9th Annual FST Government New Zealand Summit 2023

31 August 2023 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Days

Attendance Is For Public Sector Employees Only

Venue: 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


The New Zealand Government is continuing its digital success stories from recent years, as we create the new normal following the COVID-19 pandemic with technology at the corner of digitally-driven Government operations and citizen outcomes.

Join us at our 2023 FST Government New Zealand conference, as we invite thought leaders from the public sector and tech industry to chart NZ’s ongoing progress towards a unified eGovernment and track its digital innovation pipeline and citizen reception.

Government leaders from across New Zealand will discuss:

  • The implementation of NZ’s internal and external cloud migration strategies.
  • Whole-of-government digital transformation.
  • How digital resources support the Government’s responses to the distinct needs of citizens.
  • Data governance and privacy mandates.
  • The future of connectivity in New Zealand.
  • A next-generation cybersecurity strategy that is adaptive, intuitive and automated.
  • And much more!


Event Highlights
9th Annual FST Government New Zealand Summit 2023
38 Speakers
16 Discussions
16 Sponsors
Craig Jones
Stats NZ - Tatauranga Aotearoa
AIRCDRE Carl Nixon
New Zealand Defence Force - Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa
Katrine Evans
Department of Internal Affairs – Te Tari Taiwhenua
Glenn Kirker
New Zealand Defence Force - Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa
Elle Archer
Chair - Te Matarau, The Māori Tech Association
Mark Horgan
Ministry of Education - Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Deputy Government Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive
Stats NZ - Tatauranga Aotearoa
Chief Information Officer
New Zealand Defence Force - Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa
Government Chief Privacy Officer
Department of Internal Affairs – Te Tari Taiwhenua
Chief Data Officer
New Zealand Defence Force - Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa
Director - Network for Learning
Chair - Te Matarau, The Māori Tech Association
Chief Advisor to CDO/CIO
Ministry of Education - Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Director, Knowledge and Information Management
Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua
Head of Technology Portfolios
Ministry of Social Development - Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora
Chief Digital Officer
Public Service Commission - Te Kawa Mataaho
Chief Data & Analytics Officer
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise - Te Taurapa Tūhono
Chief Advisor
Social Wellbeing Agency Toi Hau Tāngata
Manager Strategic Information
Ministry of Justice - Te Tāhū o te Ture
General Manager - Data Science and Analytics
Inland Revenue - Te Tari Taake
Chief Information Security Officer
New Zealand Defence Force - Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa
Domain Lead CISO Office
Inland Revenue - Te Tari Taake
Assistant Governor / GM Digital Solutions & Security
Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Te Pūtea Matua
Chief Advisor Cyber Security
Ministry of Education - Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Chief Data and Analytics Officer
The Institute of Environmental Science and Research
General Manager Organisational Services
New Zealand Red Cross -Rīpeka Whero Aotearoa
Chief Information Security Officer
New Zealand Parliament - Pāremata Aotearoa
Data and Insights Director
Te Puni Kōkiri - Ministry of Māori Development
Manager Mission Enablement
National Cyber Security Centre
Director - Governance, Evidence, and Insights
Ministry for the Environment - Manatū mō te Taiao
Programme Director
Ministry for Social Development - Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora
ICT Head of Operations and Infrastructure
Fire and Emergency NZ
Head of Digital Transformation
ICT Security and Risk Manager
Fire and Emergency NZ
Manager - Solution Architecture
NZ Police - Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa
Chief Digital Officer and Head of Location Information
Land Information - Toitū Te Whenua
Director of Digital Experience
Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa - National Library of New Zealand
Enterprise Architect
Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand
Product Manager, Business Connect
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Hīkina Whakatutuki
Director - Business Connect
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Hīkina Whakatutuki
General Manager - Data Services
Stats NZ - Tatauranga Aotearoa
Data and Information Lead
Trust Tairāwhiti
Head of Technology
Head of Innovation
Former Chief Digital Officer & Director Agency Partnering
Stats NZ - Tatauranga Aotearoa & Department of Internal Affairs - Te Tari Taiwhenua

Data System Leadership: Navigating Risks and Seizing Opportunities that Data Provides for Digital Innovation

  • Empowering citizens: to access and use shared data to make informed decisions.  
  • Fostering collaboration: support the development of common data standards and incentivize information sharing. 
  • Strategies for success: overcoming communication barriers to encourage engagement, transparency, and trust. 


