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ITP News in brief (on a Wednesday) 25th May

Victoria MacLennan. 25 May 2022, 11:17 pm
ITP News in brief (on a Wednesday) 25th May

It was my birthday on Monday and one of my rules in life is to never work on my birthday, so the ITP News in brief is coming to you on a Wednesday instead.

Check out this awesome panel on Cyber Security Capability

TechWeek22 was last week and oh what a jam packed week it was. One of the highlights for me was hosting a great panel on lifting the Cyber Security Capability of Aotearoa - with 3 expert panelists

  • Izzi Lithgow, Independent Security Communications Consultant
  • Doug Newdick, Principal Consultant, Axenic
  • Dr Bryce Antony, Senior Cyber Security Engineer, AdvantageNZ

This webinar is seriously worth listening to if you couldn't join us live, full of great insights and advice. There were many unanswered audience questions after the event which we will followup and share via a blog next week.
The video can be found here - on our brand new YouTube channel -

Fun fact - hotel rooms aren't the easiest place to host a webinar from - lighting is pretty terrible, finding a surface that's the right height for the camera is challenging and as I discovered earlier the same day the lobby is great except the often loud background noises. Check out my setup for this webinar in the thumbnail of this blogpost.

Quick plug - keen to lift your own Cyber capability? our next short course will be Cyber Incident Response brought to you by Dr Elf Eldridge of ZX Security. The course covers

  • Incident Response
  • Preparation and Planning
  • Organisational Risk

We have brought this course back by popular demand and it has been one of the best reviewed courses we have offered in the past. Great discounted pricing for ITP Members, and still well positioned if you aren't a member too. You can find out more and register here:

Budget 2022

Last week was also budget week. The direct allocation announced for Digital Technology - or what was funded of the Digital Industry Transformation Plan - was $20M tagged to Software as a Service (SAAS) capability growth and telling the NZ Tech Story. This allocation is to be phased over 4 years - so $5M per annum dedicated to Digital Technology industry growth. That said looking through the budget there is funding our industry will benefit from across a range of portfolios.

I have been asked for quotes / comments and insights on the budget by various commentators so here is an amalgamation of those comments:

Digital Technology has the ability to really transform our economy, to enhance the productivity of other industries, to create jobs that are well paid, creative, vibrant and empowering. At the same time we are living in an increasingly digital world, yet here in Aotearoa digital poverty prevents 20% of our population from actively participating in everyday activities delivered digitally. BNZ report

I think about the opportunities digital technology can bring as an accelerator to transform the economy and our lives so it is disappointing more funding was not allocated to help realise this.
Active interventions are needed, a focus on improved digital education, a focus on pathways into the workforce, to grow capability and attract Māori, Pacific peoples and women into digital roles.

Therefore the most disappointing aspects of Budget 2022 are the complete absence of funding for
1. The Digital Inclusion kaupapa of the Digital Strategy for Aotearoa - there appears to be no funding at all, nothing for devices for school children, affordable connectivity or skills development
2. The Skills Work plan, as an industry we are in a skills crisis and in desperate need of support to bridge the skills mismatch we are experiencing.

Graeme Muller and I had a 20 minute gap in TechWeek TV on Thursday - before the budget announcement - so had a quick chat about what $20M looks like, our conclusion? Any funding for the industry is great but $20M won't go very far and has a very narrow focus.

Check out our pure speculation here:


It's been a whirlwind first couple of months for me - meeting members, partners, education organisations, with government agencies, Ministers, industry colleagues; reviewing microcredentials, degrees and other education initiatives; working with Immigration, Ministry of Education, MBIE and others on policy; understanding alignment between the Digital Technology industry and other STEM industries; meeting international colleagues working in computer societies and affiliated organisations - all while getting up to speed with this organisation, our team, board, branches, volunteers, projects and other initiatives.

A long list which requires a massive thank you to everyone who is engaged in the mahi of IT Professionals, given me your time and your insights. I feel the weight of expectaion, the excitement for the changes our industry dearly need and have heard a long list of viable opportunities to support ITP members growing their capability within our fabulous industry. Ngā mihi nui, Vic


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