Govt.nz team

The Govt.nz project team has redeveloped newzealand.govt.nz in order to provide a primary entry point for New Zealanders and visitors to obtain government information. Govt.nz is now live.

The Govt.nz project takes a new approach to design and development which borrows from the user-centred, agile, iterative development techniques implemented successfully in the private sector to deliver effective online products that customers use. The project applies those techniques to government information being delivered online.

Team members

Gail Connelly

Photo of Gail ConnellyGail was a content designer on the Govt.nz team. She's been working with content for over a decade now, mostly in the government domain. She'll give it all up one day to open a stand selling home made jams and preserves.

Katherine Barcham

Photo of Katherine BarchamKatherine is a content designer for the Govt.nz team at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). She has extensive experience with web content, and is passionate about helping organisations to think away from their structure and into the world of their customers. In the last couple of years she has been focusing on web accessibility. She started at DIA working within the Digital Engagement team, working to promote and champion web accessibility within Govt.nz, DIA and the wider Government Web Community.

Lana Gibson

Photo of Lana GibsonI work in the Govt.nz team as an SEO and analytics specialist. I take all the the user insight I can get my hands on to improve government services online for New Zealanders, and I show the rest of government how to do the same.

Meg Howie

Photo of Meg HowieMeg was a Web and Service Designer for Govt.nz. She is interested in user-centred design, civic engagement and designing for inclusion.

Victoria Wray

Photo of Victoria WrayVictoria has been in the all-of-government online space for over a decade. From working with the original e-Government Unit, to her current position at the Department of Internal Affairs, her work at the centre has spurred her desire for government to collaborate and 'do the right thing' online. Her background in librarianship has supported her interest in metadata, analytics, registries and saying 'shush!'.

Past team members

Aimee Whitcroft

Photo of Aimee WhitcroftAimee is Content Designer Lead for Govt.nz. She's been playing with websites and communicating complex information simply for the better part of a decade. Since moving to New Zealand, she's worked at organisations like the Science Media Centre, NIWA and LINZ. She likes craft beer, social enterprise, motorbikes and giggling at her dog.

Alison Green

Photo of Alison GreenAliG was a designer and front-end developer for the Govt.nz project. She’s been designing and building websites for people since 1996, and has learned quite a bit since then. Ali works as a contractor and does UX, IA, RWD, design, HTML, CSS, a bit of JS, accessibility and government web standards compliance, browser testing, CMS training and writing for the web. She thinks she has the best job in the world – a perfect mix of logic and creativity - and she thinks the Govt.nz project is pretty darned awesome.

Alison Jack

Photo of Alison JackAlison Jack is a Senior Advisor Online Services in the Ministry for Social Development. She was product owner on the Work and Income website redevelopment project (and is currently doing the same role on the project to redevelop the StudyLink website). She was previously seconded to work on the development of Govt.nz as part of the content team.

Andrea Key

Photo of Andrea KeyGovt.nz Communications & Marketing Advisor, Andrea has nearly 20 years experience in the marketing and comms space here in the great NZ. She loves getting people to listen and interact with whatever project she's working on. "Quietly" is not a path she follows often.

Annika Naschitzki

Photo of Annika NaschitzkiSenior Design Specialist @ DIA Digital Transformation - Result 10 I’m a Service Design Specialist and Strategist with experience across ecommerce, telco, banking and government

Corinne Cordes

Photo of Corinne CordesCorinne Cordes is a Service Designer who has worked with the Department of Internal Affairs. Her work has focused on customer insight in the service design process. Previously Corinne worked in the field of social innovation in the UK and Europe.

Danielle Crooks

Photo of Danielle CrooksDanielle was the Communications Advisor for the Govt.nz team. She got to write about all the good stuff going on across the team and share it with the world. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her young family, read and cook in her new kitchen.

Jared Gulian

Photo of Jared GulianJared was a Digital Strategist with the Department of Internal Affairs Result 10, Digital Transformation team. Prior to that, he worked as Product Owner on beta.govt.nz. He has over 15 years of experience in the digital domain, including cross-government strategy and implementation, agile product development and management, social media strategy, information architecture, usability, and content strategy. His government experience includes work in New Zealand for the Department of Internal Affairs, the Food Safety Authority, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and Wellington City Council, as well as work in the United States for the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Katie Johnston

Photo of Katie JohnstonKatie worked on the redevelopment of newzealand.govt.nz as a content editor. She's been writing content for websites for over a decade — ever since anyone would let her near one. She likes plain English, cats and tripartite sentences.

Laura Sommer

Photo of Laura SommerAn experienced specialist in online public engagement and participation, system-wide improvement and change management in the public sector. In a former role, I have been responsible for a public sector-wide online participation programme: an innovative programme focused on the uptake of new media by public sector agencies and conditions for effective ICT-enabled public engagement. My spare time is spent with an active sporting family, I sing with Wellington City Chorus where we've represented NZ internationally, and I'm a Rotarian in our community (plus social networking co-ordinator for Wgtn region).

Leigh Harrison

Photo of Leigh HarrisonLeigh was a senior developer on the Govt.nz team. She is a project manager and developer with a successful track record in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Nathan Wall

Photo of Nathan WallNathan was an information architect on the Digital Engagement team in Government Information Services at the Department of Internal Affairs. Nathan has more than 17 years experience designing and implementing websites, information portals and transactional services for government agencies in both Australia and New Zealand. In 2004 Nathan was part of the project to replace the Inland Revenue website, in 2010 it was passports.govt.nz and in 2011 he led an adhoc team supporting the government's social media response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Nathan was the product owner for Govt.nz overseeing the final delivery of the site as it ended its beta phase and replaced newzealand.govt.nz in 2014. 2015 saw Nathan resume his role with the Digital Engagement Team at DIA and focussing on web analytics and strengthening connections with government digital teams around the world such as Canada, the UK and Australia. In September 2015, Nathan left New Zealand for Australia to serve in the Australian Government's Digital Transformation Office.

Sarah St John

Photo of Sarah St JohnSarah St John was the Engagement Lead for Govt.nz. Sarah has spent the last 10 years working on various public sector websites in a range of different roles. As a Content Manager, Web Business Analytst and Intranet Product Manager. In her spare time she organisers the Wellington Web Content Meetup, loves talking websites. When not talking all things digital she has a passion for train travel, scuba diving and wine tasting (not at the same time).

Silke Noll

Photo of Silke NollSilke Noll was a test analyst for Govt.nz. She is ISTQB, Agile and Prince2 certified. Before joining the Govt.nz team, she worked as a tester, business analyst, project manager and user. She has worked across a number of industries, including insurance and capital markets in Europe and NZ. Silke is also following her passion for people as a seminar facilitator for intercultural competencies, communications and teambuilding.

Siobhan Cotter

Photo of Siobhan CotterSiobhan worked on the redevelopment of newzealand.govt.nz as a test analyst. She has been working in testing for nearly 15 years in Ireland and New Zealand.