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The New Zealand government is developing a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa and wants to know what you think is important for Aotearoa New Zealand’s digital future.

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: ‘’

Our vision

The Strategy will set out the goals, prorities and activities for the next 2 to 5 years, along with longer term results — out to 2031 and beyond. Our vision is:

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.

The discussion document is built around 3 key themes that could form the structure for the Digital Strategy:

  • Mahi Tika — Trust
  • Mahi Tahi — Inclusion
  • Mahi Ake — Growth.

Tell us what you think

We are keen to understand what you think is important for Aotearoa New Zealand’s digital future. We have included some questions throughout the discussion document to stimulate your thinking. Please do not limit your comments to answering these questions. 

Discussion opens: 6 October 2021

Discussion closes: 5pm, Wednesday 10 November 2021

How to give feedback

You can share your ideas and have your say on Aotearoa New Zealand’s digital future by:


Attend virtual hui via Zoom in October and November 2021 (NZT):

  • Virtual hui — Tuesday 12 October, 11am to 1pm (Registrations are now full)
  • Youth virtual hui — Thursday 14 October, 9am to 11am
  • Virtual hui — Tuesday 19 October, 3pm to 5pm (Registrations are now full)
  • Māori virtual hui 1 — Thursday 21 October, 9am to 11am (Registrations are now full)
  • Virtual hui — Thursday 28 October, 10am to 12pm
  • Pacific peoples virtual hui — Friday 29 October, 11am to 1pm (Registrations are now full)
  • Māori virtual hui 2 — Thursday 4 November, 3pm to 5pm.


  • A maximum of 60 people can attend each virtual hui.
  • Some virtual hui will focus on the needs of specific groups including youth, Māori and Pacific peoples. Anyone is welcome to join these sessions but should note that there will be a particular focus on those communities in each of those sessions. If your community has an interest in holding a separate discussion, please let us know.

For more information and to register for a virtual hui, email

When registering, please provide the following information:

  • the virtual hui session you'd like to attend
  • your second choice of hui if the limit of 60 people has been reached for your first choice.

Online discussion

Visit our online discussion. You'll need to register to have your say and then you can:

  • explore the challenges and connected ideas
  • add a new idea that isn’t already on the site
  • comment on or rate other people’s ideas and get the conversation going.

Register and have your say


Email your ideas to


Post your mail submissions to:

Emma Procter
Digital Strategy for Aotearoa team
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140

Next steps

Your feedback will go to a joint agency team and will be used to help inform the development of a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa over the months ahead.

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.

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