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Building-as-a-service enables NZ's public sector to be more resilient

Nayela Deeba | Oct. 24, 2017
Chris Buxton, Chief Digital Officer at Statistics New Zealand, shares how the model enables government agencies in the country to be up and running not long after being hit by earthquakes.

The BaaS model proved itself after Kaikoura was hit by an earthquake in 2016. "Because we didn't have tight integration to worry about, we were able to get new offices up and running within 5 days. We were spread all over Wellington the first week after the incident - from the library in the parliament to cafés to homes - to work as all we needed was to connect to any wireless hotspot to do so.Aat the same time we worked with network partner, brought in the printer and we were up and running effectively within 2 weeks," Buxton explained.

There are currently four shared buildings in Wellington, three in Christchurch, one in Auckland and one in Rotorua. When asked what's next for BaaS, Buxton shared that his agency is "working on migrating the Auckland policy office onto shared services as that effectively covers the rest of the government."


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