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TWTV: Leading Kiwi businesses form an Alliance to accelerate digital

Hear about how private and public sector organisations are addressing digital inequity and encouraging a digital economy.

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TWTV: Leading Kiwi businesses form an Alliance to accelerate digital

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Wed 18 May 3:40 PM - 4:10 PM


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TWTV: Leading Kiwi businesses form an Alliance to accelerate digital

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Improved access to technology, expertise, advice, support and services will enable our people, businesses and communities to live, work and thrive in a sustainable and resilient digital world.

Digital Boost Alliance is a collaboration across government and the private sector to brainstorm, coordinate and amplify efforts to drive productivity, wellbeing and social inclusion in a way that benefits everyone. Together we can achieve scale and impact that is greater than the sum of our separate parts. That’s why large organisations have come together to commit free, subsidised and discounted offers or services that support the uptake of digital technologies in Aotearoa.

Our expert panel discusses what a digital economy is and why we should care as a nation, highlights why digital skills are so necessary and identifies the ways Alliance members are supporting this digital transformation. Digital equity is no easy feat, hear why it’s so important and how you can be a part of the movement addressing those inequities.

Join Jonathan Waecker from The Warehouse Group, Diana Kirkland from The Mind Lab, Malcolm Luey from MBIE, Craig Young from TUANZ and Paul Conway from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as they discuss all things digital equity.

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Jonathan Waecker

Chief Customer and Sales Officer, The Warehouse Group

Jonathan has been with The Warehouse Group since 2017. Beginning in the role of Chief Marketing Officer, Jonathan became the Chief Customer and Sales officer in 2021 following his appointment as Chief Customer Officer in February 2020. Jonathan is responsible for maximising customer experiences and sales within The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery and Noel Leeming brands. In addition, Jonathan is responsible for attracting, engaging and retaining customers through marketing, communications, customer experience and eCommerce activities, leading brand strategy and driving customer engagement across the Group’s portfolio of brands.

Prior to joining The Warehouse Group, Jonathan was based in San Francisco as Vice President of Marketing Communications at Yahoo, the fourth largest online property in the world at the time, reaching over one billion users every month. In that role, Jonathan led the fully-integrated team responsible for delivering all marketing communications during a critical turnaround period for the company, winning numerous industry awards, while driving revenue and results for the business and brand.

Prior to Yahoo, Jonathan spent time in global marketing, brand strategy and business development roles at Zynga and The Walt Disney Company, two of the world’s most engaging and digitally innovative consumer brands. He has been named one of Brand Innovators 40 Under 40, received an MBA in Corporate Strategy from HEC Paris, a second MBA in Global Finance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and graduated from San Diego State University.

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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. For more than 35 years TUANZ has a proud reputation for 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.


Diana Kirkland

External Relationship Manager, The Mind Lab

Diana's heart is with the people. As a purpose-driven technologist, her true passion is helping people use business and technology to drive change and do good. 

Her background boasts foundations from design thinking agency land, transitioning to digital technologies over the last decade. She's driven by a love of customer experiences using human-centred design methodologies with intelligent strategy to create insights for growth. Diana loves the concept of Dr. Holly Branson's, Weconomy, how to intersect profit with purpose in business and the values, processes and governance of the B Corporation.

During Covid, Diana was the platform strategist for Good Feeding, leading the development of a sustainable, eCommerce subscription and knowledge-based ecosystem for the US. Prior to that Diana worked with PropertySuite, a purpose built ERP platform for the New Zealand Real Estate sector, where she lead digital innovation strategies that enabled digital transformation projects at scale with the likes of Hubspot, Facebook, Google, One Roof, NZME, Stuff, Bauer Group and Ask Nicely delivering automated marketing solutions for New Zealand's leading real estate brands, Bayleys NZ, NZ Sotheby's Realty, PGGWRE, Professionals and a majority of the NZ Realtor Group.

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Paul Conway

Chief Economist, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Paul has recently moved to his role at the Reserve Bank after 3 years at BNZ having come from the Productivity Commission prior to that. Paul spent 6 years with the OECD in the early 2000's where he worked on understanding the impact of policies on economic performance. He also worked on the India-China Desk at the OECD.

Paul was the driving force behind BNZ's report titled "Digital skills for life in Aotearoa 2021", recently updated for 2022. The 2021 report highlighted the fact that 700,000 adult New Zealanders (20%) lack the essential digital skills needed to use the internet safely and effectively. This digital skills gap is skewed towards people who are already marginalised in NZ (low household incomes, lower levels of education, the disabled).

Paul is passionate about working to close that gap and motivate the private sector and non-Government organisations to play their part. He and the BNZ are key advocates for the recently launched Digital Boost Alliance