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Building a digital-ready nation

CEO of TUANZ, Craig Young, discusses what Aotearoa NZ needs to do to become a top ten digital ready nation by 2030

Building a digital-ready nation

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Tue 17 May 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM


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Building a digital-ready nation

TUANZ is a member of the Digital Boost Alliance, a partnership between the Government and private sector organisations focused on motivating and inspiring small businesses, individuals, and communities across New Zealand to lift their use of digital technologies. Each Alliance member has committed to providing free, subsidised or discounted offers or services to help Kiwis succeed in their digital journey.

The Tech Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ) is on a mission to ensure Aotearoa New Zealand makes the most of the digitally connected world. This finds life in the organisation’s vision of seeing our country become a top 10 digital-ready nation by 2030.

Success in this regard depends on how well New Zealand – it's people, communities, businesses, and economy – navigate digital transformation. In this not-to-miss discussion, Craig Young, CEO of TUANZ, examines the topic of digital readiness in Aotearoa with a focus on the following critical questions:

What are we doing well?

Are we slipping behind in specific areas?

What can we do better?

What role is the Digital Boost Alliance playing in lifting national digital literacy?

TUANZ is a not-for-profit membership association with over 30 years of positive telecommunications change in our history. TUANZ is comprised of over 170 members, predominantly large organisations with a strong dependency on telecommunications technology as well as small enterprises.

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Craig Young


Craig is passionate about the digital technology and communications industry because of the opportunity it offers for improving business and personal lives in New Zealand.  He is currently the Chief Executive of TUANZ (the Technology Users Association) which is helping New Zealand make the most of the digitally connected world.  TUANZ is an independent member based organisation representing users of tech which educates and advocates for the uptake of digital technology and the improvement of communication services across NZ including rural and regional areas.  Over more than 35 years TUANZ has a proud reputation of providing leadership in representing the views and needs of the people and businesses that rely on technology every day.  In 2021 TUANZ partnered with MBIE in developing the Digital Boost Alliance, and in his role as CEO, Craig is responsible for leading the work that promotes and manages the operations of the Alliance.  

Craig is an advocate for inclusivity, and equity especially in the digital technology sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.  He was instrumental in the launch of TUANZ’s future leaders programme, FLINT, in 2016.  He is the joint Chair of the Affordable Connectivity Constellation with the Digital Equity Coalition Aotearoa, and a trustee at the 2020 Trust.

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