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National Action Plan 2016-18 Mid-term self-assessment

2 October 2017

This report offers a self-assessment of progress on New Zealand's National Action Plan 2016-18, our second open government plan within the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

 

The State Services Commission is accountable for managing New Zealand's obligations under the OGP, with the overarching mandate to provide leadership and oversight of the State Services.

 

New Zealand’s 2016-18 action plan was launched on 20 October 2016. Its commitments complement broader open government initiatives in the public sector. It is important to see it in this context to gauge New Zealand’s commitment to advancing the OGP principles.

 

Read the National Action Plan 2016-18 Mid-term self-assessment (PDF, 863KB)

 

Submissions received on the Mid-term self-assessment:

 

 

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Joint Expert Advisory Panel and Officials Group meeting

24 August 2017

Items: welcome Expert Advisory Panel, feedback on the strategic refresh of OGP, welcome Officials Group and introductions, independent reporting, quarterly reporting on progress, Officials group - reflection on mid-term assessment and reporting, wrap up.

 

Agenda (PDF, 59 KB)

 

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Have your say on our progress

19 July

New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership draft mid-term self-assessment is now available for your comment.  Have your say on our progress by 1 August 2017.

 

Alternatively you can provide feedback by email to ogpnz@ssc.govt.nz or by post to OGP National Action Plan, State Services Commission, PO Box 325, Wellington 6140.
 


The finalised mid-term self-assessment for New Zealand will be published by 30 September 2017.

Agency guidance - proactive release of official information

18 July

This guidance is to assist agencies to develop internal policies and practices in relation to the proactive release of official information, including responses to requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA).

 

Under Commitment Two of New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2016-2018, the Government has committed to improving agency practices around proactive release of information and requests for official information under the OIA.

 

Proactive release of information promotes good government, openness and transparency and fosters public trust and confidence in agencies.

 

Access to the guidance is available from the State Services Commissions webpage on improving official information practices.

Agency guidance - supporting official information act requests

30 June

Explaining the Official Information Act to requesters can be difficult. To improve the experience for New Zealanders who want to ask for agency information, the State Services Commission is providing optional webpage content for agencies to use or adapt for use on their websites.

 

Access to the guidance is available from the State Services Commissions webpage on improving official information practices.

Mid-term assessment

26 June

Have your say on our progress with the New Zealand Open Government Partnership’s National Action Plan 2016-18.

 

There will be public consultation from 19 July until 1 August 2017 where we are seeking feedback on our mid-term ‘self-assessment of progress’ on the Action Plan.

 

You will be able to provide your feedback online. You will also be able to provide feedback in writing to OGP National Action Plan, State Services Commission, PO Box 325, Wellington 6140.

 

The finalised mid-term self-assessment for New Zealand will be published online by 30 September 2017. 

 

Proactive reporting is available from the our progress section, or below:

 

 

Notice of consultation: three-year action plan for open government data

19 June

The three-year, cross-government Action Plan aims to improve the release and re-use of open government data.

 

Key information:

  • Funding, training and support to help government agencies improve open data releases, data management, legal infrastructure and other important areas
  • Investment in ‘data users’ – to boost their capacity to use open data to help us better understand some of New Zealand’s big social, environmental and economic issues.
  • Working towards a government culture of ‘open by design’ (where safe and appropriate to do so) ensuring privacy and confidentiality of an individual’s data
  • Ensuring government agencies have open data foundations in place, such as effective freedom of information practices and robust privacy safeguards – as well as common open data objectives, requirements, standards and performance indicators.

 

Read the Open Government Data Action Plan 2017-2020

 

We welcome your feedback on the draft Action Plan.

 

This consultation is open from 19 June 2017 to 30 June 2017.

 

Join the discussion online OR email us at opendata@stats.govt.nz OR tweet us @opendatanz.

Achieving our Open Data milestones

16 June

Stats NZ and the Department of Internal Affairs lead two open data commitments under New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2016-2018. These are:

 

Six milestones have not yet been achieved. There is a range of reasons for the delays – including the reallocation of Ministerial portfolios, budget timing and transfer of the Open Government Data Programme from LINZ to Stats NZ in March this year.

