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GOVIS is the network of technology and information professionals in NZ central government. On this site you can find out about our networking events coming up, this year's conference and also view our YouTube Channel or library of past presentations. If your agency is not a member, we invite you to join now.

GOVIS 2019 Save the Date!

 We are pleased to announce that next year’s GOVIS Conference has now been confirmed for Thursday 6 and Friday 7, June 2019 and will be held at TSB Auditorium (Shed 6).


Please mark these dates in your diary now!


The 2019 conference theme is “Kaitiakitanga-ā-Matihiko / Digital Stewardship”. 


In the public sector, we are the kaitiaki of our land, environment, resources and the people of Aotearoa New Zealand. We are here to protect and support them. That means that as guardians, we must think, plan, and manage with the future interests of all New Zealanders at heart.


Digital stewardship or Kaitiakitanga-ā-Matihiko is about identifying our future digital challenges, to extend digital inclusion, to build skilled, resilient and trusted teams and technologies, and to ensure the security and wellbeing of Aotearoa.  


We will be inviting speakers to share their experiences and kōrero, to help others learn how we can successfully contribute to strengthening Aotearoa New Zealand’s Kaitiakitanga-ā-Matihiko / Digital Stewardship role. As a little food for thought, spend some time considering some of the stewardship challenges:

  • Supporting and extending digital equity across the government ecosystem
  • Governing data access and opportunities to build new relationships
  • Building digital stewardship capability
  • Digital stewardship and the Treaty of Waitangi – what are the challenges and what are the opportunities?

GOVIS 2019 Call for Presentations Now Open!
The call for presentations for GOVIS 2019 is now open. We invite you to contribute to GOVIS 2019 - Kaitiakitanga-ā-Matihiko | Digital Stewardship, sharing your insights, inspiring case studies, and best practices by presenting at next year’s conference.

Reasons to Present

  • Contribute to the community by sharing your key learnings and best practices around your digital stewardship journey.
  • Gain recognition, enhance your professional credibility and share your passion.
  • Through networking across the public sector with your information and technology peers, you’ll build lasting connections.
  • Receive a complimentary day registration (on the day you present).
  • Receive complimentary professional presenter training with Mindmeld Coaching.

Please submit a “call for presentation précis” by submitting your presentation idea(s) here. The call for presentations closes on 20 February 2019.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:00 PM

ICT Projects fail all the time. They take too long, cost too much, and deliver solutions that don't work or are too hard to use.

Failure is not always a bad thing. If we never fail, we never learn. What is bad is that we don't talk about our failures. We don't tell people what went wrong. We don't help others to learn from our mistakes. Often, we only hear about failed ICT projects when things go really bad - when Chief Executives and Ministers are being asked awkward questions on national television. Few organisations are prepared to talk honestly in public about how they stuffed up.

This forum tries to address that problem. It will be quite different from our usual GOVIS events. There won't be a speaker talking about project management. Instead, we're running smaller, more interactive session that gets people talking openly and safely about the bad stuff that goes on in IT projects. We won't be naming and shaming. But we will be gathering and sharing stories, ideas, and evidence about what works and what doesn't. We're hoping that people will leave the forum feeling encouraged – 'I'm not alone'. And also empowered – 'there are things I can do to fix it'. The forum will be facilitated by hackathon king Mike Riversdale.

Who should attend? The forum is designed for information and technology professionals in government. But everyone is welcome. All you need is some experience of an ICT project. People who work for GOVIS member agencies will be given priority for places.

To keep the conversation manageable we will limit the forum to 50 people.

As usual, a light lunch will be provided from www.eatmylunch.nz.

To register, go to Eventbrite.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 1:30 PM

Interested in current and future trends in privacy? What about developments around the world? Come and hear from the UK Information Commissioner, international data protection and privacy commissioners, privacy researchers, and representatives from Google and Facebook at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's International Privacy Forum in Wellington.

Topics to be discussed include the GDPR six months after implementation; privacy developments in the Asia-Pacific region including China’s social credit system; and future privacy trends around the world, including the use and storage of genetic material, and lessons learned from the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

For more information and to register, go to the OPC website.

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