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[ SCOOP EDITOR’S NOTE: Scoop Founder and General Manager Alastair Thompson has been nominated for election as an InternetNZ Councillor. Voting for four positions to council will start later today. Voting is electronic and members of InternetNZ are …[ SCOOP EDITOR’S NOTE: Scoop Founder and General Manager Alastair Thompson has been nominated for election as an InternetNZ Councillor. Voting for four positions to council will start later today. Voting is electronic and members of InternetNZ are eligible to vote. Note that if you join InternetNZ now you will not be able to vote in this year’s election.
There are eight nominees for the positions and their election statements are published below in full with links back to the versions on the InternetNZ website. The statements provide an interesting insight into the rising level of interest in Internet Governance issues in New Zealand.
From July 8th to 10th InternetNZ will be hosting a third annual Nethui event in Wellington bringing together a wide range of stakeholders who are interested in NZ’s digital future and how that effects the wider. Scoop is proud to be a gold-sponsor for this event.]
InternetNZ 2013 Council Election
Nominations have now closed for four Councillor positions serving on the Council of InternetNZ for a three year term (ending at the AGM in July 2016). Councillors whose Terms are expiring are Michael Foley, Neil James, Jonny Martin and Lance Wiggs. InternetNZ Councillors play an important role in governing and setting the strategic direction of our organisation. All InternetNZ members are eligible to stand for Council.
When will voting take place?
Voting will commence online on Monday 24 June 2013 and close on Saturday 6 July 2013. Members of Internet NZ are eligible to vote. Note that if you join InternetNZ now you will not be able to vote in this year’s election.
The Returning Officer – Campbell Gardiner – is happy to answer any questions you may have. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the Nominee names below (in alphabetical order) to read their election statements.
Nominees For Office | Nominated by
Amber Craig |Cr Brenda Wallace
Hayden Glass | Dave Lane
Cr Neil James | Roger Hicks
Richard Orzecki | The Returning Officer
Karaitiana Taiuru | Laurence Zwimpfer
Alastair Thompson | Don Christie
Cr Lance Wiggs | Cr Dave Moskovitz
Richard Wood | Cr Jamie Baddeley
Amber Craig – Election Statement
read on InternetNZ Website
My vision for the Internet is that it is accessible to everyone everywhere, and that is it treated as a right not a privilege. The Internet should not belong to an individual or a company, and should remain open and accessible to all. I would like your vote to serve on the InternetNZ council.
I have a history in many parts of NZ’s technology business. I spent six years at a large telco, designing and delivering mobile applications and services for New Zealand. I’m now working on web and mobile technology within the financial services industry. Along my career, I have coded, managed business cases, coordinated and driven teams to deliver and have loved every minute.
My experience of large challenges and strategic thinking will inform my work on the InternetNZ council. Although my role is with technology, I like to remind people that the technology only exists for the people who will use it. This is good preparation for InternetNZ, which operates through technology services (.nz DNS), policy (DNCL and InternetNZ), and the multistakeholder model.
Initiatives that I have driven outside of my normal day job:
• Organise and run Wellington Girl Geek dinners to help connect and promote women in the IT industry.
• Consulted to small businesses and large corporates to help them set up their social media strategy and enable them to take the first steps into the world of social media.
• Helping to set up a social media team (processes & management) staffed by volunteers, within a large corporate.
• Helped to run unconferences within various large corporates with an aim to push culture change within an organisation from the ground up, breaking down silos and connecting passionate people.
The Internet is changing our world. InternetNZ has a role to play in promoting the uptake of Internet access and the use of Internet-based services delivered through the Internet. We protect, but we could be doing more to promote.
Not that protection isn’t important, as there is still plenty of work left to do. I believe this next few years of council will see the privacy and security becoming major issues for Internet users. I’d love to help take us through this. Please vote for me.
Hayden Glass – Election Statement
read on InternetNZ Website
These are exciting times for the internet. It influences more and more of normal life.
And this makes it interesting because the policy issues that are the fabric of debate in the internet world are becoming matters of more general public concern. Yesterday’s tech debate or geek discussion is today’s issue of public interest. We are moving from the technology pages to the front section. And this is good because the real value of technology is not in its invention, but in its use.
