New Zealand welcomes the release of the New Zealand Digital Strategy
discussion document, but is concerned it is missing key elements.
New Zealand General Manager Claire Edmondson says a national digital
strategy is long overdue. The last was the 2005 Digital Strategy, updated in
2008 to Digital Strategy 2.0.
and the way we use it, has advanced rapidly and will continue to. The
discussion document is a start, but there is a lot that seems to be missing.
document has a heavy focus on connectivity and how we use it, and inclusion. That’s
good, but a national digital strategy needs to recognise that digital
technology is a means to an end, not an end in itself – it needs to drive economic
growth and development and leverage every opportunity.
technology is already playing a significant role in infrastructure solutions. It
is vital the strategy details how New Zealand can harness digital technology opportunities,
including how digital infrastructure can help address New Zealand’s
infrastructure deficit and contribute to environmental outcomes.
We’ll be making
a submission to ensure it covers all the bases and remains fit-for-purpose into
the future. We’ll be keen to see an implementation plan and monitoring
framework to ensure the strategy is meaningful and outcomes based, as opposed
to yet another plan that isn’t realistic.”
“We’re keen to
agree a partnership approach with the Government for the adoption and
implementation of a national digital strategy, and to that end, hosted
discussions with Hon Dr David Clark earlier this year.
“Now more than
ever, how New Zealand finds its way in the digital world is vital to our future
success. With the rise of working from home and the contribution digital
technologies can make to mitigating the impact of climate change, there are
significant consequences if we get this wrong”.
Infrastructure New Zealand
New Zealand is New Zealand’s peak industry body for the infrastructure sector.
We promote best practice in national infrastructure development through
research, advocacy and public and private sector collaboration. Our members
come from diverse sectors across New Zealand and include infrastructure service
providers, investors and operators.
queries, please contact Claire Edmondson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 021 272 7879