The government is stopping the process of appointing a chief technology officer as it reconsiders its approach to digital transformation for New Zealand.\nMinister for Government Digital Services Megan Woods has announced the decision as the Government rethinks the objectives of the role.\n\u201cToday we\u2019ve put a full stop on this process,\u201d says Woods, in a statement.\n\u201cWhat\u2019s clear is that we need to step back and have a good look at the role and see how it fits in with the other work being done in the digital transformation space."\nMinister for Government Digital Services Megan Woods\nShe says Derek Handley was offered the role and the government is honouring the agreement with him.\nThis decision in no way reflects on him as a candidate and the State Services Commission review shows that the process was suitably robust. \nShe says Hendley showed energy and passion for the development of a digital strategy for New Zealand.\n\u201cHowever as the new Minister I have asked officials to review the CTO role and provide advice on the best ways to drive a forward-looking digital agenda for New Zealand.\n\u201cWhat we know is that the CTO role in its current form has significant overlaps with the Research, Science and Innovation portfolio and the Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media portfolio, as well as other roles like the Government Chief Digital Officer.\n\u201cWe want to make sure that, whatever approach we take to achieve digital transformation in New Zealand, we get it right, and aligns with other work the Government is doing.\u201d\nHendley will receive NZ$100,000 (three months of the one year contract for services offered to him) and NZ$7500 for any set-up expenses occurred.\nIn a post on LinkedIn , Hendley says he was deeply disappointed to learn the government will no longer follow through with their commitment and not be making that appointment at this time. \n\u201cHowever, given the unnecessary and sustained lack of transparency around the process and building pressure to rethink the approach, their decision to stop the process is understandable,\u201d he wrote.\nThe idea of appointing an externally focused CTO for New Zealand was also supported by Rod Drury. \n\u201cWe are doing lots of good stuff, the normal incubators and having funding available for all parts of the lifecycle,\u201d states Drury. \n\u201cWhat we haven\u2019t got is a technology plan, which is unique or something that is specific to New Zealand that allows us as a team to compete [globally] and play to our strengths.\u201d\nLinked to this is his belief that the country needs a chief technology officer or chief digital officer- the title could be \u201ceither way\u201d, he says - who will pull all of this together.