My particular interest is whether smarter use of internet services can help New Zealand overcome the chance of geography that keeps us distant from most of the world’s potential customers. The idea is not rocket science and you have heard it before. It’s that as a nation we can make use of the internet to help people launch and run globally-relevant businesses from here and attract high-quality people and businesses from other places, and that in due course this will help us find our way back up the global rich league of nations.
There is a gap in public discourse as to how the internet can help us. When I look at the newspapers I see that the internet industry is mostly still talking about the same issues that have dominated the debate for the last ten years: how to ensure that we have the right pipes in place, whether they should be made of copper or fibre, how much they should cost, and who should get how much of the money. If the solution to getting the internet working for New Zealand was regulatory reviews and changes to the framework, we would be world champions already.
The focus of attention should be moving from plumbing to water, and from how we get the infrastructure to what we do with it. The troubles that we used to have with the pipes are resolved or being resolved and we need to focus more attention on the other parts of the internet equation. Linking New Zealand more closely with the global tech economy looks like a sensible economic policy, but not one that is getting enough airplay.
It seems to me that Internet NZ is ideally placed to contribute on some of these gaps. It can help explain why technology policy actually matters to the real life of normal humans, and highlight encouraging initiatives for taking best advantage of the internet from a national point of view. It does not do this by itself, nor is it necessarily the lead agency. But it can lead on some things, do some things and enable and support others, as it works with like-minded folk to advance on the issues that matter. I’d be delighted to bring some of this conversation to the Council table.
My background is in public policy. I trained as a lawyer at Canterbury University but these days I work as an economist for the Sapere Research Group, an Australasian consulting firm. I advise government and private sector clients mostly on telecommunications and internet policy issues. I worked nearly seven years before that for Vodafone New Zealand, including a period as its head of public policy. I was fortunate enough to be involved in a whole range of debates, including on spectrum, the design of the UFB and RBI, regulated pricing of services (including mobile termination and wholesale broadband services), the various separations of Telecom, and areas touching more directly on the internet, including copyright.
I was also Vodafone’s head of marketing strategy for a time. Before Vodafone I worked as a consultant, and I started my career doing social policy work (mostly immigration) for the New Zealand Treasury.
Some other matters: I live in Auckland. My background is mostly commercial. I have good relationships with people in the sector. I am on twitter (@whereishayden), I have a blog that I update less often than I would like at (http://www.whereishayden.org).
I have also set up a discussion group called the Moxie Sessions as a modest attempt to encourage cross-sectoral conversations on tech economy issues. (Check out the website (http://www.themoxiesessions.co.nz) and subscribe to the podcast: there is a standing invitation up there if you find yourself in Auckland and you’d like to attend. The next few sessions are kindly sponsored by Internet NZ too.)
I’d be honored to bring my experience and background to the InternetNZ Council.
Neil James – Election Statement
read on InternetNZ Website
I am currently an InternetNZ Councillor. I have been associated with InternetNZ from its very beginnings, having chaired the meeting in 1995 that led to the establishment of ISocNZ, and serving on the early Councils. I am a Fellow of InternetNZ, a Fellow of NZCS, and a KAREN Fellow.
I have had a long and active interest in the development of computer networking starting in the 1970s, and moving on to early international networking developments. I chaired the NGI-NZ Society that worked towards the eventual establishment of KAREN, the advanced network for Research, Education and Information.
InternetNZ has continued to grow as a professional organisation and has developed with the changing Internet environment. Notwithstanding our success so far I believe there is an ongoing requirement to be vigilant against those developments that would undermine the open and uncapturable nature of the Internet in New Zealand. InternetNZ works in this protection role through providing platforms for discussion and debate, and advising on and developing policy.
I have been a strong advocate for InternetNZ working with kindred organisations to help achieve progress in its objectives. Recently I took a lead role in the development of a formal partnership with the 2020 Communications Trust. Through this partnership we are helping support access to the Internet for those who would otherwise have little opportunity to use online services through initiatives such as the 2020 Communications Trust Computers in Homes programme. I am keen to see other appropriate partnerships developed to help ensure that the Internet can deliver its full potential for our citizens.
Living in Dunedin, I have a particular interest in regional developments, including the effective deployment of fibre infrastructure. I believe New Zealand has very often set its sights too low in communications network developments, and in consequence we have found ourselves running to catch up with other countries. While there is now significant Government support for fibre network development, it is important to continue to advocate for fibre deployment that does not hand monopoly control back to a commercial for-profit enterprise.
