Discover where your degree can take you
We are looking for people from all degree backgrounds to become our future network leaders. Our GovTechTalent grads are working in communications, marketing, policy, security, data and analytics, user experience, HR, technology, GIS, finance, strategy, architecture, project management, procurement and the list keeps growing.
"Digital government” means working with New Zealanders and businesses to reimagine their experiences of government and reshaping the system of government for a digital era.
We want all New Zealanders to be thriving in a digital world
We use technology to improve the lives of everyday New Zealanders – tackling real-world problems of running households, driving our roads, using public transport, housing, security, healthcare, and the environment. Our grads work to design and build solutions that will make a difference to our country.
Working in digital in the public sector is about more than improving IT systems and processes. In the broadest sense, it means doing things differently in an increasingly connected world — using new mindsets, skillsets, technologies and data to benefit people, government and the economy.
What does a day in the life of a GovTechTalent grad look like?
Check out the video below of Arapaoa on one of his normal days at work.
Meet some of our other grads who are thriving in the public sector:
Meet Henry Kyle who holds a Master of Finance from Peking University and Bachelor of Business studies from Massey University.
"The spirit and scope of the GovTechTalent programme empowers us with the flexibility to carve out interesting and valuable digital projects within our organisations.
My first rotation has already given me exposure to solving real-world problems and making a positive difference towards safeguarding New Zealand’s environment and economy.
In my first month at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) I developed a geospatial web application for use in the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) response. Although I am on the Analytics team — right where I want to be — I joined an emergency QFF response meeting where the potential for this project came to light.
I pivoted into the geospatial space to explore further, despite no previous experience with developing applications nor using geospatial software.
The web application optimises the process for creating exclusion zones used in the QFF response. Exclusion zones are created to restrict movement of host material (such as fruit and vegetables), reducing the risk of the fruit fly population spreading further.
These zones took up to a day or more to create and finalise and involved 2 teams and 3 software applications. The goal of the web application was to streamline this process and reduce the total resources needed to create the zones.
Advantages of the geospatial web application:
- Allows 1 person to make a zone in minutes, within 1 web-based application that can be accessed remotely without the need of a powerful desktop.
- Zone creation is faster and more accurate as layers containing roads and a buffer of the coastline have been added to the application which can be ‘snapped’ to during editing.
- Once edits are finalised, the live online ‘layer’ (data) is updated and fed automatically into public facing web pages on the MPI website and internal dashboards used by MPI and partner agencies.
More broadly, this application has laid the ground work for creating reusable tools such as web applications to gain efficiencies in future responses.
I’m stoked to have been provided massive support from others across MPI — from Geospatial Lead to Analysts, Subject Matter Experts as well as my GovTechTalent Host Leader."
Meet Charlotte Hoonhout, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Information Systems at The University of Auckland.
Charlotte is currently working as a Programme Advisor for Travel Demand Management Programme (TDM).
Under the direction of the Ministry of Transport, the TDM team at NZTA is developing a three-year programme to assist the nation in transitioning how we think about and do transport. To improve the health benefits in society, reduce traffic congestion and emissions and foster better-connected communities are only a few reasons why this initiative is in development. Before the programme can take off, we have had to develop a business case to rationalise the purpose, prioritisation and investment into the scheme.
Charlotte's work is split between the advisory and innovation teams of the delivery workstream; within that, she provides support and recommendations to colleagues to ensure that they are considering a broad scope of innovation within the programme and using digital tools to make our work as efficient as possible. Which makes good use of her degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Information Systems.
Some of the work she has contributed to or produced thus far are:
- Providing summaries, reviews and recommendations of academic research relevant to the TDM initiative.
- Delivered a research paper on global infrastructural interventions that are prompting people to change their mode of transport from cars.
- Concept and pitch subject matter expert and support crew member for the 2019 NZTA Mode +Alt + Shift Hackathon
- Systems design to ensure efficient workflow and data capture for the Delivery workstream.
- Creating a narrative around the purpose and relevance of the TDM programme for agency senior leaders.
- Developed a prototype framework for talking about and support neurodiversity in the workplace.
- Spoken at various events about diversity and inclusion in the public sector.
"I've always driven by the potential impact value of the work I apply myself to; it's both staggering and humbling that the work that I do with TDM will make a difference in NZ on a national scale. I never thought that my degree would lead me in this direction but, it's exactly the kind of work I want to be doing. Aside from utilising the skills I already have, I'm getting the opportunity to understand and work with policy development and delve into systems design. So feel like I'm constantly building on and refining my skill set."