About the Forum

The New Zealand Digital Skills Forum is a focused coalition of industry associations and government organisations that work together to identify key skills issues and opportunities across the ICT, high-tech and digital sectors. The Forum uses their insights, resources and influence to help address the ever present digital technology skills shortages. By taking a practical, information and evidence-based approach, the Forum focuses on harnessing collaborative efforts to address significant issues.

A small core group comprising key industry organisations and government agencies sits at the centre of the Forum – these are the Founding Partners.  The Founding Partners set the direction and work programme for the Forum.

Ultimately, the Forum’s aim is to improve the flow of skills and talent into the tech sector. By working to decrease fragmentation and to focus the resources and efforts of both industry and government the Forum will improve the flow of skills and talent for the fast growing New Zealand technology sector.

The Digital Nation report highlighted that the New Zealand tech sector is the fastest growing sector and it accounted for $16.2 billion in GDP in 2015, making up 9% of the economy and employing almost 100,000 people. Additionally, there were almost 21,000 ICT workers employed in other sectors as the demand for ICT and digital skills increases.


Forum Chair & Secretariat

The Forum is chaired by the Industry Founding Partners with secretariat and support provided by MBIE. The chair rotates between the leaders of the industry groups.

Victoria MacLennan, Chair, NZRise

Graeme Muller, CEO NZTech

Paul Matthews, CEO ITP

Secretariat provided by MBIE

  • Taylor Murfitt, MBIE

Forum Chair

  • Victoria MacLennan, NZRise

Founding Partners


Other Forum Participants

Other government agencies, industry representatives and industry bodies may be involved in either the Forum or Working Groups as appropriate, by invitation of the forum. Agencies and groups interested in participating in the Digital Skills Forum or alerting the Forum to activities or projects that are working to address the digital skills shortages can connect with the Forum here.

Forum participants include:

Digital Skills Forum Charter

Digital Skills Forum Charter 2019