NetHui 2017 update and fellowships (help with costs)

Applications are currently open and close on 20 September.

NetHui fellowships are for people who will benefit greatly from attending, but find cost limiting their attendance. The fellowships can help pay for travel, accommodation, childcare or other expenses. Fellowships also can provide a free registration.

Fellowships diversify NetHui attendance: this year’s focus is on bringing more youth, women and Māori and Pasifika people to NetHui.

Apply now at for your fellowship.

Read on for the latest news of NetHui 2017…

What and when is the NetHui?

NetHui is for everyone with an interest in the Internet and that wants to talk – and learn from each other- about the Internet. It’s a collaborative, participative event for the community, by the community, organised by InternetNZ. NetHui is open and diverse, and provides a safe space for everybody – regardless of age, occupation, gender, ethnicity, or background – to come together and talk with a respectful, open attitude.

The 2017 NetHui is on Thursday 9th to Friday 10th November at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, preceded by the 2017 Internet Research Forum on Wednesday 8th.

Theme: Trust and Freedom on the Internet

We think trust and security – along with affordable access to a free and open Internet and digital skills – is the backbone to digital inclusion, and a great Internet. One that we can all use to open doors of opportunity, and let New Zealanders, from our home at the bottom of the globe, to connect with people around the world, innovate and create.

But how do we build trust in the Internet? How do we promote and protect freedom online? Come along to NetHui 2017 to talk about the opportunities available and the challenges standing in our way.

Session ideas

These are being developed from community input – check under and in the NetHui Session Ideas Report (pdf)

20/20 will be fully involved as always – especially in Digital Inclusion – Access and Digital Inclusion – Digital skills and literacy

Keynote speakers

Jillian York – our international keynote

Jillian is a writer and activist focused on the intersection of technology and policy. Based in Berlin, she currently serves as the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she works on free expression, privacy, and digital security.

Pia Waugh

Pia is an open government and data ninja and she is currently working at the Service Innovation Work Programme to reinvent government services through open source software.

She works within the public sector machine to enable greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design and real, pragmatic actual innovation in the public sector and beyond. She believes that tech culture has a huge role to play in achieving better policy planning, outcomes, public engagement and a better public service all round.

Michele A’Court – Master of Ceremonies

Back by popular demand – the brilliant Michele A’Court will be the MC for NetHui 2017.

Michele has blessed us with her witty MC’ing at a number of NetHui and is always a huge hit with all attendees. We know she will deliver another stellar job as MC this year.

Is it worth my time?

Yes definitely, if you are interested in a free, open and inclusive Internet and how it can help New Zealand/New Zealanders in life, work and learning. The 20/20 Trust find NetHui very worthwhile and wouldn’t miss it.

Part participants are also very positive: 2016 feedback showed 88.7% of respondents were extremely or moderately satisfied, 74% extremely likely or very likely to recommend NetHui to a friend and 80% feeling that NetHui was excellently organised. The feedback for 2015 NetHui was similar (75%, 73%, 75%).

Book your place, flights and accommodation now.

We encourage all NetHui attendees to book their flights and accommodation at your earliest convenience as Auckland accommodation books out very quickly. You can register for NetHui here:

More information?

Find out more: at

Find out about the 2017 Internet Research Forum (Wednesday 8th November)