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Parliamentary Internet Caucus

(Links to Strategy 2: Advocacy and Representation to Govt)

Sponsor: David Farrar

Staff Support: Richard Wood

Status: Active Smiley_Indifferent


The Parliamentary Internet Caucus brings together Members of Parliament to learn about technology issues.
InternetNZ provides support and assistance in identifying suitable speakers.


$2,500 has been budgeted for the Parliamentary Internet Caucus project in 2009/10.

Overall Progress Summary:

The last PIC was held in November 2007. PIC meetings were postponed until after the 2008 election. We await a decision on participation from the new Minister.

Activities Planned for This Month:

On hold



  • Approached politicians to discuss future of PIC. Labour co-chair identified.

August/September/October/November/December 2008

  • No Activity due to Election

July 2008

  • July meeting was unable to proceed. Meetings postponed until after election.

June 2008

  • June meeting was unable to proceed, so focus is on July meeting with possibility of another in August.

May 2008

  • Broadband and Fibre was chosen as the subject for the first of the two meetings in June, with two presenters arranged.

April 2008

  • Proposed ideas for two PIC meetings. These will be held on 17 June and 22 July.


  • Three Parliamentary Internet Caucus events were held in 2007 covering the topics  of Digital Broadcasting, Cybersafety, and Internet Governance.

October 2006:

  • David Farrar, Keith Davidson and Jordan Carter presented to the inaugural PIC meeting held on October 17, 2006. This was attended by 20 MPs.
  • MPs agreed that David Cunliffe and Maurice Williamson would co-chair the group, and they would work to establish a mailing and resource list, and consult with InternetNZ on future speakers and content for the Caucus meetings.
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