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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Quick ITP update and upcoming events

It's lockdown again! But don't worry, we'll be out again before we know it. And in the meantime, there's heaps going on: 

As part of ITP's 60 year celebrations, we've recently released 2 books capturing both the history of computing in New Zealand, and a more light-hearted look over the last 5 years through the eyes of "Cartoons by Jim". Check them out below!

The CIO50 nominations close this Friday (please do nominate away), and why not use lockdown to look at ITP-branded clothing in the ITP webstore - deliveries will commence as soon as Welly is out of Level 4.

Plus, the return of our hugely popular Thursday Live webinar series from next month. First one up is a cracker - Ministry of Health's head of digital, Shayne Hunter, will run us through the recently announced reforms and the huge role tech and digital will play.


CIO50: nominations for NZ's leading CIOs

Our friends at CIO are putting again the awesome CIO50 list again this year and it'd be great to see lots of our community included.

Entries for this year's CIO50 have been extended to this Friday 27 August. Appreciate you will all be very busy, but it's well worth contributing as it will provide huge recognition for your team's achievements in the past 18 months. All entries are written up on for everyone to share and gain knowledge from. 

It's super easy to enter, it is just two questions:

  • Describe an innovation or innovations that your team have introduced. (500 words)
  • Describe ways in which you are influencing people including senior executives etc (500 words)

Optional question around sharing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in your team/wider organisation (300 words).

Then all you need do is email the entry to CIO editor Sarah Putt. Sarah's happy to discuss any questions you may have so feel free to email her. 

More details here 


Books published to celebrate 60 years of Tech 

As part of ITP's 60 year celebrations, we've recently released 2 books capturing both the history of computing in New Zealand, and a more light-hearted look over the last 5 years through the eyes of "Cartoons by Jim":

From Yesterday to Tomorrow: 60 years of tech in New Zealand 

book cover.jpgThis is the authoritative source of the history of computing and technology in Aotearoa New Zealand, put together on the 60th Anniversary of IT Professionals New Zealand. 

With 634 pages across 37 chapters, each chapter drills into a different part of the development of computing, written by a recognised national or international expert in each field. Chapter authors include experts such as Professor Tim Bell looking at education development, RedShield Founder Andy Prow looking at Cybersecurity, Privacy Commissioner John Edwards looking at technology challenges around privacy and so much more. 

The book incorporates the full Looking Back to Tomorrow book, written during IT Professionals NZ (ITPNZ)'s 25th Anniversary, Return to Tomorrow, written during the 50th anniversary, and 15 new chapters written in 2021 to mark ITPNZ's 60th Anniversary. 

Edited by Janet Toland. Check out the website for a full chapter list.

This book is available in paper or digital versions:

You can also read it online at


There's a Cartoon in my Tech Blog!

cartoon cover.pngCartoons, glorious cartoons!

This outstanding book of Tech Blog cartoons, put together to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of IT Professionals NZ, features 110 pages of cartoons carefully selected from ITPNZ's hugely popular TechBlog series. 

Each cartoon includes a hilarious or thought-provoking take on a news story over the last half decade, complete with a reference to the news it relates to. Cartoons are put together by Jim (aka Brendan Boughen) to accompany stories written by Paul Brislen for ITPNZ's TechBlog. 

This is the perfect gift for anyone who follows tech and can be found in receptions and waiting rooms across New Zealand's tech sector.

Available here (Paperback)


Return of Thursday Live webinars 

Another lockdown, another Thursday Live Webinar! Actually, the timing was coincidental - we've been working on bringing the Thursday Live series back since the conclusion of the ITx Innovation Days :).

The first one will be an absolute cracker - Ministry of Health's head of Digital Shayne Hunter talking through the huge health reforms and the role of tech.

Block out 4pm-5pm Thursday 9th September - full details and registrations later in the week. 


Become an ITP Mentor

As many ITP members will be aware, we recently re-launched our Mentoring programme for tech professionals. The free programme helps our people set clear career goals and objectives, understand that they have the ability to achieve these, and put in place a plan to do it.

The launch has been a huge success... so much so that we need more mentors! We're especially looking for senior developers, people who have moved from ops into management roles. and anyone with gaming or design type experience.

The process is super easy, and we provide induction, guidance, resources etc - you're not on your own.

Does that sound like you? Check out more info here


Get your ITP gear

Now is the perfect time to head over to the ITP store and grab yourself some sleek and practical items for work and play. These customizable items come in a variety of designs and are perfect for work, networking or casualwear.


The official ITP store has a whole bunch of professional and casual clothing options, some which can be co-branded with your company. It's a great opportunity to show that you don't just "do IT" - you're also serious about professional practice. 

Pop on over to to check it out. Deliveries after Wellington drops from L4 lockdown.


ITx talks coming to the Members Video Library

Essential lockdown viewing - a selection of talks from the Auckland and Wellington ITx Innovation Day will be published to the ITP Members Video Library later this week. There are some absolute crackers coming - check it out.

In the meantime, there are over 170 top-level talks and updates on the video library from previous events and conferences, most of them exclusively available on ITP TV.

All members can access the video library for free, as part of their ITP membership.

Check out the Video Library


Previous webinars - all available free to members

All past webinars are available on the ITP Video Library for members:

  • 2020's Top 10 Hacking Techniques
  • Down-to-Earth Leadership Skills for Technical Geniuses
  • How technology enabled the health response
  • How Covid is impacting the Gaming Industry
  • Creating a plan for Digital Skills
  • Cybersecurity and the recent attacks
  • Tech legal update - what you need to know
  • An afternoon with Nanogirl
  • Taking kiwi tech to the post-Covid world
  • Tech startups in a post-Covid world
  • The IRD Transformation
  • Digital Government and Covid-19
  • Tech and the Covid-19 recovery
  • Privacy in the days of Covid-19
  • Leading Wellness in uncertain times
  • Meet the ITP Workshop Presenters
  • The data behind Covid19
  • Innovation in tough times: Don't Hunker in the Bunker
  • Covid19: Tech and the Law
  • Cybersecurity from home
  • Clarke Ching on disaster innovation
  • CITPNZ and CTech: The What, How and Why
  • Working Remotely - How to get through

Check out the webinar section here

Heaps coming soon from the Innovation Days in Auckland and Wellington! 


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