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Find out more this event in our Focus on: Hawke’s Bay article

GovHack 2016 will be taking place in Napier:

  • 29-31 July
  • EIT Hawke’s Bay Campus
  • 501 Gloucester Street
  • Taradale, 4112.


Our theme

Our theme for this event is “Stories to Tell, Questions to Answer“.


The Hawke’s Bay Event is split across 2 venues. The first location is the Gatsby Room at the iconic Masonic Hotel in Napier. This is where we will be on Friday night to celebrate GovHack and Open Data within the Bay.


  • Friday: 5 – 11pm (Masonic Hotel)

The remainder of the event (Saturday and Sunday) will be hosted at the EIT Hawke’s Bay Campus on Gloucester Street in Taradale.


  • Saturday: 7am – 11pm (EIT Hawke’s Bay Campus)
  • Sunday: 7am – 5pm (EIT Hawke’s Bay Campus)

For participants’ security and safety we will be closing the venues between 11pm and 7am. While you are welcome to continue working on you projects somewhere else, we encourage you to get some rest.

We’ll provide:

  • WiFi
  • food and water
  • space to work
  • some mentoring, guidance and help.


Unfortunately we are not able to provide childcare at either venue.

School teams

Schools may enter in teams. Each individual school team must have at least 1 teacher there, who is responsible for supervising the team members.

Each school team must have a supervising teacher at all times, and can have a maximum of 10 participants, including the supervising teacher(s).

Each team member must register separately. The school’s name should be entered in the ‘Organisation’ box and the team name in the ‘Position’ box of the registration form. The supervising teacher should also identify themselves with a comment in the ‘Anything else you would like to tell us’ box on the registration page.


The 5 local councils have provided a $5,000 local prize fund.

Individual prizes

  • The “number 8 wire” (ingenuity) prize – for someone who performs a creative/ingenious fix, etc.
  • The hard worker/busy bee prize – for someone who has been working extra hard/putting in long hours.
  • The safety star – for someone who has shown great care in terms of safety/prevented something bad from happening/fixed a hazard, etc.
  • The rising star – for a great up-and-coming talent (for students).
  • The helping hand – for someone who has helped out a number of teams (other than their own) over the weekend.
  • The “oops” award – for someone who made a monumental mess (and hopefully fixed it).
  • The caveman/woman/person – for someone working on old/ancient equipment.

Team prizes

  • Arts award – for the best data journalism article or data visualisation.
  • School team – for the best entry from a school team.
  • Local data – for the best solutions which primarily use Hawke’s Bay data sources.
  • Teamwork – for the best local team
  • Best Entry – for the best overall Hawke’s Bay GovHack team entry.

Teams can also enter for the national and international prizes.

Read the participants pack

Interested in helping?

If you would like to support this event or provide ideas and inspiration, please contact [email protected].

Local sponsors

The Hawke’s Bay event is only possible thanks to the support of the following organisations.
EIT logoWairoa District Council logoNapier City Council logo




Central Hawke's Bay District Council logoHastings District Council logoHawke's Bay Regional Council logo

Art Deco Masonic Hotel logoDesign Cuisine Catering logo




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