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Policy Director

  • Internet policy thought leadership.
  • People leadership, building capability.

InternetNZ is a non-profit organisation and the home and guardian of .nz – providing the infrastructure, security and support to keep it humming. We use the funding from the sale of .nz domain names to influence government policy and invest in New Zealand's Internet through community grants, research and events.

Our purpose is to help New Zealanders harness the power of the Internet for good. And we have a clear vision of keeping the Internet open, secure, and for all New Zealanders. A change to the internal structure to bring a stronger focus on our international work and our public policy work in New Zealand has led to this locally-focused senior leadership role becoming available.

The Internet has a huge impact on society. Thought leadership in making the Internet age as positive as possible for people is the essence of this role.

Managing a broad-based policy programme, you will lead the policy team to develop and share insight and analysis, and exercise influence, that together drive policy outcomes that will help New Zealanders harness the power of the Internet for good. You will also be responsible for the evolution of the policy framework for the .nz domain name space.

Success in this role will see InternetNZ increasingly influential in policy debates on selected matters within the New Zealand policy making system. It will see the .nz policy environment responsive to the community’s needs. It will also lead to InternetNZ being able to understand the environment, and foresee and proactively shape policy trends and frameworks in support of their goals.

This Wellington based role allows easy access to policymakers and other stakeholders, and internally to people across the organisation. You will work closely with colleagues in the Technical Research and Outreach & Engagement teams, the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team, and the Domain Name Commission in the course of your work.

You will have proven skills and experience in leading and developing small policy teams, a track record of influencing outcomes in New Zealand public policy processes, a blend of strong public and private sector experience, very strong networking and relationship management skills, and some degree of understanding of public policy related to key areas of their focus on Internet for All, Security and Trust, and Openness.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Sunday, 14 April 2019

APPLY via Jackson Stone website


Advisory Panel

InternetNZ is undertaking a review of the policies related to the .nz domain name space. The domain name space is a vital component of the Internet — making it easy for people to connect. .nz is also the front door to New Zealand for a lot of people.

We think this is important work, and we want to engage the wider community. We are now looking to appoint an Advisory Panel of diverse, smart and engaged people to help us review the policies related to the .nz domain. The Panel will explore a range of important issues and ways we might solve them together. Such issues could include:

  • How do we best minimise phishing, trolling and abuse on .nz websites? 
  • How should we manage incidents of hate speech and violence in the .nz domain name space?
  •  What do we want .nz to say about us as a nation?
  •  How do we ensure tikanga values of openness, compassion, respect, and integrity are incorporated into .nz?

We are thrilled to announce Sue Chetwin has been appointed as Chair of the Panel. Sue is the current Chief Executive of Consumer NZ. She is also a director of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, a member of the Online Media Standards Authority and has been a member of the Electricity Authority's Retail Advisory Group.

To work with Sue, we are looking for a diverse Panel of 8-10 people to help with the review. We are seeking a balance between Panel members who have an understanding and experience of the Internet and .nz but also those who can bring new and fresh perspectives.

We are expecting to appoint the Panel to begin work in May/June 2019. Membership is expected to last for up to 12 months. For further details, please see the Terms of Reference and supporting documentation.

Do you have the skills and traits we are looking for?

We are looking for a Panel who can work with key stakeholders in the .nz Internet community (registrars, resellers, registrants and consumers), the business community, government, community and tikanga Māori leaders through:

strong communication and engagement skillscritical analysis and big-picture, strategic thinkinginnovative and dynamic solutions-oriented thinking.We are particularly seeking panel members with the following areas of expertise:
understanding of the Internet's ability to enable economic benefit or social connectivitytechnical know how on the way the domain name system worksunderstanding of, and experience in, how regulation is madehas worked with communities excluded from accessing the benefits of the Internetunderstanding of tikanga values of openness, compassion, respect and Te Ao Māori.If you think you have the skills and traits listed above and would like to be on an Advisory Panel exploring and looking to solve a range of important internet-related issues, we'd love to hear from you.

Please apply via seek at the link below no later than 21 May. 

If you have any queries, please contact or phone 04 555 0123 and ask for Vicki.

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