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Aotearoa NZ

Public Sector Data & AI Executive Event 2022

Tuesday, 12 April, 2022
InterContinental Wellington | 8:00am – 12:30pm NZST

Event Overview

Advancing Whole-Of-Government Data Ecosystem Transformation

With the first year of the revised and refreshed Government Data Strategy and developments of national initiatives in artificial intelligence (AI), such as the Algorithm Charter adoption underway, NZ’s whole-of-government data, and AI developments are gaining great momentum.

As a key driver for exponential and technological transformation globally, advancing data systems and AI algorithm continue creating public sector opportunities for innovation, systems optimisation, and productivity. However, this also means that the continued navigation of shared challenges around ethics, safety, infrastructure, competing priorities, leadership, and capability is paramount to the public sector and societal uptake, benefit, and success.

This in-person executive event is dedicated to Aotearoa NZ’s public sector agency and department leaders and practitioners. We gather with the ultimate aim of leveraging the best in data and AI to inform better policy, support a more productive, eco-socially sustainable, and inclusive economy, and deliver more effective and accessible public services and outcomes.

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Benefits of Attending

Meet, greet, be informed and inspired by the public sector strategic and practitioner leaders driving NZ’s revised Government Data Strategy and other key national data, digital & AI initiatives

Gain and share practical applications and insights with the most recent national public sector case studies and best practices on data-sharing, privacy and maintenance of public trust

Collaborate on shared challenges, solutions, and experiences with diverse government peers about infrastructure, leadership and culture, data literacy, and workforce capability transformation

Develop improved awareness, practical and responsible application of AI and predictive algorithms in NZ with real-world stories

A Sneak Peek of Your Inspiring Speakers

Suzanne Stew
Deputy CE, Te Whakatairanga Service Delivery
Statistics New Zealand

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Mark Sowden
Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS), and Chief Executive
Statistics New Zealand

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Chris Buxton
Director Agency Partnerships
The Department of Internal Affairs

Jan Sheppard
Chief Data Officer
Tertiary Education Commission NZ

Paul Stone
Principal Advisor Information & Data Governance
Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities

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Mike Cunnington
Deputy Commissioner, Information and Intelligence Services
Inland Revenue NZ

Dame Diane Robertson
Executive Director
The New Zealand Data Trust

Shar Amner
General Manager Māori – Te Tumu Houkura
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) NZ

Key Sessions

The Public Sector Data and AI Executive Event features the latest initiatives throughout NZ; sharing insights via keynote presentations, leading case studies and networking opportunities.

Keynote SessionsPanel Discussions

Addressing the Future of Public Sector Data & AI Innovation in New Zealand

AI and The Future of New Zealand

The NZ Government Data System, Strategy & Roadmap

GCDS, Digital Public Service Strategy, Algorithm Charter, Te Tiriti – Bringing it all together

• What is the current state of awareness, adoption, and integration of the individual but complementary national strategies?
• How can we approach the issues of complexity, silos, and disparate streams of focus, and apply this to our organisational strategies into 2022?
• How can we leverage data sharing for public social, economic, and environmental wellbeing and equality?

Aotearoa Data & AI – Our Next Steps

• What is the potential of open data, open-source, and data-sharing internally, externally, and to the public?
• How do we incorporate Te Tiriti into our data and digital systems design?
• What needs to happen for a seamless data exchange culture, a cohesive innovative effort, and responsible data sharing capability across Aotearoa?
• What does the longer-term future of the New Zealand data system look like, and what are our practical next steps in preparation?

View the agenda for the full speaker lineup, sessions and event timeline

Your Registration

Live Presentations

Hear from public sector leaders about the latest trends and explore how to instantly apply these insights and gaining unique perspectives


An opportunity to engage with the inspiring speaker panel and peers in the live Q&A and polling to discover answers to shared challenges

Technology Solutions

Hear  from leading solutions providers in the government space as they explore key technologies to improve citizen services


Receive on-demand access to session content on the complimentary Public Sector Network social learning platform

Keeping You Safe

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Wellington, NZ

InterContinental Wellington
2 Grey Street, Wellington Central
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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Public Sector Network will closely monitor COVID-19 regulations in accordance with the advice from the NZ Government and local health authorities to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event physically. In addition, we will be working closely with the venue to ensure precautionary measures are in place. To support contact tracing, and to comply with the regulations and guidelines set by the New Zealand Government and Ministry of Health New Zealand, the event will keep a record of all attendee details attending.

What Your Peers Had to Say

A valuable source of ideas and methods used that could be applied across different agencies.
Department of Justice

The experience was positive and valuable and was great to hear what others are doing and the problems they are having.
Transport Safety Victoria

Positive experience and a good opportunity to share learnings, and to understand challenges in other sectors.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network

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