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The Figure.NZ team
We’re a pretty friendly bunch, and we all care heaps about what we’re doing.
Take your pick of who is most relevant for you to talk to:
- Lillian Grace : CEO
- Amy Hooper : Product Manager
- Andrea Carboni : Chief Data Officer
- Annemieke Sherwin : Data Officer
- Anoushka Isaac : Communications Manager
- Kimberley Bartlett : Head of Communications
- Nat Dudley : Head of Design
- Ngapera Riley : Deputy CEO
- Nigel McNie : Senior Developer
- Rob Isaac : Chief Technical Officer
Lillian brings a new perspective on data, one where data is a language in which everyone can be fluent. She believes societies and individuals will benefit when anyone can use data to inform their thinking and insights without requiring intermediaries. In establishing Figure.NZ in 2012, Lillian took the unique position of designating everyone to be a user of data. She leads the team to build systems and software, and to widely and deeply collaborate throughout New Zealand to deliver to this standard.
Lillian is also on the Data Futures Partnership Working Group, as well as on the board of the NZ Innovation Partnership and of NZ Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini. Previously Lillian was at Academy Award-Winning Massive Software, at think tank The New Zealand Institute.
Amy is passionate about open data and creating a democratic space for everyone to learn and understand the country they live in. With previous experience in digital marketing, user engagement and online software, she was drawn to the collaborative and community style of Figure.NZ, becoming the first employee of the organisation.
Chief Data Officer
Andrea moved to Auckland from his native Italy almost 10 years ago, attracted by New Zealand’s fresh way of thinking and transparency. His professional expertise with data spans from economic research for government to marketing insights. He’s now on a mission to foster Figure.NZ’s data coverage to be the most comprehensive and accurate it can be.
Annemieke comes to Figure.NZ from the public sector where she championed the use of data visualisations and worked towards improving the quality of data collections. She was attracted to Figure.NZ by the forward thinking, can-do culture. Mostly, Annemieke is super enthusiastic about providing New Zealand with easy to understand information to help with everyday decision making.
Anoushka has worked in both the private and not for profit sectors, and thinks Figure.NZ brings together the best of both worlds. She’s intrigued by the stories about New Zealand that live within our data, and by Figure.NZ’s ability to share them with everyone. The idea of New Zealanders using data in everyday life is truly exciting, and Anoushka believes the potential this has for making our country a better place is huge.
Head of Communications
Kimberley didn’t know she loved data until she realised data is stories. And then she loved data. With a background in corporate communications for large global brands, Kimberley joined Figure.NZ because the mission to democratise data spoke to her in a voice she found difficult to ignore.
Head of Design
Nat thinks open data helps us to understand and care more about New Zealand’s future, which is pretty awesome.
From a background in the finance and SaaS sectors, Nat brings software interaction expertise to Figure.NZ. With a particular focus on usability and accessibility, Nat believes careful interface and experience design will make you love data as much as she does.
Formerly the Global Director of the World Class New Zealand Network at Kea (and a Figure.NZ board member!), Ngapera believes access to information about our country gives us valuable knowledge and understanding of our surroundings, and is crucial to help us plan our future. She feels this knowledge should be accessible to everyone, not just experts.
Figure.NZ combines two of Nigel’s favourite things: building top quality web applications with awesome people, and informing everyone about the facts of our world. For some strange reason, Nigel enjoys the process of turning opaque data into pretty pictures so much that he has been caught doing it in his spare time.
Chief Technical Officer
With over 20 years experience in the delivery of software and information systems, Rob joined the team because he has a strong belief that Figure.NZ is something that needs to exist. In his increasingly non-existent spare time, Rob likes tea, dumplings, and whisky.
Aaron uses data analysis, modelling, and visualisation to help people understand complex issues and make better decisions. He knows that data is only valuable when it gets used, and strongly believes in Figure.NZ’s mission to make data usable by everyone.
Chris is a geographer and data enthusiast. He has worked variously as cartographer, scientist and product manager across the science and cultural heritage sectors. Chris cares about data literacy, information design and ensuring that useful things can be easily discovered and reused.