It is equally important to ensure that intellectual property rights are developed in a way that recognises the Internet has completely changed publishing, and our relationship with content. The old models are often no longer appropriate.
On a quite different issue I believe there are ‘green’ network initiatives that InternetNZ could be promoting to help lower greenhouse gas emissions.
InternetNZ has a big part to play in the future. I would welcome the opportunity to continue to serve on the InternetNZ Council.
Richard Orzecki – Election Statement
read on InternetNZ Website
I share InternetNZ’s Open and Uncaptureable vision as the foundation for how the Internet should be modelled locally and globally. My reason for standing for Council is to help impart the relevance of this vision to a wider audience than InternetNZ reaches at present – to all technology-focused people and to all those interested in using the Internet as an enabler for creating a fuller, richer digital society.
I have worked in information technology for three decades and have seen first hand the evolution and impact of technology on people’s lives. I bring a global perspective to Internet issues – having worked in technology overseas for nearly twenty years. As a director of a number of companies, I possess a high level of commercial accumen that will benefit the InternetNZ Council.
I am a founding member of the National Maori Broadband working group called Nga Pu Waea that was establised in 2011 to work on the rollout of Ultra Fast Broadband and the Rural Broadband Initiatve. This project spans over nine years and has afforded me a real opportunity to work on the frontline of Internet issues with many communities in New Zealand.
I have a sound working knowledge of InternetNZ, working with staff and members in the preparation of the highly-successful NetHui conferences since 2011 and have been a judge in the ANZIA (Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards) since its inception. It was also a privilege to help in preparation of the powhiri that was afforded Sir Tim Berners-Lee on his visit to New Zealand in January this year.
I have a keen interest in the Health sector and am currently appointed to the Whanganui and Mid Central District Health boards, working to implement technology that supports patient care and safety. I am also involved in a professional capacity with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the New Zealand Police (Central Region).
I am keenly interested in collaborating with InternetNZ members and Council in pursuing the good work that has been done to-date in advancing the cause of an Internet in New Zealand that remains Open and Uncaptureable. If elected, I will bring my enthusiasm and broad range of skills to bear to make InternetNZ the organisation you deserve.
Karaitiana Taiuru – Election Statement
read on InternetNZ Website
I first joined ISOCNZ/InternetNZ in 2000 and have been actively involved with InternetNZ, Internet governance/development nationally and internationally ever since: including several DNC working groups, Net Hui planning, InternetNZ consultations both national and regional, InternetNZ Working groups including the web site review group and have moderated .iwi.nz since 2000.
This year I have campaigned against the Governments proposed software patents, radio spectrum decision and several new GTLD applications with ICANN. I have also welcomed the cyber bullying legislation recommendations (albeit not perfect) and the New Media recommendations from the Law Commission.
I have also been active within the following Internet groups promoting a more accessible Internet; Computers in Homes, ICANN, APRALO, APNG,NZMIS, Maori Spectrum Group, ISOC and its various chapters as well as having served one term on PIR.ORG Advisory board and one term on the United Nations Information Development Programme-Asia Pacific.
A regular participant of ICANN where I participate (as does InternetNZ) as a recognised structure representative in Asia Pacific Regional At Large (APRALO) of which I have been the Chair, Vice Chair and served on the New GTLD and IDN working groups. I have also served a term on the ICANN Nominating Committee (NOMCOM).
I have a good working relationship with some of InternetNZ’s past and present staff, Fellows, council and registries. Also with InternetNZ’s strategic partners of which I serve or have served on several of their governance groups including 20/20 Communications Trust and Creative Commons Aotearoa. I am also an active supporter of Open Source and Net Safe.
I have authored a number of publications, presented at a number of conferences, and have been cited in a number of academic reports in regards to national and international Internet issues including Internet Access.
Presently I am researching usage and attitudes of Indigenous Domain Names and the perceptions of the .nz structure of which the InternetNZ fund contributed to financing. My interim findings have gained international credit and invitations to share my work on a global scale.
My personal web site bears the “I Make a Difference – InternetNZ member” image and is fully Creative Commons licensed. This is representative of the fact that I believe the Internet should be open and is a human right that gives education, culture, social and economic development opportunities to its users.
Professionally I work as a Digital Media consultant in my home town of Christchurch while also contributing as much as I can to the local community including the local Computers In Homes Steering Group where I am actively involved.
