Aotearoa's Digital

Priorities in 2024

New Zealand’s digital leaders are facing a technological tipping point, with generative artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity emerging as key priorities for 2024, according to our new report.

However, in 2023, New Zealand’s ranking in the Portulans Network Readiness Index (NRI) fell by four positions, from 19th to 23rd

This reflects some of the concerns raised by CIOs and technology leaders, including AI talent concentration, digital skills, and high-tech and medium-high-tech manufacturing.

The fourth annual ‘TUANZ Aotearoa’s Digital Priorities in 2024’ report, supported by One New Zealand, highlights some key digital trends and concerns.

Craig Young, TUANZ chief executive officer, says the rise of AI alongside strengthening cybersecurity and digital equity were some of the key themes outlined by tech leaders. 

“Over the last few years, we’ve seen digital leaders trying to balance technological evolution with supporting business as usual. It’s evident our world – and the technology we rely on – is developing at an ever-increasing pace,” says Young. 

“In order to stay ahead of the curve, Aotearoa New Zealand’s business and technology leaders need to be flexible, adaptable and resilient to unexpected challenges and disruptions. 

“To do this, we require innovative thinking, in partnership with the government, to create an environment that supports the progressive regulation of emerging tech and data privacy, particularly as AI is fast-approaching and is likely to impact jobs across the motu. 

“The recent Budget was particularly lacking in any new technology focus areas, which feels like a missed opportunity as New Zealand looks to improve lagging productivity through high-tech solutions.”

The TUANZ Digital Priorities Report was compiled following interviews with 36 technology leaders from around Aotearoa.

From our interviews we found our leaders top priorities are:

  • Strengthening Cyber Security
  • Resilience in a Changing World
  • Navigating Emerging Technologies
  • Prioritising Constrained Resources
  • Embracing Cloud & Off-Site Technology
  • Digital Equity

You can read the full report here: Aotearoa’s Digital Priorities in 2024

This report was done in partnership with:

And supported by:

Thank you to all of the digital leaders who agreed to give their time and participate in this project.