Who we’re talking with

We’re talking with and listening to people from across Aotearoa. We’re passing their hopes, aspirations and challenges onto decision-makers.

Many people keep us grounded in reality.

There are those we bring us 

We’re connected into and connect back to the various communities in which each of us serves. These include technology businesses, education start-ups, human rights communities, research communities, small business, technology associations to which we belong, academia.

There are those we’ve sought to connect with

The impacts of digital and data driven technologies affect everyone in Aotearoa. In order to give Ministers the best advice, we’ve been talking and listening to people from different communities and sectors to understand their views. 

  • We’ve identified 26 broad stakeholder groups to connect with over our three year work programme. So far, we’ve talked with over 100 organisations and businesses across a range of sectors. We’ve held virtual town hall meetings with around 30 people from the Māori and Pacific communities.
  • For our research into trust in automated decision-making we’ve sought out those communities who are often not listened to/not included. This includes Māori, Pasifika, people with disabilities, ethnic, communities, youth.
  • We’ve talked with experts in other countries to help understand different approaches to data and technology issues and opportunities. 

There are those who wish to join with us

There are many people who wish to join with us to help realise the possibilities of digital and data-driven technologies. We’ve established an Alliance of interested members from our town halls and industry and community meetings. They share our work with others, amplify our voice, provide ideas and solutions and feed back to us what’s happening in their communities.

You can find write-ups of the town hall sessions in our blog pages.

We also summarise what we’re hearing and noticing here on our website.

Aotearoa initiatives we’re keeping an eye on

Through our town halls we also wish to surface the impressive digital and data expertise, commitment and innovation in Aotearoa. Particularly in those communities who often don't feel well served in the digital space. Our intent is not to endorse or give a profile to one over another. It's to highlight the cumulative collective effort across Aotearoa that needs backing.

Contact us if you wish to talk about your work related to our areas of interest. 

Digital inclusion

  • The Generator helping enterprising people bring their ideas to life.
  • The 20/20 Trust providing digital inclusion research, programmes and leadership.
  • Code Avengers building online learning platforms that grow confidence in a digital world.
  • The Southern Initiative supporting a prosperous, resilient south and west Auckland.
  • Numerous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives attracting and growing young people into the science and technology space.
  • PBTech supporting South Auckland STEM programmes and raising awareness of digital inclusion.
  • IBM partnership with The Warehouse and two Auckland schools, looking at pathways into technology, providing mentors, workplace visits and internships, and encouraging young people into STEM programmes.

Digital inclusion for Pasifika peoples in Aotearoa

  • Organisations such as Pacific Business Trust supporting Pacific businesses to prosper, which includes realising the benefits of and managing the pitfalls of digital platforms.
  • MakaNet bringing connectivity to Pasifika homes.
  • Vaka Tautua delivering disability, mental health, older peoples, financial capability and social services in the greater Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury regions.
  • Coconut Wireless, a self-funded online platform which celebrates and promotes all things Māori and Pacific in Aotearoa, and offline advocates for Pacific people entering into STEM.
  • Time Cloud software producers providing pathways for Pasifika software developers and engineers and supporting Pasifika people to own and run their own software as a service companies.

Digital inclusion for Māori 

  • Toro Studiothe national centre of excellence for production, animation and technology.
  • Tolaga Bay Innovation, a pilot programme partnering with the Ministry of Social Development to grow grassroot businesses in rural New Zealand. They work with local people who have natural skills and attributes, but require business support to achieve their self employment and sole trader aspirations.
  • 5000 Tribes, a virtual mall that supports Indigenous businesses. Their vision is building an Indigenous wellbeing economy through business innovation and technology.
  • Te Whare Hukahuka. This is a group of Māori social entrepreneurs demonstrate that Indigenous enterprises can be owned and managed by local communities, can be financially successful, and can create positive social, environmental and cultural outcomes. They also run rangatahi programmes.
  • Konei, a social enterprise and online marketplace. The majority of profits go directly back into supporting the growth and development of up-and-coming New Zealand-based innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Chooice, an online marketplace selling New Zealand products. This started out as a Facebook group called New Zealand Made Products. Their aim is to support New Zealand-owned businesses to sell products online.

Digital inclusion for people with disabilities

  • The government's response to the Citizens Advice Bureau report on digital exclusion. 

Māori data sovereignty

  • Te Kotahi Research Institute has convened a Māori Data Sovereignty group to advise the Council in our research into trust in automated-decision making.  
  • Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Policy. How Indigenous Peoples around the world are demanding greater data sovereignty, and challenging the ways in which governments have historically used Indigenous data to develop policies and programmes.
  • The work of Te Mana Raraunga, The Maori Data Sovereignty Network.

Overseas initiatives we're keeping an eye on

  • Algorithm and artificial intelligence initiatives in the UK, Canada and Singapore.
  • New Zealand's progress with with Digital Economy Partnership Agreement.
  • We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. This memorandum recognises the benefit of ensuring our work is coordinated. This includes, but is not limited to collaborating on areas that are mutually beneficial, avoiding duplication of work, and raising the profile of each other’s work.