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Post implementation review : Going Digital (March 2014)

Going Digital was a significant four-year programme that was responsible for driving the country's transition from analogue to digital television by the end of 2013.  It touched almost every household in a way that no other programme has since the introduction of decimal currency in 1967.  Viewers needed to buy equipment to make every television go digital, if they wanted to keep using it.

New Zealand went digital in four stages beginning on 30 September 2012 with Hawke’s Bay and the West Coast of the South Island and ending on 1 December 2013 with the upper North Island (north of Taupo).

Going Digital was established as a stand-alone programme in May 2010.  It was administered within the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) but with an independent brand and profile and a clearly defined remit to complete the transition to digital television in a simple and straightforward way.

The purpose of this post implementation review is to evaluate the Going Digital programme.  This includes:

· reviewing whether the programme met its objectives

· reviewing whether the programme achieved the benefits that were expected

· comparing the programme’s financial performance against the budget

· identifying programme strengths so they can be incorporated into future projects, and

· identifying programme learnings as well as weaknesses or possible areas for improvement.


Post implementation review Going Digital (pdf copy)

Cabinet Paper - Post implementation review Going Digital (pdf copy)

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Updated on 23rd July 2015