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New Zealand to chair D5 digital nations

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/12/2016

As a world leader in digital government, New Zealand has been named as the next chair of the D5 group of nations.

New Zealand will host the next meeting of group which includes the United Kingdom, South Korea, Estonia and Israel in early 2018, Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne announced on Friday, just weeks after returning from the latest summit in South Korea.

"We are seen as a leading nation in terms of digital government and have a lot to offer other D5 nations," he said.

Over the next year New Zealand will lead a digital identity programme building on the success of RealMe which is used to order online birth, death and marriage certificates, apply for and renew passports, enrol to vote and apply for student allowances and loans.

Mr Dunne said 52 per cent of the most common government transactions are completed online, and the government is on track to reach it's 70 per cent target by next year.

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