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Date(s) - 11/03/2016
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Spark Auditorium


We are delighted to invite you to the first Analytics Forum of 2016, focusing on the role of analytics in New Zealand’s public sector, hosted and sponsored by Spark and Qrious.

The Forum will feature two distinguished guest speakers – Hon Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister, and Dame Diane Robertson, Chair of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership. They will share their views on the value and opportunity that data and analytics present, and how the analytics community can contribute.

Talks will begin at 3pm. Following our speakers, there will be time for social drinks.

Our speakers

Hon Bill English

Hon Bill English is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and the Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation. He was first elected to Parliament in 1990 as MP for the Wallace electorate (later re-named Clutha-Southland) and served as the local MP for 24 years until he stood down as an electorate MP in 2014.

Hon English has held ministerial posts in education, health, revenue and finance and he was leader of the National Party from October 2001 to October 2003.

Dame Diane Robertson

Dame Diane is Chair of the New Zealand Data Futures Partnership, and outgoing City Missioner at the Auckland City Mission. She has instigated and managed databases for a variety of agencies. She was responsible for the collection and analysis of data gathered for the Auckland City Mission’s Family 100 research project, which has become one of New Zealand’s leading authorities on families living in poverty.

Diane is a successful social sector entrepreneur, giving her a unique combination of strong business and financial skills with strong social sector credentials. Her passion is to deliver better outcomes for New Zealanders through the development of sound policies informed by qualitative and quantitative data.


Please note: The event is free but requires a booking. Due to the limited number of seats available, we recommend that you book early and request that you make this unique opportunity a priority. If after booking you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking so that others can participate.


Bookings are closed for this event.