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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Quick ITP update and upcoming events

The last week we've been working on updating the skills component of the Digital Tech Industry Transformation Plan, and embedding it into the overall plan. Government has also released a Discussion Document on the upcoming Digital Strategy for Aotearoa, guiding New Zealand's digital future.

Our next two fortnightly Thursday Live webinars are coming up as well - the first with MBIE's Robyn Henderson talking through the plans for the Digital Strategy, then two weeks later we're hosting an awesome panel of international experts on data governance, stewardship and standards - going to be a cracker.

And don't forget to sign up to our mentoring programme if you haven't already! It's free for all members and we're always looking for more mentors and mentees to help us advance careers.


Digital Strategy for Aotearoa

A discussion document for the proposed Digital Strategy for Aotearoa is out for consultation currently - take a look and have your say.

The Digital Strategy sits alongside the Digital Tech Industry Transformation Plan, and focused more on Government's response and society as a whole. It focuses on three areas, Trust, Inclusion and Growth:


The Digital Strategy will set out New Zealand's digital aspirations and guide policy and investment decisions for the next few years, so it's really important we get it right. As well as the general public consultation process, ITPNZ has a strong relationship with Government and are working directly with the agencies involved to ensure the best possible outcome.

With that in mind, drop me a note if you have some thoughts and feedback over and above the discussion document consultation. But please do submit through the public process as well!

ALSO, keen to know more? We're hosting MBIE's Robyn Henderson on the next Thursday Live to talk us through the Digital Strategy plans, impact and what it'll mean for you - details below.

Check out the Discussion Document here

Update on Digital Tech Industry Transformation Plan

We've been working with MBIE to put the final touches on the Skills section of the Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan, following feedback received from ITP members and others in the tech sector.

As most readers will know, ITPNZ took the lead role in creating the plan for skills. This was guided by a Steering Group from across the sector and put the draft Skills Plan out for consultation earlier in the year.

A massive amount of work has gone into this, with input from over 500 companies, digital tech professionals and others. I've particularly enjoyed the broad focus - the reality is, there is no one silver bullet and it will take a lot of effort across a number of areas to enable our sector to transform and grow to the next level.

We think the plan is about right, and we genuinely think that - by applying the plan - we have the ability to scale digital tech up to the point it becomes the largest export sector in New Zealand. We have good buy-in from both industry and Government, strong support and goodwill from the education sector, and a silver linking of Covid is that it's given up the impetus to move quickly and boldly.

We expect the draft overall plan will be out for consultation within the next month or so, following consideration by Cabinet. Keep an eye out, and we'll let you know when it's available.


Next ITP Thursday Lives

ITP's magazine-style fortnightly Thursday Live Webinars are back! Next up we have Robyn Henderson from MBIE, talking about the Digital Strategy Aotearoa and what it'll mean for you. Followed 2 weeks later by an international panel on data governance in the world of AI:

Robyn Henderson

The Government is currently developing of a Digital Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand, based on the three pillars of Trust, Inclusion and Growth. This is a hugely important process as it plots out the future of digital in our country.

MBIE Policy Director Robyn Henderson and her team are charged with putting the strategy together, alongside DIA, DPMC and StatsNZ, based on broad consultation. This week we're joined by Robyn who will outline the current thinking about the strategy, what its impact will be, and answer your questions about New Zealand's digital future.

So how will the Digital Strategy for Aotearoa affect you? Head along and find out.

More info and Register here (free)


Just a quick glossary!

  • MBIE = Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • DIA = Department of Internal Affairs
  • DPMC = Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • StatsNZ = Statistics NZ



Thursday Live Data Governance.jpg

Machine Learning and AI is redefining how technology - and the world - works. Greater use of ever-increasing volumes of data provide massive opportunity for the world to progress like never before. 

But as luminaries such as Elon Musk have warned, AI also poses a huge risk to humanity.

So a huge opportunity and an equally significant risk. In this webinar panel we'll ask, what does data look like in an AI world and in particular, how can we get data governance and protection right in a way that enables maximum innovation?

This live online panel of global experts, in partnership with IFIP's 60th Anniversary, will explore data governance and where that balance lies - within the context of AI and other advances in technology - with lots of time set aside for Q&A.

More info and Register (free)


Not an ITP Member?

Are you or your colleagues not yet members of IT Professionals NZ?

Join today to get access to events, mentoring, video library, certification, tools to help you accelerate your career, and so much more.

We also have an excellent Corporate Partner Programme, so you can get your company involved as well - more details

More information about ITP


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.


Previous webinars - all available free to members

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

  • The latest in AI and Emerging Technologies
  • Setting yourself up for the Future of Work
  • Digital's role in the Health Reforms
  • 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


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