My online resume http://www.linkedin.com/in/ktaiuru will fill in the gaps of my bio and my personal web site has more biographic and contact details http://www.taiuru.māori.nz (ASCII 2LD also available). I am happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
If elected to the council of InternetNZ, I will bring a range of diverse skills and knowledge and a long term desire to nurture and promote the Internet that will both enhance our society and our environment.
Alastair Thompson – Election Statement
read on InternetNZ Website
Dear Internet NZ Members,
Why I Am Standing For Internet NZ Council
My vision for the Internet is for it to continue to remain at least as open, accessible, innovative and transformative as it has to date. However I would like to see governance step up a gear and become more globally networked and responsive to the challenges being thrown up by a new significant wave of technological change.
The Internet everywhere stands at something of a crossroads thanks to the advent of ubiquitous mobile super-computing. I believe I have the experience to help guide New Zealand’s contribution to charting the path ahead.
Chapter Two In The Personal Computing Revolution Is Beginning
33 years ago in 1980 Christchurch, circa Stubbies and HQ Holdens, my father Stephen Thompson who worked for the DSIR brought home an Altos 64. Several years pre IBM-PC it was one of the first ever commercial personal computers. It had an 8 inch floppy disk drive and 64kb of RAM memory (Total. To run the full stack – swapping to disk was vital). Aged 11 I taught this computer to play a Star Trek game by typing in several thousand lines of code from a magazine.
I recount this experience back then we were at the beginning of the personal computing revolution.
We are now at the beginning of a new chapter. Smartphones are not just phones – and nor are they computers – they are something new.
They are fast becoming pocketable super-computers which connect us – via the internet – to super-computers of scale in the cloud. It seems likely that soon we will be able to talk to them and they may even become capable of at least pretending to be sentient.
What Happens Next Will Be By Definition Unpredictable…
Bell’s law teaches us that new technologies don’t even start to crystalise for 10 years ( HT: Webstock 2013 ). Usually it takes us at least that long for us to even name a new kind of technology.
The iPhone is now seven years old. Three years ago low voltage mobile CPU processor sales caught up with PC and server architecture processor sales. Mobile is now substantially ahead of them.
And thanks to the magic of Multicore Processing (HT: Multicore World 2013) the throttle of innovation is back wide open. Multicore+Mobile offers the prospect of lower power consumption (i.e. longer battery life) and exponentially faster computing power everywhere.
What this means is that much of the current technology architecture that underlies what the ICT industry is working with is now obsolete. And so we stand at the edge of a period of technological change, innovation and opportunity unlike anything seen before.
… And The Legal And Political Structures Are Showing The Strain
But the legal, social and business infrastructure of New Zealand and the world are ill-prepared to understand or navigate the complex issues we now collectively and globally face.
Copyright, surveillance, privacy, accessibility, robotics, computing security, cyber-warfare, policing the social universe – these are some of the challenges we all know we need to address and which we will soon be discussing at Nethui.
The reality is that the NZ Parliament cannot govern the internet, either in NZ or anywhere else. Nor can any other single nation’s legislature, the pace of change is too fast for the law to keep up and has been for years. And so we all need the internet to continue to govern itself – and to get better at doing so.
Peronally I am delighted that NZ’s internet users are represented in these discussions and negotiations by Internet NZ. Prudent governance of Internet NZ over the past two decades means we have a strong organisation which should be able to respond well to the challenges it faces.
I Think I Have Relevant Experience And Knowledge To Help At This Time
Recent revelations about the NSA’s PRISM programme are news to many but not everybody. Scoop.co.nz has been reporting on the rise of such global surveillance since these projects were first conceived in the wake of 9/11. The details and names we now see “PRISM” and “Boundless Informant” are what many thought was happening. Now we have proof. But what should we do about it?
As a practitioner in the world of online news media I have a decade and a half of experience in dealing with the challenges in a market being disrupted by technology.
As a news editor and publisher of NZ’s leading independent online news service I have an array of connections and access to decision makers and stakeholders.
And as an NZ entrepreneur I understand the particular challenges and dangers posed to businesses in NZ by uninformed change, capricious decision making and the scale of NZ’s markets.
I believe this experience will be useful in representing the interests of Internet NZ members at council.
