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Safeguarding Aotearoa New Zealand against sophisticated and aggressive cyber threats   

22-23 MAY 2024

Across the globe, cyber threats are evolving in both scale and sophistication, as rapid digitisation and growing social unrest promote unprecedented attack vectors. With cyber-attacks expected to cost the world US$10.5 trillion annually by 2025, government agencies and organisations must prioritise strengthening their cybersecurity frameworks and investing in cutting-edge technologies and practices to proactively mitigate risks, safeguard critical networks, and protect sensitive data.  

The CyberGov Leaders Summit NZ brings together leading CISOs, cybersecurity experts and technology leaders to drive our national digital defence forward. Join us in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Pōneke, Wellington this May as we delve into the latest insights, strategies, tools, and best practices for proactively fortifying cyber resilience and cultivating a cyber-vigilant workforce in the face of evolving threats. 

What you can look forward to:  

  • Unpack tangible lessons from over 20 government organisations and public sector agencies to implement within your organisation’s cyber-strategy  

  • Join forces with 150+ cyber-security peers to explore innovative strategies for enhancing your cyber-breach response in our collaborative mini table-top exercise 

  • Uncover strategies for building a strong and diverse IT workforce and fostering future talent amid Aotearoa New Zealand’s cybersecurity skills shortage  

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For the past seven years, our IT events have fostered collaboration and the professional development of Aotearoa New Zealand’s IT public sector.


Building on this legacy, we’re excited to unveil GovTech Aotearoa - a series of co-located events that address the the key pillars of government IT: digital transformation and services, cyber security, and data analytics.

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Summit Advisory Board

Our expert Advisory Board ensures that our events remain industry relevant, and align with the latest trends and advancements both in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

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Bill Moses

 Chief Information Officer

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission

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Tamāra Al-Salim

Head of Business Risk and Assurance; New Zealand Defence Force; Ambassador,

New Zealand Network for Women in Security

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Rachael Milicich

Deputy Chief Executive; Deputy Government Statistician Insights & Statistics

Stats NZ

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Suzie Tingley

Principal Digital Advisor

Department of Corrections

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Kari Jones

Chief Data Officer

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

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Xanthe Sulzberger

Head of Data Governance & Strategy

NZ Post 

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Paul Natac

Chief Information Officer

Provident Insurance

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Steve James

Head of Technology

Woolworths NZ

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Phil Ross

Chief Information Security Officer

Air New Zealand

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Eli Hirschauge

Head of Information Security

ANZ New Zealand

Why Attend?

Delve into dynamic discussions about key challenges facing the cyber security industry in our exclusive closed door unconference sessions. Discussions will be held under Chatham House rules, allowing you to exchange and gain new insights from fellow industry experts. 

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Laura Jones

Head of Cybersecurity

Transdev Australasia  

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Chhandak Bandopadhyaya

Principal Advisor – Digital Assurance and Compliance

Ministry of Education  

Hear how the New Zealand Defence Force, the Ministry for Primary Industries and Public Trust are strengthening cyber-resilience throughout their supply-chain  

Discover how Inland Revenue, ACC, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Justice are improving their cyber-vigilance through individualised awareness training and leadership excellence  

Gain insight from the National Cyber Security Centre into how Aotearoa New Zealand can build greater cyber-synergy to proactively fight cyber-crime   

Discover the latest methods and technologies to protect critical networks and sensitive data  

Hear exclusive insights from leading cyber-security experts on staying ahead of emerging cyber threats and adopting adaptive approaches to cyber-security in a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape


Jenna Whitman

Chief Information Security Officer

Callaghan Innovation

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Phil Ross

Chief Information Security Officer

Air New Zealand

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John-Paul Sikking

Head of Cyber Protection

Bank of New Zealand 

Featured Speakers 

Phil Ross

Chief Information Security Officer

Air New Zealand

Andrew Hood

Chief Advisor – Cybersecurity

Ministry of Education

Jonathan Wilkins

Chief Information Security Officer

Ministry for Primary Industries

John-Paul Sikking

Head of Cyber Protection

Bank of New Zealand

Jenna Whitman

Chief Information Security Officer

Callaghan Innovation

Laura Jones

Head of Cybersecurity

Transdev Australasia 

Katie Brown

Chief Executive Officer; Founder and Director; Founder and Director

Te Ao Matihiko; Te Hapori Mathiko; Social Good

Tamara Al Salim

Head of Business, Risk and Assurance; Ambassador

New Zealand Defence Force; NZ Network for Women in Security

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Who Should Attend

The CyberGov Leaders Summit is the perfect platform to connect and collaborate with CISOs, CIOs, CTOs, IT and Risk Management executives across the public sector, with responsibilities including: 

  • Cybersecurity Strategy and Operations 

  • Information and IT Security 

  • Cloud Security and Infrastructure 

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM) 

  • Data Security, Protection and Privacy 

  • Network Security and Secure Architecture 

  • Security Intelligence and Threat Intelligence 

  • Zero Trust Frameworks and Strategies 

  • Application and Endpoint Security 

  • Security Operations Centre (SOC) Management 

  • Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) 

  • Incident Detection and Response 

  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management 

  • Forensic Analysis and Cyber Investigations 

  • Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Management 

Apply to Attend

Attendance to the CyberGov Leaders Summit is by approval only, with passes limited to maximise networking opportunities and awarded at the discretion of Aventedge.

If you meet the above "Who Should Attend" delegate profile, be sure to apply for a guest pass today.



50 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011


Conference and Exhibition: Rongomātāne and Foyer, Level 1

Location and How to get there

Tākina is located directly across both Readings on Wakefield and Barnett Street car parks. Parking is available all-day Monday-Sunday at Readings on Wakefield and Monday-Saturday at Barnett Street. Have a look at Parkopedia for other options close by.


To assist in your accommodation search, please refer to this map with nearby options listed by distance to Takina. The following are within a 5-minute walking distance:

  1. QT Wellington: 90 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand | Ph: +64 4 802 8900

  2. Museum Apartment Hotel: 247/257 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand | Ph: +64 (4) 280 4949

  3. Tryp by Wyndham: 15 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand | Ph: +64 (04) 974 3000

  4. Oaks Wellington Hotel: 89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand | Ph: 0800 004 285


More accommodation information can also be found via this link.

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