Innovate NZ

Wednesday, 01 November 2023
Wellington NZ | 8am – 5pm NZDT

Event Overview

Citizen or public servant, departmentally or societally, the secure future for Aotearoa requires a voice that includes all tiers and subsets of the population as we work to reconstruct
our economy, advocate for our environment, and harmonise policies to deliver
mutual outcomes for all.

The recent 2022 budget has outlined key priorities for our nation, but it can’t stop there. How can we get to work as collaborative departments and thinkers to actualise wider government aspirations as efficiently as possible? What are the gaps we need to fill, processes we need to optimise, and ideas we need to communicate and how might we best go about these using practical methodologies, further implementation of emerging technologies, and revolutionary auahatanga (innovation).

Public Sector Network is excited to bring you the 6th Annual Innovate NZ Showcase 2023.
Amidst ever-changing conditions and uncertain futures, the event will offer the opportunity to kōrero, connect and challenge, and most of all highlights how Aotearoa New Zealand’s public service continues to collaborate and innovate to create better outcomes for society at large.

Check out Past Years Highlights

Benefits of Attending

Explore innovative initiatives and strategies devised across
departments to maximise impact and support NZ’s economic recovery

Establish future priorities, benchmark best practice,s and leverage emerging technologies to create a world-leading digital government in Aotearoa

Embed customer-centric approaches in service design and delivery by identifying the right methodologies and engagement strategies

Leverage data analytics to inform strategic direction, identify areas for improvement and intercept future challenges

A Sneak Peek Of Your 2022 Inspiring Speakers

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

Riana Manuel,
Chief Executive,
Te Aka Whai Ora

Dexter Traill,
Kaiwhakahaere: Māori Honongā Māori,
Director – Māori and Community Engagement,
Ombudsman New Zealand

Liz Maguire,
Chief Digital Officer,
Waka Kotahi, NZ Transport Agency

Heather Peacocke,
Former Head of COVID-19 Communications, Public Engagement and ‘Unite Against COVID-19’ Campaign

Gerhard Kessell-Haak,
Chief Enterprise Architect,
Education Payroll

Jonathan Wilkins,
Chief Information Security Officer,
Ministry for Primary Industries

Bill Moses,
Chief Digital Officer,
Public Service Commission

2022 Key Sessions

The Innovate NZ Series features the latest initiatives throughout New Zealand; sharing insights via keynote presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and roundtable chats. To provide additional perspective – concurrent streams will address more specific topics and challenges in the worlds of Technology & Data and Digital & CX faced by public sector leaders today.

Keynote SessionsPanel SessionsTechnology & Data StreamDigital & CX Stream

Traditional Welcome Ceremony (Pōwhiri) and Ministerial Address

Enabling New Zealand’s ‘High Wage, Low Emissions Economy’ With Smart Technologies

Digital Innovation: What is on the Horizon?

Developing Equitable, Fit For Purpose Citizen Services and Enhancing Public Trust

A Holistic Plan For Lasting Transformation in New Zealand

Keynote Session

Refining Data Ethics, Capabilities, and Literacy in Government

Keynote Session

Establishing ICT Infrastructure Priorities In Times Of Uncertainty & Change

Panel Discussion

Working To Build An Inclusive Data & Technology Narrative in Aotearoa

Keynote Session

Driving the Digital Strategy to Better Connect New Zealanders

Keynote Session

Adopting An Agile Approach To Risk, Failure, And Success

Panel Discussion

Advocating For Culturally Aligned & Enabled Service Delivery

View the agenda for the full speaker line-up, key 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 gain unique perspectives


An opportunity to engage with your peers from across the state in dedicated networking sessions, interactive roundtable discussions, and meal breaks

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

Wellington, NZ (Venue – To be Confirmed)

Public Sector Network will closely monitor COVID-19 regulations in accordance with the advice from the 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.

What Your Peers Had to Say

“Very positive experience – clearly a lot of motivated leaders looking to sponsor change and innovation, which is great for NZ.”
Department of Corrections

“Networking and organisation of the event were excellent, well done on running this in-person event.”
Canterbury District Health Board

“Good to meet others within the wider public sector in similar roles and with similar challenges. Speakers and panels were relevant and interesting.”
New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Our 2022 Event Partners

Lead Partner

Platinum Partner

Gold Partner

Silver Partner