Appendix 1: other work programmes supporting the sector

Other ITPs

This ITP has areas of common interest with other ITPs, for example:

  • The Agritech ITP provides a vision and purpose for the growth of the agritech sector and a series of actions to accelerate this growth. Agritech is a broad and diverse sector with a growing contribution to the economy, jobs and communities. It is a key enabler of a world-leading food and fibre sector to improve productivity and sustainability.
    Agritech Industry Transform Plan
  • The Advanced Manufacturing ITP has the vision of “A thriving Aotearoa New Zealand advanced manufacturing sector of world-class creators, innovators and makers delivering quality products, sustainable solutions, and intergenerational wellbeing”. Digital technologies are critical enablers of advanced manufacturing.
    The Advanced Manufacturing ITP

Digital Strategy for Aotearoa

The DSA has a vision that Aotearoa New Zealand’s people, communities, economy and environment are flourishing and prosperous in the digital era. The DSA is framed around the following three connected themes:

  • Mahi tika: Trust
  • Mahi tahi: Inclusion
  • Mahi ake: Growth

This ITP is part of the “Mahi Ake - Growth” pillar of the DSA.

Digital Strategy for Aotearoa(external link) —

Digital Boost

Improving small enterprises’ capabilities to adopt and use digital technologies will not only have a tangible impact on their own productivity and resilience, but will also enable stronger growth, productivity, and job creation across the country. The Digital Boost programme offers training and support to small businesses to help them improve their digital skills. As of October 2022, over 55,000 business users have already signed up to the programme.

The 'Digital Boost Alliance' (whose members develop commitments to collectively drive the uptake of digital technologies across Aotearoa) are currently focusing on developing and fostering skills in tech.

Trade Recovery Strategy

Aligned with the Digital ITP, the Government’s Trade Recovery Strategy launched in 2020 has helped fund the evolution of NZTE’s support for technology exporters. This work has included the allocation of a Customer Management team of 32 based around New Zealand focused on technology exporters, the recruitment of additional tech-focused Business Development Managers in the United States and Australia, and an increase in the number of tech exporters in NZTE’s “Focus” portfolio from 185 in June 2020 to 395 in September 2022.

Deepening capital markets

The call for deeper capital markets is not as strong in 2022 as it was pre-pandemic. However, there are still capital gaps, including for game development and Māori firms.[1] The crown company New Zealand Growth Capital Partners provides strong support for the early-stage investment market in New Zealand with two investment vehicles; the Aspire NZ Seed Fund and Elevate NZ Venture Fund. The Government’s new Investment Attraction Policy aims to lift the amount of active investment by adding a new resident visa category (requiring investors to invest a $25 million minimum) alongside the previous border exception for selected investors. The planned Business Growth Fund for New Zealand will add an additional layer to support successful medium sized firms with excellent prospects.

Unleashing business potential across NZ(external link) —

The Investment Attraction Strategy and investor migrants [PDF, 396 KB]

Ārohia Innovation Trailblazer grant

In the digital age, innovation is increasingly data-driven, collaborative and service-oriented, and does not necessarily involve dedicated Research and Development (R&D) activities. As a result, this grant was introduced for non-R&D innovation with potential to create spillovers to the rest of the economy. This initiative broadens the type of innovation support offered to those like digital firms, whose innovation activities are not always eligible under the R&D Tax Incentive.

Digital Public Service

Digital government is about putting people first. The government is focusing on what people need from it in these fast-changing times and how it can meet their needs using emerging technologies, data and changes to government culture, practices and processes.

The Strategy for a Digital Public Service sets the direction to modernise and transform the public service, putting citizens and businesses at the centre of government services. Current work focuses on web accessibility guidance, digital inclusion, digital identity, as well as the government cloud programme. Leadership is provided by the Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, and the Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO – who is also the Chief Executive of the DIA).  The GCDO works closely with other system leads – the Government Chief Data Steward (Chief Executive of Stats NZ) and Government Chief Information Security Officer (Chief Executive of Government Communications Security Bureau).

All-of-Government Pacific Wellbeing Outcomes Framework  

The Pacific Wellbeing Outcomes Framework forms the Performance and Improvement focus area of the All-of-Government Pacific Wellbeing Strategy, launched in Auckland on 16 September 2022. The Pacific Wellbeing Outcomes Framework includes some digital-related outcomes under the ‘Improved Labour Market Participation’ and ‘Wealth and Business Ownership’ outcome areas within Goal 2 of the Strategy, ‘Prosperous Pacific Communities’. Examples include, ‘Pacific people have excellent digital access and skills’ and ‘all types of Pacific enterprises are successful and resilient into the future (e.g. digital)’. The outcomes sought are to remove barriers and create better employment opportunities for Pacific peoples. 

Pacific Wellbeing Outcomes Framework [PDF 3.4MB](external link)

All of Government Pacific Wellbeing Strategy [PDF 7.9MB](external link)

Fit for a Better World

Fit for a Better World sets out actions to bring together opportunities the Government considers will accelerate the productivity, sustainability, and inclusiveness of the primary sector, to deliver more value for all New Zealanders. The roadmap spans all of the food and fibre sectors and brings together significant opportunities to add value across the agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and marine, and forestry sectors.


[1] Reserve Bank of New Zealand consulted on improving Māori access to capital(external link) — Reserve Bank of New Zealand [Back to text]