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Digital Identity New Zealand

A key place for Identity in the Digital Strategy for Aotearoa


How we keep pace with changes in digital technologies, and how they are used in our economy and across our communities, will have a strong impact on Aotearoa New Zealand’s future prosperity.

The potential benefits from digital ways of working are exponential. They will help improve lives, expand consumer and career choices, and contribute to solving wider issues, such as climate change.

Our government is embarking on a journey to create A Digital Strategy for Aotearoa that seeks to respond to the social, economic, education and cultural opportunities from digital technology, along with the risks that these technologies can bring.

The strategy will endeavour to set out key goals, priorities and activities for the short to medium term (two-five years), as well as longer term results (out to 2031 and beyond).

The overarching framework for the strategy will consist of three pillars:

As we have stated previously, Identity along with Privacy and Security is one of the three core elements of Trust

As the Digital Strategy for Aotearoa begins to take shape, DINZ will be at the centre of the conversation around why a thriving Digital Identity ecosystem is an essential element in achieving the strategic vision of enabling all of Aotearoa New Zealand to flourish and prosper in a digital world.

In other news, I’m sad to say that I will be stepping down as Executive Director for Digital Identity New Zealand this month and someone very well known to many people across the Digital Identity community,Colin Wallis, will be stepping into my shoes.

Colin is a Kiwi who has been overseas for a few years and has recently returned.  For the last five years up until mid-June, Colin led theKantara Initiative, a globally acknowledged Trust Framework Operator of conformity assessment and Trust Marked schemes for Identity, Credential and Consent Management Service Providers.

Building on 21 years of contribution to international standards and industry consortia, Colin will continue to maintain some of his other leadership positions across the consortium space in Information Security, Privacy and Trusted Identity.  While leading Kantara he was a member of the OECD’sInternet Technical Advisory Committee amongst others and will continue his contributions to standardisation into ISO/IEC JTC1/SC27/WG5 Identity Management and Privacy technologies.

Before heading off overseas, Colin worked in the Government’s digital identification programmes, initially at the State Services Commission and later at the Department of Internal Affairs (Government Login Service, iGovt and RealMe), where he has regularly represented New Zealand in international fora.

With his depth of knowledge and experience, it will surprise no-one that Colin was named in One World Identity’s Top 100 Influencers in Identity.

I’d like to welcome Colin into the role and wish him all the best.

Ngā Mihi,

Michael Murphy
Executive Director

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