From: "Colin Jackson"
To: "INZ Members Announce" <members-announce(a)internetnz.net.nz>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 14:54:33 +1200
InternetNZ ICT Leaders Election Forum 2005
This Thursday evening InternetNZ is convening an Election Forum, for
political parties to present and defend their policies relating to
information and communications technology policy.
David Cunliffe MP (Labour Party), Maurice Williamson MP (National Party)
and Mikaere Curtis (Green Party) will face questions from a panel of
journalists (Paul Brislen, IDG / Computerworld; and Kate McLaughlin,
National Business Review) on where they see the future of this industry,
where they want to take it, and why.
Date: Thursday 1 September 2005
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Physical Venues: University of Auckland - Access Grid Suite (Main Venue)
and Wellington - Media Lab Conference Room, L2, 205-207 Victoria St.
Webcast/Chatlink : Link page will be available at 6pm this afternoon at
, with links to actual webcast and chat posted
Moderated by barrister Peter Dengate Thrush, the debate will commence with
an hour-long session where the speakers respond to pre-prepared questions
covering the wide range of issues relating to ICT and telecommunications
In the second hour with the politicians will take questions from the
audience, channelled through the journalist panel, and live questions from
the Wellington audience. Online participants will be able to participate
in the debate through submitting questions via a web based chat channel.
Communications between Auckland and Wellington will be by means of an
Access Grid. The Access Grid technology provides realtime audio and video
links between the two sites, making it an effective way to let audiences
in different geographic locations interact in real time.
The only attendees in the Auckland venue will be the Moderator, the
journalists, and of course, the politicians. Outside the room will be the
technical providers, the feedback co-ordinators and the politicians
advisory teams. There will not be any general audience at this venue.
There is a limited amount of space in the physical venue in Wellington for
InternetNZ members to attend the event. Obviously we want to have a
capacity audience at the venue. If you would like to attend, please advise
office(a)Internetnz.net.nz as soon as possible. Physical attendance will be
allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For members outside of
Wellington, we would value your on-line attendance and questions.
This InternetNZ Election Forum provides a unique opportunity for you to
put questions to the politicians who will be making critical decisions
about the future regulatory environment for communications and information
technology in New Zealand. We welcome your involvement. We feel that this
"proof of concept" of the technologies may lead to a whole new method of
engagement in political discussions for special interest groups wishing to
engage in detailed debates in specialised areas of policy. Please help us
make this event a success.
President - InternetNZ