A multi-year partnership with Smart Cities Council will ensure all New Zealand councils have the opportunity to engage and contribute to the nation’s smart cities agenda and internationally.
New Zealand has become the first nation in the world to have all of its local councils join the Smart Cities Council.
Under the partnership the Association of Local Government Information Management (Algim) and Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (Sccanz) will work together to provide resources to the councils, including Sccanz Smart Cities Academy and Smart Cities Practitioner Certificate programme.
Both parties will engage in a range of networking, thought leadership and collaborative project engagement activities.
The new multi-year partnership will ensure that all councils in New Zealand have the opportunity to engage and contribute to the nation’s smart cities agenda, and also internationally.
The more visible benefits from the partnership will include a New Zealand specific smart cities newsletter, training under the Smart Cities Academy, and council networking opportunities.
More broadly, this partnership will benefit and include solution providers, knowledge and research partners and members of the start-up ecosystem, by providing a stronger voice and more strategic approach to advancing data leadership for the nation and ensure a focus on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“We are excited to continue to build and showcase to other nations how New Zealand is using technology and data to enhance liveability, workability and sustainability,” said New Zealand director for Sccanz Jannat Maqbool.
She added: “New Zealand lends itself well to collaboration and through this new relationship we are exploring a number of opportunities where we don’t reinvent wheels or cause greater confusion when it comes leveraging the potential of technology and maximising return on investment where it really matters, for our communities and the environment.”
Billy Michels, Algim president and team leader ICT operations, community and services at Waikato Regional Council, stewarded the partnership on behalf of the Algim board.
“We are excited to continue to build and showcase to other nations how New Zealand is using technology and data to enhance liveability, workability and sustainability”
He said: “We’re excited by this initiative. Algim and Sccanz have similar goals and this partnership will give our members access to a variety of opportunities to upskill, interact and collaborate on digital projects.”
Sccanz is part of the Smart Cities Council, which claims to be the world’s largest network of smart cities companies, practitioners and policy-makers, embracing technology, data, and intelligent design to accelerate liveability, workability, and sustainability in cities and towns.