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4th Annual FST
Local Government New Zealand
Digital Summit

22 September 2021
Online

From the islands of the Far North to the frigid fjords of Southland, NZ councils service a patchwork of communities with distinct needs and social complexities. Digital technologies are not just a convenience to these communities; the tech toolkit – from core internal revenue systems that fund critical works to new fangled sensor tech that provide a vital lifeline to emergency personnel – is now indispensable to the delivery of essential public services at speed, with care, and due sensitivity to local needs.

Join us online for FST’s dedicated Government New Zealand Local Government Digital Summit where we’ll explore the unique technological and digital demands of NZ’s local, regional, and unitary councils – now and into the future.

SMART CITIES | DIGITISATION | CONNECTIVITY

The 2021 conference will focus its lens on:

  • Local governments’ Covid response and how digital has spurred communities’ recovery
  • Overcoming legacy thinking and supporting next-gen cloud tech
  • Smart cities, IoT, and building digital-ready infrastructure
  • Emerging strategies to improve citizen experiences and reduce costs
  • Effective collaboration between governments (local and central), businesses and citizens
  • Building toward a hyper-connected future with hybrid cloud environments
  • Marrying technical capabilities with business priorities
  • Exploring the role of IT leaders in increasingly volatile and complex organisation structures
  • We are proud to work with an ever increasing and diverse lineup of leaders from across NZ government and industry.

    Peer-to-Peer Discussion cohosts

    Nadia Webster, Acting Chief Digital Officer, Wellington City Council
    Michael Healy, Smart Christchurch Programme Manager, Christchurch City Council
    Mark Denvir, Director Information Communication and Technology, Auckland Council
    Steve James, Head of Technology, Countdown
    Sue McLean, Chief Information Officer, Greater Wellington Regional Council
    Stacey Young, Chief Information Officer, Marlborough District Council
    Neville Williams, Director, Customer, Community & Services, Waikato Regional Council
    Eddo van Loenon, Chief Information Officer, South Taranaki Council

    08:45 WELCOME ADDRESS BY CONFERENCE CHAIR

    Paul Cooper, Former A/Director Digital Health, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

    08:50 OPENING KEYNOTE

    Enhancing Connectivity with Dynamic Multi-Cloud Environments

  • Building toward a hyper-connected future with hybrid cloud environments
  • Leveraging the capabilities of microservices across local government networks
  • Improving network visibility to best protect your data and systems
  • Mark Denvir, Director Information Communication and Technology, Auckland Council

    09:15 TECHNOLOGY KEYNOTE 

    Accelerating Digital Transformation with Automation

  • The realities of digital transformation in the public sector
  • Responding to growing citizen expectations while reducing administrative burden and boosting productivity
  • Using AI to drive digital transformation in your organisation
  • Sreelesh Pillai, General Manager Australia & New Zealand, Freshworks

    09:40 PANEL DISCUSSION

    The Future of Local Government Services in New Zealand

  • Is complete digitalisation of government services possible for New Zealand?
  • How can central and local governments collaborate to improve services for citizens?
  • How has remote working evolved the way local governments engage with staff?
  • Which emerging trends and technologies will drive connectivity for local governments?
  • Nadia Webster, Acting Chief Digital Officer, Wellington City Council
    Justin Bagust, Chief Information Officer, Timaru District Council 
    Neville Williams, Director, Customer, Community & Services, Waikato Regional Council

    10:15     PEER-TO-PEER DISCUSSION ONE

    10:50 PEER-TO-PEER DISCUSSION TWO

    11:20 BREAK

    11:35 TECHNOLOGY KEYNOTE

    Cybersecurity and Hybrid Work: What You Need to Know and How You Can Prepare

  • Why password management is crucial to cybersecurity in a remote or hybrid work setting
  • What steps you can take to ensure the security of your company
  • How these simple safety precautions can increase actual employee productivity
  • Lloyd Evans, Identity Lead, LastPass

    12:00 PEER-TO-PEER DISCUSSION THREE

    12:35 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

    Local Government Priorities for 2022 and Beyond: A Global Perspective

  • Unpacking key takeaways from the 2021 Asia Pacific Mayor’s Summit
  • Exploring emerging strategies to improve citizen experiences and reduce costs
  • Sharing Brisbane’s strategic roadmap for 2022 and beyond
  • Councillor Krista Adams, Deputy Mayor and Civic Cabinet Chair for Economic Development and the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Brisbane City Council 

    13:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

    2025 and Beyond: A Paradigm Shift In Tech Leadership

  • Exploring the continual shift in leadership principles and team dynamics
  • How to marry emerging technical capabilities with business priorities
  • What is the role of leaders in an increasingly volatile, ambiguous and complex world?
  • Steve James, Head of Technology, Countdown

    13:25 SMART CITY THINK TANK

    Smart Futures: Emerging Trends and Technologies Underpinning City Development

  • Maturing smart cities programs in line with new technological capabilities
  • Exploring how smart initiatives have impacted cost centres and citizen experiences
  • What’s on the horizon: The future for New Zealand’s smart cities initiatives services
  • Michael Healy, Smart Christchurch Programme Manager, Christchurch City Council
    Stacey Young, Chief Information Officer, Marlborough District Council
    Sean Audain, City Innovation Lead, Wellington City Council

    13:55 CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR

    Paul Cooper, Former A/Director Digital Health, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services 


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    FST Government is tailored specifically for digital government decision-makers within the Australian and New Zealand public sector, with content specifically curated to address service delivery challenges in the digital age.

    Each year we work with leaders from across the Public Sector to conduct in-depth program research to bring a relevant, engaging and topical agenda that focuses on digital transformation in government.

    Our programs feature senior leaders at the forefront of public sector innovation and offer unparalleled opportunities for public sector leaders to have in-depth discussions with their peers across government, both local and international, and walk away with actionable insights.

    This invitation-only series of events creates a unique environment for senior government executives to provide departmental updates, share best practice case studies, and have comprehensive discussions surrounding implementation and execution.