GOVIS 2023 Digital Resilience

Friday 16 June 2023

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington


You can register online here - either to attend in person or participate virtually.

Registration Options and Fees

All fees are in New Zealand dollars (NZD) and include Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15%.

Member in-person



Member virtual


Non-Member in-person


Non-Member virtual


Want to bring a plus one to the conference? Invite a public service colleague along and you can both get $100 off your in-person registration. Once you have both registered online, email with your names and 'plus one' in the subject line – and we will apply the discount.


To check whether you or your agency is a member of GOVIS, click here.

Low Wage

A limited number of low wage registrations are available, please enquire with the conference organiser:


GOVIS 2023 is a one day conference and will be a mixture of keynote speakers, panels, and streamed presentations.

Keynote Speakers

Steve Honiss

Chief Information Security Officer, ZX Security

Steve is an experienced Chief Information Security Officer, leading the team of cyber security consultants specialising in Governance, Risk and Compliance at ZX Security. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Master of Strategic Studies (MSS) from Victoria University of Wellington, Member of the Institute of Directors.

Dr. Elf Eldridge

Cyber Security Consultant, ZX Security

Elf’s day job with ZX Security involves attempting to attack the digital infrastructure of clients to identify weaknesses. Elf also writes and delivers cybersecurity training courses for the NZ Institute of IT professionals that cover everything from the NZISM to cybersecurity Incident Response.

Mike Jagusch

Manager Mission Enablement, National Cyber Security Centre

Mike is Manager Mission Enablement at the National Cyber Security Centre. Mike has had several roles within NCSC and a broad experience within cyber-security. Mike has worked in customer engagement, providing organisations security advice and guidance at both a practitioner and governance level. Previously, Mike has been involved in the more ‘hands-on’ aspects of cyber-security in his role managing the Systems Engineering team who design, build, maintain and evolve NCSC’s cyber-security capabilities.

In his current role, Mike is focussed on delivering strategic outcomes by leveraging the expertise of the entire NCSC. Mike’s teams provide communications, policy, stakeholder engagement and business support.

Damon Rees

Managing Principal and CEO, Better As Usual Pty Ltd

Damon Rees is a business leader focused on customer centricity, culture, digital enablement, and innovation, with more than twenty years of experience driving transformational change, organisational performance, and better customer outcomes.

He is currently the Managing Principal and CEO of Better As Usual Pty Ltd, a practitioner-led professional services organisation committed to better customer outcomes, building organisational capability, and positive social impact.

Damon’s experience spans the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors including as the CEO of Service NSW, the inaugural Government Chief Information and Digital Officer for NSW Government, the Chief Digital Officer for Macquarie Group, the Chief Technology and Interim Chief Information Officer for Woolworths, and the Head of Integrated Delivery for Westpac. He has served as an independent Director of GP Synergy for the last eight years including three years as Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk committee, and six years as Chair of the Digital and ICT committee.

Damon was awarded the Sir James Wolfhenson scholarship to study at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2018, completed a Global Executive MBA with the University of Sydney in 2011, and holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Technology, Sydney.

More about the conference theme - Digital Resilience

This conference will look at how we can build digital public sector resilience in a global period of change and uncertainty. In just the last three years this country has faced many challenges - including major floods exacerbated by climate change, high inflation, a pandemic, reduced social cohesion, geopolitical tensions, supply chain issues, and cyber attacks. What do these challenges mean for working in the cloud, for designing digital services, and for protecting data? What can we do to foster institutional and personal resilience, so we can deliver for Aotearoa New Zealand?

Here are some topics you can expect to hear about at the conference:

  • National resilience. The recent National Security Long-Term Insights Briefing has illustrated a number of security challenges that we face - both geopolitical and domestic. What does this mean for delivering government digital services, and how can we respond?

  • Institutional resilience. Government agencies are expected to be free & frank, transparent, and effective - but this is not always the case. How can we foster the right sort of culture, and ensure it remains resilient?

  • Personal resilience. There is an increasing appreciation of the importance of recognising neurodiversity in the workplace, as well as acknowledging the mental health stresses that many people are under. How can we play to our strengths in the workplace, and develop mental resilience and wellbeing?

  • Cybersecurity. What are the most serious threats to government agencies, and how can we guard against them?

  • Incident response. In recent years (and days!) our country has been on the receiving end of several serious natural disasters, a major pandemic, and a terrorist attack. What can public servants do now to prepare ourselves for dealing with future incidents?

  • Resilience and sovereignty in the cloud. With several multinational technology companies announcing their intentions to set up on-shore cloud services in New Zealand, what should we expect and what questions do we need to be asking?


The sponsorship prospectus can be viewed here.

If you are interested in sponsoring the GOVIS 2023 Conference, please contact the Conference Organiser.

GOVIS wishes to acknowledge and thank our conference sponsors for their support

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