Opening and closing panels
NetHui Nelson will have a ‘state of the nation’-style opening panel with a mixture of local and national perspectives on how Nelson is using the Internet. The panelists will explore relevant research, local contexts and issues and opportunities for local communities.
The opening panel will be chaired by Judene Edgar, Tasman District Council. Judene has been a Tasman District Councillor for 9 years. She Chairs the region’s Digital Enablement Plan working party and was actively involved in the Gigatown campaign.
- Ben Creet, InternetNZ
Ben is the Issues Manager for InternetNZ. He leads the delivery of the Internet Issues Programme to develop and advance InternetNZ’s issues, policy and advocacy work. Ben lives in Wellington with his wife, daughter and two dogs.
- Patrick Ng, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board
Patrick has had a broad career including former roles as Deputy Government Statistician, Vice President for an outsourcing company and a number of Chief Financial Officer roles. Patrick led the establishment of the Ministry of Education’s $600m Ultra-Fast Broadband in Schools initiative, including the formation of the Network for Learning Company and the transition of responsibilities from the Ministry to the Company. More recently Patrick has moved his family to Nelson and has been involved in regional technology alliances to regionalise the core systems used by the South Island District Health Boards.
- Sally Kidson, Nelson Mail
I’m the chief news director at the Nelson Mail – and responsible for helping oversee content for the Nelson Mail, The Leader newspapers and Stuff, I am a proud Nelsonian and someone who should have known better before purchasing an old wooden house, on a hilly section, with a big rambling garden.
- Neil Melhuish, NetSafe
As Director of Policy, Legal & Research Neil works at the interface of NetSafe and government partners to explain complicated online challenges in slightly simpler terms. Essentially he provides expert advice on the role of digital technology in the lives of young people, family and whānau and the wider community.
Then at the end of the day, NetHui Nelson will wrap up with panelists holding a plenary-style open discussion reflecting on what issues, opportunities and lessons came up during the day, and what that means for Nelson going forward.
The closing panel will be chaired by Richard Liddicoat, Tasman District Council. The eighth of eight children, Richard grew up in Christchurch, studied Russian and music and ended up working in radio and newspapers. These days he does web sites and online communications at Tasman District Council.
- Sue Davidson, 20/20 Trust
Kia ora! I’m Sue Davidson from Christchurch. I have been involved with 2020 Trust and the Computers in Homes programme for over 8 years. It’s a privilege to be a part of an organisation that reaches out and supports whanau and community with amazing digital opportunities.
- Ben Rumsey, Nelson Youth Council
Hi, I’m Ben Rumsey. I am a 17 year old youth councillor from Nelson College.
- Daniel Leaper, Nelson Youth Council
My name is Daniel Leaper and I am 16 years old. I am a year 12 student at Waimea College and a member of the Nelson Youth Council.
- Rohan MacMahon, Crown Fibre Holdings
Rohan is Strategy Director at Crown Fibre Holdings, the Government-owned company responsible for the Ultra-Fast Broadband initiative (Phases 1 and 2) as well as Phase 2 of the Rural Broadband Initiative and the Mobile Blackspots Fund. Rohan’s roles including engaging the many stakeholders of the UFB project, and building industry & community understanding of the opportunities improved broadband brings.