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Advancing digital transformation for a secure, equitable digital future  

22-23 MAY 2024

Effectively modernising public service delivery, which utilises advanced technologies and champions citizens’ needs, requires a mature, trustworthy digital infrastructure. Across the public sector, IT and digital transformation leaders are grappling with best practices and solutions to build digital maturity.  


The DigiGov Leaders Summit NZ unites the government IT community to strategise the next steps in shaping Aotearoa New Zealand as a thriving digital nation. With an 8-year legacy, this exclusive invitation-only event brings together all levels of government to explore the latest insights and technologies for enhancing digital initiatives to meet the increasing expectations of citizens. 


Here’s what you can look forward to:  

  • Gain practical insights on the latest digital transformation initiatives, tools and practices of more than 15 leading government agencies 

  • Unpack your pressing challenges with your fellow industry leaders in our Challenge Room. Peer-facilitated and led, these discussions enable you to proactively brainstorm solutions for your day-to-day challenges.  

  • Cross-sector perspective: Glean valuable insights from how the private sector approaches digital transformation  

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For the past seven years, our IT events have fostered collaboration and the professional development of Aotearoa New Zealand’s IT public sector.


Building on this legacy, we’re excited to unveil GovTech Aotearoa - a series of co-located events that address the key pillars of government IT: digital transformation and services, cyber security, and data analytics.

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Summit Advisory Board

Our expert Advisory Board ensures that our events remain industry relevant, and align with the latest trends and advancements both in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

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Bill Moses

 Chief Information Officer

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission

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Tamāra Al-Salim

Head of Business Risk and Assurance; New Zealand Defence Force; Ambassador,

New Zealand Network for Women in Security

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Rachael Milicich

Deputy Chief Executive; Deputy Government Statistician Insights & Statistics

Stats NZ

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Suzie Tingley

Principal Digital Advisor

Department of Corrections

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Kari Jones

Chief Data Officer

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

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Xanthe Sulzberger

Head of Data Governance & Strategy

NZ Post 

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Paul Natac

Chief Information Officer

Provident Insurance

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Steve James

Head of Technology

Woolworths NZ

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Phil Ross

Chief Information Security Officer

Air New Zealand

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Eli Hirschauge

Head of Information Security

ANZ New Zealand

Why Attend?

Discover how Singapore’s Government is approaching AI to deliver innovative digital services from their Government Chief Digital Technology Officer, Cheow Hoe Chan

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Cheow Hoe Chan

Government Chief Digital Technology Officer; Senior Advisor

Smart Nation and Digital Government Office; Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

A holistic approach to citizen services: Explore ways to deliver a seamless and personalised experience that address citizens needs and increasing expectations  

Part of the GovTech Aotearoa series, join us to connect with over 400+ IT leaders to advance digital transformation, data analytics and cybersecurity efforts in the public sector 

Hear from Hīkina Whakatutuki Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as they share how they are transforming user experiences through online forms 

Shifting focus from digital strategy to execution: Gain practical insights on driving digital transformation at scale in your department

Discover ways to overcome workforce shortages and build a strong and diverse IT talent pipeline  

Preparing for the future of work in the digital age requires an adaptable digital infrastructure. Understand how IT leaders are addressing data governance, cloud adoption, and budget constraints.

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Jo Batchelor

Head of Product Engineering

University of Auckland 

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Carl Nixon

Chief Information Officer,

New Zealand Defence Force


Jonathan Wilkins

Chief Information Security Officer

Ministry for Primary Industries


Jolene Armadoros

Head of Information Security

Public Trust

Featured Speakers

Ott Velsberg

Government Chief Data Officer

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia

Jodi Russell

ICT Head of Operations and Infrastructure

Fire and Emergency NZ

Cheow Hoe Chan

Government Chief Digital Technology Officer; Senior Advisor

Smart Nation and Digital Government Office; Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

Paul James

Government Chief Digital Officer; Secretary

Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs

Steve Sim

Chief Information Officer

Ministry of Justice - New Zealand

Carl Nixon

Chief Information Officer

New Zealand Defence Force 

Julie Watson

Chief Information Officer

WorkSafe New Zealand

Steve James

General Manager of Technology

Woolworths NZ 

Who Should Attend

Network and engage with Chiefs, Secretaries/Deputy Secretaries, Heads, Directors, General Managers across the public sector, with responsibilities including:  

  • Digital Transformation 

  • Digital Strategy 

  • Technology and Innovation 

  • Operations 

  • Customer Experience  

  • Continuous Operational Improvement 

  • Digital Solutions

  • Service Delivery 

  • Business Intelligence 

  • Business Transformation 

  • Corporate Services 

  • Digital Channels 

  • Agile Transformation 

  • Business Enablement 

Apply to Attend

Attendance to the DigiGov Leaders Summit is by approval only, with passes limited to maximise networking opportunities and awarded at the discretion of Aventedge.

If you meet the above "Who Should Attend" delegate profile, be sure to apply for a guest pass today.

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50 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011


Conference and Exhibition: Rongomātāne and Foyer, Level 1

Location and How to get there

Tākina is located directly across both Readings on Wakefield and Barnett Street car parks. Parking is available all-day Monday-Sunday at Readings on Wakefield and Monday-Saturday at Barnett Street. Have a look at Parkopedia for other options close by.


To assist in your accommodation search, please refer to this map with nearby options listed by distance to Takina. The following are within a 5-minute walking distance:

  1. QT Wellington: 90 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand | Ph: +64 4 802 8900

  2. Museum Apartment Hotel: 247/257 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand | Ph: +64 (4) 280 4949

  3. Tryp by Wyndham: 15 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand | Ph: +64 (04) 974 3000

  4. Oaks Wellington Hotel: 89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand | Ph: 0800 004 285


More accommodation information can also be found via this link.

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