Media Release : Technology Users Association welcomes huge commitment to accelerating Digital Aotearoa

TUANZ Media Release

25th May 2021

TUANZ has today said the launch of the Digital Boost Alliance Aotearoa is a critical step towards New Zealand being in the top 10 digital ready nations by 2030.

The launch has seen more than 20 large businesses, including banks, telcos, global and local technology companies and more have joined together to each commit a significant contribution to accelerating the take up of technology in New Zealand.

TUANZ is playing a key role in supporting the Digital Boost Alliance Aotearoa, working in partnership with both the Government and Alliance Members to launch and run the Alliance.

“As the membership association for technology users, we have clear goals to support the wide take-up and effective use of technology across New Zealand, with all of the social and economic benefits that brings,” said Craig Young, TUANZ CEO.

“We’ve been delighted by the shared commitment shown by so many significant organisations, across so many sectors, to unleashing the power of technology for our businesses, our people and our communities.”

“While COVID saw a leap forward for technology adoption across the country, it also threw into sharp relief the issues caused by the digital divide.  As a nation we simply cannot afford to leave some of our people behind, the Alliance will have a powerful role in bridging that gap.”

“Today’s launch is just the start.  We have already seen some fantastic commitments made by Alliance members, and welcome other organisations that might want to come on board.  And there is still much work to do.  Despite the improvements driven by COVID New Zealand still only ranks 16th on the network readiness index released by the Portulans Institute.”

“The Digital Boost Alliance Aotearoa will bring some of the resources of some of the largest organisations in New Zealand, or indeed the world, to bear on accelerating the change we need for New Zealand to be successful in the digital age,” he said.

 

At launch, the members of the Alliance are:

 

  • BNZ
  • Google
  • MBIE
  • Westpac
  • ANZ
  • ASB
  • AWS
  • CertNZ
  • Chorus
  • Datacom
  • Facebook
  • HP
  • Kiwibank
  • Microsoft
  • MYOB
  • Rocketspark
  • Spark
  • The Mind Lab
  • The Warehouse Group
  • 2Degrees
  • Xero
  • Zeald

Details about the Digital Boost Alliance

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