Learn more about the projects that the Office of Seniors are running
This event does not require registration.
Thu 19 May 4:40 PM - 5:00 PM
Digital technology has changed our lives significantly in the past few decades, with most Government agencies and businesses moving online. In many instances this is accompanied by a scaling back of non – digital options. The COVID-19 pandemic has fast-tracked this trend and amplified the role digital engagement plays in our daily lives.
Older people are less likely to own a digital device or have internet connection. Some may have the means to be online but lack the skills to carry out online activities safely with trust and confidence.
Join the Digital Inclusion Action Group for Older People as we explore the benefits of educating and connecting older people online. We welcome you to discuss helping older New Zealanders to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the digital world.
Manager, Office for Seniors
George is an experienced policy analyst and manager at the Office for Seniors. The Office for Seniors is the primary advisor to the Government on issues affecting older people, located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). The Office for Seniors are a strategic, policy focused team committed to creating opportunities for everyone to participate, contribute and be valued as they age.
Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google New Zealand
Born and bred in Wellington, Ross manages government affairs and public policy for Google in New Zealand. After completing degrees in psychology and law, he worked in the public and private sectors in New Zealand and overseas - including the BBC, Vodafone Australia, Minority Rights Group International and the Commerce Commission. He lives in Wellington with his husband and exuberant 11 year old daughter.
Operations Director, Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa
Laurence has led community-based digital inclusion initiatives for over 20 years. The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) was established in 2018 and now has 350 partner organisations (190 of which are public libraries) delivering digital inclusion programmes for their communities. DIAA's vision is for a digitally-included society where everyone has opportunities to engage in the digital world.
Chief Executive, 2020 Trust
Warren has been in the IT business and tertiary education industry for over 25 years. His passion is empowering people through the use of technology and so the 2020 Trust vision and mission truly resonated with him. His experience in education and iwi organisations has gained him insights when engaging with diverse communities. Warren is excited by the positive impact that 2020 Trust can bring to individuals, whānau, and communities through reciprocal partnerships and quality digital inclusion programmes.
Executive Officer, SeniorNet Federation of New Zealand
SeniorNet's Executive Officer, Heather Newell, has always had a passion for both IT and working with seniors. After two years as EO of the SeniorNet Federation she believes that SeniorNet's mission to bring seniors into the digital world is more relevant than ever.
Asian Service Manager, Age Concern Auckland
Felix has been working with ethnic communities for the last 6 years in the disability sector. He is the Chairperson of several networks around Auckland, and runs a WeChat network of almost 2000 followers, including volunteers, that focuses on disability and well-being. The Asian Service Team is currently focusing on supporting digitally excluded Chinese, Korean, and Japanese older people in the Auckland region
Innovations Lead, Moana Research
Amio (Niue | Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) is a registered nurse and the Innovations Lead for Moana Research. She is an advisory board member for SparkHealth, a member of the New Zealand Telehealth Leadership Group and chairs the Digital Health Equity Group. She is also a member of the Health Navigators Trust Advisory Group and provides cultural and clinical reviews for smartphone applications available in New Zealand. Amio leads the DIGIFALE programme established in 2020 which aims to improve digital navigation for Pacific communities, so they are able to help improve their health and wellbeing.