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Claire Govier resigns as Vodafone CIO

Vodafone New Zealand CIO Claire Govier has resigned after nearly two years at the telecommunications company.
She will leave Vodafone on June 15. David Moss, general manager service transformation, will be interim CIO from that date, she says.

BNZ app 'turns mobile into a security device'

Bank of New Zealand has incorporated secure two factor authentication into mobile phone apps for its internet banking customers, effectively cutting one step required to log on to its mobile banking.

Peter Finch leaves CIO post at Gen-i

Peter Finch has left his CIO role at Gen-i after 10 years after a restructuring of its parent company Telecom.
“I am now a CIO in waiting,” says Finch, whose role was disestablished after Telecom established Chorus as a separate company, and rationalised and centralised many of its functions.

Facebook CIO is keynote speaker at CIO Summit in June

Tim Campos, CIO of Facebook will share his insights on leading ICT at the world’s largest social network, at the CIO Summit in Auckland on June 25 and 26 at the SkyCity Convention Centre.
The conference, now in its sixth year, is the largest gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives in New Zealand. It is organised by CIO magazine, IDC and Conferenz.

New CIO for Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Tracy Voice has been appointed CIO/director of business technology and information services at Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Before this, she was on contract as programme manager at MAF, working on the latter’s merger with the Ministry of Fisheries. She will report to Nigel Prince, deputy director general corporate services at MAF.

New heads of ICT for healthAlliance and BNZ

Two major ICT executive positions have been announced – Johan Vendrig as the GM information services for healthAlliance, and Roy Goldsmith, chief technology officer for Bank of New Zealand.
Vendrig moves to his current role from the Auckland District Health Board where he was CIO. The ADHB is one of four Northern Region District Health Boards that have formed a shared service for their merging their non-clinical services covering finance, procurement, supply chain, internal audit and Information Services.

Construction and utility top adopters of ruggedised tablets

Improvements in real-time decision making and increased worker productivity are the key benefits for enterprises that have deployed tablet PCs.
Brett Gross, regional manager, Australia and New Zealand for Motion Computing, says this is particularly true for on-site staff in construction and utility and health workers, who are among the users of their ruggedised tablet PCs. He says they have also been getting calls from organisations involved in emergency services.

Auckland and Northland DHBs to merge: Army CFO appointed CEO

The three district health boards in Auckland and the Northland district health board are merging into one organisation, to be known as healthAlliance New Zealand Ltd.
The merger covers healthAlliance, the shared services organisation for the Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards; the Auckland District Health Board; and the Northland District Health Board. The three entities all have CIOs.
It is not yet known whether a CIO will be appointed for the new organisation, or what the reporting lines will be for the information services teams.