What's Up @InternetNZ - December 2015

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Kia ora members, 

We bring you the last newsletter of the year - and how quick it has gone.

2015 has been a big one and we have accomplished a lot this year. Our team has worked on some big ticket items, these just to name a few:

  • We held many members meet ups around the country.
  • We awarded $130,000 in community grants to support the Internet Community to research and share best practice. 
  • We hosted our annual NetHui event in Auckland. 
  • We welcomed two new Councillors and re-elected our President and Vice President at our AGM. 
  • We produced a video about the turn off of global-mode, covering of our concerns and encouraging people to get involved. 
  • We took part in the ICANN accountability process as a Cross Community Working Group member.
  • We hosted the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards in Auckland awarding three deserving New Zealand companies with an award. 
  • We held the first New Zealand Internet Research Forum (NZIRF). The next is planned for early 2016.
  • We supported NZRS in launching its Broadband Map and Internet Data Portal.
  • We held many meetings and spent many hours looking in to the newly released Telecommunications Act Review.
  • And of course, have been looking closely at how the IT sector may be affected by the TPP. 

It's a lot of work done that affects many parts of the Internet community. There's plenty more to do in 2016, and we welcome any feedback you have - what we've done well, what we could do better, what made you happy, what irritated you all. Please share.

In this 20th year of InternetNZ, finally, a big thank you to you all: for joining, supporting and being part of an organisation that is all about promoting and protecting the open Internet.

Til next year,
Jordan Carter, Chief Executive - and the whole @InternetNZ team. 

InternetNZ's 20th anniversary

November marked InternetNZ's 20th anniversary. To celebrate we held two functions  to mark the occasion (one in Wellington and the other in Auckland). Thank you to all those members who came along to celebrate with us. They were two very good evenings filled with great speeches, lovely food and drink, and most importantly, great company. 

As part of the anniversary celebration, we designed an infographic that shows just some of the key Internet milestones over the last 20 years. You can see this below and the link to the high definition PDF can be found here: 

Celebrate 20 years with InternetNZ (PDF)

20 years

InternetNZ speaker series - Sex and the Internet

On Thursday, 3 December we hosted a panel discussion on Sex and the Internet as part of our ongoing Speaker Series.

The event explored sexual rights, community building, education, safety, privacy, and censorship with a panel discussion followed by questions from the audience.

Our panelists were:

  • Jessica Ducey - A sexuality educator and host of the Sex and the Internet NetHui barcamp.
  • Dr Andrew Jack - Chief Censor, Office of Film and Literature Classification.
  • Martin Cocker - Executive Director of NetSafe.
  • Joy Liddicoat, Assistant Commissioner of the Privacy Commission.

The event was MC'd by Philippa Tolley of RadioNZ and was livestreamed and recorded, with the full video available here:


What's happening in early 2016?

Members meet-ups

We'll be organising some member meetups for late January or early February, and will be in contact again early in the New Year with details of times/dates and locations. The idea of these get togethers is to give members the chance to mix and mingle with each other and with staff. There isn't an agenda, or a presentation. It's about community building and nice low-key ways to meet and get to know other members of InternetNZ. If we come to a town near you it would be great to see you there. 


With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, now is your chance to secure your seat at the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operating Technologies conference (yes a mouthful so APRICOT for short). APRICOT is the biggest gathering of network operations experts in the Asia Pacific and this is the first time New Zealand has hosted the international event.

The conference will run from 15-26 February 2016 and will be split in to two segments. The first week is the workshop week providing high quality, hands-on training that will focus on providing practical Internet networking content. This is followed by a week of larger conference sessions, workshops and social functions. You can register for the workshop week, the conference week or both. You can register now here.

To learn more about the APRICOT programme, visit the APRICOT website here: APRICOT 2016.



The NZIRF is a collaboration between InternetNZ and AUT’s Institute of Culture Discourse and Communication bringing together researchers and interested parties to discuss their proposed, current and finished research with the New Zealand Internet community.

It will be held at AUT on 4-5 February 2016. More details can be found at https://internetnz.nz/new-zealand-internet-research-forum-0

Our strategic partners

Did you know we have valued relationships with six strategic partners? Netsafe, 2020 Communications Trust, AUT Institute of Culture Discourse and Communication, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand and Figure.nz.

All share values that align with our purpose and vision and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners for their support over the past year. We are looking forward to working with you further in 2016 to protect and promote New Zealand's Internet. 

Top 10 predictions for the Internet in 2015 - how did we go?

In December last year Andrew Cushen engaged his inner psychic and put out a blog post with his top 10 predictions for 2015.  Andrew has revisited his predictions and made some new prophecies for 2016. Check it out here:


Know your InternetNZ staff members

JamesTingEdwardsThis month we are giving you a snapshot of Georgia Macfall, InternetNZ's Meeting Coordinator

What do you actually do: I make sure that InternetNZ and its subsidiaries, NZRS and the Domain Name Commission, are supported with a little bit of everything!  I provide a professional, fun and very smiley first point of contact for InternetNZ and the wider group.

What’s your favourite thing about the Internet?  Being able to keep in touch with friends and family over social media. 

What’s your least favourite? It has made it easier for people to bully others. It is a lot easier to write something than it is to say it face-to-face.  

What’s your favourite movie? Forest Gump. "Life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you gonna get!"

Who's your favourite singer: I am very proud to say I'm a total "belieber" - yes you have this right - a fan of Justin himself. 

Favourite meal: Pork belly hands down. 

Who would you want to play you in the film of your life? I don't need an actor, I think I could easily do it myself ;)


Communications and Events


4 - 5 February 2016: NZ Internet research forum at AUT
15 - 26 February 2016: APRICOT conference in Auckland 


Since the last update, InternetNZ has published the following press releases and blog posts:
15 December: Final copper pricing decision
7 December: Issues roundup - have a secure Christmas
2 December: Issues roundup - copyright, ransomware, iPredict
26 November: Four Taranaki schools award digital creativity
25 November: www.govt.nz great example of user-friendly and innovative site
23 November: Digital rights, privacy & power-by-wifi 
23 November: Participation and protection vital from Telecommunications Act process 
20 November: The TL;DR guide to Telco Act Review submissions 
20 November: What is this Eye Gee Eff thing? 
18 November: InternetNZ announces new community grants 
17 November: Terrorism, the Internet and encryption