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 and the NZ Public Libraries

GOVIS is delighted to have been part of the Public Libraries Change Lives writing competition.  The web and social media competition ran during July and August and encouraged people to share stories that demonstrated the amazing power public libraries have to change and enrich people’s lives.    The results are now out and GOVIS congratulates all the winners.

For the full list of winners check out the NZ Public Libraries website.


Thanks to everyone who attended GOVIS' Annual General Meeting which was held at the Backbencher on August 24th.     The President and Treasurer presented their reports and these are now available.    President's Report       Treasurer's Report

The Management Committee has agreed that, as an operational matter, that the committees operational size be set at 14 for the next 12 months.  The committee size will be reviewed again in 12 months time.    This change was voted on unanimously together with the proposed voting process.  The details can be found in the AGM Agenda.

There are now 11 members of the GOVIS Management Committee.  Rebecca Schasching continues on in the role of President, Matt Mansell has been voted in as Vice President, Mick Crouch continues in his role as Treasurer and Claire Benson is confirmed as Secretary.

GOVIS 2016 – Disruptive Innovation

Thanks to all our sponsors, speakers and delegates for making GOVIS 2016 and the 25th Anniversary celebrations an amazing success.  We’re working on the conference survey which will be out soon – please take the time to give us your feedback – the good, the bad and even the ugly.  Remember there are two tickets for GOVIS 2017 up for grabs.

Thanks to everyone who donated their backpack for a cause – as a result 163 school kids in the Wellington Region will be getting a new school bag.

Some other interesting statistics!  394 coffees and 400 juices were consumed in two days.

And one lucky delegate is being notified that they won the prize draw - the Disruptive Innovation labelled Panhead beer.

We’ll get the presentations and edited video footage on the website over the next few weeks however in the meantime a few photos…..



GOVIS Tweets

GOVIS are hosting a lunchtime forum next Wed 19 Oct - Supporting Digital Delivery – How DIA can help. Register @ https://t.co/CmKPUOWkht 16 days ago . Reply . Retweet . Favorite
GOVIS is hosting a NZGOAL & Creative Commons workshop on Oct 28th. For more info or to rsvp head to https://t.co/xetWBaAQl2 #GOVISLunch about a month ago . Reply . Retweet . Favorite
And the winners are… https://t.co/Pqqtu9k7i3 @LibrariesNZ about a month ago . Reply . Retweet . Favorite


Friday, October 28, 2016 2:15 PM

Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand is offering an interactive workshop for staff from government agencies on how to apply the NZ Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) and Creative Commons copyright licences.

To find out more and to register please go to Eventbrite.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:00 PM

Traditional mechanisms for specifying software changes have had their successes, but they've also been responsible for enormous overruns, delays and terrible quality. Yet imagine it was possible to specify requirements so they are easy to understand, straightforward for developers build, enable project tracking and flag unnecessary features as if a light was shined on the work.

Such an innovation exists. It's called Specification by Example, and it's a process that's been implemented in a number of successful projects for Government agencies, notably MSD and Customs. Results can be phenomenal!

Unfortunately, to get the very best specifications requires massive disruption to the way teams go about their business, it needs dedicated support from leadership and is likely to cause political in-fighting as departmental silos are torn apart.

Talking from his experience at MSD, Customs and in commercial organisations, William Knight will illustrate how the method works, the success that can be expected, and how the likely disruption can be mitigated through exceptional communication, training and change management.

Register for the forum on Eventbrite.

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