Mahi Tahi | Working Together

 Digital Diversity, Collaboration, Inclusion

Friday 28 October, 2022

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Call for presentations

The call for presentations for GOVIS 2022 Mahi Tahi is now open! It will run until 25 July. To submit your idea, please complete our presentation proposal form here. You may:

  • Complete a written proposal, or
  • Request to pitch your proposal to the committee over Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

If you have a great idea for a speaker, then why not nudge them to submit a proposal? Alternatively you can share your presentation topic and speaker ideas with our Conference Organiser on 027 410 6567 or email

Why present at GOVIS 2022 Mahi Tahi?

We strive to make GOVIS conferences as inclusive as possible of different topics and speakers - so we need everyone’s perspectives. Presenting is an opportunity both to support your fellow public servants, and to develop yourself professionally:

  • Share your experiences and korero to help build the capability of the New Zealand government information, data and technology community
  • Build lasting networks with your peers
  • Raise the profile of your work and build your reputation as a professional
  • Receive a free conference registration
  • Receive complimentary professional presenter training

About the conference

The theme for GOVIS 2022 is Mahi Tahi, which can be translated as ‘working together’ and encapsulates a sense of diversity, collaboration and inclusion. The protests at Parliament in February to March 2022 showed us what can happen when people feel excluded, divided, and not heard. This conference will focus on how we can work together to deliver digital public services which are diverse, collaborative, and inclusive. 

Diversity means that our teams and services reflect, value and understand the communities we are here to serve in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Public Service Act explicitly requires chief executives to pursue fairness and diversity and to foster a workplace that is inclusive for all. We want all public servants to feel valued, supported, and respected. And we want our digital workplaces and digital services to reflect that.

Collaboration means that the public service is co-creating our digital future with all New Zealanders. We need to work more effectively across agencies and strengthen our relationships with businesses, NGOs and iwi. This will open the way for more effective partnership and co-governance in the face of challenges like COVID-19, inequality, low productivity and climate change.

Inclusion means ensuring that all New Zealanders have the tools, services, and skills they need to participate in, contribute to, benefit from, and lead in the digital world. This includes helping people to understand what the internet and digital technology can do for them, providing affordable access to digital technology, building digital skills in the community, and providing services we can all trust and have confidence in.

We will be inviting speakers to share their experiences and kōrero, to help others learn how we can strengthen Mahi Tahi in the public service and across Aotearoa New Zealand.  As a little food for thought, spend some time considering some of our challenges: 

  • What do we know about the barriers to digital diversity, digital collaboration, and digital inclusion? What research and learnings can you share with others?
  • What works to improve diversity, collaboration, and inclusion? And what doesn’t work?
  • How does the public service need to change to become more diverse and inclusive in a digital world?
  • How can our work support the aspirations and culture of tāngata whenua in a digital world?
  • What new digital collaborations are emerging, and how can others get involved?

GOVIS 2022 is a one day conference and will include a mixture of keynote speakers and case studies. The confirmed programme will be released in August 2022.


Early bird registration will open in June 2022. Registration fees will be confirmed in June 2022.


If you are interested in sponsoring the GOVIS 2022 Conference, please contact the Conference Organiser.

Key dates for GOVIS 2022

Sponsorship opensJune 2022
Call for Presentations opens27 June 2022
Early bird registration opensMid-June 2022
Call for Presentations closes25 July 2022
Presenters confirmedAugust 2022
Programme releasedAugust 2022
Early bird registration closesEarly October 2022

Contact us

Twelve Conferences + Events are our Conference Organisers, for all conference related queries, please contact them on:

+64 27 410 6567