New Zealand to chair D5 digital nations

  • 09/12/2016

As a world leader in digital government services, New Zealand has been named as the next chair of the D5 group of nations.

The Digital 5, or D5, is a network of leading digital governments with the goal of strengthening the digital economy.

The founding members of the group are United Kingdom, South Korea, Estonia, Israel and New Zealand.

New Zealand will host the next meeting of group in early 2018, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne announced on Friday, just weeks after returning from the latest summit in South Korea.

"We are seen as a leading nation in terms of digital government and have a lot to offer other D5 nations," he said.

"As a small country we are early adopters of technology and can develop, test and innovate more quickly than most. Our digital journey is progressing well in New Zealand."

Over the next year, New Zealand will lead a digital identity programme, building on the success of RealMe which is used to order online birth, death and marriage certificates, apply for and renew passports, enrol to vote and apply for student allowances and loans.

More than 226,000 New Zealanders are already using RealMe.

Mr Dunne said 52 percent of the most common government transactions are completed online, and the government is on track to reach its 70 percent target by next year.

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