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TWTV: Initiatives to help Aotearoa become a thriving digital nation

Learn about the tools and resources available to small business owners to digitally boost their business.

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TWTV: Initiatives to help Aotearoa become a thriving digital nation

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Fri 20 May 1:10 PM - 1:40 PM


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TWTV: Initiatives to help Aotearoa become a thriving digital nation

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Government has a vision for New Zealand to have the most digitally engaged small business sector in the world. We want to support more small business owners to digitally transform their operating models, not only through the adoption of digital hardware and software, but through process changes, new skills and capabilities, access to capital and having deeper insight into their business through data.

To support this vision, MBIE launched the small business Digital Boost programme at the end of 2020. It was designed in partnership with industry experts to ensure it meets the needs of Kiwi small business owners, and MBIE continues to work closely with small business owners and the private sector on the delivery of the programme. Additionally, MBIE supports several other small business services such as e-invoicing, NZBN, Better for Business, Business.govt.nz, and Business Connect which all help businesses with their digital transformation journey.

Join Frances Valentine from The Mind Lab, Tui Rutherford from MBIE and Malcolm Luey from MBIE as they discuss the Digital Boost Programme and other key small business services designed to support New Zealand's transition to a thriving digital nation.

We’ll dive deeper into Digital Boost’s Checkable tool. Checkable is like a Warrant of Fitness for a business' online presence. It checks beneath the hood of the business' website, social media presence, digital marketing, security, and e-commerce capability, and lets them know what's working and what needs a bit of a tune-up. It can also tell, for example, how easy it is for customers to find the business. Best of all, Checkable is free.

Our panel of experts will also discuss the Digital Boost Educate platform. A free digital skills training platform available to any small business owner (or their employees) who wants to boost or accelerate their digital transformation. The training platform offers over 500 video tutorials and Q&A sessions, daily live workshops with experts and live helpdesk support.

The Digital Boost Alliance sits next to the Digital Boost programme. The Alliance is a collaborative effort between public 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 partner has committed to providing specific offers or services to help businesses succeed in their digital journey.

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Frances Valintine

Founder & CEO of The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab

Frances Valintine CNZM is a passionate educator and technologist who is focused on challenging the traditional education structure and its ability to fully prepare the generations of tomorrow for the changing world. For over 20 years she has been dedicated to shifting education and business practice to develop the capabilities and mindsets needed to respond to the future of work and industry and ensure a thriving Aotearoa New Zealand.

 In 2013 she founded The Mind Lab, a unique offering designed to empower students and educators to develop applied digital knowledge and capability.  The Mind Lab has enabled an entire generation of teachers and educators to upskill and develop their confidence in emerging digital technologies, and to rethink the model of learning and education and support school-aged children to foster these critical skills. 

Driven by a strong sense of purpose to support positive growth for Aotearoa, Frances sits on the board of Watercare and is a selection adviser to EHF (Edmund Hillary Foundation), a judge on the Hi Tech Awards, a mentor to a number of female technology leaders (in NZ and India), and a Director to On Being Bold, a platform to support and encourage emerging female leaders and year 13 students to dream big.  Frances is also on the Board of Trustees for the University of Silicon Valley. The author of Future You, Frances holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.

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Malcolm Luey

Director Digital Boost, MBIE

Having worked in the public service for 28 years, Malcolm has worked in a range of public service agencies and departments.  

This has included positions in the Health & Disability Commissioner’s office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Ministry of Justice, Crown Law Office, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Customs and the Ministry of Education.  

His experience includes policy development, service design and implementation,  constitutional, criminal and national security law reform, international negotiations, Crown litigation, central agency led sector co-ordination and the creation or management of public/private partnerships to achieve public service outcomes.  

In his current role as Director – Digital Boost (MBIE), Malcolm leads a small team working in partnership with the private sector to rapidly create and implement the Digital Boost (Small Business Digital Enablement) Programme which includes the free Digital Business Education platform (www.digitalboost.co.nz) and the Digital Boost Alliance – 30 + private sector organisations committed to the acceleration of digital adoption in New Zealand.


Tui Rutherford

Head of Small Business Services, MBIE

Tui has a deep understanding of Kiwi small businesses – and has worked for the last 30 plus years in supporting and growing small businesses. This has included running a number of his own businesses but has more recently included supporting a wide range of businesses both as part of the management teams internally, but also supporting thousands of businesses to identify and engage with capability and innovation opportunities, through a number of business support roles.

In early 2019 Tui joined Auckland City Council’s economic development agency – Auckland Unlimited in the role of Manager, Business & Enterprise – supporting the region’s small businesses. And towards the end of 2021 he joined the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as the Head of Small Business Services.

The Small Business Services portfolio includes:

•        The Regional Business Partners Network – helping New Zealand businesses connect to the right advice, people, funding and resources.

•        Business.govt.nz – Business.govt.nz makes it easier for small businesses in New Zealand to understand and comply with government, and succeed. We do this by packaging content and advice from across government into tools and resources designed with small business in mind.

•        Better for Business – a programme developed to champion New Zealand businesses. We do this by identifying and developing easier and smarter ways for business and government to interact.

•        The New Zealand Business Number – is a globally unique identifier, available to all Kiwi businesses. 

Small Business Services is also closely linked to the Digital Boost programme, the Business Connect platform and eInvoicing.


Facilitator - Diana Kirkland

External Relationship Manager, The Mind Lab