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eHealthNews Webinar


Covid-19 contact tracing - national digital solutions
1:30pm to 2:30pm, Wednesday 9th September


In response to the arrival of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health rapidly built a National Contact Tracing System and later released the COVID Tracer App, which has more than 2 million registered users. As the pandemic continues to rage around the world and with the resurgence of the virus in Auckland, these digital tools continue to be key to New Zealand’s response. Hear about the development of these cloud-based solutions and future plans in this webinar.


HiNZ would like to thank Amazon Web Services for sponsoring this webinar  


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About the Expert Panel

Webinar facilitated by Rebecca McBeth, HiNZ News Editor.


Panel participants are:

  • Shayne Hunter, Deputy Director-General Data and Digital, Ministry of Health
  • Michael Dreyer, GM of National Digital Services, Ministry of Health
  • Tim Dacombe-Bird, Country Manager, Amazon Web Services

Shayne Hunter

Deputy Director-General Data and Digital

Ministry of Health


Shayne Hunter joined the Ministry of Health in March 2019 as the Deputy Director-General, Data and Digital.

Shayne has spent the last 19 years in the health and disability sector where he developed a strong a passion for information and technology enabled improvements for the system and for the health outcomes for individuals and our population.

His previous role was as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs where he was a member of the ELT for each district health board. He was also previously the chair of the Central Region DHB’s CIO group and the Chair of the Health Sector National IS Leaders Forum. Prior to his role as CIO, he was based at the Ministry and led a number of national initiatives in the area of medicines management.

Shayne started his career with IBM before leaving to establish a number of start-up business based on emerging technologies. From there he has held delivery and leadership roles in government and the private sector.


Michael Dreyer
GM of National Digital Services
Ministry of Health


Michael Dreyer is the GM of National Digital Services in the Ministry of Health. The team provide shared national health systems such as the National Health Index, Payments and the Immunisation Register. During the Covid response Michael was the Co-Manager of the Contact Tracing Service and lead the work to implement the new National Contact Tracing Solution. He’s recently moved focus onto supporting the work at the border around Managed Isolation and Quarantine. Prior to his current role he worked for ten years at Contact Energy, finishing as Acting General Manager ICT where he lead a migration to cloud services.


Tim Dacombe-Bird

Country Manager

Amazon Web Services


Tim Dacombe-Bird is a veteran of over 30 years in the New Zealand IT Industry having held senior roles with Compaq Computer, VMware and AWS. Tim was the first AWS employee based in New Zealand joining in 2013 and has grown the business in both customer numbers and staff in keeping with AWS’s global growth rates. A proud Wellingtonian, Tim is passionate about the success of the NZ Tech Community and building this success into tangible benefits for New Zealand’s future. 


Webinar facilitator:


Rebecca McBeth
HiNZ News Editor


Rebecca McBeth joined the HiNZ team as editor of in January 2018. Rebecca was previously news editor at Digital Health Intelligence in London and prior to that, was the senior health reporter at The Christchurch Press, where she won a NZ Canon Media Award and a NZ Reporting Diversity award. Based in Auckland, she is committed to communicating news, experience and knowledge throughout New Zealand’s data and digital health sector.


How to connect to the webinar
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  • Register once for the series and get access to all webinars live and on-demand.
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