An update from the Data Futures Partnership

Welcome to the first update on the work of the Data Futures Partnership. I will be writing every month to let you know what we’ve achieved, and what we have coming up.
Cabinet has appointed six people to a Working Group to drive the Partnership’s work programme. As well as myself as Chair, we have a very talented and experienced group: 

  • Professor Rhema Vaithianathan from AUT
  • Professor Miriam Lips from Victoria University
  • Stephen England-Hall, CEO of Loyalty NZ
  • Lillian Grace, CEO of Figure.NZ
  • Tina Porou, Head of Sustainability at Contact Energy
  • and John Whitehead as a special advisor to the Chair.

In the month since we’ve been appointed we have been meeting and working with our secretariat to develop an understanding of the task in front of us, and to set out a work programme.
This has involved a lot of reading and discussion, with some robust debate about what it is we’re here to do, and the best way to go about it. Our job now is to go back to Ministers English, Adams and Foss to finalise our Terms of Reference, and get to work.
Early in the New Year we will be announcing the Partnership’s first Catalyst Projects, that by demonstrating the potential of better data-use will help catalyse the type of change we need to see to make data-use more valuable, and more trusted.
If you have an idea for a Catalyst Project we’d love to hear from you.
We will also be forming the “Partnership” part of our title, bringing on board the individuals that can help us achieve our ambitious goals for the next year or two.
And of course, will be starting work in our other areas – championing data-use, talking with New Zealanders about trust and value, and diagnosing issues in the data-use eco-system and identifying solutions.
So thanks for your interest, and thanks for your patience while we do the groundwork work we need to do to make the Partnership fly.
Dame Diane Robertson
Chair – Data Futures Partnership