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Digital Identity New Zealand

August Newsletter: Collabor-action and our upcoming events

Kia ora Readers

Collaborative working groups are the engine rooms of the Digital Identity NZ community.  We can thank the Drive group for producing our benchmark research, the Design group for facilitating our June workshop and for starting to roll out our first endorsed standard.  The Discover group is also gaining momentum, and we are grateful to be supported by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) Digital Identity Transformation (DIT) team as we navigate the practicalities of open collaboration.

On the good news front, initiatives for the latest Lightning Lab Govtech Accelerator have been announced.  Digital Identity NZ is well represented with our members DIAAhauMiddleware NZ and Centrality front and centre on a number of initiatives.  We’re excited to announce that from September we will be running a joint Digital Identity NZ and DIT webinar to share work in progress (including Govtech updates and the DIA’s Trust Framework), as well as opening the forum to questions.

You’re running out of time to register for the Identity as Taonga conference happening next week in Wellington.  The conference is a unique opportunity to hear from New York Times technology journalist Kashmir Hill about her experiment with living without interaction with the ‘Big Five’ tech companies.

Also for your calendar is our first combined Digital Identity and NZ Health Information Technology (NZHIT) event on 18 September in Auckland.  Join our hosts Microsoft and Umbrellar as we explore the role of digital identity in health. Tickets are free for Digital Identity New Zealand members.

Finally, congratulations to the wonderful Kaye Maree Dunn of Ahau for being appointed to the NZTech Board as one of the two the Community Board Members. Well done, Kaye Maree!

Ngā Mihi,

Andrew Weaver
Executive Director


Digital Identity NZ would like to welcome our new members who have joined recently:


Collaboration and buy-in is essential to the success of national programmes.  The Verify experience in the UK is a salutary lesson, being labelled ‘undeliverable’ by the Infrastructure Projects Authority.

Read the latest in a series of industry snapshots on digital identity from the Digital Identity and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC).  This instalment is on healthcare.

Could an everyday ‘super app’ replace the dozens of other we use on a daily basis? Perhaps, but many  consumers are concerned it will leave them vulnerable to hacking and data privacy issues.

Visa CEO Al Kelly has said they will not remain in the Libra Association if it can not meet or exceed the expectations, rules and laws of regulators around the world.


Join us for breakfast, coffee and an open and honest discussion with New Zealand banks about digital identity on Wednesday 11 September in Wellington.

Super saver pricing for the 2019 NZ Digital Identity Summit closes on 18 September, so secure your spot now.

Attend the SSS Cyber Security Day on 16 September in Christchurch18 September in Auckland and 20 September in Wellington. The focus this year is on the human element of security.

Digital Identity NZ Executive Director Andrew Weaver is facilitating a panel about Digital Citizenship in Aotearoa at the Core uLearn Conference, 9 – 11 October in Rotorua.


Register your interest for the 2019 NZ Cyber Security Summit,  16 October in Wellington.

Want to learn more about the Internet of Things? Attend the IoT Alliance’s half-day conference on 3 October in Auckland.


A regular feature of our newsletters will be a spotlight on members. We’re keen to share stories and highlight opportunities for collaboration. Please contact us to submit your story.

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Digital Identity New Zealand A purpose driven, inclusive, membership funded organisation, whose members have a shared passion for the opportunities that digital identity can offer. Digital Identity NZ supports a sustainable, inclusive and trustworthy digital future for all New Zealanders.