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Innovate NZ

Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Shed 6, Wellington


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“Fantastic, engaging, interactive and the best event I’ve been to.”

Department of Internal Affairs

Welcome to a Thriving and Innovative NZ.

Following successful adaptations brought on by the many challenges that 2020 delivered, New Zealand has now stepped into the global spotlight as being a precedent for cooperation, collaboration and innovation.

With the aim of becoming a global innovation hub by 2027, by combining initiatives such as digital strategies, new ways of work, use of data and technology, and fostering an inclusive people culture, we can look to cement NZ as a thriving and innovative place in which to live, work, visit and do business.

The Public Sector Innovate NZ 2021, in partnership with Ernst & Young, wants to take you on a journey from mere planning through to pioneering these exciting changes, and provide the ideal meeting place to learn, collaborate, and discuss the trends and innovations helping encourage economic and social prosperity for Aotearoa now and into the future, with some of the brightest public.

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Map Your On-Site Experience

Select from your choice of 4 streams so that you can deep dive into the sessions that are most specific to you in your role.

This stream focuses on embracing emerging technologies and methodologies to accelerate innovation and drive citizen-centric service delivery

Key sessions include:

Keynote: How To Further Create a Flexible, Agile and Adaptable Digital Government with Innovative ICT Processes with Yogesh Anand, Chief Technology Officer, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

Panel: Exploring the Tools, Strategies and Innovations Driving Transformation with Yogi Stockler, Deputy Director Defence Excellence (Innovation), New Zealand Defence Force; and Tom Byrne, CIO Central Agency Shared Services, Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury

This stream focuses on building a strong public sector culture by focusing on wellbeing, strategic workforce planning and increased employee engagement

Key sessions include:

Keynote: Engaging Employees to Make Department Transformation Goals More Attainable

Panel: Developing the Next Generation Public Sector Workforce with Julie Mitchell, Head of Global Careers, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade; and Jane Derbyshire, Director Organisational Strategy and Performance, Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury

This stream focuses on creating data-driven departments that ethically leverage public sector data sets to turn information into actionable insights

Key sessions include:

Keynote: The Reserve Bank’s Approach To Data For Outcomes with Steffi Schuster, Head of Data and Statistics, Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua

Panel: Curating Public Sector Data to Optimise Processes and Derive Actionable Insights  with Eleisha Hawkins, General Manager Data System Strategy & Capability, Statistics NZ; R. Mark Evans, Deputy Chief Executive Insights and Deployment, NZ Police; and Aimee Whitcroft, Open Data Lead, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency 

This stream focuses on optimising how digital transformation works to improves citizen-centric services and citizen experience

Key sessions include:

Keynote: Exploring Innovative Public Services & Strategic Digital Planning with Aaron Jordan, Chief Digital Officer, Toitu Te Whenua – Land Information NZ

Panel: Bridging the Digital Divide – How Digital Technologies Can Be Used to Improve Public Engagement Through Safer, More Secure and Reliable Services with Stephen Dunstan, General Manager, Enablement – Immigration, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment; and Rogan Clarke, Director Digital Change, Inland Revenue Department

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Your Inspiring Speaker Panel

Paul James
Chief Executive & Government Chief Digital Officer,
Department of Internal Affairs

Steffi Schuster
Head of Data and Statistics,
Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Aaron Jordan
Chief Digital Officer,
Toitu Te Whenua – Land Information NZ

Yogesh Anand
Chief Technology Officer,
Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency

Sheridan Williams
Senior Project Manager – Performance Management Project,
Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children

Philip Grady
Acting Deputy Director General, Mental Health and Addiction,
Ministry of Health

Yogi Stockler
Deputy Director Defence Excellence (Innovation),
NZ Defence Force

Anita Easton
Head of Data and Information,
Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children

Chris Lokum
General Manager People Group,
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Jane Derbyshire
Director, Organisational Strategy and Performance,
The Treasury

McLeish Martin
Head of Client and Channel Experience,
Ministry of Social Development

Darren Douglass
Group Manager of Digital Strategy and Investment,
Ministry of Health

Stephen Dunstan
General Manager, Enablement – Immigration,
Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Julie Mitchell
Head of Global Careers,
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Spencer Willis
Head Of Customer Experience,
Callaghan Innovation

Natalie Ellen-Eliza
Senior Business Intelligence Specialist
Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities

Rogan Clarke
Director Digital Change,
Inland Revenue Department

Mark Evans
Deputy Chief Executive Insights & Deployment,
NZ Police

Gail Pacheco

Gail Pacheco
Director NZ Work Research Institute & Commissioner,
New Zealand Productivity Commission

Vic Crone
Callaghan Innovation

Prashant Bakshi
Chief Customer Officer,
New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Aimee Whitcroft
Open Data Lead,
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

Hamiora James Bowkett
Deputy Secretary Strategy Governance and Public Sector Performance,
Te Puni Kōkiri Ministry of Māori Development

Chris Webb
Public Sector Network

Chris Jones
Chief Safety and Wellbeing Officer,
Department of Corrections

Jan Sheppard
Chief Data and Analytics Officer,
Institute of Environmental Science Research

Mike Inglis
Northern Regional Commissioner,
Ministry for Primary Industries

John Mackenney
Principle Digital Strategist,

Ganesh Selvaraj
Advanced Analytics & AI Lead,
Worksafe NZ

Doug Talbot
Chief Information Officer,
Environment Canterbury

Ronel Ellis
Digital Channel Optimisation
Team Lead,

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Chris O’Reilly

James Mowat
Director Engagement – Business Transformation,
Land Information NZ

Jo Cribb
Leadership and Governance

Jason Satherley
New Zealand Country Manager,

Alistair Vickers
Chief Information Officer,
Tū Ora Compass Health

Mike Buke
Managing Director,
PEPworldwide: NZ

Anthony Ruakere
Director in EY’s Kaupapa-Māori firm,
EY Tahi

Louise Theunissen
Cyber Director,
EY New Zealand

Steven Graham
GM Innovation & Biometrics,
NEC New Zealand Limited

Chris Ben
Senior Solutions Engineer,

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TSB Auditorium – Shed 6

4 Queens Wharf, Te Aro, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

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