Finally I have chosen to stand for Internet NZ council now because it is a time of significant challenge and change both externally and internally.
During the period ahead Internet NZ is likely to need to step up its game.
We will soon have a new chief executive and then it will be time for Council to consider setting a new course for the organisation. I would welcome an opportunity to contribute to plotting this course. Please support me by voting for me to join the Internet NZ Council.
Who I Am
• 44 years old, with three grown up children, living in Wellington;
• An internet entrepreneur in business online continuously since 1997;
• A business and politics journalist by background, and a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery since 1993;
• Founder of Scoop.co.nz in 1999 and General Manager and editor ever since, managing both business development and online editorial direction;
• Member of NZ Rise and alumni of Kiwifoo and Telecom One;
• Instigator of the Scoop Foundation Project an effort to launch a new foundation in NZ for public Interest Journalism;
• Experienced in online news media, social media, community engagement, government engagement, online marketing and communications;
Scoop and its Scoop Media Cartel sponsored Nethui in 2011 and 2012 and is sponsoring Nethui again in 2013.
10 June 2013
* (BACKGROUND NOTE ON SCOOP: Scoop.co.nz is New Zealand’s leading independent online news provider with an audience of 500,000+ unique browsers monthly. Scoop publishes around 200 items of news each day – and is -according to media commentator Russell Brown- “The Home of the National Argument”. For 14 years we have remained committed to providing open access to information in the interests of better informing New Zealand democracy. Scoop is also the hub for the Scoop Media Cartel which reaches 600,000+ ubs monthly and includes several of New Zealand’s leading blogs.)
Lance Wiggs – Election Statement
read on InternetNZ Website
I’m proud to be a current InternetNZ Councillor, finishing my first term with this election, and I seek your vote for this 2013 election.
The last three years have been a great time for Internet NZ. The team and members responded with energy and intelligence to bring a calm and authoritative tone to a large number of critical policy debates. We’ve also been active in less visible work including IPV6 and Internet Filtering, and in supporting the 2020 Trust in getting better at helping people to learn and connect.
But we really caught ourselves doing something right with NetHui, and kudos goes to Vikram Kumar for both pushing for the event, and coining the name. This year promises more than ever, and I’ve been impressed with the continuing professionalism in the preparation and conduct of the event under the acting leadership of Jordan Carter.
But we can do more. A lot more:
• Too many people are not connected to the internet in New Zealand. Statistics NZ reports 331,000 households don’t have broadband and 63,000 households with children don’t have internet*, and that’s unacceptable. We can count the number of disconnected better, and we can work to connect them and keep them connected.
• There is no single authoritative place to find information about the Internet in New Zealand. We are the natural place to collate and host it.
• Our policy makers and media are often at a relatively early stage of a learning journey in topics that we know well, albeit often a rapid one. We are the natural providers of fact-based independent advice and education.
• New issues rain upon us all of the time, and we need the scale and experienced hands on the team to be able to present well informed and aligned responses and advice across a broad range of topics.
• We have perennial discussions about the scope of Internet NZ. Are we guardians for the infrastructure and values, or are we also guardians for matters that are more material today, such are privacy, security and copyright? We need, in my opinion, advocates in NZ for all of these matters, and to ask if not us, then who else? for issues like copyright, PRISM and TPP.
• We are wonderful custodians of our .nz mandate, but I worry that a large share of the source of our source of income is from purchasers of domains for profit, who may switch to more lucrative gTLD offerings. NZRS will need Council support and guidance that allows them to conduct their business in a newly competitive realm while still adhering to the Society’s values.
• We hold funds, most of which are payments in advance. We have an incredibly conservative bank-debt-only investment strategy, and need to continue to gently explore more professional ways to manage those assets. That means we need professional investment heads around the Council table, to act as a committee to advise the council and the external parties who are the investment professionals.
What I stand for
My shared mission is simple – Let’s connect everyone at ever increasing speeds, let’s help individuals and business take advantage of this wonderful infrastructure to improve society and the economy, and let’s create the best environment to create and consume content in the world.
But let’s also ensure that while we are a non profit, that we are unafraid of money. Money allows us to better achieve our objects, but like any business we need to be prudent and take a long-term perspective.
I’m a founder, director, active investor or advisor to several early stage companies including 200Square, PocketSmith, Vend, Lingopal, myTours, Powerkiwi, Define Instruments, Cadimage and more.
