Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group

The Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group was set up in 2018 to provide government with advice and diverse perspectives on the digital economy and digital inclusion.

Purpose of the group

The Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group (DEDIMAG) brings together innovators, leading thinkers and actors from:

  • central and local government
  • non-governmental organisations
  • Māoridom
  • industry
  • community groups.

The group advises government on how it can best meet its objectives to grow the digital economy and reduce digital divides, so that all New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses can benefit from digital technologies.

Group members

The Group comprises 10 members, and is intended to reflect the diversity of New Zealand, including youth and the perspectives from Māori. The following 2 press releases in early 2018 announced the initial and remaining members of the Group:

Beehive website — First appointments to Digital Advisory Group, 16 March 2018(external link)

Beehive website — Addition members for Digital Advisory Group, 26 April 2018(external link) 

Member’s name

Background

Victoria MacLennan

(Chair)

Co-chair of NZRise, Managing Director and CEO of OptimalHQ Group, Trustee and Board Chair of Code Club Aotearoa, Chair of the Digital Skills Forum, Investor and Director

Brenda Leeuwenberg

Head of Innovation at NZ On Air, Board Member of Women in Film & Television, and Director of Nomad8

Jordan Carter

Chief Executive of InternetNZ

Kaila Colbin

Co-founder and Chair of Ministry of Awesome, Curator of TEDxChristchurch and SingularityU NZ and Australia Summits, Deputy Chair of CORE Education, Director of ChristchurchNZ

Potaua Biasiny-Tule

Co-Founder of Digital Natives Academy, Digital Basecamp, 4 Company B, and CEO/Managing Director of TangataWhenua.com

Rohan MacMahon

Management consultant and involved in business development for digital technology companies. Previously Strategy Director at Crown Fibre Holdings

Cathy Hardinge

Founder and CEO of Digital Seniors, and Capability and Change Consultant

Gregory Morgan

Head of Digital Solutions and Innovation at Auckland Libraries and member of Library and Information Association of NZ Aotearoa. Former board member and committee chair of Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

David Moskovitz

Serial entrepreneur, angel investor, company director, philanthropist, mentor, software developer, and lexicographer on the Dictionary of NZ Sign Language and several Māori dictionaries. Involved in interfaith community. Blogs at dave.mosk.nz

Michael Taitoko

CEO and co-founder of Takiwā, a digital analytics and data visualisation firm

Terms of reference

The terms of reference for the advisory group provide more information about the group’s purpose and approach, as well as key questions for the group to consider:

Terms of Reference — Ministerial Advisory Group Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion [PDF, 120 KB]

Meeting records

The agendas and minutes from every meeting of the advisory group can be viewed below, from most recent to oldest:

Meeting date

Meeting records

3 April 2019

Minutes [PDF, 198 KB]

18 December 2018

Agenda [PDF, 268 KB]
Minutes [PDF, 277 KB]

26 November 2018

Agenda [PDF, 261 KB]
Minutes [PDF, 373 KB]

19 November 2018

Agenda [PDF, 265 KB]
Minutes [PDF, 274 KB]

4 September 2018

Agenda [PDF, 202 KB]
Minutes [PDF, 290 KB]

31 July 2018

Agenda [PDF, 194 KB]
Minutes [PDF, 354 KB]

19 June 2018

Agenda [PDF, 51 KB]
Minutes [PDF, 113 KB]

30 May 2018

Agenda [PDF, 70 KB] 
Minutes [PDF, 101 KB] 

14 May 2018

Agenda [PDF, 93 KB] 
Minutes [PDF, 109 KB]

3 April 2018

 

Agenda [PDF, 88 KB]
Minutes [PDF, 94 KB]

19 March 2018

 

Agenda  [PDF, 70 KB]
Minutes  [PDF, 101 KB]

Digital economy and digital inclusion stakeholder network

Jointly with the Department of Internal Affairs, we are putting together a network of people interested in growing the digital economy and closing digital divides. We’ll be inviting the network to be actively involved in contributing to, and commenting on, work in these areas, including work developed by DEDIMAG.

If you'd like to be part of this stakeholder network, please email us at digitalnz@mbie.govt.nz.

Last updated: 24 January 2019