New Wave Digital Leadership: Empowering NZ Government’s Future of Services for Fulfilment of Citizen and Business Outcomes

  • Programme of work refresh: how NZ Public Sector is establishing best-of-class frameworks, blueprints, and architecture to support the progression of strategic digital programmes.
  • Foundational redesign: delivering capabilities for the future through the establishment of system principles, next-gen skills, and emerging technology adoption.
  • Advanced digital delivery: the evolution of cross-cluster agility and interoperability to transform services, workforces, and agencies on an iterative basis.
  • Inhibitors to our digital horizons: embarking on adaptive, long-term decision-making and strategies to enable leadership to solve for risks and barriers facing capacity for innovation.

Our peer to peer roundtable discussions enable you to engage with other attendees as they rotate from table to table.

Each discussion features one of 16 distinct topics and is hosted by a technology expert together with a government co-host to drive an engaging conversation amongst the participants.

This year's top themes span across Digital Leadership, Workforce Transformation & Development, IT Capabilities, Evolving Technology, Cyber Uplift, Advanced Data & Analytics, and more.

Generative AI: Empowering Innovation, Scaling Expertise, and Driving Transformation

  • Uncover the driving force behind innovation and adoption of Generative AI through global trends.
  • Explore its unique ability to infinitely scale human expertise and distinguish it from prior AI trends.
  • Gain valuable insights into preparing for this transformative shift and effectively navigating associated ethical considerations and risks.

Setting the Stage for Transformation - Navigating the First Steps

  • Detailed Business Case: Key Considerations Before Planning Begins
  • Implementation Strategies: Ensuring a Successful Start
  • Equipping Your Team: Embracing Adaptability in a Dynamic Environment

The threats are changing, but the basics remain the same

  • The NCSC's role in cybersecurity.
  • Insights into the evolving cyber threat landscape.
  • Focus areas for improving your cyber resilience. 


The Changing Context of Data: Enabling NZ’s Path Towards an Integrated Data System, Aligned Capabilities, and Trusted Decisioning 

  • Data maturity: climbing the curve through strategic integration of data across an inclusive Government system. 
  • Trusted practices: being able to safely collect, manage, and use data to derive meaningful initiatives for diverse communities and diverging citizen needs. 
  • Increased value of insights: enhancing and protecting information as an asset underpinned by standards, understanding, and ethics. 
  • Bridging smart data, technology, and the organisation: ensuring best-practice capabilities to enable data innovation amidst intelligent IT adoption and infrastructure uplift. 

Privacy, It’s Just the Way We Work

  • Privacy by design: Learn how to embed privacy principles from the very start and witness the incredible impact it has on your projects.
  • Shifting the perspective: Unveiling the advantage of a privacy-centric approach to foster citizen trust, reputation, and sustainability.
  • Navigating Governance: Master the art of privacy governance and conquer the challenges that arise in rapidly evolving environments.

The Now and New of NZ Cyber Security Resilience in a World of Risk, Threat, and Pressure 

  • Leading cyber uplift: strengthening existing strategies and equipping transformation leaders to underpin sector growth through secure by design adoption of digital. 
  • The future of cyber resourcing: the role of culture, collaboration, and recruitment in developing a skilled and diverse workforce to meet the critical shortages and rising demand for specialists. 
  • Threat landscapes and continuous improvement: things to know and understand about the frontline of risk beyond 2023, and creating meaningful and safe opportunities to advance current cyber processes. 
  • No gaps: aligning all facets of cyber across technical, policy, governance and intelligence not only with each other, but organisation and sector-wide. 

Fostering Better Outcomes Through Data and Information Assessments

  • Collaboration = Innovation: Creating opportunities to share data, skills, and resources to accelerate progress.
  • Governance Process: Identifying necessary changes to ensure a positive trajectory for our data future.
  • Digital Capabilities: Harnessing the power of data and transforming it into actionable insights.

Turning Data into Decisions into Actions: A Defence Perspective 

  • Unlocking the potential: Navigating the challenges and opportunities of shifting from traditional network-centric systems to data-centric operating systems.
  • Mindset matters: Fundamental capabilities that drive digital transformation and adaptive decision-making.
  • Investing in the future: How information management, intelligence processes, cybersecurity, and enterprise resource planning can transform the digital ecosystem of NZDF.


  • Do Government organisations understand how citizens and businesses wish to deal with Government and does this affect how we shape interactions across digital services?
  • How do we deliver services that balance the needs of New Zealanders with the requirements of Government organisations?
  • What is limiting government in joining up to deliver better services and better outcomes?

What are the challenges and opportunities that your agencies are facing in the context of AI?
Where can AI play a part with minimal risk?
What positive and negative impacts do you see AI having on customer experience/journeys?

There’s a fundamental problem in cybersecurity today that isn’t steeped in marketing buzzwords. For security teams, there’s more to do, more to manage, more to secure and less time and resources to get all of it done.

