Hon Peter Dunne
Minister of Internal Affairs 26 August 2014 Media Statement
RealMe wins international internet award
Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne is delighted the digital identity service RealMe last night won an international
internet award saying it shows how highly the government service is rated.
“The win for RealMe in the Security & Online Safety category at the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards held in Melbourne underscores the integrity of
the RealMe service and the trust and confidence New Zealanders can place in the service.
“The Department of Internal Affairs and New Zealand Post built RealMe to create trust and confidence for the user and
the organisations offering online services that require proof of identity. Government agencies are working together to
make it easy for customers to access services digitally using RealMe and I’m delighted to see RealMe recognised within
this category”, says Mr Dunne.
RealMe provides an easy way for people to securely prove their identity online, a secure, consent based process for
people to access and share personal information digitally. It is a core component of the Government’s drive to deliver
better, faster digital services.
Large trading banks and the financial services sector have been early adopters of the RealMe service as well as
government agencies such as the Electoral Commission, who use RealMe verified account for people who want to complete
the voter enrolment process online “The RealMe service puts the customer at the centre and allows them to share their
information securely when they choose to do so. RealMe is the digital equivalent of a passport. The information
customers share from one organization to another is not stored by the RealMe service. RealMe only holds the information
needed to manage a customer account. So New Zealanders can have complete confidence that their privacy is protected”,
says Mr Dunne.
• The RealMe service was created in partnership by the Department of Internal Affairs and New Zealand Post and allows
users to login to over 50 government services with the convenience of just one username and password.
• With the identity verified RealMe account, users can prove who they are online to businesses that offer secure online
• The ANZIAs recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative,
informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community, on the Internet – both in Australia and New Zealand.