What's Up @InternetNZ - January 2016

Kia ora InternetNZ members,

A big happy New Year to you all. We hope you managed to have a break and soak up some sun over the Christmas period.

We at InternetNZ are very excited about the beginning of 2016. We have a great team who are full of energy and ready to get stuck in to some hard work - making New Zealand's Internet better for us all. Looking forward to this year, and on the back of Andrew Cushen's predictions for the Internet in 2015, he thought it only fitting to channel his inner psychic powers and write his predictions for 2016. Check them out at the link below.

Top 10 predictions for the Internet in 2016

Members meet-ups

This is a reminder that we'll be organising some member meet-ups for late January or early February, and will be in contact again soon 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. No agenda, no presentations. It's about community building and 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.


Have you heard about the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operating Technologies conference (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 on practical Internet networking content. This is followed by a week of larger conference sessions, workshops and social functions.

Registrations are flowing in thick and fast. We currently have over 300 delegates and numbers are rising quickly by the day. If you are interested in taking part in the international operating technologies conference, secure your seat now. 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.



With just two and a half weeks to go to attend the New Zealand Internet Research forum we’re working on producing a finalised programme ASAP.

The forum will be held at AUT on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February and is run in conjunction with the AUT Institute of Culture Discourse and Communication (responsible for the World Internet Project survey in New Zealand). The programme will include plenary sessions, technical and non-technical streams, and opportunities for researchers to share their work with each other based on their research stage and interest.

If you are involved in Internet research in New Zealand, it’s not too late to complete an Expression of Interest form – we’d love to see you there!

NetHui 2016

We are currently planning for NetHui events in 2016 and we would love to get your thoughts. Keep an eye out for an email soon with our ideas and asking for your thoughts and feedback!

Community grants update 

Conference attendance

InternetNZ's fourth conference attendance funding round for 2014-15 was launched on 19 November 2015 and is now completed.

$15,000 in funding was made available to fund individuals or organisations attending conferences where that attendance will assist in achieving InternetNZ's Objects and where it will grow the pool of expertise in particular areas in New Zealand.

Expressions of Interest closed on 7 December 2015 and 10 applications were received. All the applications were of a high standard, and we're pleased to announce the following successful applicants:

  • Dr William Liu was awarded $5,000 to attend the IEEE Conference on INFOCOM (10-15 April 2016 San Francisco, USA). This conference addresses key topics and issues related to computer communications, with emphasis on traffic management and protocols for both wired and wireless networks. Dr Liu is also hoping to present three papers at INFOCOM.
  • Mr Stephen Sheehan was awarded $1,500 to attend APRICOT (15-16 Feb 2016, Auckland, NZ). APRICOT will explore the latest Internet networking trends, such as mobile IPv6 deployment and cybersecurity mitigation from the shared insights and real-world experiences of regional and international experts, including local network operators.
  • Dr Tobias Langlotz was awarded $4,889 to attend IEEE PerCom (14-18 March 2016, Sydney, Australia). He will be presenting a paper titled "PanoVC: Pervasive Telepresence using Mobile Phones" which presents a future prototype for mobile immersive communication beyond Skype and Facetime on smartphones using the internet to connect distant people in a way not possible before.
  • Ms Robyn Moore of Te Mana o Kupe Trust was awarded $3,611 for Ngā Puru Pura, Te Wānanga o Raukawa – A digital teaching and learning, a symposium for educators, students and their whanāu over two days (27-28 January 2016, Ōtaki, New Zealand). This funding will support speaker travel reimbursement and for 15 of family members to attend the symposium.

Internet research

Stage one applications for our Internet community research grants round of $100,000 closed on 7 December 2015 with a record 39 applications received.

The Grants Committee has assessed these applications and we will soon be inviting successful applicants to progress to stage two. We will announce the outcome of this round in early March so watch this space.

Know your InternetNZ staff members

MeganBakerThis month we are giving you a snapshot of Megan Baker, InternetNZ's Communications Lead

What do you actually do: I make sure that InternetNZ's work and values are communicated to the public, members and key stakeholders. I work to showcase the brilliant work that is happening at InternetNZ and make sure people know what we are doing and how we are making a difference.

What’s your favourite thing about the Internet?  The fact that it easily connects people all over the world. I love that you can Skype someone on the other side of the world and stay in touch with loved ones. 

What’s your least favourite? Some people using the Internet's power for malicious intent.  


What’s your favourite movie? When I was little I had a small obsession with the Wizard of Oz. Some of this obsession is still obviously lingering. Here is a snap of my wedding shoes!

Who's your favourite singer: I like a lot of Kiwi music - Shapeshifter, Katchafire and Fat Freddy's are all great!

Favourite meal: Anything Italian.

Who would you want to play you in the film of your life? Judy Garland...ok so maybe not a 'small' obsession. 

Communications and Events


4 - 5 February 2016: NZ Internet Research Forum at AUT
15 - 26 February 2016: APRICOT conference in Auckland 
26 February: InternetNZ Council meeting 


Since the last update, InternetNZ has published the following press releases and blog posts:
11 January: New Zealand Internet Research Forum
11 January: Small town community news site rises above the rest
15 December: Top 10 predictions for 2015 - how did we do?