Join us for the online engagement seminar and guidance launch

Join us at the online engagement seminar being hosted by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) on 3 September 2015 to learn about how the Ministry of Education used social media to engage directly with their stakeholders, and to witness the launch of the Online Engagement Guidance.

Guest speakers

Keynote speaker Lesley Hoskin, Associate Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Education (MoE), will talk about her experience using social media to engage directly with MoE’s key stakeholders: students, parents and whānau. Traditionally they worked through schools and boards of trustees but wanted to change that to engage directly with people.

Lesley is responsible for providing strong leadership, influence, drive and energy. She is working with the MoE’s major stakeholders to help lead the ongoing development and implementation of the schooling strategy, as well as leading their 21st Century Digital Strategy. Lesley has worked at MoE for eight years and has a Masters in Public Management. Her ability to think strategically, as well as deliver solutions based on strategic intent, has allowed her to evolve from IT subject matter expert to a manager who leads change, solves complex problems and is a trusted adviser to senior leaders.

Prof Miriam Lips, Chair in e-Government at Victoria University Wellington, will be introducing the event, talking about the engagement work Victoria University are doing and discussing the Community of Practice.

Laura Sommer, acting General Manager of Government Information Services (GIS) at DIA will be the Master of ceremonies.

Nadia Webster, Principal Advisor in GIS, has been leading this work as part of DIA’s all-of-government focus. She will be sharing the history of the guidance, lessons learned and will launch the online engagement guidance.

Online Engagement Guidance launch

DIA will launch the Online Engagement Guidance on the Web Toolkit website at this event. The Guidance was developed with significant input from the NZ Online Engagement Community of Practice, a series of facilitated workshops, and ongoing conversations with people in the public sector. It’s designed to help agencies lift their capability in effective online public engagement. It is a living tool, one we’d like to develop and grow over time with your feedback.

Come along to the event to meet up with fellow engagement practitioners. We think you’ll learn a lot about the resource and have a chance to give us your feedback on how we can make it better.

Event date and time

When: Thursday 3 September, 12.30 – 1.45pm

Where: National Library, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington - Ground level Co-create space.


By 4pm Friday 28 August to  There is limited space available, so RSVP as soon as you can.
If you have any special needs please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements.

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