Guest authors

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 as part of the content team.

Anna Pethig

Photo of Anna PethigAnna Pethig is the Ministry of Health’s Web and Publications manager. She is proud of the recent transformation of the Ministry’s website from a large, unwieldy beast into a targetted and audience-focused information hub, with a search engine that works! She is also grateful for the assistance she received from colleagues across government who shared time and expertise to help with the improvements.

Anthony Hawkins

Photo of Anthony HawkinsI look after Web development at Sport NZ. I'm especially interested in open data, social media, visualisation and related.

Bene Anderson

Photo of Bene AndersonBene Anderson is Senior Product Manager in Government Information Services at Internal Affairs. His portfolio includes managing the open data directory, public sector directory, and the up-and-coming All-of-Government web platform. Bene comes from a web and digital background, and prior to joining Internal Affairs, spent five years as a web project manager and information architect in the private sector, servicing the public sector.

Chris Horwell

Photo of Chris HorwellChris Horwell is the Image Researcher at New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT). Searching, sorting and looking for images of historic buildings/properties to add to the NZHPT Register Online are all part of an awesome job that she loves. A confessed social media-phobe her experience with Flickr and its members has restored her faith in the human race and its increased reliance on social media to communicate, socialise and interact with one another. The often faceless communication with strangers who feel they have the right to comment, criticise or even use images without permission that are posted on websites had kept her from joining the revolution. The fact that there are people out there travelling around NZ documenting our heritage visually and sharing their images has been an inspiration and has led to this social media-phobe contributing to this blog!

Colin MacDonald

Photo of Colin MacDonaldColin MacDonald is Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs and Government Chief Information Officer. Before that, Colin was Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) where he led the cross-government programme for data and information re-use and established LINZ as the leader of the geospatial sector. Colin has more than 30 years experience in information technology and general management in both New Zealand and UK.

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.

Giles Boutel

Photo of Giles BoutelDigital Information Tools Manager at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Glen Thurston

Photo of Glen ThurstonGlen is a service designer at Inland Revenue where he has been part of service design and delivery of tax and social policy. Glen is currently with Better for Business (Result 9) team promoting APIs as a way to help enable integrated services for business.

Jane Ratcliffe

Photo of Jane RatcliffeJane is the Digital Product Manager for the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income. She’s been working in and around online for 16 years and feels privileged to be part of the team that brings you Sorted.

John Edwards

Photo of John EdwardsJohn Edwards was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in February 2014 for a term of five years. He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues. Prior to his appointment, John practiced law in Wellington for over 20 years specialising in information law while representing a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has acted in legal roles for the Ministry of Health, State Services Commission, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Inland Revenue Department.

Jonathan Newport

Photo of Jonathan NewportAn Archivist at Archives New Zealand for seven years, Jonathan manages the new Records Toolkit site for the Government Recordkeeping Directorate at Archives New Zealand

Julian Carver

Photo of Julian CarverFrom April 2011–June 2012, Julian led the establishment of information services at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) as acting Chief Information Officer. He then went on to lead GIS, data, and digital communications for the Christchurch Central Development Unit, for the launch of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan. In March 2013, he took on a new role at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) as the Canterbury Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Programme Manager.

Lynda Kamstra

Photo of Lynda KamstraLynda was Online Programme Manager at the Department of Internal Affairs. With a background in applications and development, Lynda has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining the Ministry of Health in 2007, she worked as project manager for several private sector companies. Lynda holds an MBA, as well as a BSc in Computer Science.

Mark Crookston

Photo of Mark CrookstonMark Crookston is the Digital Collection Strategy Leader at the Alexander Turnbull Library, within the National Library of New Zealand. He’s worked in a range of digital and analogue archive and library roles across NZ, the Pacific, and the UK.

Matthew Oliver

Photo of Matthew OliverMatthew Oliver is the Web Team Manager at Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Matthew has a background in commercial and academic publishing in the UK and has been working in the online cultural heritage sector since returning to New Zealand in 2007. He's a member of the Government Web Community Steering Group and is on the National Digital Forum board. He blogs his digital cultural musings at

Paul Stone

Photo of Paul StonePaul is CIO at the Ministry for Culture & Heritage. He is also seconded one day a week to the Secretariat to the Open Government Data and Information Reuse CE Steering Group at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

Stephen Ferriss

Photo of Stephen FerrissStephen Ferriss is the Data and GIS manager for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), based in Christchurch. He is passionate about promoting government’s lead role in open data and Spatial Data Infrastructure.

Uli Trute

Photo of Uli TruteUli Trute is a Senior Communications Adviser at the Commerce Commission. She manages the Commission's online channels including a content heavy corporate website. Uli has worked in communications and web roles in Berlin and Wellington.

Vernon McCarthy

Photo of Vernon McCarthyVernon McCarthy is a Product Manager in Government Information Services at the Department of Internal Affairs. His portfolio includes managing and Moderator of the name space. He has a background in information management and started life as a librarian. After 13 years working in various web and online activities, including the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, *Experience Networks, and the Ministry of Social Development, Vernon is now back located in a library, the National Library! Vernon is also a DJ and music producer, performing at various house music events around Wellington and New Zealand.