Ludwig is a designer and front-end developer who has worked in digital design agencies, Apple’s marketing department and now heads up the design team at Vend. He didn’t realise how important easy access to data was until he started working on Figure.NZ and now his view of the world has changed, post-Google style.
Starting her career in research, Vic has always loved insights and data. Her previous role as MD of Xero New Zealand saw her getting her head around the Big Data in the Xero platform and how this can be most useful to customers, partners and government. Vic is a huge fan of NZ Inc and loves the vision of Figure.NZ. She brings a lot of valuable experience to the Figure.NZ Board from her 20 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology sector.
Robett Hollis is the founder of Aranui Ventures which owns FRONTSIDE, a content consultancy and ColabNZ, a network of creative shared workspaces. In a previous life he was a professional national champion snowboarder, ranked second in the world. Robett started The Leap (NZ’s Entrepreneurs’ Festival) and currently sits on the sits on the board of the NZ Tech Industry Association. He is basically a speedboat trying to agitate the cruise ships and is extremely passionate about all things digital and more importantly - the Oakland Raiders.
Stephen England‐Hall is the CEO of Tourism NZ. Previously CEO of Loyalty NZ, the company behind the extremely successful FlyBuys programme and new data analytics business LAB 360. Stephen has extensive international experience – particularly in the UK and North America ‐ working as a senior executive of world leading digital marketing, data and technology companies. He is a member of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum, working with government and private sector leaders on ways New Zealand can harness the power of big data and changing technology for economic and social benefit. Stephen is a member of the Cambridge University Vice-Chancellors Advisory Board on Communication.
Where are we?
86-92 Queen Street, Auckland
The building entrance is actually at 1 Shortland Street.
The Blackett’s Building is a Category 1 historic place. This means the building is of special or outstanding historical or cultural significance or value.
Our business hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
How does the lift work?
The lift can be tricky but also, it looks really cool. We recommend taking your phone with you when using the lift.
It is slow but does the job. Your alternative is to use the stairs.
How to operate the lift
- Open the first door.
- Open the second door.
- Close both doors (it will continue to beep until these are closed).
- Press the number of the floor you want.
- When you arrive at your floor, open both both doors to exit.
- Please close both doors so the lift can be used by someone else (and so it will stop beeping).
Troubleshooting the lift
I can’t seem to get it open…
Grasp the handle firmly and push the handle as if you’re closing the lift door, then pull to slide open. Sometimes this will help open it.
I’m in it but it seems to not be moving.
Make sure the lift doors are both fully closed. Also, check you’ve pushed a floor (we know, you’re not stupid, but sometimes the buttons are sticky.) If the lift stops between floors, sometimes someone has waved a hand near the grates. Just wait, and it will normally start again. Sometimes it will go back down a floor first.
Why is it beeping? It won’t stop beeping
Someone on one floor has left a door open. Or the lift is broken. Check all the doors are closed, and if they are, call the lift repair people. The number is in the lift.
Our postal address
You can send us mail and parcels at:
PO Box 345
Join our team
Right now, we’re looking for a Senior Communications Specialist: 6-12 month parental leave contract.
Here’s the job description:
Senior Communications Specialist
|Title||Senior Communications Specialist|
|Position type||Parental leave contract: 6-12 months|
|Direct report to||Deputy CEO|
|Hours of work||20-40 hours per week as agreed. Flexibility to pick when these hours are done. You can read more about this in our Employment Agreement, under ‘Hours’.|
|Place of work||HQ is at Figure.NZ, Level 4, 1 Shortland St, Auckland, but there is flexibility to work from anywhere in New Zealand as agreed. Read more about what our remote-first culture means here.|
|Start date||Anytime from July 2018|
Figure.NZ exists to grow data use in New Zealand, so we can all better understand our country and care for our future. We do this by making it easy for everyone to find and use our country’s numbers for free, through our website. We think that data literacy can change society for the better in a similar way that language literacy did, and that the economic, social and environmental benefits of widespread data use are large. We believe everyone can use numbers in their thinking – not just experts. You can read and watch more about us here, and much more on Tohu, the guide to how our team works.