I’ve recently launched a fund management company a colleague, and that in turn is launching a fund, Punakaiki Fund to invest in growing Internet, Technology and Design-led businesses.
I’ve been a part of the NZTE Better by Design program as a private practitioner, and serve on the Return on Science Investment Committee. I’m also the current Chair of the Council’s Investment Committee, and was a driver in creating the strategy and committee itself.
I was a co-founder of Pacific Fibre. We tried, and I learned a lot. It’s now the time for someone else to have a go, and one of our team is now with Hawaiki.
Writing: Blog at LanceWiggs.com and business advice column for Idealog.
Education: MBA (Yale), B Tech (Massey) and a large number of professional development courses, including the COMU/Massey course in governance.
Member of the Institute of Directors and (currently unpaid) member of NZICT.
Thanks to Jonathan Brewer for these stats: http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/sending-party-pays-answer-digital-divide-ck…
Richard Wood – Election Statement
read on InternetNZ Website
A common thread in my thinking is of freedom – of information, of action, of thought, of access, of opportunity. I grew up hugely interested in technology, experiencing the evolution of the PC, the Internet, the Web, cloud software, mobile technology and the opportunities they present. I’m an advocate for the benefits the Internet brings through its fundamental design and governance, and the innovation this has supported. I see the dangers in collateral damage from ignorant or malicious activities of governments and self-interested parties.
We are only beginning to experience the depth of opposition that exists in the world to the change in mindset the Internet presents to societies and individuals. We have to be careful not to be jaded or distracted as we fight across all fronts of copyright, privacy, security and more. We must continue to build strong relationships and punch above our weight to counter the corruption we see in certain other country’s processes. Protection of the Internet has to be the bottom line, but promotion and education about its use, nature, history and benefits are so important in achieving that.
I offer council and members a questioning, objective and focused mind. Having worked for InternetNZ for five years up until last July, I am very familiar with the breadth of InternetNZ policy and activity. Having been away from it for a year I am confident I have the perspective to help steer InternetNZ in the right direction.
I have a thorough understanding of governance and management within InternetNZ, the structure of InternetNZ’s component organisations, and the relationships with international Internet organisations. With my journalism and communications background I can also contribute at Council level around how the organisation is perceived externally.
InternetNZ’s strength comes from the dedication to its democracy, and its principled approach makes it a powerful advocate. I support InternetNZ in taking a national and global leadership position in Internet and Web research and standards, in driving hard to protect the fundamental nature of the Internet, in advocating at the highest levels of government and business, and in collaborating with like-minded people and groups here and overseas to achieve its public good objectives.
My quick back-story – started programming at high school and began working life as a programmer after curtailing a uni computer science degree. Moved into PC tech support and wrote product reviews before jumping into a job at Computerworld as a journalist. Over time wrote for various publications including NZ Herald and DomPost and was editor of eight technology and business publications in New Zealand and Australia over twenty years. Somewhere in there took time out to run a CD shop for a year or so. Was employed by InternetNZ six years ago and after a roller-coaster of various projects left last year to join Xero as senior communications manager at its HQ in Wellington, where I look after global communications and investor relations.
InternetNZ experience – came on board to do communications and policy research work. Was involved in submissions and publicity around Telecom separation, copyright, media regulation, DIA filter and more, was secretariat for the ISP Association and for the IPv6 Task Force. Then was given the opportunity to organise the NetHui conference, which over two years exposed me to the huge variety of topics and discussions that members want to talk about and see action on.
Motivation – I entered journalism because I yearned for more meaningful communication and expression beyond my daily technical work. Became thoroughly imbued with the philosophy of objectivity and serving the public good through openness of information. InternetNZ was an opportunity to move on from journalism and work in a more direct way for the public good. Am now in the commercial world at Xero helping to improve the lot of small business and create a better future for New Zealand through innovation and export growth.
In seeking to serve InternetNZ at Council, the sharpest tools in my toolbox are research, objective questioning, technical understanding, knowledge of the operating environment of InternetNZ, and communications skills. I live to be up-with-the-play and working through strategic issues, having absorbed all the information available.
I feel that given the opportunity I can make a significant contribution to InternetNZ Council decision-making over at least the next three years and will really appreciate your vote.
I live in Wellington with my partner Meg and we have three children. You can find more about me at linkedin and contact me via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Skype.