Join this session to discuss:
• The future threat landscape and responding to security challenges.
• How to adopt a Prevention First Security approach leveraging AI & ML that excels in ‘less-than-perfect’ conditions.
• Cybersecurity doesn’t end with endpoint AV. Applications, connections, and user behaviour are endpoints too. Finding a balance between securing highly-sensitive application data and user productivity is achievable.
• How to eliminate noise with simplified investigation and response to deliver business outcomes.

  • Assessing critical enablers that underpin future capabilities.
  • Refreshing a holistic transformation roadmap at scale.
  • Instilling mechanisms to engage, inform, and provide feedback to staff to excel change outcomes.

  • How can organizations discover game-changing initiatives and ensure they align with their vision and objectives?
  • What are innovative ways to define success by seamlessly integrating projects into a cohesive portfolio?
  • How can project prioritization and balance be achieved to strike the perfect mix of risk and reward while fostering innovation and stability?

• What are some key strategies for cultivating a data-driven culture, and what are some of the challenges you face?
• How can agencies break down data silos and improve information sharing across government organisations?
• What are some best practices for leveraging data to improve citizen services while maintaining trust and transparency?

  • Where do the organisation’s greatest security risks reside?
  • Equipping the modern workforce with the tools and skills to mitigate risk exposure
  • How do we encourage greater ownership of IT security on an enterprise-wide scale?
  • How does security become an enabler to the business when it comes to experience and delivery?

  • Do Government organisations understand how citizens and businesses wish to deal with Government and does this affect how we shape interactions across digital services?
  • How do we deliver services that balance the needs of New Zealanders with the requirements of Government organisations?
  • How do we form a seamless, integrated strategy to support diverse communities?

  • How do we turn the power of data into actionable business insights?
  • How do we operationalise insights gathered about our citizens to understand the impact and value of programs of work?
  • How do we actively strengthen the relationships and decision-making processes that link data, investments, and outcomes?
  • What measures can we take to proactively support and enhance the infrastructure, processes, and systems needed for real-time well-being measurement in Aotearoa?

• How are government agencies measuring digital transformation and end-user experience initiatives as part of their own transformational journeys?
• How could you provide a better, more proactive service for end users within your organization? Could a proactive service improve the reputation of IT teams?
• How do you measure or compare performance of individuals working onsite vs. remotely? How do you troubleshoot issues with home-based users and ensure the experience is the same regardless of the location of the workers?

  • How do we align IT solutions, collaboration, and digital transformation with enterprise strategy?
  • Can we enhance enterprise delivery while maintaining robust security measures?
  • Discover KPIs for measuring the impact of integration and sustaining transformation.

  • How do you drive change in a hybrid or remote workplace?
  • How can technology enable people to commit to a transformation?
  • What culture is needed and how do leaders enable it?

  • Need for government to develop a legacy risk plan as part of their overall Digital Masterplan – identify, prioritise and ‘quarantine’ non-strategic ICT assets (IT Debt) distracting digital transformation teams.
  • Focus on support, managing, securing and running through a partnered vendor to reallocate, reskill, retool and redirect resources and funds to driving growth and innovation initiatives
  • Focus on mapping out your path to success by buying the time you need for a complete evaluation and benefits assessment of the next ERP upgrade by migrating ERP assets to RSI. Free up application and infrastructure support teams to work on closing the gap between current and future state ERP business processes instead of firefighting on existing platforms.

  • How can transformation be accelerated to prepare for Gen AI disruption in the public sector?
  • In what ways can AI leadership from NZ Government, Industry, and Vendors be harnessed to identify organizational opportunities and gaps effectively?
  • From a policy, technical, and safety perspective, how can the ability to respond swiftly to emerging AI capabilities be fostered within the public sector?

• What practical steps can be taken to ensure that every New Zealander, regardless of location or background, has equal access to digital technologies and the opportunities they bring, including access to devices?
• What innovative approaches can be employed to enhance digital connectivity in both urban and rural areas, promoting cohesive and digitally integrated communities throughout New Zealand?
• In what ways can community engagement and collaboration be fostered to co-create inclusive digital strategies that reflect the needs and aspirations of New Zealand’s diverse communities?

• What are some current processes in government that can be streamlined and improved?
• What do you do to identify the processes to automate?
• What new digital tools and function-specific training have you adopted to support your transformation?

To participate as a speaker:
Brittini Raygo
Senior Conference Producer
T: +61 02 8484 0945
For event and marketing enquiries:
Jessica Cozanitis
Marketing Executive
T: +61 401 422 928