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IPv6 task force makes steady progress

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IPv6 task force makes steady progress

The New Zealand IPv6 Task Force is pleased to announce that New Zealand's public sector is making steady progress towards greater adoption and usage of IPv6 - the next generation Internet protocol.

The finding follows a series of interviews conducted by the Task Force with a swath of SOEs, Crown entities, core government agencies and tertiary / research institutes.

The key takeaways from the report are:

Awareness of IPv6 and of IPv4 exhaustion is high in the government and wider state sector.

2012 should see more state sector IPv6 adoption. It appears that 2012 will be the watershed year, in which many organisations anticipate making at least some of their public services available natively on IPv6.

A large number of state sector organisations are specifying IPv6 readiness in hardware they are buying, or in their hosting / ISP services.

The majority of state sector organisations are working on enabling IPv6 for their external Internet presences.

There is an emerging policy thrust by central government to encourage IPv6 adoption, backed by 'common capability' services purchasing - for instance, the IPv6-enabled one.govt and IaaS services.

The most common barriers to state-sector IPv6 adoption remain absence of a business driver, lack of 'internal champions', and uncertainty of costs and implementation approaches.


The Task Force is also pleased to announce that, in collaboration with the Department of Internal Affairs, it will be convening the "Practical IPv6 for Government" conference on 23 February 2012 in Wellington open to central and local government ICT departments and suppliers.

More information on the conference can be found at

"2012 will be a critical year for progressing IPv6 uptake in the Government sector. This conference will provide valuable support in that process," says IPv6 Task Force Convenor Milner.

Requests for registration can be made by emailing

"The theme of cost-effective and timely adoption of IPv6 addresses the challenges faced with IPv6 today in ensuring efficient and effective procurement and implementation," says Milner.

The conference programme will be dominated by practical sessions. Following an hour of keynote addresses, presentations will be given about IPv6 services available to the Government sector including One.Govt, hosting and IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service).

In the afternoon there will be local IPv6 case studies and three discussion workshops targeted at IPv6 Security, LAN/addressing and Publishing Websites.

Conference sponsors so-far are Microsoft, HP (Gold), Cisco Systems, Fortinet, FX Networks (Silver), Allied Telesis, NZRS and Knossos (Bronze). InternetNZ provides secretariat support for the IPv6 Task Force.

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