Practically, we provide open data publishing services and free public access to the data we publish on our website at Figure.NZ. We have strategic partnerships with 20 far-sighted organisations that we are proud to call our Figure’s 20 partners. These organisations have come together to support and engage us, and grow data use in New Zealand. There are currently 10 of us in the Figure.NZ team.
We think that diversity makes us stronger and helps us provide better services, even though it can make it trickier to communicate. We aim to work in a remote-first way, i.e., so there is as little difference as possible in engagement between being in the office and being online. We don’t always get this right, but we’re all working to get better at it every day.
About this job
A member of our two-person strong communications team is heading off on parental leave for 6-12 months, and we’re looking to provide cover for aspects of her role. We’re currently in an exciting phase of evolution at Figure.NZ, and there may be new parts to the contract position that we don’t know about yet. So, we’re looking for someone who is willing and able to adapt to uncertainty.
We’re looking for someone to help with the following things:
- Public relations:
- Media relations
- Profiling of Figure.NZ and our CEO, including award entries.
- Partner engagement.
- Stakeholder engagement: targeted work to build Figure.NZ’s reputation and credibility with community leaders, business leaders, and other influential New Zealanders.
- Communications strategy (another comms brain for our Communications Manager to bounce things off).
- Content creation (writing and editing) for external and internal channels.
These are things we think this person will need to have:
- Enthusiasm for how data can change the world.
- Previous experience in communications.
- Knowledge of the New Zealand media landscape.
- Experience in stakeholder engagement.
Or, maybe you’ll have some other amazing skill that we haven’t thought of that would make you great at this job. We still want to talk to you.
We also think that this person will need to:
- Be a self-starter, curious, systematic, productive, self-motivating, and play well with others.
- Be prepared to adapt their approach as we learn more about changing peoples’ behaviour around using data.
- Be kind, and fit in well with our operating style and values.
Plus it would be awesome if you had some knowledge of Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori.
We’re keen to move quickly on this, so to find out more or apply for the role, email our Deputy CEO, Ngapera Riley, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer to help Figure.NZ
Volunteers FTW. They are how Figure.NZ got started!
In the past we have had volunteers working in the Data Team, finding, cleaning and visualising data in our systems. But with our small team, and with many things to do, we don’t think any more that we can commit the effort required from us any more to get new people started and help them to continue to be productive.
If you are keen to help, fear not. There are lots of other ways:
- Use the data we hold in what you do. This is why we exist! A busy ecosystem of data users building things with data and sharing it is good for everyone.
- Spread the word about Figure.NZ in the real world, or on social media, with a chart that catches your eye. If you mention us on Twitter or Facebook, we can share the love. Twitter mentions come directly into our Slack.
- Give us feedback on what we are doing well and how we can improve. We have a box at the top of the webpage if it is a small thing, or just flick one of the team an email. We are always keen on feedback particularly from people who use the data we hold in their own projects.
- We do user-testing of new features every few months. Email us at email@example.com if you are keen and we can involve you if it works.
Report a bug
If you see something wrong, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please include the phrase bug report in the message title.
- Please provide a description of the issue and links to problem pages.
What does a great bug report look like?
A great bug report is clear, precise, and reproducible.
A great bug report has several parts:
- A descriptive title
- A concise, precise description
- Steps on how to reproduce it
- Additional information, like console logs, images and GIFs,
Screenshots are very useful for explaining user interface bugs. Animated GIFs are the equivalent for interaction bugs. If something is janky, a rough animation or broken transition, a GIF may be the easiest way to communicate it.
People using Macs can download LICEcap to capture GIFs.
Publish with us
Publication information is on the Use FigureNZ page.
Are you part of the media and looking for help on a story? Email Kimberley@figure.nz.
Previous media coverage
Radio NZ: Lillian Grace — Visualising Data
April 27, 2014.
Lillian Grace, Founder and Chief Executive of Figure.NZ, a collaborative website making data about New Zealand usable for everyone, speaks to Kim Hill on RadioNZ Saturday Mornings.
TEDxAuckland: Lillian Grace — Know Your Country
September 24, 2013