GOVIS Events - 2021

GOVIS Lunchtime Forum - Reflecting on COVID-19 #2 - The Covid Tracer App

Wed, 16th June 2021, 12:30-1:30pm, Meeting rooms G.01 and ONLINE, MBIE Head Office, 15 Stout St, Wellington

#2 in a series of forums reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on government information and technology.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most significant events to affect New Zealand in recent history. All of us have been affected in some way.

This forum looks at the Ministry of Health's Covid Tracer App. Merrin Macleod and Patrick Hindmarsh from the team involved with developing the app will be presenting. They will talk about Privacy by Design in the app and lessons learned about the public perception of privacy and data handling.

Merrin and Patrick have kindly made their slides available - you can access these here.

This will be a hybrid event. You can come in person or join online via MS Teams. Note that in-person spaces are limited and people who work for GOVIS member agencies will be given priority.

A light lunch will be provided for in person attendees.

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GOVIS Lunchtime Forum - Reflecting on COVID-19 - Data System Impacts

Fri, 28th May 2021, 12:30-1:30pm, Meeting rooms G.02 and ONLINE, MBIE Head Office, 15 Stout St, Wellington

#1 in a series of forums reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 on government information and technology.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most significant events to affect New Zealand in recent history. All of us have been affected in some way.

This forum looks at how COVID-19 impacted the New Zealand government data system. What have we learned from the COVID-19 experience? What worked well? What didn’t? Were the changes we made during the pandemic sustainable? And what practical things can we do to make the system better in the future?

We’ll start off with a presentation from Kevin Sweeney and Jocelyn Morrison, from Stats NZ. This will be based on Stats NZ’s COVID-19 Lessons Learned report, which was released in December. We’ll follow this up with some small group discussion where you can talk about what happened in your agency and share ideas for action.

This will be a hybrid event. You can come in person or join online via MS Teams. Note that in-person spaces are limited and people who work for GOVIS member agencies will be given priority.
To register for the forum, go to Eventbrite.

GOVIS Lunchtime Forum - The Official Information Act in context

This forum presentation will offer a brief history of New Zealand citizens’ rights to information.

The Official Information Act turns 40 next year, so it’s been an ever-present companion to public servants’ working lives. But what’s the history behind rights to information, what can New Zealand learn from other countries’ experience, and what’s the future of this key part of our governance?

Presenter: Andrew Ecclestone is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance & Policy Studies at VUW, and formerly a Senior Investigator at the Office of the Ombudsman. Before coming to NZ, he also worked on implementation of the UK’s Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Click here to view the slides.