Central to winning such an award is the "study plan" and Patrick will be researching the ongoing electronic government (e-Gov) initiatives in New Zealand, as well as their comparative elements within the US e-Gov program. An important component of his work will be concentrated on obstacles to the successful implementation of e-Gov services (e.g. people's unwillingness to trust the Internet as a safe medium of communicating personal and/or financial information, etc). Unique attributes of New Zealand's population make it a particularly interesting place for such a study.
Congratulations Patrick! And all the best when you commence studies at the Victoria University of Wellington next February.