The ITx 2016 Programme may change without notice
The conference will open with a powhiri and opening address from Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Economic Development, Science and Innovation, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and pretty much everything else.
Minister of Many Things
Steven Joyce is Minister of Economic Development, Science and Innovation, Regulatory Reform, and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. He is also Minister responsible for Novopay (fixing it, not breaking it).
Prior to politics, and after completing a zoology degree at Massey University, Steven co-founded RadioWorks and built it up over 17 years before it was purchased by Canadian company Canwest. Steven retired as Managing Director in April 2001 on his 38th birthday.
Steven then entered politics, involved in reviewing and reorganising the National Party.
He was elected a list MP in 2008 and was appointed directly to Cabinet as Minister of Transport, Minister of ICT and Associate Minister of Finance. In early 2010, Steven was also appointed Minister of Tertiary Education.
After chairing the 2011 election campaign for National, Steven was given the Economic Development, Science and Innovation, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment portfolios while retaining Associate Finance.