All of Government Showcase

We live in a rapidly changing world. And government is having to change how it deals with its citizens and business as a result of that. New Zealand is known as a standout nation around digital innovation and digital services. New Zealand is one of those countries at the forefront of the digital transformation, and here at the All of Government Innovation Showcase, we’re going to get a flavour of what exactly they’re doing to meet this challenge. Today you are going see a lot of innovative work going on across local and central government to make it easier for citizens and businesses to deal with government. We’re really excited to showcase over 35 initiatives here today and we know you’ll be inspired. The New Zealand Business Number will help streamline business processes and it enables some fantastic new technologies because it allows businesses to better interact and connect with each other. And it does that by providing a globally unique identifier connected with the key information that businesses are most often asked for. When developing WellTown we thought actually
how do we make Wellington stand out globally? Like, we are in competition with cities all
around the world – for visitors, for students, for talent, you know the kind of people that
are really important for a region’s economy. But those cities that we are competing against are
much bigger than Wellington. In reality, no one really knows where Wellington is so we
wanted to do something really differently in order to stand out to those people. So in a nutshell we’re moving what is predominantly
a manual process of procurement to an online process. Life Event Services are a cross-government
collaboration and it’s about government going to the people when they’re in need, not about
the people having to traverse multiple agencies. So RealMe has been in the market since July
2013 so our growth has been pretty phenomenal over that time.We have 130 services now that
use the logon component of that service, and we have 19 services including private sector
organisations, some major trading banks, that are using the identity verification component. The Police Innovation Lab is there to bring
genuine Kiwi innovation to policing in New Zealand. We want New Zealand to be the safest
country and to be the safest country, we need the best police force – and that’s what we’re
all about. So the Lab is a number of things. One, it’s
a physical space, a neutral space for agencies to come and work in. It is a space where people
can explore how to do things differently. So Better for Business is a collaboration
of 10 Government agencies. We started in 2012 and what we do is we work together to really
understand what they key pain points are for businesses when they are dealing with government. NZTA runs hackathons because we believe the
problems in our transport industry are bigger than just our agency, and bigger than the
government. We need a really collaborative way of working to solve some of these problems,
whether it’s working with other agencies, the general public and our transport customers,
the commercial and technology sector, we can bring in a whole lot of people to work on
these issues together in a really fast-paced rapid prototyping way, we can come up with
better solutions faster. So Lightning Lab Govtech is specifically focused
on solving public sector problems. So we take projects from local and central government,
and even international government, and really apply a start-up style innovation science
to really move the needle on an issue. We get them to partner with private sector and
the community sector to really get a project from Point A, and take the community along
the way on the journey with them, and get them to Point B as quickly as possible. Business Connect is a cross-agency digital
services initiative that will allow businesses to apply for their permissions to operate,
so things like their licences, their registrations, their certifications – all from one single
place, no matter what government agency they’re dealing with. So the issue that we’re trying to solve with
Better rules – better outcomes is really just joining up the policy people, and making sure
that what they’re intending is really understood by the people that it’s meant for – right
from the start. Spring is a personalised, incentivised journey
that helps Kiwis in poverty build their financial well being, but also take positive steps towards
achieving their dreams. Digital is much more than just IT systems.
It’s about doing things differently in an increasingly connected world. So, at the heart
of our programme is innovation, collaboration, transparency and fostering this across government
agencies. So Auckland Transport uses about 3,000 cameras
to monitor its transport networks. They do that to make it more efficient and more safe.
CCTV Analytics is a platform that sits between the operators and the cameras and enables
them to monitor it more efficiently and making it better for Aucklanders to use the traffic. Today has been a great day to really learn
more around what’s going on around innovation across public agencies – both from a central
and local government perspective. And it’s fantastic to see the energy and the enthusiasm
across many agencies to continue to make many of the services that we deliver for New Zealand
citizens and businesses better. So it’s fantastic to see that energy and commitment. We trust you’ve been really inspired about
what you’ve seen here today and all the innovation going on here across local and central government.
Thank you for coming and we look forward to seeing you at our next showcase which will be in December 2019.

Stephen Childs

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