 

The Open Government Partnership allows for revision of the timeframes to deliver these milestones. There is a requirement for a 2-week public consultation process, to allow the public to provide comments or feedback on the amended timeframes.

 

This consultation is open from 16 June 2017 to 29 June 2017.

 

Join the discussion online OR email us at opendata@stats.govt.nz OR tweet us @opendatanz.

Expert Advisory Panel: agenda and minutes

25 May

Items:

  • welcome
  • EAP members’ round-table on their OGP-related activities and upcoming opportunities to communicate about OGP
  • update and discussion on progress with NAP commitments for the quarter
  • mid-term self-assessment
    • timeline
    • EAP input to key messages
  • public service leadership focus on trust and integrity and what it means for this group
  • other business and forward agenda.

 

Agenda (PDF, 52KB)

Minutes (PDF, 155KB)

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

24 May

Items: welcome, progress since last month, mid-term self-assessment, forward meetings and agendas, next steps.

 

Agenda (PDF, 86 KB)

Minutes (PDF, 170 KB)

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

26 April 2017

Items: welcome and acknowledgements, update on commitments, approach to mid-term assessment / reporting, next steps.

 

Agenda (PDF, 129 KB)

Minutes (PDF, 130KB)

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

22 March 2017

Items: welcome and acknowledgements, update on commitments, reporting, next steps.

 

Agenda (PDF, 78 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 126 KB)

 

Commitment 5 sample report (PDF, 99KB)

Open Government Partnership - New Zealand timeline (PDF, 45KB)

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Open Government Partnership Independent Review Mechanism Local Researchers Call

4 March 2017

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seeking an individual to carry out research at the national level in New Zealand to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP Action Plans.

 

The IRM is a key means by which all stakeholders can track progress within participating countries. By tracking and publicizing progress, it promotes strong accountability between member governments and citizens.

 

The IRM works primarily by disseminating independent assessment reports for each OGP participating government. Each national progress report assesses the development and implementation of action plans, and develops technical recommendations.

 

Read more on the International Open Government Partnership website.

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New Zealand progress report

27 February 2017

In early 2017, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) published the end of term report for New Zealand’s first action plan. The report covers the full action plan period of 1 July 2014 through 30 June 2016.

 

Read more on the International Open Government Partnership website.

 

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Joint Expert Advisory Panel and Officials Group meeting

22 February 2017

Items: welcome and introductions, update on commitments, reflections on the Global Summit, measurement, Victoria University of Wellington – School of Government presentation, wrap up.

 

Agenda (PDF, 43.2 KB)

Minutes (PDF, 146KB)

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Leaders’ talks cement trade relations, science agreement

17 February, 2017

The annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ talks have taken the cooperation between our two countries forward in a number of areas, Prime Minister Bill English says.

 

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation.

 

Their joint statement notes:

“The Prime Ministers agreed on the importance of public data in driving innovation, improving government services, and transforming policy outcomes. There is scope to build stronger cross-Tasman collaboration to facilitate knowledge sharing between the two countries, and find new and innovative ways to use and disseminate public data. The two Prime Ministers agreed that Australia and New Zealand will collaborate on public data initiatives to better align agendas, share lessons learnt on best practice, and work together on data commitments as part of the Open Government Partnership.”

 

Read more on the Beehive website.

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Media Statement: OIA statistics released

31 January 2017

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today published the first set of Official Information Act (OIA) statistics covering 110 different government agencies. 

 

“It is essential that New Zealanders have trust and confidence in their government agencies,” Mr Hughes said.

 

“Being open and transparent is critical to giving the public confidence. When New Zealanders ask us for information we need to be responsive,” he said. 

 

Read more on the State Services Commission website.

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Official Information Act statistics

31 January 2017

The SSC has published the first set of OIA statistics covering 110 different government agencies.

 

Government agencies are committed to openness and transparency in the provision of public services to New Zealanders.

 

The Official Information Act (OIA) gives New Zealanders the right to access information and is important for ensuring government is open and transparent. 

 

Read more on the State Services Commission website.

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