Digital economy

The Government is supporting the development of New Zealand’s fast growing digital economy.

See how the Government is enabling New Zealand to become a leading digital nation – a nation with a thriving digital sector, where our businesses, people and government are all using digital technology to drive innovation, improve productivity, and enhance the quality of life for all New Zealanders.

Chief Technology Officer role to be established

A new Chief Technology Officer position is being established to help drive New Zealand’s digital agenda and respond to the opportunities and challenges of our changing digital world.

The Chief Technology Officer will play a lead role in developing a digital strategy for New Zealand and have a broad mandate to serve as a challenge to, and advisor for, the New Zealand government. The Chief Technology Officer will work collaboratively across government, with Ministers and officials, and with a range of other stakeholders.

Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Advisory Group to be established

A new Ministerial Advisory Group for the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion is being established.

Digital Economy work programme

The ever-evolving digital world is impacting on almost all aspects of New Zealanders’ lives. ICT is changing the way businesses and government operate, how education and healthcare are delivered, and how people and communities interact.

The Government has established a Digital Economy Work Programme to ensure that agencies are collectively focusing on the right initiatives, in the right areas, to support the growth of New Zealand’s Digital Sector and the uptake and smart use of ICT across the economy.

The Programme was developed with support from New Zealand’s digital community and is a cross-government effort. It covers eight areas that are critical to ensuring that New Zealand is able to adapt and take advantage of the opportunities driven by technological change.

Digital economy infographic accessible version

View an accessible version of the infographic.

Digital New Zealanders: The Pulse of Our Nation

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Department of Internal Affairs commissioned research into digital inclusion to gain a deeper insight into the New Zealand context and to broaden the evidence base from which New Zealand digital inclusion policy, programmes and initiatives could be developed.

The research identifies groups most at risk of digital exclusion in New Zealand. It also outlines digital inclusion initiatives under way in New Zealand, analyses the policy and measurement frameworks used in other countries to tackle digital exclusion and offers an analysis of the basic digital capabilities New Zealanders need to thrive in an increasingly online world.

The research makes a number of recommendations focused on improving the digital capabilities of New Zealanders and will form a key input for MBIE and DIA’s ongoing consideration of what is needed to improve digital inclusion in New Zealand.

The research was completed by the Digital Inclusion Research Group, which includes Zwimpfer Communications, Auckland University of Technology, Victoria University of Wellington and a number of independent researchers.

Business uptake of ICT project - Supporting firms to be more tech-savvy

MBIE wants to enable and support New Zealand small to medium businesses to use the latest technologies and develop new products and services through digital innovation and technology. This is so they are able to grow, disrupt, and compete across the globe. In early 2017 MBIE initiated a programme of research and development on business uptake of ICT. Three sectors - construction, arable farming and tourism - were selected to assess and understand their approach to, and engagement with, “doing business digitally’.

We have made some of what we learnt during this first ‘discovery’ phase with PWC available below. These insights might be useful for local councils, economic development agencies, not-for-profit organisations, industry organisations and others who are looking at ways to help businesses to see the value technology can provide.

  • Four personas [PDF 1.1MB] representing different businesses approaches to how they engage with technology in their business - the initiator, the follower, the sceptic and the delayer - reflecting common defining traits across all businesses interviewed as part of this project
  • A ‘journey map [PDF 120KB]’ showing the stages that all the business personas go through

If you would like to know more or be involved in the next phase of this work, drop us a line at

Investor Guide to the NZ Tech Sector

The Technology Investment Network, in partnership with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment have put together a guide for those who are interested in investing, or attracting investment, to the New Zealand Technology Sector.


Accelerating a Connected New Zealand

NZTech, in partnership with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment have released a vision for New Zealand as a Digital Nation: From Tech Sector to Digital Nation.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is a member of the IOT Alliance, and you can read the report on the impact of the Internet of Things for New Zealand on the NZTech website.

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