About this conference

This is the fourth Identity Conference in a series that began in 2008. Over this period the landscape has changed rapidly. You’ll hear from internationally renowned keynote speakers who will be discussing the challenges and opportunities of enabling identity now and in the future.

We’ll also revisit the concept of personal identity in a digital sense and what this means for people and organisations.

The Māori word taonga means treasure and its use is apt: identity is a rich and valuable commodity to its owner. We each place a different value on our identity, with some people and even organisations yet to realise the growing significance of this taonga.

While New Zealand is considered a world leader in identity and privacy, we continue to learn from international experience and debate. Solutions for many identity issues depend on international agreement, standardisation and co-operation and the conference reflects this.

The format of the conference will be similar to previous ones with a mixture of keynotes, workstreams and panels. Day 1 will focus on understanding the current issues and challenges, while Day 2 peers into the future to get a sense of where identity is heading.

Identity Conference 2019 is an important event for people in business, government, academia, media and communications who recognise the importance of keeping up with changes in the way we manage, share and express our identity. This includes digital identity, and our fears that those identities are increasingly susceptible to misrepresentation, misunderstanding or theft.

Host Organisations

Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua is ‘kaitiaki’ – the trusted custodian – of New Zealanders’ authoritative identity information. It also leads the Government approach to identity. The Department helped establish this conference series in 2008 and continues to support it alongside its partners.


Privacy means different things to many people, but includes the space, security and freedom that enables each of us to develop our identity. This space, whether in the bricks and mortar world or in the digital world, gives us the ability to develop who we are without having it imposed on us by others. Our identity as individuals is the result of this process.

New Zealand law protects our right to access information about us and to maintain a level of control over that information. It sets some parameters for how personal information about us is managed and handled by organisations and agencies.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner works to support and promote a culture in which personal information – and by extension, identity – is protected and respected.