Programme —

Agencies involved: Department of Internal Affairs, National Cyber Security Centre

Digital identity

Digital Identity Programme —

Agency involved: Department of Internal Affairs

Supporting trust in data

Government Chief Data Steward

Data Strategy and Roadmap

Data Investment Plan

Algorithm Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand

Data Ethics Advisory Group

Ngā Tikanga Paihere Guidelines

Stats NZ’s integrated data products

Mahi Tahi — Inclusion: digital projects

Improving digital inclusion

The Digital Inclusion Blueprint

Digital inclusion user experience reports

Research agenda: Digital inclusion —

Agency involved: Department of Internal Affairs

Digital skills training for individuals and whānau

DIA invested $10 million in digital skills training for individuals and whānau, delivered through the Manaiakalani Education Trust and funded from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF).

Agency involved: Department of Internal Affairs

New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme

New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme — National Library of New Zealand

Agencies involved: National Library, Department of Internal Affairs

Ethnic Communities Digital Inclusion Fund

Ethnic Communities Digital Inclusion Fund — Ministry for Ethnic Communities

Agency involved: Office for Ethnic Communities within the Department of Internal Affairs

Equitable Digital Access

In 2020, the Ministry of Education (MoE) invested $47.7 million to ensure students could continue to learn from home during COVID-19 lockdowns. This provided around 49,000 learning devices to schools/kura and 45,000 internet connections to unconnected households with students.

MoE has also been involved in a number of pilots aimed at giving more students access to the internet at home.

Home internet access: Equitable Digital Access for Students (EDA4S) — MoE

Agency involved: MoE

Improve people’s foundational digital literacy

In 2020, Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funded education providers around $4.2 million for delivery of foundation level information technology courses that contribute to improved digital literacy.

Agency involved: TEC

Digital literacy training for older people

Evaluation Framework for essential digital skills for older people

Sponsored data initiatives

New Zealand Digital Boost AllianceTM Aotearoa

Helping accelerate the use of digital technologies in Aotearoa — Digital Boost AllianceTM

Agencies involved: Private sector, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Non-digital access to government services and entitlements

Digital Inclusion Action Plan 2020–2021 —

Agency involved: Department of Internal Affairs

Mahi Ake — Growth: digital projects

Growing Aotearoa New Zealand’s technology sector

Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plans (Digital Tech ITP)

About the Digital Tech ITP

Agencies involved: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Export and innovation capability support

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Callaghan Innovation offer a range of export and innovation capability support to technology businesses seeking to grow and expand overseas, including advice, investment and market connections as well as international market and sector knowledge.

Agencies involved: NZTE, Callaghan Innovation

Research, science and innovation (RSI) policy

Growing the pipeline of ICT sector skills

Creation of New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP)


Agencies involved: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, NZCGP

Supporting technology adoption across the wider economy

Digital Boost — SME Digital Enablement programme

Trade and international arrangements

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) digital commerce

Digital commerce — NZTE

Agency involved: NZTE

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