A vision for a digital New Zealand

The Innovation Partnership is a network of organisations that support digital innovation in New Zealand across business, education and government.

The Partnership connects industry, government and not-for-profits, commissions research into important issues, and supports and promotes innovative digital projects.

Our focus areas


We believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn in a digitally-enabled classroom, taught by a digitally-capable teacher, and should graduate ready to work in a digital economy.


We want all New Zealanders and businesses to be able to engage with government online, and government to lead the way in creating a digital eco-system to support both business and education. 


We want every business to use digital technology to be more productive and profitable, because digitally capable businesses can add billions to the New Zealand economy.

Our funders

Our people

Murray Sherwin – Chair

Murray Sherwin is an economist with over 35 years experience across a wide range of public policy roles, including Chief Executive and Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Murray is currently Chair of the Productivity Commission, an independent New Zealand Crown entity tasked with finding ways of growing productivity to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

He is also a Member of the Review Panel for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, and a Member of the Advisory Committee on Official Statistics. He is a well known member of the Wellington business community and brings a wealth of experience to the table as Chair of the Innovation Partnership.

Joe Stockman – Programme director

Joe is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Innovation Partnership, including keeping tabs on our projects and members, and making sure that the Partnership keeps moving towards its goals.

Joe is the Founder of Lean Communications, a PR and Communications agency that specialises in providing support for technology and ICT clients. His background is in communications and project management.

Our board

Ross Young


1 Member

Lillian Grace


1 Member

Andrew Cushen


1 Member

Karren Harker


1 Member

Our projects

A sample of our projects

Google Policy Fellowship
Data Driven Innovation in New Zealand
The Value of Internet Services to New Zealand Businesses
Vote Bytes
Digital Journey
Supporting Manaiakalani Education Trust
A Vision for a Digital New Zealand


If you’d like to find out more, or to contribute your ideas, please get in touch!