Welcome to GOVIS

GOVIS is the network of technology and information professionals in NZ central government. On this site you can find out about our networking events coming up, this year's conference and also view our library of past presentations. If your agency is not a member, we invite you to join now.

GOVIS 2015 - Save the Date!

The GOVIS 2014 conference with a theme of delivery@pace proved to be one of the most successful conferences held by GOVIS.  Building on this, the GOVIS 2015 Conference has now been confirmed for Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June, 2015 at Te Papa. 

Please mark these dates in your diary now!

The GOVIS 2015 conference theme is "Building Trust".  Current events are challenging how citizens and agencies view their relationships with each other.  What does trust mean for Information and Technology professionals within NZ government? How do trusted relationships develop?  How do government agencies work to build trust?  How is trust maintained?

We will be inviting speakers to provide their insights and practical experience for how trust "maps" across the government and industry space.  We'll be looking for presenters who can share experiences ranging from the soft skills required to build trust through defined practices and mechanisms they have used to nurture, manage and sustain trust.  Added dimensions to building trust are content and audience - trusted data, trusted information?  What experiences do we have of trust within teams, within agencies, across agencies or even in the international sphere?

In the true spirit of GOVIS we will be looking for shared stories of successful practice - and the lessons learned when the practice doesn't work so well.

Key dates:

 1 December 2014   Sponsorship opens 
 8 December 2014   Call for presentations opens
 20 February 2015   Call for presentations closes
 12 March 2015   Registration opens
 3 April 2015   Presentations selected
18-19 June 2015   GOVIS 2015 Conference

We encourage you to think about how you or your organisation will be able to contribute to the conference programme.

For more information on the conference check out GOVIS 2015

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 PM

Please note : this event is full.

The direction the government is asking it's agencies to take is to becoming quite clear - ensure the investment is optimised and that it is achieving the outcomes expected.  The New Zealand government data, information and solution landscapes are needing to change  more rapidly and with increasingly higher impact and expectations.  How is Enterprise Architecture relevant in this environment? What part will Enterprise Architecture play in developing the changes necessary to develop  increasingly responsive and innovative government agencies?

This will be a thought-provoking panel session with

  • John Kananghinis, Chief Enterprise Architect, Inland Revenue
  • Neil Brown, Lead Enterprise Architect, New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Rosemary McGrath, Chief Architect, Statistics New Zealand
  • James Collier, Government Enterprise Architect, DIA

Venue: National Library, lower ground meeting room, entrance on Aitken Street. 

A light lunch and tea/coffee will be served at 12pm. No charge, attendance is open to government staff and contractors in agencies. 

If you RSVPd and can no longer attend, please advise Ros, at website@govis.org.nz Thanks! 

Monday, December 1, 2014 12:00 PM

Open government is about an ethical, honest and fair relationship between citizens and their government. 

New Zealand has recently joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a forum of countries working on more openness, accountability and responsiveness to citizens.

Members of the OGP develop an Action Plan that detail commitments to concrete actions. Actions address the OGP’s principles of
Participation, and
Technology and innovation.

Join us for an overview of the OGP and New Zealand’s Action Plan, recently approved by Cabinet, and a discussion on how we can facilitate better engagement practices with citizens in the policy development process.

The Action Plan and associated Cabinet Paper can be read (or downloaded) from the SSC website at:

Venue: Ministry of Social Development Auditorium, Level 3 Bowen State Building, Bowen Street
Date: December 1, 12-2
Programme: Light lunch served at 12.00
12.15 Panel and facilitated discussion
Wrap up by 1.45pm

Please RSVP to Ros at website@govis.org.nz and advise of any dietary preferences.
We have room for 60 attendees from central and local government agencies.

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