Brendan Boyle
Chief Executive of DIA and NZ Government CIO

Brendan Boyle commenced his role as Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs on 4 February 2008, having been Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand since August 2003. Prior to that he was the inaugural Director of the e-Government Unit at the State Services Commission, charged with leading the development of an e-government strategy and work programme.

Brendon holds a law degree (1990) from Otago University and an MBA (2000) from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In February 2011 he also assumed the role of Government Chief Information Officer. He has also completed further executive education at the Harvard Business School and at INSEAD in France.

We already know that New Zealand has one of the highest rates of Internet connectivity in the OECD and that about 80 per cent of New Zealanders use the Internet to do their banking, purchase online, make restaurant reservations and book travel. Facebook, Trade Me, Seek and Google are the new verbs used in everyday language. And mobile devices (ipads, iphones, Blackberries, androids) are fast becoming the device of choice.
The challenge for government is to keep up with the way people use the internet, by delivering more frontline services online.