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Digital Future Panel: Political parties and the tech sector

20 July 2017: 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Deloitte Auckland
80 Queen Street

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The 2017 election is fast approaching, but which political party really understands the challenges facing the tech sector, and which policies are going to hinder or help transform New Zealand into a future-focused tech-driven economy?

IT Professionals NZ and NZTech have joined forces to bring this political panel debate, featuring the ICT spokespeople for all of the main political parties talking about the future of tech and debating which policies are likely to see our sector, and New Zealand, flourish.

Focused on New Zealand's Digital Future, the tech manifesto released by ITPNZ, NZTech and 18 other national tech bodies in May this year, the panel discussion will focus on the following policy areas:

  • Tech, Skills and People (education, future of work, immigration)
  • Business and the Economy (exports, security, research funding)
  • Future of Government (procurement, open standards, privacy)
  • Open floor - audience can ask anything tech-related

The panel will be facilitated by Rob O'Neill, the panel debate will kick off promptly at 5:30pm (doors open from 5:15pm), with refreshments and networking following at 6.45pm.


Political Panelists

Panelists include the ICT spokespeople from all the major parties:

Brett Hudson MP (NZ National Party)

Brett was elected on National's List in 2014 following 20 years in the ICT sector. Following 10 years at IBM, Brett held senior roles in TelstraClear and Oracle before moving into politics.

Clare Curran MP (NZ Labour Party)

Clare has been a Labour MP, representing Dunedin South, since 2008 and Labour's spokesperson for ICT and Open Government for many of the years since. She comes from a comms background prior to politics.

Gareth Hughes MP (The Greens)

Gareth is the long-standing Greens spokesperson for ICT, alongside tertiary education, skills and employment and science and innovation. Gareth became an MP in 2010, the youngest MP in the house at the time.

Tracey Martin MP (NZ First)

Tracey was elected as a NZ First List MP in 2011 and is the NZ First spokesperson for both ICT and Education.

Facilitator: Rob O'Neill

Rob has been a reporter, journalist and editor of NZ's tech sector publication for 20 years, including stints as editor of Computerworld, contributor to ZDNet, Reseller News, Sunday Star Times, Fairfax and others. 

This is a joint event from ITP NZ and NZTech. Places are strictly limited - registration essential and please register early.

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Registration details

Please register using the link below.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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